Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphones
Silver bullet microphones are handmade artisan quality with great amplified sound that is rich in tone and high in performance. Perfect for practice or gigging the mic’s heavy duty compact design and reliability stands up to the rigor of touring.
There are three ranges of Silver bullet microphone:
All are specifically for harmonica and suit blues and chromatic harp players. The dynamic medium-Z can also be used for vocals. All microphones are supplied in a variety of styles that provide you with a choice of customised look and as either a bullet mic with adjustable gain or as a very small bullet microphone with no volume control.
Microphones are therefore available in three sizes:
The response and sensitivity of the ceramic and dynamic microphone ranges are different with slightly different characteristics but all sound terrific and are suitable for practice, performance and recording.
Broadly the characteristics of the different elements are:
Silver Bullet Dynamic | Low-Z Harmonica Mic’ range
These low-Z dynamic mic’s provide a rich slightly fatter sound texture and harmonic content that provides you with some headroom to enable you to drive the mic’ and produce a classic “blues” sound – with a little help from your amp. The mic’ is low impedance which provides a medium powered microphone that may need more volume or pre-amp for large-venue gigging but is perfect for practice or small-venue performance straight out of the box. The mic’ also suits a rig that typically includes pedals, splitters etc and provides an added benefit of being able to cope with a longer microphone cable. The mic performs well on medium and high amp impedance sockets typically marked as “passive” and used for acoustic pick-ups (as it is important to drive equipment with a source microphone signal that is lower in impedance than the destination amp’s input impedance). Dynamic mic’s have proven reliability and performance providing a microphone that is rich in tone.</
Silver Bullet Dynamic | Medium-Z Harmonica Mic’ range
This medium-Z dynamic silver bullet microphone is specifically for blues and chromatic harmonica and vocals. The mic has an adapted acoustic dynamic element which provides a flexible and powerful microphone with a really “hot” signal, rich fat sound with full harmonica content and great bass. The mic has perfect mid-sound without treble – with clear intonation. The mic has higher fidelity than low-Z dynamic mic’ so can be used as both a powerful performance harp microphone and a vocal mic – perfect for blues and country singers. The dynamic element provides some headroom to enable you to drive the mic’ and produce a classic “blues” harmonica sound – with a little help from your amp. Dynamic microphones have proven reliability and are perfect for practice or gigging – including mixed (harp/vocal) performance.
Silver Bullet Ceramic | High-Z Harmonica Mic’ range
This is a high impedance (high-Z) ceramic microphone that provides a rich sound texture and harmonic content also with headroom for distortion. This element uses the same old technology as the original crystal microphones from the 50′s but with the benefit of durability. It’s a fairly clean sound but when you cup it firmly, and with a little help from the amplifier, you can get some very tasty, creamy overdrive without the annoying mid-range honk you get from a lot of microphones. The ceramic mic’s can also be used with some affect pedals but for low-Z pedals there could be an issue with impedance matching. The high-Z ceramic microphone need to be matched to an amp which offers a high impedance socket (typically marked as “passive” and used for acoustic pick-ups).
Choose a customised option that suits your rig
All silver bullet mic’s are offered in a range of variants that provide you with a choice of a cool coloured acrylic fascia’s to customise the look – including: Black Cat, White, Red, Mellow Yellow, Blue, Orange, Purple, Jade Green, Lime Green, Hot Pink, Brown, Burgundy. The range of mic’s made from poker chips create an exceptionally nice looking and ruggedly constructed custom bullet-microphone that is a bit different. Alternatively choose a more classic looking mic’ with a fascia made from beautiful hardwood – sealed with mineral oil – or the heavy grade curve-formed mesh design of the quicksilver range.
The silver bullet harmonica microphone’s size and shape provides a durable design which is smaller than a Marine Band and fits neatly in your hand and pocket. It is a perfect size for getting a really good seal for amplified harmonica playing which is much easier than with a larger bullet mic’. Another nice detail is the rubber around the head of the mic’ which serves two purposes: firstly it means that the harmonica isn’t going slip out of your hands when they get sweaty (a real issue!), secondly it helps achieve a consistent airtight seal around the harmonica and microphone to get the biggest “tone” you possibly can.
Silver bullet harmonica microphones are very light in your hand and is easy to hold with a harmonica while performing so you don’t get hand cramp after a long practice or performance. The volume knob is small and very firm which means you are not going to accidentally twist it in the middle of a particularly enthusiastic harmonica solo. The sensitive volume control provides you with excellent control to boost your output or control feedback.
The mic’ connects to a valve or solid state amplifier with a standard 1/4″ (6.3mm) guitar jack-plug socket that can be purchased separately from most music shops or on-line. All silverfish harp mic’s can be stand-mounted and fit snugly in most small (fitting a 30mm barrel) microphone holders.
The dynamic and ceramic range are both truly awesome harmonica mics with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design and are both very technique sensitive with top-of-the range features. Check out the full range of harmonica microphones in the online Silverfish Harmonicas shop