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Sound and requirements


For smaller concerts we have two acoustic amps we may either use individually for smaller rooms, together as a small PA, or often also for bigger stages as our monitors/DIs, sending the signal from our instruments and voices to the main PAs. For smaller house concerts we also may decide to go completely acoustic, though we usually find that we sell significantly more CDs if we have a bit of sound reinforcement so people can hear the lyrics. With listening rooms we generally use a single large diaphram condenser mic (Ear Trumpet Labs “Myrtle”, see here) to capture everything in a simple, yet elegant way. Louder environments may require separate vocal mics, and “plugging in” the instruments. We are well equipped for these situations as well. Each room and audience is different and we will work with you and your space to ensure the best possible sound.


When we do use our system, rest assured, many people remark on the quality of our sound - just like we sound acoustically, only with clearer vocals and a fuller, ensemble sound. When using our own system, we will have our own mic stands, mic cables, XLR and quarter inch cables, and microphones. We bring everything we need whether or not we need it all in the end. However, if a venue, festival, or house concert can supply these, please let us know ahead of time as this may be easier than packing everything. Depending on event location, sometimes we do need a longer three prong extension cable than 6’ one one we travel with to get power to reach our amps. Aside from that, we're set!


When using a house sound system, depending on the room we may require a single mic stand to use with our “Myrtle” mic, or we will require two mic stands for our separate vocal mics, a quarter inch cable with a DI box for the guitar, and an XLR cable running straight to the board with Phantom Power for the violin. Dan uses a pickup for his guitar, but can also use, or additionally use, an instrument mic if available. Laurel uses a mini condenser mic which sits under her violin’s tailpiece and prefers this to a mic on a stand because of the quality of this mic’s sound and because then she is free to move about and not worry about losing volume or knocking an overhead mic with her bow.


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