Thanks in advance!
Thanks in advance!
You Will have a very good sound with lyric. Dont Know the anthem but no doubt that it was also a very good way.
The Anthem SL Classical would definitely be the best of both worlds when comparing mics and undersaddle pickups. It has a very natural tone, but maintains excellent dynamics and feedback resistance. The pickup does add a little more bottom end, but that's more in the attack of the note, and not in the actual frequency response.
I personally haven't encountered a situation where the Lyric "chopped off" the low frequencies to the point of sounding unnatural, but I usually play through full range PA systems. I've found that you will loose a bit more low end when you play through standalone amplifiers, but that is generally the case with any kind of microphone (especially vocal mics). So I prefer a PA system.
I personally use the Anthem SL instead of the Lyric for my own guitars, but I will not argue that the Lyric is very likely the most natural sounding solution for acoustic amplification. I like the added "punch" that you get from the pickup in the SL. It's not exactly "natural", but it does help to cut through the mix a little more when I'm playing with a band.
I hope that helps.
As an added note, I've played the Lyric Classical several times, and I have always been impressed with how natural it sounds, even at higher volumes.
I'm leaning towards the Anthem SL Classical.
My sales rep is trying to push me to consider the:
DPA d:vote™ 4099G Clip Microphone for Guitar
Clearly the latter is pricy, less "built in", and has no volume control. But on the other hand I could use it on multiple guitars.
But does anyone know how it compares to the Lyric/Anthem series with regard to a) sound quality, and b) feedback? Both products claim to be strong in both categories.
Thanks in advance,
I think that the sound quality might be better on the DPA, but it's hard to say. From what I've heard of the DPA's, they are supposed to sound pretty darn good. However, their feedback resistance is generally compared to other external condenser mics. Compared to other external mics, it might be more resistant to feedback, but I would have a difficult time believing that it would beat the Lyric, and definitely not the Anthem on a loud stage.
This is speculation, of course. Having not used a DPA myself, I cannot compare it to the other external instrument mics I have used, and those are mostly dynamic mics and not condensers. Compared to the external mics that I have used, the Lyric and the Anthem are definitely capable of much higher stage volumes without feedback.
Yes, I was thinking the same as you.
Plus, the DPA setup seems fragile: the clip holding the mic on seems like it wouldn't be hard to knock off. Plus, how do you put the guitar down and walk off stage? If the jack is clipped onto your belt, then you have to unplug in two places (the guitar side and the house side). If you clip it on the strap, the just seems awkward both to play and to unplug.
Meanwhile, it looks like I might have to pay $125+ to install an under-saddle pickup, as in the Anthem. So I think I might just get the Lyric, which will probably be fine for me for now. And maybe someday I'll get another Classical, and then the Lyric will be more portable to the new instrument.
I was wondering about the placement of the lyric pickup within the guitar. I know it is designed to fix under the bridge but is it an option to fix it close to the neck of the guitar for example? I want to avoid any kind of piezo/UST sound if possible and wondered if this might be a good method. I already play with metal fingerpicks so the sound is bright to begin with.
Do you already have a Lyric that you want to experiment with? The reason I ask is that the Lyric mic is actually a condenser mic, and not a piezo/UST. So if you are playing through a good amp/PA system, then there really shouldn't be any reason why the Lyric would sound like a Piezo.
The mic works by getting an even response from the guitar top, so placing the mic too far to the side, in any direction, will effect the tone. In some cases, changing the placement will benefit the tone. In other cases, you will actually lose the natural qualities of the mic completely.