Who's using mics for live performance?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by MikeBarber, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    Just cause I like to post it
  2. Phil Rowan

    Phil Rowan Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2005
    Brooklyn, NY
    Been pretty happy using an ATM350 blended via Headway Pre with a Planet Wings (which will soon be replaced with a Realist, since the PW's been shorting out). Depending on the situation I'll run just the ATM350 or just the PW though.
  3. juuzek


    May 7, 2007
    I like this. Is the mic just snugged in there with a cylinder of foam? Does it need phantom power? [I'm guessing not]
  4. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    Augusta GA
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
  5. chicagodoubler


    Aug 7, 2007
    Chicago, that toddling town
    Endorsing Artist: Lakland, Genz Benz

    Not advocating purchasing anything from GC, but I use one of these clipped to the bass side bridge adjuster, with the capsule aimed directly at the top over the bass bar.

    I learned this from an amazing live sound engineer who argued that since the bass bar is the loudest vibrating source on the top, it's the best place to get a pure signal. It's often a little thick at 100k, but the sound out front is pretty authentic. A skeptical engineer came up on stage recently and shook my hand, professing his initial doubt but that "it sounded like a big loud bass."

    BTW, using a mic with an amp on stage is often a recipe for feedback. Most of the guys using mics are doing so exclusively for FOH, while monitoring through a pickup- amp on stage. The only ones where mic only works for me are small intimate listening rooms where the mic-amp combo is giving a little nudge.

    Also, the AT mic requires phantom, which is a button away on my acoustic image amp.
  6. D112 is a little too boomy I think I prefer the Senhnheisser 421 but well out of the 100 buck range.
  7. Mandobassman


    May 16, 2012
    There's lots of great suggestions here. In post #2 a AKG D112 was recommended. I used that mic for a couple of years and it IS a great mic for live use. However, it is a P.I.T.A to set up and not easy to mount. And, it is certainly not in the "under $100 range". I asked this same question a little while back and the resulting setup I wound up with is not only cheap, it sounds wonderful. Much better than any pickup I have ever heard. Here is a link to that thread to get the details. Basically, it's a Radio Shack tie clip mic that costs $32. Sounds crazy, I know, but it's the best amplified sound I have ever had, and the easiest setup ever, once I installed it on the bass. Just plug it into my GK Backline 112 and I get wonderful full sound with virtually no feedback. At $32, it's worth a try.
  8. I use the Shure 57 (with an H-Clamp), and I've liked it a lot. Every house soundguy knows how it works, and if I happen to forget it home, you can find one at every venue.

    Obviously, it's not perfect, but it works for me. However, while playing a gig our National Broadcast Company recorded, they let me use a DPA 4099, and that was like heaven.

  9. Marc Piane

    Marc Piane

    Jun 14, 2004
    he're mine

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  10. Refonbass

    Refonbass Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2006
    Windsor Ontario
    My current setup, which by the way is hands down my favorite is as follows;
    Blue Woodpecker active ribbon mic, with custom fabbed foam/rubber baffle to block ambient (other players) sound.
    Running this through a golden age pre73 mkII dlx preamp to the p.a.
    Granted this is a lot of stuff to bring/setup at the gig, but after being so unsatisfied with my tone with various pickups over the years, it's worth it IMO.
    Also, I don't play on a lot of high volume gigs so that may be why the setup works quite well for me.
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