The coolest thing to happen since carbon and crystal were put with brass, wood, and wind. The Shaker Retro Rocket is a truly beautiful harmonica microphone that's basically a no-nonsense, bullet-type ... Read More
The coolest thing to happen since carbon and crystal were put with brass, wood, and wind. The Shaker Retro Rocket is a truly beautiful harmonica microphone that's basically a no-nonsense, bullet-type Shaker mic retaining the qualities that made the great original bullet mics so special.
The Retro Rocket harmonica mic has all the snap, crackle, and pop that any blues/rock harp player could want. It's the real dealâa cast metal alloy body with a black crinkle powder coat finish, and high-output crystal element. It features a solid pewter grill and a 1/4" output connector. It's 40% smaller than traditional bullet type mics, and is ergonomically shaped to give harp players an in your face, aggressive tone. This is one high-output microphone with over-the-edge dynamics and a truckload of harmonic overtones. According to Retro Rocket endorsers, this mic rejects feedback better than any other bullet mic made.
Shaker Harmonica Microphones are part of a complex music making system, one that includes the harmonica, the player's hands, the microphone, the amp, and the player's personal techniques. Traditional methods of measuring response and behavior become pretty much irrelevant because Shaker's don't fit strictly into the established categories of polar patterns. By using a sampling of the harmonica's sound and directing it through acoustic ports into a volume-tuned chamber, Shaker harp mics become, in essence, miniature hand-held recording studios. This is known as Shaker GNS technology, or good noise sampling, resulting in great tone, extreme technique sensitivity, and tremendous feedback. Designed and engineered by Shakey Joe, these mics are totally handmade in the US and use as many American-made parts as possible. They're made in the Arizona desert by harp players, for harp players.
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I recently got this Retro Rocket mic from the nice people over at Shaker microphones. It seemed like it would be the best fit for me being that I have almost always used Astatic JT-30 mics with 151 crystal elements. So naturally I went for the vintage bullet style shaker with the crystal element. I really liked the way it looked.A mini bullet style mic with a nice black powder coat finish and a nice pewter grill. Its light but it feels like there is something in your hand. Now I don't have a problem with holding harp mics of most any size but those who do will love the way this mic feels so natual in your hand. I also normally don't use a volume control, but this one has a really nice taper to it. The volume comes up nice and smooth. As far as the sound of the mic goes, it does not have as much output as a traditional element, although its not too weak. You will have to adjust your amp. It also does not have as much bottom so you will have to turn up the Bass a bit too. What is does have is a really good natural harmonica sound. It has nice presence and really makes the harp cut through the mix without being to piercing. It still colors the sound like a crystal does, but it doesnt grind as much as the old ones. The sound that it has is really unique while still sounding like amplified harp. You might not use it all the time but it really can be a useful and good mic in your arsenal. If you don't have strong tone you might not like this mic. If you have a handle on tone than you will be able to get a really cool sound from it. I would get another one if I lost it for sure.
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