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Best mic to blend with pickup for live acoustic bass

crisbastap

I used to use a Crown GLM-200, electret condenser mic in tandem with my Underwood acoustic bass pickup, in live performance situations. The mic was very small, so I was able to position it under the fingerboard, where it picked up all the desirable "acoustic" sounds of the bass (higher frequencies, finger noise, string noise etc), while the pickup delivered the "meat" of the sound. A great combination that I've missed since my mic croaked. I went to buy another GLM-200, only to find that they've been discontinued.
Does anyone know of another mic that would serve well in this scenario? It has to be small, and have a unidirectional or hypercardiod pattern.
I've attached a .pdf of the GLM-200, that includes all of its specs.
Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Thanks!
February 9, 2012 @11:26pm
michaelhoddy

You want one of these:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/4060BM/
And you need this adapter for wired use:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DAD6001BC/
Amazing little mic. They make a string holder accessory for it too. Hook it up, sounds great. No fussing needed.
If you want something a little less pricey, some of the Countryman (B3) and better Shure lavaliers (WL50B) work okay, with the right adapters for wired use. The Audio-Technica ATM350 is a bit bulkier, but I've had tremendous success using it on strings as well.
February 10, 2012 @12:40am
eRoland

Applied Microphone Technology might look into this line. they make clip on mics for many instruments.
February 10, 2012 @03:27am
jpleong

You want one of these:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/4060BM/
And you need this adapter for wired use:
http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/DAD6001BC/
Amazing little mic. They make a string holder accessory for it too. Hook it up, sounds great. No fussing needed.
If you want something a little less pricey, some of the Countryman (B3) and better Shure lavaliers (WL50B) work okay, with the right adapters for wired use. The Audio-Technica ATM350 is a bit bulkier, but I've had tremendous success using it on strings as well.

Michael is referring to this little spiffy string-instrument mount: http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MHS6001
And the DPA 4060/4061 is, indeed, the bees-knees of upright acoustic bass amplification.
JP
February 13, 2012 @03:19pm