Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

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Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by JoeHempel » March 19th, 2010, 12:11 am

I'm playing at the Borders Books Store on Saturday and was wondering if I should use my Stereo matched pair or just use one of those mics.

I'm mic'ing a classical guitar.
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by kent_eh » March 19th, 2010, 5:45 am

For live work don't make things more complex than they have to be.
Faster/easier set up. Less to go wrong.

Besides, even if the PA is stereo (no guarantee), there might be only 1 or 2 people sitting in the exact right spot to appreciate the effect. And even then it would probably be too subtle for most listeners to notice
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by Ricochet » March 19th, 2010, 6:17 am

It's hard to beat something like a good old SM57.
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by JoeHempel » March 19th, 2010, 12:31 pm

Thanks guys!! One mic it is!!

I've got a Sure 57, but wouldn't the condenser sound better?
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by kent_eh » March 19th, 2010, 3:58 pm

JoeHempel wrote:Thanks guys!! One mic it is!!

I've got a Sure 57, but wouldn't the condenser sound better?
In a nice quiet concert hall with soft seats, good acoustics, an excellent PA and quiet respectful audience, absolutely the condenser would be the preferred choice for optimum sound quality.

In a bookstore, use whatever you feel comfortable with. :wink:

Does the PA provide phantom power? Or do you have in-line phantom power boxes?
Is your condenser mic unidirectional? How tight is the pattern? Might feedback be an issue? Especially considering the location of the pa speakers relative to the stage is probably not under your control.
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by Ricochet » March 19th, 2010, 7:31 pm

I've used an AKG C1000 condenser in church to mic a reso, and it sounded great!
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by JoeHempel » March 19th, 2010, 9:33 pm

kent_eh wrote:
JoeHempel wrote:Thanks guys!! One mic it is!!

I've got a Sure 57, but wouldn't the condenser sound better?
In a nice quiet concert hall with soft seats, good acoustics, an excellent PA and quiet respectful audience, absolutely the condenser would be the preferred choice for optimum sound quality.

In a bookstore, use whatever you feel comfortable with. :wink:

Does the PA provide phantom power? Or do you have in-line phantom power boxes?
Is your condenser mic unidirectional? How tight is the pattern? Might feedback be an issue? Especially considering the location of the pa speakers relative to the stage is probably not under your control.
I've got no idea what I feel comfortable with LOL.

It's a hyper-cardioid pencil Mic, a Samson C02 Matched Pair. It's going through a Carven system, and it does have phantom power and a +20db boost if needed.

But I don't know about the feedback, perhaps the Sure 57 would be good to eliminate that.
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by kent_eh » March 20th, 2010, 5:44 am

Since your condensers are hypercardiod, feedback shouldn't be an issue.

So back to whatever you are comfortable with.
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by kent_eh » March 20th, 2010, 5:41 pm

So, what did you end up using?
And how did it work for you?
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Re: Stereo Mic or Single Mic?

Post by JoeHempel » March 20th, 2010, 6:25 pm

I used the condenser mic, and that worked really well. The gig....not so much.

http://forums.guitarnoise.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=47928

There is video there as well...edited video...I wanted to stop after the first few songs it was that bad. Others thought otherwise which is what counts I guess.
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