SM57 on a stand

I have been running sound at for bands and events at various venues for the last eight years. It started at my home church where i ran sound for the praise band. I eventually joined a rock band that toured throughout America, and along the way I acquired experience in running live sound.

In 2008 I took a two year hiatus from college and ran a music venue of my own called The Capitol. In those two years, I learned more about sound than I ever had before, and I became very comfortable behind a sound board.

Currently I work for AV Services at the Reitz Union on the University of Florida campus. Below are some tips on how to effectively perform the simple task of setting up a microphone on an acoustic guitar.

In order to do this you will need the following materials:

Guitarist

This is all standard-issue equipment for any audio-visual work environment. The microphone doesn't have to be the exact same, but it should be a similarly styled instrument microphone. Follow the steps below to get it all set up.

  1. Hook the XLR cable into the bottom of the microphone.
  2. Insert the microphone into the clip on the end of the stand. Be sure that it is firmly in place so it does not fall out in case it's bumped.
  3. Be sure to wrap the cable around the stand so it does not come loose and trip anyone on the stage.
  4. Let the performer position themselves on the stage and then place the microphone by their guitar. Be sure that it is angled toward the sound hole on the guitar in order to capture the most tones.

That's it! As long as you have all other required equipment -- a soundboard, amps, and speakers -- you are ready to crank the volume of the guitar and enjoy the music.