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Old 07-01-2017, 06:01 PM
Skip Ellis Skip Ellis is offline
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Default Fishman Loudbox Artist

Anyone have experience with this amp, especially with a microphone? I don't care much for acoustic guitar pickups and would rather use a mic - either an SM57 or some sort of condenser. I'll be playing solo acoustic guitar, mostly fingerstyle, in small venues like assisted living facilities or wine bars, etc. with, probably, not more than 20-30 people. It would be nice to add just a touch of reverb to my sound. I also have a pair of Behringer C2's that might work also.

Also open to other brands and the lower the price the better. Any reports on the Behringer acoustic amps?
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:30 PM
leew3 leew3 is offline
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I've used several inexpensive condenser mics with mine to good effect in similar settings to what you've listed. For reasons I'm not aware of Fishman chose 24v phantom power for this amp. However, either of the mics I have used (MXL 910 and an sE X1A) worked fine. I tried each of them with the amp with an external power supply at the full 48v to see whether this changed anything. It seemed like I could get a bit more gain before feedback this way, but that may only have been confirmation bias on my part. Short answer: try it as it should work well. I haven't found a pickup solution in any of my acoustics that sounds as good as even a cheap condenser mic.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:11 AM
dnf777 dnf777 is offline
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Same experience here with my LB Artist. All my condensers seem to work fine on its 24v circuit. Since its a mono plug, could it just be a nomenclature snag? Do mic channels usually refer to stereo lines--i.e. 2x24v =48v? I just wonder because most voltage sensitive devices have noticible performance degradation at half voltage!

Back to OP, I didn't have much luck with either an SM57 or condensers. Have to stay pretty still, and too much noise at the necessary gain levels. Went with KK mini, and while not mic quality, close enough for me.
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