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Posted by Bob Gollihur (18.104.22.168) on July 21, 2002 at 12:44:01:
In Reply to: Microphone posted by JE on July 18, 2002 at 17:12:19:
: I currently use two basses, one a 150 year old wood carved Tyrolean and a 1930's King bass.I have a Realist transducer on both,but I would like to blend them with a clip on microphone to enhance my sound. I truly like the Realist, but in certain situations, my upper registers are barely audible. Any suggestions on a professional microphone to accent my playing?
A microphone, depending on the placement and the volume levels required, may not provide the clarity you seek to add to the Realist. I've sold a number of Realist owners a K&K Double Big Twin or Bass Max along with a Two Channel Preamp so they may blend the two pickups, to add complementary detail to the Realist.
I worked with K&K Sound to choose the Mic used in the Golden Trinity series for Upright Bass - www.urbbob.com/bassmic.html and it does add some nice detail, but as with all microphones, there is always the potential for feedback. I typically use one with a Bass Max, so as to have a "Plan B" for unknown stage situations, but in coffeehouse (Borders Books, etc.) gigs, I am quite often able to turn the Bass Max off and use just the mic along with my Contra. There are a lot of details, along with photos, at the link below.
Please contact me off list if you have any questions about the mic systems that I developed in concert with K&K Sound.
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