Hello Contra Dance Organizers!
I hope this question is ok for the organizer list. Is it a fit? Is there a
better place to ask? I'd love some advice on an appropriate sound system
for a community band!
started a "Community Talent Contra Dance" in September
2012. As part of this, we created a community band that anyone can join...
right now we have about seven regulars as well as other drop in musicians.
None of the musicians are mic'd, only the caller. However, we have some
really quiet instruments (e.g., nykleharpa) and we want to get into playing
dynamics ... thus we have tested and would like to purchase a soundsystem
that mic's kind of like a choir (pencil mics etc). The band will be doing
it's own sound and we want something relatively light and easy to move
*Might anyone have advice on the system and mics we might buy??? Here is
what we are thinking (although we are open to many suggestions!)....*
We're thinking of getting the Samson XP308i. It would allow us 1 caller
mic, 3 pencil mics, plus a couple more inputs for say an electric piano or
the like. It would be nice to have the option of 1-2 more pencil options
but that could be too much. Samson has a more powerful version but it costs
more and even if we get 20 players out to the community band, we don't have
to mic everyone. *Are there other options we should be considering??? Any
experience with this system???*
I'm thinking a Shure 58. * This is the common wired mic yes?*
*3 pencil mics:*
We had tested Samson C02... I wasn't necessarily completely sold on these
but they could be all right. *Do you have any preferred suggestions that
would each work to mic a couple of instruments beside each other?*
Much thanks for any advice!