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Best mic for amp-to-PA

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joe k
Jun 04, 2009 6:46 PM GMT

Hi Gang,

I've got a great Shure 545s (rehabbed by the brilliant Greg Heumann at Blows Me Away), driving through a newish Fender Blues Junior. As you might guess, at larger venues, the sound guy mics the amp through the PA to provide volume and balance.

At other venues, I've had to mic the Junior myself. I've been using an older vocal mic - not sure if this is the best choice.

Any suggestions on the best mic to amplify my Blues Junior through standard PA systems?

As always, thanks for any suggestions.

Joe Keefe

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Jun 04, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Basically either a Shure SM58, Beta 58, Beta 57, or SM57, and those are the standard mics used by most professional sound guys to mic any amp for ages as well as in recording studios, plus they can take a pretty good beating too.

Jun 05, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
bluesmandan Replied:

Adam Gussow recently posted a video where he described a mic he is currently using and likes quite a bit... I forget the model, but you will find it on his youtube page.

Jun 07, 2009 9:19 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

57's are more directional than 58's and hence make better amp mics. Of course if you choose an Ultimate 57, you can also use it to play harp through.....

nudge nudge wink wink......

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