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The best rookie amp and mic for a beginner

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I got enough songs together and I want to start gigging. I am looking for a good beginner amp and mic for newbies. I want something that will showcase the sounds of my blackbird super OM and rainsong Blackice OM1000N2.

Thanks you Guys always give the best advice

Jason

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Kramster
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Budget??

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Like Kramster says, budget is key. I am assuming you want a mic for "live" as opposed to recorded vocals, right? You can't go wrong with a Shure SM58. It's a classic, still in wide use, and doesn't need phantom power. Very sturdy build as well. You can use it for recording too, although it's not my first choice. $99 on Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Shure-SM58LC-Cardioid-Dynamic-Microphone/dp/B000CZ0R42

Or did you mean a mic for the guitar?

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Thanks!! I would like to stay under $500 damn this carbon experience is getting expensive!

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For a little stretch in budget, the Genz Benz Shen 150LT can be had new on eBay for $600. I got my 150LT for $550 new with a cover on eBay so it can't hurt to make a few offers. The 150LT is very light, sounds fantastic, and has all the power you will ever need (I use it as a sound system these days on a speaker stand). You can get a microphone, cable, and stand combo on MF for $30 and it will last longer than you want (my son's old metal band practiced in our basement for years and never had a cheap microphone fail, in fact they're still down there collecting dust).

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Jason:

Venue size and place should be primary considerations. For small venues AND venues away from power sources, the Roland AC33 (discussed in depth on a thread in this forum) is good for 30 to 40 pairs of ears, is very light and portable, and can be plugged in or played with its on-board battery pack.

I use the AC33 with my Blackbird OM and the Shure SM58 mic. Together the amp and mic, new, will run right around $500.00.

Good luck with the out-play and enjoy.

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Jason:

Venue size and place should be primary considerations. For small venues AND venues away from power sources, the Roland AC33 (discussed in depth on a thread in this forum) is good for 30 to 40 pairs of ears, is very light and portable, and can be plugged in or played with its on-board battery pack.

I use the AC33 with my Blackbird OM and the Shure SM58 mic. Together the amp and mic, new, will run right around $500.00.

Good luck with the out-play and enjoy.

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Evan's suggestion is probably close to as good sounding as can be had if you're buying new. The Shure SM58 is an industry standard and really sounds great for about $100. For an amp, the Roland AC33 is way cool at $400, so is the Ultrasound AG-50DS4 at $450.

If you're buying used, for mics you might consider the Shure Beta 58A, EV N/D767a, Sennheiser e935 and Audix OM5 amoung others. And a used Genz Benz Shen 150LT or a Roland AC90 would be nice.

If your budget is really rigid, then don't forget that cables and mic stands and so on will end up costing you some dollars as well. And if you're gigging out, do yourself a favor and get a DI box such the Live Wire or Whirlwind units.

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As an aside, my first amp was the Ultrasound AG-50DS4. I still borrow it (sold it to a friend) occassionally. It sounds great for guitar as well as violin and mandolin, but vocals aren't quite... there.

My second amp (the one I own now) is a Schertler Unico, which is more like a flexible PA. It's really nice, especially for vocals compared to the Ultrasound, but it's twice the price.

Anyway, have fun! We live in an amazing time. There's so much great equipment out there.

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Like previous recommendations, I would say the Shure SM58 for a vocal mic. I would agree with evan regarding the Roland AC33 for small venues. It has a flexibility that isn't seen in small amps like that (it even has a built in looper, and the stereo chorus sounds nice). It's also portable and can run off 8 AA batteries.
However, if you need more power for a little larger venue and don't care about the looper or the portability, the Marshall AS50D is a good acoustic amp for around the same price (even less):
http://cgi.ebay.com/Marshall-AS50D-2x8-50-watt-Combo-/250792512309?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a64660b35

With the AS50D for 349.00 and the Shure SM58 for 99.00, you have enough left over for a mic stand and cords.

Are you plugging in your guitars or micing them?

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Anyone tested a Fishman Loudbox Mini? Maybe to small for gigging, but I'd like to hear some
feedback from anyone that owns one or as tested one. Thank You

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A Loudbox Mini and a Shure SM58 or equivalent microphone would cover any space you are planning to play in. I like the higher-end Sennheiser microphones for their tone with my voice. The Mini is a surprisingly loud amp for its size. Plus its got the DI output so you can use it as a stage monitor / amp. Perfect for any venue.

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