I finally feel that I'm getting to a point in my playing that to go further, such as playing with others, I need. To get set up mic wise.
I think the cheapest way to go would be to have a high mic for singing and a lower for the Dobro.
I have a fender 40 acoustasonic amp and Beard decophonic guitar (no pick up)
I am thinking of picking up used parts for the rest of equipment needed. There so many mics to choose from that I am lost.
As always, thank you, bob
I am hoping someone that has went through the same thing might offer some of advice.
If you're completely new to microphones, here is a quick summary of the differences between dynamic vs condenser mics. https://unison.audio/condenser-vs-dynamic-mic/
Generally, dynamic mics are used in live situations (as opposed to recording) due to patterns of sound pick up that rejects sounds from behind the mic. This helps to reduce feedback. Also more durable than condenser mics.
I have no idea what level of knowledge you possess so I don't know if this is helpful or not.
In general, I've found playing "acoustic only" music with others is easy and allows me to concentrate only on the music and my playing. Also allows me to play un-amplified. With electric instruments and drums it all changes to something a little more complicated for the dobro. And a mic may or may not be a good solution, depending on your specific circumstance.
Others here have opinions on amplification and pick ups I'm sure. I'll wrap this up here and trust they'll reply with their thoughts.
This video might help:
ResoBits Episode 3, A Primer On Microphones and Technique For The Resonator Guitar
To start out it is hard to go wrong with a Shure SM-58 for vocals and a Shure SM-57 for your dobro. And you need stands and cables of course.
Good info from everyone. Lots of reading to do:)
I know where there are 57 & 58 mics available. Maybe I can cut a deal.
Thanks guys, bob
Prior to plugging in with the Fishman Nashville/JD Aura system, for years I used a Shure condenser mic along the lines of the thin silver Shure Howard shows in his video. Don't recall the the exact model number, it was like the KSM 137 with a current retail of $350 plus. Great microphone!
But at other times I have used the good ol' SM-57 and it gets the job done. I remember Jerry Douglas saying one time you can't go wrong with a 57. It will still work if you leave out in the rain overnight, or if you don't have a hammer, you can use it to pound in tent stakes when camping.
On the advice of Josh Swift, I tried out a Line Audio CM4 and found it to be a very good mic at a reasonable price....also very compact, lightweight and excellent sound. The only disadvantage of this mic, compared to a Sure 57 is that is requires phantom power from whatever amplification system you are using.
Microphones and sound systems generally can be a slippery slope money pit ( or a gear collecting hobby in itself , or both ) , because , there is always the next piece of even more better- er gear .
At the affordable end , the SM 57/58 is decent sound quality , very versatile , indestructible , and 30 seconds of google shows internet prices $99 new , starting @ $25 used , and frequently with package deals with a basic mic stand and a cable for an extra $ 15 or $20 . Up from $79 a cpl years ago , but still affordable benchmark .
Hi Eric, I am not familiar w/phantom power. Could you enlighten me?
T hanks bob
Bob, any microphone that is a "condenser" mic requires external power provided through the microphone cable. That power may come from a direct box with a battery, a mixing board that provides "phantom power" or something like an acoustic amp that has phantom power on board. Larger condenser mic's may have a battery in the mic housing to avoid the need for external phantom power. Dynamic mic's like the SM57 the guys were discussing above, don't require external power. You can read up on the other differences between the two....but many people prefer condenser mics.
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