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Lelly

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Right you lovely lot, I think i am soon going to need some PA equipment for the sax and clarinet.

So what would you recommend? I have tried playing into a std vocal mic but got a lot of whistles and squarks 9from the mic not me......). ideally I would like something that would clip to the sop sax and also the clari (if that is possible) and also advice on amps etc.

Thanks!

Lelly xx
 

daveysaxboy

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Samson Airline Wind wireless pack.No wires at all on you just your little clip on mic,switch sax in seconds.Your box is joined to the desk.Less than £300.If your wanting a amp get a keyboard combo amp.Dont use a guitar or bass amp.I have a big 1200 watt PA for pub gigs but for solo,duo,trio gigs and jams i have a Laney keyboard amp and have just got a new Behringer Ultratone K1800FX keyboard combo amp which is great for the cash (£175.00) .Has a great effects unit.Reverb is sweet.
 
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rhysonsax

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Good advice from Davey on the amps, not sure that the clip-on is the way to go for your particular instruments.

The clip-on Samson may not work very well for soprano and clarinet as so much of the sound comes out of the mid-body toneholes well away from the bell. Clip-ons can work well for a curved soprano and there are other mics designed for clarinet.

Best to play around with borrowed microphones if you can before leaping in and spending money. A vocal dynamic mic is a good place to start, provided that you are not in a very noisy environment. Position the mic about 10 to 12 inches above the body of the instrument and pointing towards it. Start with no effects or Equalisation on the sound, but you may well find that a bit of Reverb makes the sound more natural. You might have to boost or cut the treble or bass or mid range (Equalisation) to compensate for characteristics of your mic/amp/speakers or even the room.

Whistles and squeaks may be a sign of feedback (sound from the speakers coming back into the mic, with particular frequencies being picked up and amplified again and again). Make sure that the mic is behind or pointing away from the speakers.

Rhys
 

daveysaxboy

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Good advice from Davey on the amps, not sure that the clip-on is the way to go for your particular instruments.

The clip-on Samson may not work very well for soprano and clarinet as so much of the sound comes out of the mid-body toneholes well away from the bell. Clip-ons can work well for a curved soprano and there are other mics designed for clarinet.

Best to play around with borrowed microphones if you can before leaping in and spending money. A vocal dynamic mic is a good place to start, provided that you are not in a very noisy environment. Position the mic about 10 to 12 inches above the body of the instrument and pointing towards it. Start with no effects or Equalisation on the sound, but you may well find that a bit of Reverb makes the sound more natural. You might have to boost or cut the treble or bass or mid range (Equalisation) to compensate for characteristics of your mic/amp/speakers or even the room.

Whistles and squeaks may be a sign of feedback (sound from the speakers coming back into the mic, with particular frequencies being picked up and amplified again and again). Make sure that the mic is behind or pointing away from the speakers.

Rhys

I'm 1 who likes a mic/stand for jazz,pub gig and jams myself.I only use clip ons for my show,funtion bands.Ya got to dance.I find the Samson clip on has a nice warmth to it and i've had good results on soprano.Yes theres the 2 mic combo for soprano out there but at about £1000.00 its rather out of reach for many.Talking of a great cheap dynamic mic i sold my 2 Shure SM57/58 mics after i got the Samson CS Series mic.It comes with 2 heads,1 for voice and 1 for instruments,wind.I like it better than the Shure SM mics.It cost less than £60.00.Cracking buy it is.I think its the mic to beat for a good price,sounding stand dynamic mic.
 

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