[Dixielandjazz] microphones for clarinet
paul.edgerton at eds.com
Mon Nov 22 12:23:29 PST 2004
The best microphone for the clarinet is the one that's turned up the
Okay I'm kidding about that, sort of. Really, there a lot of good cheap
microphones. The overall quality and physical setup of the rest of the
sound system is actually just as important. By that I mean, using a
great microphone won't improve a crummy PA, but using crummy mics
guarantee that the rest of the system will sound crummy.
Look on the stage at any concert, big or small, and you're more likely
to see a Shure SM-57 or SM-58 than anything else. If those mics are okay
for a 50,000 watt stadium system, they are also be okay for an 800
dollar portable PA. Those two mics are essentially identical except that
the 58 has a pop filter making it more suitable for vocals. Both are
widely available for $100 or less.
There are plenty of knockoffs of the same design under various names,
including (believe it or not) Radio Shack.
My advice as a clarinet player and as a college-educated sound man is to
buy 58s and pay attention to the rest of the system.
-- Paul Edgerton
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