Celtic Charlie

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  1. Hi folks, I've been using a Sennheiser e845 (supercardiod dynamic) mic for live performance for a few years. I recently started playing with a new group and several bandmates have commented on a "flat" or "tin can-ish" vocal sound at times. I'm not singing any differently, so I'm assuming it's the mic. I've tried eq-ing the 845, but with indifferent results. I sing in an upper-baritone/lower tenor range. Music is Canadian East Coast/Irish folk/folk rock. Any suggestions for a live vocal mic that might warm up my vocals? I prefer a supercardioid pattern, and FWIW, I'm usually right into the mic while singing (from 2"-3" off the screen to lips just off or barely touching the screen).
  2. I'd rather not get into personal medical history on the forum, but yes, I have been tested for allergies. I look at air pollution as a more or less unavoidable environmental hazard, and short of dropping the gigs (!) there's not much that can be done to lesser its impact. I'm looking for practical suggestions to ease the effects of bad air on the voice. I'm already pumping myself full of water before during and after outdoor shows. Does anyone have other tricks or tips that work fo them?
  3. Yep, pretty sure it's tagged to air quality - I don't have any allergies and the sore throat and tight chest only kick in on "bad air days" here. On days without smog advisories I'm fine. Just trying to work out a strategy for preparing for outdoor gigs now, given the seemingly steady rise in bad air days where I live. I've always got water on stage, but if there are other things I could/should be doing to keep the throat/voice limber and working properly during an outdoor show, I'll certainly give them a try!
  4. hi everyone. As a Celtic folk player and singer, I often play outdoors in the summer months in southern Ontario, where the air quality can sometime be quite poor due to smog, heat and humidity. I can feel the bad air days in my chest and throat even though I don't have allergies (tight chest, sore throat). Apart from the ever-present water bottle, are there any tips and tricks all the festival players should keep in mind to maintain their vocal health through all the outdoor gigs?
  5. hi Robert and thanks for your post - this seems to be a somewhat leading-edge idea in the live sound world at present, with mainly DJ and electronic musicians making use of emerging technology. If home audio/video is any indication, though, computer-controller live sound is not too far away from becoming mainstream. As a vocalist and a guitarist, I'm really jazzed about the possibilities here - vocal and instrument effects, automated parameter changes, virtual instruments, room analysis, speaker management, etc all wrapped up into a tidy little package you can tuck under your arm on the way out. Too cool! :cool: The average bar band could cut it's setup and tear down time substantially, and reduce the amount of gear its hauling around as well. I figure a 4-5 piece band could get away with as little as a 4-space rack to house a pull-out drawer for the laptop, an audio interface, and a 2-channel/stereo power amp, with everything else mixed, processed and pumped to the amp by the laptop. As a rapidly aging musician, reducing the kit to one rolling rack, FOH speakers, a stand bag and instruments strikes me as a particularly fine idea! ;)
  6. Hi folks. I've been noodling this one around for a bit, and would love to hear from anyone who is currently (or has tried in the past) to process their live sound using a laptop-based setup with a VST host and plugins. Tight cash and a spine unwilling to haul racks of gear are both prompting me to wonder if the hundreds of VST plugins in my home studio could be put to good use in a live show processing everything from vocals to instruments to the final FOH and monitor mixes? Research so far tells me that a lot of mobile DJs are running sound through Ableton Live setups, and a few techno bands are making use of virtual synth racks, etc, so in theory this would work as well for a live band. I'm looking to process 2-3 vocal mics, guitar, bass and some ethnic hand drums (mic'd), about 8 input channels of audio in total plus two stereo outs (FOH, monitors). Any ideas/suggestions/experiences/gear tips/etc from those that have been there, done that would be greatly appreciated.