Who has the best contact mics/piezos

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Who has the best contact mics/piezos

Post by thepetgoatrecords » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:31 am

What's the best place to get contact mics/piezos for making noise by banging metal together? I bought some from radio shack but they suck big time...

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Post by timdrage » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:10 am

Any are fine, you're probably doing something else wrong.

I don't think ANYONE in noise actually makes/uses a buffer circuit as explained here in order to actually get a decent frequency range from the things, but then again I'm not sure if it really matters once you're putting it into a load of pedals vs as in this guy's case using it for clean high end recordings: http://www.megalithia.com/sounds/tech/piezo/index.html

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Post by fire » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:33 am

yeah, hate to admit it, but i got some RS piezos for way too much $ and they work fine. check your wiring.
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Post by timdrage » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:35 am

electronics is SCIENCE tho sorry, you have to quit noise and noiseboard posting.

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Post by fire » Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:37 am

wrong again timmy boy, its magic.
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Re: Who has the best contact mics/piezos

Post by Laura91 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:22 am

thepetgoatrecords wrote:What's the best place to get contact mics/piezos for making noise by banging metal together? I bought some from radio shack but they suck big time...
No idea how much a piezo from the Shack costs, but you should have just bought a cheap dynamic mic instead. They usually have the cable included as well.

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Post by timdrage » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:55 am

yeah but they you know.... aren't a contact mic at all?

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Post by timdrage » Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:56 am

But yes, in general he should, cheap mics are good and it doesn't matter if you destroy them. I've seen packs of THREE kareoke mics in £1 shops before, would be amazed if they actually even work at all :D

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Post by Laura91 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 12:55 pm

timdrage wrote:yeah but they you know.... aren't a contact mic at all?
True.

And of course there is a difference in the sounds you can make, obviously. I'm just saying that if all else fails, you can always go the cheap dynamic mic route.

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Post by timdrage » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:07 pm

Indeed ^__^ also a speaker/headphones works well as a horrible sounding mic.

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Post by Laura91 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 2:33 pm

timdrage wrote:Indeed ^__^ also a speaker/headphones works well as a horrible sounding mic.
Yep. They sound horrid and I am using one now for a couple of projects. :lol:

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Post by Striations » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:38 pm

some random dude I met on ebay in 2010, he builds the best contact mics ive used. He stopped returning my emails and I haven't been able to get any more from him. he calls them red/black contact mics because he uses red plastic on them. They were very sturdy and did not fuck up the signal at all, they sounded perfect. I went through at least 17 of them from 2010-2013.
After I lost touch with him I had to buy one of the crank sturgeon ones, which sound like crap through my setup and really ruined a few of my sets on tour. I need to learn how to buld these on my own.

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Post by Striations » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:40 pm

Laura91 wrote:
timdrage wrote:Indeed ^__^ also a speaker/headphones works well as a horrible sounding mic.
Yep. They sound horrid
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Post by Laura91 » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:47 pm

Striations wrote:I had to buy one of the crank sturgeon ones
Which one did you buy and what were you running it through?

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Post by Striations » Sat Sep 14, 2013 5:58 pm

the "classic" one
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I don't want to go too deep into my setup because it's not something I can discuss here but It was plugged into a DOD Death Metal original issue, and an octave pedal, and a metal zone, into a keyboard amp, into the pa system. It sounded fine during soundcheck but It would drop the levels constantly during my set and could not give a voice to any of the metal I connected it to, I literally had to force the sounds to come out. If you look up my set from Dayton on Coffin Mouth's instagram you can see it working well, but if you look at the set from summer scum... :cry:

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