It seems to me that, with the potential of multiple handlers of equipment,
the ruggedness of the components would be a primary concern.
Also, once you develop a good setup (placement of mics, level settings on
various channels, etc.), document it in several notebooks and also on a
laminated sheet of paper that lives with the amp/mixer.
I'm afraid I can't offer much specific equipment advice, but I'm sure
people with more expertise will speak up on this forum or on the one Dave
Casserly mentioned. I will say I've never worked with pencil mics, but I
wonder about extra noise.
Also, I've noticed that in open bands if a few key instrumentalists are
miked, that carries the day in most cases. And a few instruments rarely
need mics at all (for example, harmonica).
On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 12:31 PM, Dave Casserly
I'd recommend the contra sound forum: contrasf(a)yahoogroups.com
Once you join the group, you may want to search the archives, and they'll
have lots and lots of discussion. The folks over there will have lots of
suggestions for mics and systems-- not saying that people here won't, but
that list is another option.
On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 1:20 PM, Emily Addison <emilyladdison(a)gmail.com
Hello Contra Dance Organizers!
I hope this question is ok for the organizer list. Is it a fit? Is
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
2012. As part of this, we created a community
band that anyone can
right now we have about seven regulars as well as
other drop in
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
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
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
more and even if we get 20 players out to the
community band, we don't
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!
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