Real conversation from an inexperienced " sound dude."
" I keep putting that mic up on his banjo, and he keeps backing away."
Guess what Jr, you NEVER close-mic a banjo!
"Gosh, I have the subs set up cardioid, but they still say there's too much bass."
This ain't a DJ show, boy!
Hate to think what they'd do with a hammer dulcimer.
I recently watched a bluegrass show with my mom. They used two old RCA ribbon mics for the entire stage. That's the way!
Back from '87 to about '95 or so, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Jim and Jesse, the Lewis Family, all the big names used to come to central/southwest Virginia every year.
They'd play the Appomattox High School auditorium, Floyd County High School, the Vista Theater in Altavista, the Iroquois Club in Roanoke, all sorts of nice local venues. The Iroquois Club only held about 40 people and I could sit right under Ralph's StanleyTone banjo and watch in amazement.
The only downside to any of the shows were the local sound people. None of these bands took their own sound equipment or crew to these little venues, so someone in the sponsoring organization (lots of these shows were fundraisers) would find a local "sound guy" and equipment.
Maybe it's just around here, maybe it's not sound guys everywhere, but the sound guy ALWAYS detracted from the show. Not only did they not know anything, they didn't KNOW that they didn't know anything about what they were doing, and were constantly fiddling, changing, generating feedback, cutting off mikes, re-mixing, turning mikes up and down at the wrong times. Ralph Stanley told more than one of them to step away from the sound board. "Son, we been doing this a long time, we know when to step up to the mike and back. Just leave it alone."
One or two old-fashioned mikes, LEAVE THEM ALONE, and let a world-class band do their thing!!