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More Mic Stand! (‘Cool Tool’) Part II

We had some good feedback and great questions on my mic stand blog from a few weeks ago…let’s take this further and answer some questions we got on the first blog.

One question referred to singing into the side of the mic when you’re using angles.  A lot of us were taught we need to sing into the front of the mic, and that is certainly true in the studio.

However, many mics used in live shows are omni or uni-directional and can pick up sound from every side.  Talk to your tech guys or ask the experts where you buy gear to show you options. 

                                           

Now, for the guitarists, ukulele players, or any other ‘instruments-hanging-around-your-neck’ types who asked what THEY could do….

I don’t expect you to use a straight stand while you’re playing.  The last blog was for singers NOT playing an instrument. 

Now, some guitar players do choose to use a straight stand, and it’s a bit easier to use one if you have a wireless mic, since they’re longer and can be pulled further out in the clip.  (This trick gives you more distance from the stand.)

If this still isn’t enough room or freedom for you, by all means, stick with the boom stand with the tripod base – especially if you’re using a pedal board.

As a side note though, for you solo singer/songwriter/guitarists…I’d like you to find a time in your set to get rid of the guitar to change things up.

Do an acapella tune or create a loop/track, then put your guitar down and use a straight stand like I showed you in the first blog – if it makes sense to the song…or take the mic out of the stand and work the stage. The audience will LOVE it! 

I hear artists many times making the comment, ‘the venue didn’t have any straight stands with round bases’. 

You need to bring your own so you’re sure you’ve got what you need!  (Remember that all these different tools become a part of making you stand out from the artists who just settle….pun intended. J) 

Also, at the risk of sounding like ‘Captain Obvious’, you can make a straight stand simply by unscrewing the boom part and attaching the clip to the straight part of the stand.  I’m always amazed by the number of performers I run into that aren’t aware of this.

Thanks for some great questions on this topic! Next time I want to talk about using a stool in your set and give you some ‘why’ and ‘how’ on that. 

Send me your questions on ‘all things sitting’ and I’ll be sure to address them in that blog.

If you missed Part I of Mic Stand Your Cool Tool, you can watch it here: http://onstagesuccess.com/2017/07/mic-stand-cool-tool/

Amy Wolter

As a trained Live Music Producer for Tom Jackson Productions, Amy Wolter brings her years onstage as a lead singer & keyboardist - along with her experience as a producer, arranger, and songwriter - to singers and bands who won’t settle for ‘good enough’. She’s worked with artists at all levels, and genres ranging from Rock to Celtic, empowering them to have confidence and authority onstage, and put on memorable live shows, a few of whom have been on two of the largest US tours in recent history. Some of her clients include Grammy award winners The Band Perry & Lacrae, CMA and ACM –winning country acts, Gloriana & Thompson Square, 2016 The Voice contestant Mary Sarah, CCMA (Canada) winners High Valley, Jess Moskaluke & Chad Brownlee, and Winter Jam Tour veterans Sidewalk Prophets & Love and The Outcome.

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Greenroom Comments

  1. Good tips. One technical tip you might add, from a audio engineer prospective is, the mic capsule is not a handle. I know this practice is common in some genre’s, but for the singer/songwriter not so much. That position can do some wacky things to your vocal sound, and create other technical issues. Just some thoughts.
    Mark

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