I play a solo acoustic thing mostly in/at the cafe', pub type environment with the occasional warm weather bar/patio and or outdoor venue like a fair or etc. My set lists are comprised of contemporary and popular stuff from tyhe last 4 decades (from The Kings of Leon and The Foo Fighters to Neil Young and Bob Dylan and everything in between.
My guitars used vary but I typically bring/play an acoustic electric 6 string and a hollow body guitar (once in a while I will bring a 12 string too) and other than a PA (where I run the vocals and the guitars) I use a Vocalist LIve 3 harmonizer processor (I use this on about 5-9 songs per gig typically playng around 55 songs per).
I am currently using a Shure Beta 58A microphone. It's consistent, typically worry and trouble free and delivers but I am always on the lookout for new product and am wonderign what some of use out there are using, why, and if you are happy with your choice?
I recently tried an Audix om7 and was pretty disappointed. it was a superb piece of equipment but I think better suited for a singer who holds the microphone and plays louder venue and such. The Audix also had a pretty small sweet spot which for me was an issue only because I stand when I play and sing and am usually not right "on top" of the microphone when I sing. As I play guitar I move around some as you could imagine and having such a small sweet spot produced inconsistent pitch, tones and amplification.
So is everyone using?
still hard to beat the sm58...
You can't get much better for consistent quality than your Beta 58.
I use a Beta 57 only because it is slightly less obscuring. They are basicaly the same mic.
Agreed. The Beta's are terrific. While many think they are not worth the extra spend over the traditional sm58 I hear and feel a noticeable difference and like that extra clarity, clear, crisp dynamic since (and no disrespect to my wonderful guitars) my voice is my primary instrument.