Micing up a Mbira for a live application
Posted 11 June 2012 - 06:55 AM
I am doing some research on micing up a mbira http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mbira
Condensers are not an option as the artist occasionally plays small venues where feedback and phantom power is an issue. And the in house engineers don't always have the gear to remedy feedback, or in many instances, don't have consoles that can provide phantom.
The mbira has quite a unique "wha-wha" sound that needs to be captured, and pick-ups don't capture that sound.
I am thinking SM57 or Beta 57.
But any other recommendations are greatly appreciated.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:42 AM
By all means start off with a '57 for the sake of reference and go from there. If you do "solve" the problem please let us know...all adds to the general knowledge bank.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:52 AM
The problem with Mbira players is that the best angle for "normal" micing them up means they turn their back to the audience or have the mic facing forward, awkward.
This post has been edited by kerry davies: 11 June 2012 - 08:54 AM