|Audio Technica Microphones will again grace the stage for the 2012 Country Music Awards Show on April 1st.|
|AE5400 used on CMAs|
Whereas the soundman rules, you can still arrive early and speak with him regarding using your own mic. I've done this and you'd be surprised at how accommodating they can be. Besides most sound techs want to try new equipment so if you have a really nice mic or preamp, they are likely going to be interested.
One venue I played, I checked in with the soundman and discussed the equipment I was bringing. He assured me that he would be able to integrate it into the house sound system. The day of the gig, I arrived early and helped set everything up. The result was a smooth, comfortable performance with no mic issues or sound surprises. In fact, I was one of the first performers to bring and use a condenser mic onstage. The house mic was a dynamic, you know that good 'ol Shure SM58! After I finished the set, I took my Audio Technica ATM710 Artist Series condenser microphone with me. We later stopped by to hear the band that followed but... couldn't! The house microphones were barely picking up the vocals and instruments. They were practically shouting into them.
I knew that feeling. I don't (want to) remember how many places I've played using the equipment that was there only to have to just about scream into the microphone to be heard, (barely). Something like that just throws off your whole performance because now you've got to position yourself closer to the mic which may be unnatural to hold.
|AT 4081 Ribbon Instrument Mic|
The main thing to remember is that YOU are the artist. Not to get all "Diva" on you but I think you'll find bringing your own microphones and preamps will give you the most control over your sound and performance. They you can relax and play.
|My Voicetone Create vocal mic preamp & DR-3 Drum and Bass Machine powered by a Sanyo Pedal Juice. A little bit of my studio that goes with me on the road.|