[LAU] Pro Audio? OT rant.

Fons Adriaensen fons at linuxaudio.org
Sun Dec 30 16:53:39 UTC 2012

On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 11:19:30AM -0500, Al Thompson wrote:
> An omni-directional mic is unusable is any situation where that mic is
> being fed into a monitor system, unless the source is at least 20dB
> louder than the monitor signal, which MAY be the case if you're micing a
> guitar cabinet, since a) the cabinet would be close-miced, and b) there
> probably isn't a monitor aimed directly at the front of the guitar cabinet.
> It would NOT be suitable at all for vocals, or when you're micing horns,
> acoustic guitar, violin, etc.
> It would also be complicated if you are using side-fills, as is
> typical.  Of course, it's also complicated by stupid things such as
> whether or not the lead singer decides to put on a hat!
> I mixed monitors for many many years.  It's far more complicated than it
> would appear at a casual glance.  You get 8-10 on-stage monitor mixes,
> running a total of about 100,000 watts (including sidefills), and
> there's a lot going on.

It all depends on the circumstances. I never wrote that you could
blindly replace all your SM58s with omnis. I wrote that I've done
it in some cases, and with good results.

Also note that the miniature DPAs often used on violins, horns and
others (including singers) are omnis.



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