Music Equipment – Bring Out the Big Guns for Bluegrass Music!

Bluegrass Music may not be rock and roll but it can be just as loud and wild in numerous instances and it’s during that time that you’ll need powerful music equipment. Whether you want more clarity for playing acoustic all the way or more precision for your solo, almost anything can be achieved with good music equipment.

Electrify the Crowd with the Right Bluegrass Equipment

It won’t do if you just depend on a venue’s sound system. Sooner or later, you’ll run into trouble that could cause the entire gig to be cancelled. If you want to stay on top at all times then you need to invest in solid equipment.

Mixer Amps or Power Mixers

You can buy them separately, but it’s best to buy them as a set. Mixer amps can come in two forms. They can either be amps with built-in mixers or the other way around as mixers with built-in power amps or amplifiers.

There are only 2 important factors to consider when buying mixer amps: how much wattage you’ll get from the amps and how many mixer channels they can provide. Minor factors that are worth considering – if you have the time or you’re willing to shell out big bucks for the very best – are the features that come with the unit’s mixer section. Perhaps next time we can get more in-depth with this, but for now these factors should do.

Music Equipment – Bring Out the Big Guns for Bluegrass Music!

Music Equipment – Bring Out the Big Guns for Bluegrass Music!

Microphones

A lot of pros bring their own microphones. It’s not that they don’t trust the organizers or the venue’s sound system, but it’s better not to trust things to fate, right?

With microphones, the most expensive models aren’t always the best solutions. Vocalists need microphones that can bring greater volume and depth to their voices. Instrumentalists, on the other hand, need microphones specifically designed to bring volume to instruments. There are microphones, for instance, that are specifically produced to achieve the same range of bass guitars and deliver it to the crowd in the greatest amount of precision possible.

Last, the microphones you buy must be compatible with the amps and other music equipment you’re using. If you can plug it into the system that the rest of the band uses, then you made the right choice.

In-Ear Monitors

They’re small but powerful, and if you want to be a pro then this is something you’ll need to invest in.

If you’re new to playing in a band and it’s your first time using in-ear monitors for checking the quality and precision of your music, you may find the sounds produced by the monitors a bit unnerving. It’s hard to hear that kind of volume and variety directly in your ear without being disoriented at first.

Thankfully, there are now in-ear monitors that have been especially designed for entry-level musicians. They’re great to use as you learn the ropes for live recordings and rehearsals and as you progress, you can move on to higher models for in-ear monitors.

 

Pickups and Preamps

Think of these two as your preparatory music equipment – they make sure that music from all instruments comes together in a powerful and seamless harmony. Pickup devices basically work like transducers and more appropriate to use for string instruments like the electric guitar, electric violin, or Chapman Stick. Upon converting the electrical signals produced by the instruments, the rest of the sound system can then record, amplify, or broadcast it.

Preamps, on the other hand, are usually utilized for microphones. Signals coming from the microphone are generally too weak for other types of  equipment like recording devices and mixers to process. It’s the preamp’s job to increase their signal strength, enough to be effectively processed. They also make sure that signals remain stable so that sound quality won’t be distorted in any way.

And there you have it – the big guns you need to make your band’s Bluegrass music come alive like never before!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

John Judge May 25, 2012 at 5:04 am

“A lot of pros bring their own microphones. It’s not that they don’t trust the organizers or the venue’s sound system, but it’s better not to trust things to fate, right?”

For us it is more of an issue with hygiene….

This post is really misleading in a lot of ways, I hope that you clarify a LOT more in your next one.

thank you for the information! ron August 17, 2012 at 11:14 pm

thank you very much!

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