I'm an amateur musician who knows very little about audio equipment, but I'd like to start learning and have my own basic setup so as not to rely completely on the equipment at venues (sometimes they have terrible microphones and so on).
I've been searching online for a setup that will boost my singing vocals for situations such as small gigs at small cafes, or street busking. I'd like to have a "warm" tone to match my jazz-influenced style and mid-to-high vocal range. I'm thinking of this setup:
- portable mini amp (budget: around $100)
- portable/compact preamp/mixer (budget: below $100)
- dynamic microphone or low-noise condenser microphone (budget: below $200)
The portable mini amps I'm looking at:
- Vox Mini 3
- Roland Mobile Cube
- Orange Amplifiers Micro Crush PiX 3 Watt 9-Volt Mini Amp
- Danelectro N10B Honey Tone Mini Amp
The preamps/mixers I'm looking at:
- Mackie 402-VLZ4 4 Channel Mixer
- Peavey PV6 Mixing Console
- Behringer 302USB Premium 5-Input Mixer with XENYX Mic Preamp and USB/Audio Interface
- ART Tube MP Microphone Preamp
The microphones I'm looking at:
- Shure 55SH Series II Iconic Unidyne Vocal Microphone
- Electro Voice ND767A
- MXL V87 or V89 Low-Noise Condenser Microphone
- Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
- Nady PCM-200 Professional Classic Dynamic Microphone, Cardioid
Apparenty it's possible to hook up the microphone directly to the portable amp, but I was wondering whether it would also be worth it to get a preamp?
Would it significantly improve the sound of the portable amp?
If I perform at a venue that has its own sound system / amps / speakers, would I have more control over my own sound by bringing my own microphone and preamp for it?
If I get the mixer which has 5 inputs, could I then plug both a microphone and a guitar into that, and then connect the mixer to the portable amp?
Did I budget correctly by allocating a higher budget to the microphone (as it is the closest to the source, my voice)? Should the preamp/mixer also have a higher budget? (Although, among the more expensive ones, there don't seem to be any compact options.)