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What vocal mics are the singers out there using live?

#21 User is offline   blindboygrunt 

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Posted 14 September 2018 - 07:30 AM

Thereís professional musicians who arenít as fussy as forumites 😂
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Posted 14 September 2018 - 10:08 AM

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Thereís professional musicians who arenít as fussy as forumites 😂

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 05:13 AM

Bit of an update based on an experince last night.

Ive tried out yesterday taking lead vocals with a friends group, who are lets say hard rock focused.

Quite a stretch for me vocally as im not used to belting my voice, but I like the genre, but the interesting thing i noticed was that the SM-58 really struggled to cut through the mix, over the thick and razor sharp LP guitars. Took out the 58Beta and with the extra crispness and hotter signal was able to cut through the mustard.

So, the learning is it also really depends on the context and the job that needs to be done.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:57 AM

View Postblindboygrunt, on 14 September 2018 - 07:30 AM, said:

Thereís professional musicians who arenít as fussy as forumites 😂


I'd concur, but with a but....

I know musicians -- bands and solo acts -- who tour and while they aren't going to wind up on the cover of Rolling Stone, they do ok. They carry their own mics because they never know for sure what they are going to encounter when they get to a venue. They play a variety of venues and house gear can vary widely. Taking mics they are familiar with just gives them one more thing they are able to control.
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 07:28 AM

 dhanners623, on 17 September 2018 - 06:57 AM, said:

I'd concur, but with a but....

I know musicians -- bands and solo acts -- who tour and while they aren't going to wind up on the cover of Rolling Stone, they do ok. They carry their own mics because they never know for sure what they are going to encounter when they get to a venue. They play a variety of venues and house gear can vary widely. Taking mics they are familiar with just gives them one more thing they are able to control.



Oh I absolutely agree with that
Iíve my sm58beta in my gig bag at all times , but I really donít think it would matter a toss what I had in there performance wise
Itís just what the wife bought me 😂
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Posted 17 September 2018 - 12:21 PM

I use the SM58 also. For around $90 or so, it's a good deal. I'm not The Stones or Dylan and the Shure works well for me. Music gear, just like the actual instrument, is a very personal thing. You use what you are comfortable with. At wineries and coffeehouses, I don't think the listeners would notice the different nuances between the Shure and a mic that is more expensive. There are definitely top notch professional mics out there if one is willing to spend the bucks. You have to decide if the differences between good, better, and best are worth the price. Unless you've got a really cheapy mic, most audiences won't discern or care about the differences.

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 01:31 PM

I use the Senheiser 835 with the TC Helicon Play Acoustic. It does wonders for the the J 45 and on the voice side I use a couple of the Harmonies for Chorus's. I agree with you too that TC has some of the best reverbs out there.

I also use Onsong with my IPAD and I can add patches or pads for each song by key.

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 10:57 AM

My Sennheiser 865 is an exceptional mic for relatively little money, but Iíve also used 58s (standard and Beta) and an AKG D7 to great effect over the years.

The SM58 and Beta 58 are very different mics. Iíve never got along with the Beta 58 as the capsule seems to have a mild compression aspect which doesnít suit my voice, but I know singers who swear by them. I worked as TM for Billy Bragg for several years and he wonít use anything except his own Beta 58. The standard 58 was my go-to live mic for 17yrs though, and I still put one on my tech spec for gigs I have to fly to. They always sound great and have a predictable, comfortable dynamic envelope which pleases me immensely as a vocalist.

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Posted 06 October 2018 - 12:47 PM

Youve hit the nail on the head Jinder with a realistic and transparent description of the 'professional' musician. Its a very similar story here in Prague, which has a lively music scene, and beyond the Czechs there are quite a few UK and US musicians who make their money entirely from music. Almost all of them are in a similar situaiton, hitchec up with a Czech girl, now paying for child maninanance and trying to keep their head above water. Its really tough for them, but luckily they still all love what they do.

But the smart ones also diversified into production, jingle writing and mixing sound for touring bands.

I have full respect for these guys, its real commitment to their craft, personally I could never make the leap to full time work as a musician (even if i had the talent) and Im happy to slowly develop as an amateur, its a life long journey.

All the best with it mate !
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