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  • Mic'd harmoninca - breathing noises

    Have been experimenting with homemade amp and a tie clip mic to amplify harmonica. Sounds OK, loud enough and satisfactory tone but it really emphasises the breathing noises. Is this just technique, mic placement etc., or do I just have the wrong type of mic?

    Amp is loosely based on a Pignose

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37071329@N02/4587140073/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37071329@N02/4587764402/

  • #2
    Try experimenting with mic placement first, as it's the easiest thing to check.

    Have you practiced with a full band? Sometimes, the band will cover up the breathing sounds.
    <div class="signaturecontainer">Play more bass.<br />
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    • #3
      As you get better on the harmoninca the "breathing noises" will become much less noticeable.
      <div class="signaturecontainer"><font size="2"><font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color="DarkGreen">“One who loves &amp; understands nature will never be alone &amp; will never be afraid.”</font></font></font><br />
      <font size="1"><font face="Comic Sans MS"><font color="DarkGreen">-Rachel Carson-</font></font></font></div>

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      • #4
        DAMN that's the hannibal lecter of amps!

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        • #5
          DAMN that's the hannibal lecter of amps!

          eh... thanks. It can make quite a noise when driven by a harmonica or indeed a guitar. It's based around one of these

          http://www.maplin.co.uk/7w-mono-audio-amplifier-module-32209

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          • #6
            Placement and technique then. will work on those -thanks for the input. Just noticed my spelling too! Harmoninca is quite a nice way to spell it actually.

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