Small gig Mic/Amp set up
Hey I have been working with a really excellent set up this past month and i thought i'd share it with you. I play a lot of Acoustic Bass and I have been using my bass rig to amp the vibes. It ain't cheap but it is really superior for gigs with no FOH or PA set up.
Check it out: first the microphones 2 (but one works really great too) DPA 4099's with the bass mount stuck under the instrument into the bottom of a resonator.These mics are the best vibe mics I have found for rejection and handling the massive dynamic output of a Vibraphone. Look them up they are simply the best live mic for almost ANY instrument. The Mics go into an Acoustic Image Focus III amp (800 watts) which has 2 channels that blend. Each has EQ and a simple effects group (reverb chorus delay...but only one at a time...I dont use it much) the Focus goes into a Euphonics Audio wizzy 10 a fantastic 15lb cabinet that is perfect for vibes. When I play acoustically with a group it sounds good to me but to the audience the omnidirectional sound of a Vibe dissipates the sound. With even a little signal from this rig the sound is projected straight out toward the audience.
On another note I have been experimenting with an old Ayotte pick up system that I bought way back in the day and I have just taken all those pickups off. The DPA's sound WAY WAY better and there are only 2 of them without the massive headache of 37 little delicate plugs and cords and balancing the sound and that horrible contact sound (although the KK pickups...the little ones are not too bad...)I suppose if I were playing with a really loud band...even then the DPA's are just so much better, more even and allow you to play with dynamics.
This whole amp set up is super small and compact and very powerful. Anybody else finding success with this kind of setup?