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What mic element type do you prefer?

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Apr 22, 2010 7:55 AM GMT

I have a good friend who plays harp who just adores crystal elements. I like them well enough, but the Shure controlled magnetic (CM) and controlled reluctance (CR) are my favorite elements by far. I like the gritty flavor of a ceramic element, and other dynamic types. I also have some newer cleaner mics that sound great for jazz. I know that some players use clean mics and add overdrive with pedals or the amp. For blues, I haven't found anything that sounds as perfect to me as one of my old Shure CM or CR mics.

What do you like?

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Apr 22, 2010 9:45 AM GMT
HARPMAN Replied:

Hi, I like ASTATIC MC-151 and Shure controlled magnetic (CM) .

There are good for HARPGEAR2 and FENDER CHAMPION 600, GUYATONE HP-300A.

Apr 22, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
Chris C Replied:

As much as I love the sure CR element in my strange old aussie dynamike, I find I am using my 'Loud Bark' microphone more for live now. It has a dynamic element in it, but it is not what I would call clean at all. It is a smallish wooden bullet shape mic made here in Australia and is supposed to be very feedback resistant. And it is. The pitch according to the maker is that the wood fibers somehow soak up the frequencies that would feedback. I think it is more to do with it often being run into amps without an impedence transformer. Then again I use a transformer and it is still pretty feedback resistant. It sounds quite good and loud with my tube pre-amp into my Keyboard amp. Sorry if off topic a butit is an interesting mic. Here is a link I do not play anywhere as hard as the demo and it sounds alright.

Apr 23, 2010 2:54 AM GMT
Joe Replied:

CR and CM for me!

Apr 23, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Harpman, when do you use the crystal MC-151 and when the CM? Does it depend on the song or the amp or something else?

Chris, is the sound of the Loudbark actually dirtier than a CM? I don't think that talking about that mic is off-topic at all!

Joe, do you prefer CM over CR or vice versa?

Apr 23, 2010 10:09 AM GMT
Chris C Replied:

Drew, The loud bark is not as bright as the Dynamike. The Dynamike has a lovely complex mid tone (with a after palet of chocholate and strawberrys) but is more problematic with feedback. The loud bark is aless livelydirty tone but quite acceptible. Very suprizing for a dynamic mic.

Apr 23, 2010 6:33 PM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Chris --

Okay, if I understand you, the Dynamike has a Shure CR in it, and I think that you prefer its tone over the Loud Bark, but the Loud Bark is close, and gets the nod for live work because it is far more resistant to feedback?

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