Micing Clarinet for Live Applications

I am playing in a duo here in SE Asia, accompanying an acoustic guitar player, playing through some pop and blues tunes. When I’m not playing clarinet, I am picking up the bass guitar or playing the cajon. I would really like to do my clarinet justice, but the sound is currently only ‘acceptable.’

I now have an AKG dynamic mic (the little one with the adjustable gooseneck ) clamped onto the bell, and a Shure SM58 around the middle pointing toward the tone holes in front. I also have a Shure Beta 98, but lacking phantom power, will have to wait until I get a pre-amp.

Any stories of applications that have worked for you in the past would be great!

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  1. The problem with amplifying clarinet is that the sound comes out in many directions, the fingerholes and the bell, and different notes project from different places. Therefore, a single microphone is not a great solution in live situations. Depending on the volume of the particular situation you are playing in, I have found two different approaches that work well. AMT, Applied Microphone Technology, makes excellent double mics on ultra-lite goosenecks which clip on to your bell and suspend a mic under your bell and above the fingerholes. They are not cheap, but of the highest quality. See http://www.appliedmicrophone.com/products/show/18

    If you are playing in high volume situations where feedback can be a problem, a mic which is installed on the barrel is a good solution. No feedback, decent sound which you can alter with electronics, if you are into that. See the PT100PV on this page- I have found this to be a quality product: http://gtc-music1.com/store/index.php

    Either of these solutions can be wireless. I have used them both. I use the barrel solution most lately because I don’t have to worry about feedback.

    Good luck,
    Glenn

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