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May 16, 2021 - 8:24:22 AM
9 posts since 9/21/2017

Hey fellas, I’ve been playing with sound tracks on a Bluetooth speaker and want to get a mic to get my volume up. Would y’all recommend a PA or would something like the fishman mini amp work. Thanks

Edited by - Texasbanjo on 05/16/2021 09:30:44

May 21, 2021 - 4:04:22 AM

2802 posts since 12/4/2009

Hello,

Depending on the make and model of Bluetooth speaker, some models can service a mic. A 1/8” plug is typical option on smaller BT speakers. Some current bigger ones have 1/4” or XLR ports.

I use a Focusrite Scarlet with a BT speaker. This one has a 1/8” plug. The XLR of the Scarlet and the plug of the BT speaker allow me to choose which type of mic to use, Dynamic or Phantom power.

Yes, it is possible when the right additional equipment is used. BT speaker are designed to accept one input when small. >10+ lbs ones may give more inputs.

Jun 10, 2021 - 7:53:13 AM

167 posts since 9/7/2014

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Originally posted by Scotty60

Hey fellas, I’ve been playing with sound tracks on a Bluetooth speaker and want to get a mic to get my volume up. Would y’all recommend a PA or would something like the fishman mini amp work. Thanks


I looked at the Fishman mini amp and it has 2 channels. Is your intention to sing and play? Because that is what it is made for, one channel for an instrument cable (assuming your banjo has a pickup) and the other channel is for XLR cable, which would have a mic on the other end.

If you don't want vocals, then you may be able to save money by purchasing a 1 channel amp for just the banjo. If you do want vocals, you can also save money by purchasing a different brand than Fishman. I scored a discontinued Crate CA-60D on Craigslist and paid half what the Fishman sells for new. It has 2 channels and everything one needs to amplify their instrument and vocals. Not saying you have to buy a Crate, but check out your local Craigslist or Facebook marketplace or Reverb.com and look for something used. If you save a ton of money on the amp, you can use the remainder you saved to invest in a pickup (assuming your banjo does not have a pickup). Good luck and happy pickin!

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