Singers with two mics

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  1. Rich_S

    Rich_S Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    How many singers can we think of who use two mics onstage? It's usually a special effect, like normal and lo-fi, or dry and processed. I have three to start us off.

    Les Claypool uses what looks like a small-diaphragm condenser for his hi-fi mic, and a green bullet for the lo-fi stuff. He changes his voice by switching back and forth. He has carried this setup through from Primus to the Delirium.

    Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice uses a similar setup, a Sennheiser dynamic for the "normal" stuff and a bullet mic for the lo-fi screaming. I read a quote from her somewhere that she started doing it as a cheap-and-dirty way to vary her vocal sound back when they were playing clubs, and she's just kept doing it now that they're playing big places.

    Matt Johnson with The The. His song "Good Morning, Beautiful" from the Mind Bomb album was a conversation between Jesus and the devil, and Johnson performed both parts live using two different mics, the the "devil" one heavily processed.

    Who else uses this simple but effective way to change up their vocals?
     
  2. RodeoTex

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    I haven't seen anyone doing it lately, cool idea though.
    Back in the early '70s it was common but that was for monitoring I believe.
     
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    Chuck Prophet and rocks a Squier tele with those two mics. One either has tons of delay or lots of tremolo.

     
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    Alejandro Escovedo.

    Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse did as well.

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    Grateful Dead during the Wall Of Sound days.
     
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    Wow, I like this kid. He is playing some good kind of stuff. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Two mics out of phase from each other will cancel each other out, keeping stage noise out when the singer isn't singing. The Dead may have been the first to use this idea. Not the same as having 2 different mics for different effects though.
     
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    We have a local band called The Gasoline Lollipops whose main singer uses two, a regular vocal mic and an effected Shure "Elvis" mic for kind of growlly distorted vocals. I'm not sure if he uses any pedals on it or if it's just the tone of the mic itself.
     
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    I believe I've seen Warren Haynes doing this.
     
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    I think they had 2 at woodstock since one was for film the other for mains.
     
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    I've seen plenty of bands do it.

    It's always struck me as likely more hassle than it's worth
     
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    It was all the rage 20 yrs ago
     
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    How about three (maybe)... from around 8:26 on... good closeup from 31:00 on...

     
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    It wasn’t until the ‘70s that mic splitters became widespread, before that if you needed to send signal to multiple sources like a monitor system or recording truck you needed multiple mics.
     
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    Like drumtime said.....I've known a couple bands trying to keep their vocal PA as "clean" as possible. Having two mics out of phase from each other "helps" cancel out mostly cymbals and bass from "bleeding" through to PA speakers.
    I've wondered if so many bands in the sixties put their drummers up on a platform or riser to reduce cymbals hitting the vocal mics.....?
     
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    Thanks Beyer. Only just recently did I discover that the old sound boards didn't have any monitor function. My understanding is that the second mic went to a second PA to serve as monitors.
    I may well be wrong, it's not unusual.
     
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    I thought I remember Mike Ness doing it back in the day. One for speaking, and one with slapback and lowcut for songs? Or someone in that vain doing something of the sort. Not stereo or whatever. Just two different mics for different uses/sounds.
     
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    Bob Heil invented the two mic feedback control system for the Dead
     
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