Denian Arcoleo wrote:Many thanks everyone. So, Blondie, an external condensor mic is best for natural sound?
Absolutely, no question.
..but us mentioned, it does depend on environment. If you are looking to do weddings for example, in very noisy environments, you have to compromise on sound to achieve volume without feedback. I have played at some deafening wedding breakfasts, and that's the guests, not me!
Denian Arcoleo wrote:
I have always suffered feedback problems when using this solution
Is there a particular way of positioning mic amp and guitar to avoid this? Also, which amp is best in this scenario? Thank you
Yes, positioning of mic and speakers is key. Mic should be directional, and placed close (around 6 inches away give or take) from the guitar round about 12th/13th fret area, much closer than you would record.
For best sound with a good spread you need two speakers, and you need to get them off the ground. We use a Fender Passport 300 Pro PA system, the speakers are placed up on stands behind us and flanking us, just above head height. The speakers are therefore used to monitor too. We play concerts in small venues (say 80-120 people) with these and get plenty of volume with no feedback problems. Not classical, but flamenco/latin so same amplification issue. I am trying to think of venues we have played you might know - Ilminster Arts? Calstock Arts? Plus some big churches. We'll be at Taunton's Creative Innovation Centre in July... I'll try and dig out a concert pic to show you (EDIT: just sent you PM!]
EVH make great small PA speakers, JBL and Mackie are a little cheaper, you could get active ones (amp built in) and combine it with a little Mackie mixer just to control your levels. That would give you great sound but it is more to carry. I have used the Passports for years for convenience (mixer/amp and two speakers folds away into a 'suitcase').