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Everyone has their "thing" that they do that makes them special. What is one of the tricks you have learned throughout your career that is outside the normal audio engineer routine? What is the reason that it works for you? Why would it work good for someone else?

For example, this may include:
Mic Choice
Mic Placement
Monitor Placement
Ways for isolation on stage
Drums - Gated? Triggered?
Anything really!

I figure we are all here together and we may as well learn from each other. :-) Happy Posting!

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One thing I've noticed with the boundary mic in the kick is that if you don't gate it you get a little bottom snare action in it as well.
This is probably way off base. But I am having the darndest time trying to get an answer. So maybe someone here has an answer.

I perform solo doing vocals/guitar/harmonica. I would love to be able to free myself of the mic stand and wander about. The problem I am having is finding out if there is a wireless mic that I can do vocals AND use the harmonica. I use the hung around the neck holder for the harmonicas.

I don't claim to have all the answers Sue but the only way I could recommend for you is to do the wireless for your guitar and go with a wireless mic package and a Countryman head mic.  Only thing is you have to deal with no monitors and can't get close to foh speakers.... Not ideal but would work....

 

So has anyone gone completely old school in a great room and used 1 or just 2 mics for the whole kit. I never found a live stage that would alow it without baffles. I have had great success using a drum shield stuffed with auralex all around the bottom 2 ft. inside. The plexi can be harsh without some dampening, use a kick, snare, and 1 large diaphram for overhead. If the drummer has a good balanced kit with a bit of compression on the overhead it can work very well. Aside from drums any system has got to be tuned properly for anything to sound right. I like to listen to the human voice, it is always easy to tell if the system is natural and it's rare if they are. I use noise to get me in the ballpark and then it's up to the ears to do the rest so I protect my ears these days.
I try, if possible, to get the singer to sing to me without a microphone so that I can hear what I am supposed to be reproducing. I then try to recreate that as closely as I can with whatever tools are available to me at the time.

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