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Microphone Technique and TCH Mic Review Video


  1. Sandy A. on November 11, 2014 at 9:36 PM said:
    Thank you, Jeannie, for reinforcing my preference for holding the mic (or positioning it on the boom, since I play guitar or dulcimer when I sing) precisely as you demonstrated. Drives me nuts when sound people insist on positioning the mic vertically on the stand, below my mouth or even chin, and insist I sing across the top of it. (And some musical partners complain that the proper mic position obscures my face and thus impairs photos and videos--but I feel that audiences come not just to see me but hear me)! I find that with the mic held properly, in smaller venues I can monitor off its transducers without needing a stage wedge. Never considered the TCH, but I found that since I switched from a Shure Beta 58A to a Beta 87A, the proximity effect is less boomy and more accurately reproduces my tone (and to some degree, if I am without phantom power an Audix OM-7 works well for me too). A mic held properly also allows a wider dynamic range and thus greater expressiveness--holding it vertically leads to over-singing, which is not just harmful to the voice but tiring to the audience.
  2. Cheri S. on February 9, 2015 at 8:27 PM said:
    Would you talk about the difference between reverb and echo. I find it difficult to sing with a lot of echo and reverb. Can there be too much? Thanks, I enjoy your tips and advice.
  3. Jeannie Deva on February 10, 2015 at 4:02 PM said:
    Thanks for asking. I'll do a separate blog to respond in more detail. The short answer is - echo is like a delayed repetition of what you just said or sang. It can be set to repeat more quickly or slowly. Reverb is the electronic version of the natural acoustic ambiance you hear when singing or speaking in a room versus a bathroom that has a lot of tile. It too can be programmed to sound like you're singing in a cathedral or a small room - for example.
  4. Victoria on August 6, 2015 at 3:49 AM said:
    I have a shire 58 how do I hold it get any. Techiques
  5. Jeannie Deva on August 6, 2015 at 6:13 PM said:
    Victoria, Everything I demonstrate in the video also applies to a Shure 58 microphone. Let me know if you have a more specific question.
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