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Re: Contact Microphones

One thing about contact mics that I think warrants mentioning is that they 
can keep the resonating surface from resonating. You need to find a spot 
the "instrument" where it will pick up the resonating sounds without 
interfering with them. This might be hard with wine glasses. I'm not sure 
how much of the sound would transfer to the base.

Depending on your amplification setup, it might be better just to set up a 
few real microphones and isolate them from the speaker output.

As far as contact mics go, I paid $80 a Dean Markley one once and thought 
blew pretty hard. It made everything sound boxy. I then found one called 
"The Cap" (shaped like a bottle cap) made by EPM in Canada and used it 
the sticky stuff would stick no more.

Matt Davignon

>From: Allan Hoeltje <ahoeltje@best.com>
>Reply-To: Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com
>To: Loopers-Delight <Loopers-Delight@annihilist.com>
>Subject: Contact Microphones
>Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 10:51:21 -0700
>I am interested in looping acoustic sounds but don't know much about
>microphones.  Specifically, I am really itching to set up a few wine
>glasses on a resonating surface and sending the sound to my Mackie 1202,
>FX, and EDP.  Can I use a contact mike like the kind used with acoustic
>guitar?  What characteristics/specifications do I look for in such a
>mike?  Will it need a pre-amp?  Brand names?  Prices?

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