I have seen many people freeze when they have to address a live audience. Maybe that is the reason why many of these people attend these toastmaster sessions. Maybe it is their way of getting over the fear of talking to an audience or maybe those sessions teaches one how to avoid being tongue-tied.
That being said, I just wish DJs nowadays could use the microphone a bit more. When we first started out, the microphone was a part of you…you had to hype the crowd. The DJ in the past also had basic emcee-ing skills and many of the old-school DJs made for pretty good emcees when the occasion called for it.
So for those reading this post on my blog, remember, people are not there to eat you up. Do not be afraid of the audience, or the microphone for that matter. Take the mic and engage them. And to DJs nowadays, the mic is your friend..an extension of who you are. Use it!
While at a gig a couple of weeks back, I happened to chance upon this microphone briefcase that was used by the audio rental company. I thought to myself that this was a novel idea, keeping all the mics and DI boxes in one box, with lots of padding protecting the microphones. I do not have that many mics but I will be getting some more when I expand my audio inventory and a case like this is what I might get.
If you see any of those old videos of The Eagles, you will see them using these microphones. Check out the bulbous head. Within that mesh rests a ribbon transducer that sounds just heavenly. They are fantastic for vocals but alas, they are a bit fragile and the ribbon will not stand up much to abuse. I wish I could get my hands on one of these…but I do not think any one who owns them wants to let them go. These are highly-prized microphones and getting one will be difficult.
When you do live shows. Now. more often than not, there are drum-kit microphone sets, like this Wharfedale Pro KMD-7. The days of having a suitcase full of drum microphones are over. I used to remember miking up Sennheiser MD421 microphones for the toms and such. Those Sennheisers cost a bomb back in the day. This drum-kit microphone set costs about the same as one of those Sennheisers and will get the job done. What is included in this kit, as far as I can see, is a kick-drum microphone, one for the snare, one for the rack toms and one for the floor tom plus two condensers for overheads.Features-wise, this is what this mic set includes:
- High quality 7 piece live/home studio drum microphone pack
- Durable cast zinc construction
- Gold plated XLR connector
- Unidirectional polar responses
- Exceptional feedback rejection
- Dent resistant grilles
- Road tough foam lined plastic carry case
A pretty good deal for about $400. So drummers, get your own drum-kit mics here.
A couple of months back, while setting up for an event at the Shangri-La hotel Singapore, I came across this drum microphone kit from Shure. Now. I am from the old school. Back in the day, we had various microphones of various brands that we used to hook up the different toms on the drums. For the kick, we would use an AKG D12. For the toms, we would use Sennheiser MD-421s. For the snare, we would use Shure SM57s. But now, these all come in a set, with the relevant clips and all. I must say that it is a welcome relief because we are not carrying different microphones and their accompanying stands around. Maybe when I expand my audio company, I will get one of these microphone sets.
If you, like me, have a Shure SM58 microphone that is very old (I “blame” Shure for making an excellent and long-lasting product) and has a dented ball mesh grille, you can buy replacements for a fraction of the price of an original. I am just lucky. I found an old SM58 and used the almost-perfect ball mesh and to replace the one on my working SM58. But if I am not so lucky next time to find an old SM58 to replace your dented grille, get one of these replica ones. They are inexpensive and freely available on the Internet. Check them out and save yourself a few bucks.
When we were first starting out in the DJ business, we could not afford the greatest of equipment. We had plonked down most of our savings on a pair of SL-1200 MKII turntables and a mixer. The rest went on vinyl. But as DJs, we needed a microphone. And this is the microphone we had. A very unique name it had too…Rexy-Onkyo. It was pretty cheap but by golly, this lasted us many a show back in the day and it is still around! I found it at my mum’s place and very soon, I am going to try it out for a couple of shows to see if it still cuts the biscuit. I am pretty sure that thins thing still works a treat, even though I have never tried it out since we last used it in the late 80s or early 90s. You can see that it has been used till the paint is peeling off. Just looking at this brings back many memories…