I play four nights a week in the bar of a high end restaurant. I play drums, percussion and harmonica. Two nights a week we are joined by another drummer/percussionist and he and I trade off playing the trap kit and percussion and he will play the kit whenever a song requires harmonica. Our set-up is:
Singer/guitar: L1 with B1. Martin 12 string with Ibeam pickup in #2 using preset #47 (sounds great). Vocal mic is a Marshall Studio mic going into a Digitech VL2 using the SM57 preset...no problems at all. I take the guitar and run it into a Behringer passive mixer and back out to my L1 with just a little volume for monitoring on my side of the 18' stage.
Drums/percussion/Harmonica: L1 with 2 B1's. I use a Yamaha Subkick for the bass drum. I have to keep this volume very low as the subkick really boosts the bottom. It is primarily there to "feel" the kick more than amplify it. I have played with all the kick drum presets and settled for the generic one as the volume and trim are very low as mentioned above. We also have a Roland Handpersonic 15 that is ran mono 1/4 inch into #4.
Harmonica: I have tried a few configurations. First was running a Green Bullet into 1 using 00 preset. I was not impressed at all. EQing it by rolling off the mids and highs and boosting the lows helped some but it just lacked tone.I actually had better luck when my Bullet broke and used an Audix I5 on a mic stand to get more tone with my hands. The best results I have had was last weekend when I used my Audix D6 kick drum mic that wasn't being used ran through a Boss Blues Driver pedal and than into a Boss Digital Delay pedal into the preset for the D6. This REALLY growled with a perfect amount of highs as well.
I am trying a few new mics I just bought this week:
Harmonic Honker and the MadCat Shaker.
I'll report back on those after the shows!
I've got the MadCat mic ( and Peter is a very cool dude btw ) and it's ULTRA cool with the little cheep ART Tub Pre-amp. The extra boost not only opens up the tone, it allows you to really use the volume knob built into the mic, which you hold betweeen your fingers - adds to your dynamics in a BIG way.
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