[Dixielandjazz] Microphones

David Richoux tubaman at tubatoast.com
Mon Jun 11 08:33:53 PDT 2007

The excellent Jump Blues "Stompy Jones" (AKA "Swing Session") took  
their own microphones to Sacramento this year - I could really hear  
the difference between their sound and the other bands using the same  
stage. Between gigs they keep them in special padded wooden boxes,  
not just tossed into a tote bag ;-)

http://www.stompyjones.com/news.html has a picture of one of their  
mics -maybe a Shure 55?

While searching around, I found this amazing collection of harmonica  

and this: http://www.bluesmics.com/

Dave Richoux

On Jun 11, 2007, at 7:27 AM, Steve Barbone wrote:

> Microphones changed the way people heard recorded music and radio
> broadcasts. The ribbon or "velocity" microphone was introduced by  
> RCA in
> 1931, as the model 44A, and became one of the most widely used  
> microphones
> in vocal recording. Many bands today hoping to achieve a more  
> authentic
> "vintage" sound still use the 44A. Another advance in recording  
> sound came
> in 1933 when RCA introduced the 77A, cardioid pattern, dual ribbon
> microphone. These advances in sound enabled subtle nuances in both  
> playing
> and singing to be amplified for the first time and made for better  
> live
> broadcasts. Up until these advances vocalists were required to get  
> up and
> belt out a song with many of the subtleties in inflection and voice  
> tone
> being lost.
> Cheers,
> Steve Barbone

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