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Mike Karseboom

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should rappers bring their own mic's?
« on: January 31, 2019, 12:56:20 am »

Just wondering if it is reasonable to  expect rappers to bring their own mics?  I have a potential gig coming up and am dreading the idea of all the saliva filling my vocal mics.  These would just be a couple of SM58's but there is no budget in this gig for equipment write offs. The music is not really to my taste so I'm on the fence whether I want to suffer through the show anyway.


I know ultimately it is up to me to negotiate my own terms but curious if refusing to provide vocal mics to rappers is way out in left field?
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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2019, 01:46:36 am »

Pad your bid with $99 extra for an SM58. Buy a new one and let them take the one you supplied with them.
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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2019, 02:06:05 am »

just cover the mic screen in wrap
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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2019, 03:09:37 am »

Definitely.  Especially those who complain about the mesh being anything but pristine.

Guitarists manage to bring their own guitars, if the mic is that important to you (which it should be) bring your own.


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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2019, 03:55:49 am »

My take is if you are going to provide the sound then its up to you to provide the sound. If you don't have any b-stock mics then hit up craigslist or as was mentioned buy a new one and delegate an old one to your b-stock. Around here rental 58's are $5/day, that's another option. Expecting the artist to go out and buy one on your demand won't win you any favor's. The windscreen does come off and is washable, if all else fails, a new grill with foam windscreen is $6 on amazon.
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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2019, 08:11:32 am »

No itís not a reasonable expectation.  Sound provider is customarily expected to provide all necessary mics. Smart vocalists do bring their own but donít count on that.
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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2019, 08:47:40 am »

I have a couple of spare mesh ball ends for my 58's and I swap out nasty ones for clean, and wash them. It only takes a couple of minutes, and as noted, OEM spares are pretty cheap.
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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2019, 09:14:05 am »

As opposed to heavy metal vocalists or beat boxers?

Everyone should bring their own mics if they had a clue but luckily for those of us who make a living providing mics they don't.  If you're going to be in the business of providing sound systems you're going to want to be content agnostic.

Just wondering if it is reasonable to  expect rappers to bring their own mics? ...

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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2019, 12:13:24 pm »

sounds like I need to suck it up and provide the mic's.  I think it is really only 2 guys that rap full time and I do have some older 58's.  I also have an unused SM48 that maybe I'll sneak into the mix. 


I just sort of cringe when I see the their videos where they have a beer in one hand and a cupped mic in their mouth in the other.  If the mic's actually suffer any damage I guess I will know better next time.
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Re: should rappers bring their own mic's?
« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2019, 12:23:07 pm »


I just sort of cringe when I see the their videos where they have a beer in one hand and a cupped mic in their mouth in the other.  If the mic's actually suffer any damage I guess I will know better next time.
It's a cost of doing business.
Just like Gaff and Batteries.
For these kind of shows, you build it into the cost.
I clean out all vocal mic's pretty often anyway.
58's are pretty tough to actually break. Just the (replaceable) ball takes a beating.
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