Are you a 3+ person band wanting to single mic your vocals and acoustic instruments?
Our suspended ring models are best suited to single-miking an acoustic or bluegrass band. They all have much better feedback control than the studio large diaphragms commonly used for this purpose – we think you’ll find them much easier to use.
All three suspended ring models have more low-end extension than our signature Edwina model, which helps with keeping the sound full when you’re a little farther from the mic as you need to be with more players. In terms of the differences between the ring models, Myrtle has much of the tone of Edwina, since it’s the same head basket. The other ring models (Louise, Josephine, the bicycle gear models) have a slightly different sound than Myrtle, but are acoustically identical to one another – a little bit more high end detail, a little fuller low end. For full bands most folks prefer Louise. The choice between Louise and Josephine them would just be on aesthetics. The Josephine is pretty big and can be a little intimidating unless you really embrace the vibe.
As for how to make the most of them, you should be able to get at least a bit of monitor, better than any other available large diaphragm mic, but how much really depends on the acoustics of the room/stage. Watch out for things like big windows right behind you (common in bars and coffee houses). The more you can do to damp the reflections behind and above you the better you’ll be. There are practical limits to getting sufficient gain to pick up an instrument at 4 feet from the mic if there’s a reflective wall at 6 feet. In tough acoustic spaces like that it really pays to work on playing as close to each other and the mic as you can. Plus, it’s fun to play that way! For more info about single miking, take a look at our FAQ “What’s the deal with single micing?”
Take a listen: Fantastic Wood & Wire album recorded entirely with one Myrtle
For a duo wanting to share a mic, I’d suggest a Myrtle or an Edwina depending on how close you want to work the mic. They have similar sound, and great feedback rejection for live use; Myrtle has less low end roll off than Edwina, which I think may help with a full sound from guitar if you’re not working terribly close to the mic. There are duets that use the Edwina and sound great, but you want to be practiced at working together so you can keep your instrument within about 18 inches.
Still have questions?
Feel free to email us questions about your specific application and we can make a tailored recommendation for which mic will work best for you.