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Gear for a small gig

vmalheirosvmalheiros Posts: 105Pro
Hi everybody! Before I start, I just want to say that I am completely new to singing gear and whatnot. Let's say I do a small gig, in which the bass player has his bass amp, the guitar player has his guitar amp, and I, the singer have my amplifier (a multi-purpose amplifier). Let's also say that I have a shure sm58. My question is, do I connect my microphone directly into that amp? And even if that works, will it sound good? Or do I have to have a mic pre-amplifier, to which I would connect my microphone, and then connect the pre-amp to the amplifier? Keep in mind that I'm not talking about recording, but singing live and sounding good. Thank you, and sorry for my ignorance.



  • highmtnhighmtn Posts: 12,142Administrator, Moderator, Enrolled, Pro
    Most guitar amps are made to have a nice, slightly grungy sound for guitar, that breaks up with a little bit of soft or smooth distortion. That's not normally going to get you a good sound with a mic.

    Also, an SM58 is a low-impedance microphone, with an "XLR" connector to plug into the sound system. Most guitar amps don't accept that connector (although some may have that).

    You just want to be sure that your system that you plug a microphone into will sound clean and clear when you sing into it. So you may need to try something out in a store, singing and playing into it.

    If you get a clean system, like a powered P.A. speaker that accepts an XLR with a separate volume knob for your Mic and also another volume knob for your guitar, you may be able to rely on a small "stomp box" if you're wanting a grungy guitar sound. That way the clean amp/speaker combination will work well for your voice, and you can get whatever sound you are looking for from your guitar by getting an accessory stompbox for that effect.

    You'll also have to position the speaker where you can hear it without getting feedback, and where the audience can hear it, too.

    A lot of the powered speakers you can get for P.A. systems now have 2 inputs, each with a volume knob, and those often accept both straight 1/4" guitar connectors AND 3-pin XLR connectors. They may also have some tone controls to E.Q. the sound.
  • bentkbentk Posts: 607Pro, 2.0 PRO
    edited June 2017
    Pretty much what bob says is good.

    I have an acoustic amp with two channels that are able to function as a line-in for jacks and microphone. It's a hybrid channel. The brand is Fishman. This is ideal for solo performances, but of course has many more functions.

    These amps are made to give the most clean and true sound. Unlike many tube amplifiers for electric guitar, which kind of modify the sound. Not in a bad way, but a more specific way. More so, i would always recommend tube amplifiers for electric guitar!

    For acoustic guitar and singing, you want the most true sound you can get. From there you can add some reverb/echo, but the sound is true.

    Of course, a decent P.A. is more than enough if it has an XLR port.

    Having your own amp near you is actually a nice thing, since you can mess around with the settings when you need to. Even if the amp is mic-ed into a larger P.A. system. It's good to have some control. Otherwise you are at the complete mercy of the sound engineer!

    All the best,

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