Getting the Sound Right

One of the greatest challenges that faces any band is finding the proper sound equipment/set-up to get the music across  sounding good. Our "rhythm and bluegrass" project, 32 North, is experimenting with playing acoustic instruments (except for an electric bass) and using only a few strategically placed microphones to get the job done. The set-up requires players and singers to move around the mics when they are soloing or singing.  This is old-style bluegrass stage craft, and you can see it executed with élan watching Jerry Douglas's Earls of Leicester on tour this summer. 

We played this way at The Contented Sole last gig. With five players and singers we were not entirely satisfied that everyone was properly heard. So maybe three mics with two dedicated to ambient sound? A work in progress...

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