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Subject: Re: [HD] contact mics
From: Lone Stickman <lonestickman@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2013 10:21:32 -0700
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I'm currently using two piezos on the bottom edge of the soundboard, mounted on the inside, with the stereo jack being inside the handle hole in the back. 

Filtering is a great option. 

I'm not sure how many people actually use effect pedals and preamps, but there are many inexpensive EQ pedals, which allow you to dial down the frequencies which contribute to "knock" and hammer noise. Normally they don't use a large amount of power, so I use a battery-powered one. If that matters to you, then do a search to be sure the pedal can use a battery. The MXR 10-band one and the tiny Mooer EQs only take an adapter, but the simple Boss and Danelectro pedals can take both. 

Getting even fancier, one can use a parametric EQ to zero in on the frequency range which is knocky, and notch that out. Some of the acoustic guitar preamps allow this as well. My Boss AD-5 has a sweepable anti-feedback notch filter, and I'm sure it's not the exception. The AD-5 also allows emulating the natural resonance of the instrument body, so it doesn't sound so one-dimensional. 

Not everyone is looking for the piano/cimbalom bass range, so rolling the entire bottom end out might work for you. However, if you're looking for preserving the whole range of your instrument while just getting rid of a few frequencies, an EQ can be a good solution.

Whatever you choose, good luck!

On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 8:05 AM, <wesndeb@cox.net> wrote:
What Chuck said.  We've been using them for years, just roll off lows...
---- Chuck Boody <cboody@mcfmail.net> wrote:
> You can use a box like the LR Baggs Para Acoustic DI which has a low frequency cutoff that can remove most thumps.
> It is small and easy to carry.
> Chuck Boody
> On Jul 29, 2013, at 6:05 PM, Bea Romano wrote:
> > Hi Whamdiddlers!
> >
> > I have been using a K & K contact mic and it has been fine with our 'Passport' PA. We needed
> > a boost, so I added the K & K preamp.  Wow!  the sound is great but the hammer hit noise is
> > totally unacceptable.  I tried the contacts under the hd, and it was only slightly improved.
> > I disconnected the contact mics and went to a standard Shure SM instrument mic.  that was
> > great!  However, the sound is only part of the reason for the contact mic, the other
> > reason is so we don't have to lug around more equipment.  Any suggestions on how to make
> > that K & K work better without the hammer hit noise?  It's great otherwise.
> >
> > Thank you so much!
> >
> > Bea in Sunny So. CA
> >
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