|Celtic Harp Amplification for
……. Why Bother?
Hi, I am Stephen Vardy of Harpsound Audio. I bothered
and I think many others can benefit from a little knowledge
about microphones, speakers and how to deal with all
that technology when on stage.
So where does one start?
Amplifying Celtic harp music is a large topic with many
facets, the technology, the skills, the uses and the
philosophy of why use amplification at all? What works
The purpose of what follows
on this Celtic Harp Amplification Series is to introduce
harpists to the topic. it is to raise awareness levels
of the opportunities created by amplification, and educate
about the technology in a way that allows, you the harpist,
have enough knowledge to make competent decisions about
amplification, sound systems and sound engineers.
You do not have to buy
any sound gear to make use any of the knowledge in this
series. Over the telephone you can ask a series of simple
questions of a prospective client or his “sound
guy” about their sound system that allows you
to assess the relative quality of that system and the
competence of the person handling it. No more cold sweats
about that much heralded, great sound system which turns
out to be 2 cans on a string run by somebody who can
not even spell “microphone” yet alone use
Neither is the purpose
of this Amplification Series to provide a set formula
for buying specific brand name pieces of gear for those
who wish to have their own system. What works for one
harpist may not work for the next. Gear mentioned here
will be recommended in part from personal experience
with an individual item, in part from referrals from
trusted engineers with a good ear and in part from a
manufacturer’s reputation based on similar products
from the same manufacturer.