last night was day one of a two day bar band weekend. this is one of my very last weekends as a freelance soundperson but that is for another thread. anyway the band rocked and is high caliber but i had one issue thats driving me crazy - the singer insisted on using his own beta87 even though i had my own sm58's for the other three guys to sing backups.
it sounded poor.
i'm familiar with the beta87 and have used it a number of times. the first alarm bell for me is that in a bar situation they tend to feedback faster than an sm58 and the wedge needs quite a bit different eq than normal. pickup/rejection pattern not withstanding they just seem to want to take off around 160, 800 and 3.5k. well i got those issues under control quickly but the guy kept putting plosives into the rig that were pretty incredible. i had the channel high passed (mixwiz3), the LF shelf dimed off, low mid ripped down halfway at around 120-200 or so, main eq dialed down a bit at 100hz for other issues in the room (real thuddy room), monitor eq (15 band klark) dialed way down below 200, HP, and he still was able to clip the klark. i could see that light 100' across the room light up every time he hit a sever plosive which was several times per song.
so my question is - i've never had THIS issue with a beta87. i know condensers can do this but i havent experienced THIS before. is it just this guy or does he have a bad mic? the sm58's had no issues, needed almost no eq (straight up on channels mostly) and were totally clear whereas the beta87 was muddy, blurry and needed a lot of work to get intelligible.
after an hour of tweaking things the most effective thing i found to get intelligibility was to (ahem - sigh - cough cough) pull 680 on the mains down around -4db. i dont like to do that kind of stuff because there wasnt a system issue there and the FOH speakers didnt need that, but this mic/singer did. after that it cleared up pretty well but i will never post a picture of the monitor eq setting i ended up with.
this is just so out of the ordinary i thought i would share and gain insight. i wish he would have used the sm58 i brought