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    Default Simple 1 Mic setup. What?

    I want a basic setup. Don't want to plug in my uke. One mic for uke and voice. Battery/AC powered amp/speaker. Suggestions?

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    I don't know too much about the mic/electronic stuff, but this may give you some helpful info

    https://www.onemicstand.com

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    A condenser mic works best for both voice and uke, but it requires phantom power and most battery amps are not equipped with phantom power.
    If you wear your uke high, you might get away with a Shure SM-58 or a Beta 58. These are the industry standard for vocal mics and fortunately, they won't break the bank like a condenser and they're relatively indestructible compared to a condenser.

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    I've always been happy with the Kustom PA50 - AC powered, will let you plug in a mic and a uke - Cost is around $100.

    There's also the Behringer Europort MPA40BT - runs on battery or AC. Multiple inputs.

    But you didn't tell us how loud you want things; There are also the Vox MiniG3, or the Roland Micro cube, both run batter or AC, around $150.
    You can plug an SM57/58 in to any of them.
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    Hey Fingers, the Kustom PA-50 is highly recommended! Super portable but really kicks out the power. Not terribly expensive at all, AND it has "phantom power", so if you want to use a condenser mic that requires either phantom power or a battery, without worrying about putting a battery in the mic, you're covered! Shure used to make a relatively inexpensive condenser mic called the PG-81 (I think PG stood for "Performance Gear"), which works really well for picking up both your uke and your voice-- and without having to "be right on top of it". It can be powered either by phantom power or a "AA" battery, which lasts seemingly forever in this application. If you can find a pre-owned PG-81, I would definitely recommend that! The nice thing about the Kustom PA-50 is that it has two mic channels, so if you wanted to, you could use the condenser mic for the uke, and maybe a good old Shure SM-57 for your vocals, without complicating your setup too much. The PA-50 also has a third channel for routing in music from an mp3 player, for instance, which makes it good if you ever use backing tracks; or you could just play mp3 music thru that channel for the heck of it. The only slight "negative" with the PA-50 is that it doesn't have reverb.

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    Thanks folks. I'm learning a lot here. Addressing the issue of how loud: Small venues like a large living room. Usually just me or 3 players at the most. Sort of thought we could play bluegrass style, moving toward or away from the mic for volume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    I don't know too much about the mic/electronic stuff, but this may give you some helpful info

    https://www.onemicstand.com
    I had already checked this out. Seems to focus on the mic only. Helpful though.

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    You might like to check out the Rode NT3. I use one for my voice and guitar when playing in church (single mic setup) and it works a treat. It is a condenser microphone, but it can run off phantom power or battery so you're covered if you're amp/mixer doesn't have phantom power built it. It's also considerably lighter than a large condenser such as the Rode NT1/NT2 (of which I also happen to own and use for recording purposes only).

    Another option would be the AKG C1000s which is very similar to the RODE NT3 and also runs off phantom power or battery. I've not personally used one but have read good reviews.

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    So you're not worried about going to a mixer or recording digitally? Just for live performance?

    I record videos for YouTube with a single Blue Snowball microphone into my iPhone (11). That works pretty well, and I don't want to spend a ton of money to make better sounding or looking videos at this point (none of the channels produce any income). But that's with me recording in my house, usually after everyone else has gone to bed...meaning that there isn't much other noise around.

    A single mic for uke and voice in a performance setting just seems tricky for many environments (I'm thinking of a coffee house, for example). I'd want a mic for me and a mic for the ukulele, and the ability to control each.
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    If there are any Bluegrass jams or Gatherings near you, go and talk to the sound guys and the bands. At the Minnesota Bluegrass Fall Jam/Uke Gathering most of the Bluegrass groups played around one mic. Some had a central microphone with a couple of other satellite mics for the louder instruments. Maybe ask any Bluegrass players or organizations in CO, about inexpensive single mic equipment.
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