Guitar And Drum Micing For A Live Gigg.
Gilmore
Feb 15 2010, 03:57 PM
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Hi there.

My band is about to play their first gigg next weekend. It´s friday and saturday nights 3 - 4 hours each night in a fairly large pub/club.

I have Marshall DSL50 and I was wondering if I should use my SM 57 to mic the amp to the PA or not?

Also I had an argument with the drummer, because he thinks 3 dynamic mics are enough to mic the whole drumkit and it´s fairly large kit. He only owns 3 mics for this, and I told him to go out and buy at least 2 more. He is just going to put a mic in the bass drum and then 2 mics to the left and right of the set, and NO mic on the snare drum. I´m afraid that´s not going to cover it. I´ve read many articles about this and most drumers use at least 3 - 4 dynamics and 2 condenser for overhead. mad.gif

Other gigging tips are preaciated right now if you have any. smile.gif

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Staffy
Feb 15 2010, 06:14 PM
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In my opinion the over-heads mics is the one's of less importance, I'd rather mic the snare and the toms instead since there gonna be a leakage in those from the hi-hat & cymbals anyway. (if the sound-tech doesnt use gates of course) But it really depends on how large the venue is. Treble frequecies travels much faster throught the air than bassy ones - hence the low frequencies is the one that needs amplification the most. Other things to regard as important is that if You put some mics on guitar & drums, the bass must also be in the P.A system as well as all the other instruments. And there is the next problem - can the P.A handle a full instrument setup without destroying the quality of the vocals? Since the vocals is what people really listening to in the first place, this is very important. I've been on a lot of gigs that would have been great, IF You could hear what the singer sings..... which is often the case when the rig is too small....
But of course, that is often a matter of the sound-engineers skills as well....

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