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These are only suggestions; however, this list will let you know what you need to be looking for in equipment. Please feel free to go to a good music store and try out gear on you’re own if you’d like. We use built-in distortion effects on our amps for some classic rock tunes, but you can also buy a seperate distortion pedal if you find an amp you really like that doesn’t have it, or want to upgrade to a specific kind of distortion or fuzz (Ryan has some extra pedals for sale).
INSTRUMENTALS UFO HUM Members need mini-amps for most of our performances, so you’ll need a ukulele with a 1/4″ output or have one installed. Ryan’s favorite uke for live, amplified performance is a Godin Multiuke, but any ukulele with an instrument jack will work. If you you can’t afford to have a pickup installed in your existing uke, you might try the Red Dot or other stick-on pickups. If you’re ukulele does not have a volume knob on it, you’ll need a pre-amplifier (as well as a 2nd shorter instrument cable): Several of us use the BEHRINGER V-TONE ACOUSTIC DRIVER DI ADI21 More high-end: LR Baggs Para Acoustic D.I. or LR Baggs Venue DI Acoustic Guitar Effect Pedal Instrument Cables: Kirlin Cable IM-201PRG-20/GRF – 20 Feet – 1/4-Inch Straight Premium Instrument Cable Green PVC Jacket (my favorite 20′ cable) Other colors and lengths from my favorite cable company: http://amzn.to/1D4gGgJ Here are a few mini-amps that members use or have been given a test drive by Ryan (the director): Less-expensive, but well-reviewed plug-in (no vocals): Fender Frontman 10G Electric Guitar Amplifier Less-expensive plug-in (no vocals): Sundown SD-15R Rover Guitar Combo Amplifier Mid-range battery powered (includes unbalanced 1/4 mic input for vocals): Korg Vox MINI5RIV, Ivory or Korg Vox MINI5R, Black. You’ll need a special mic cable if you plan to plug most mics into this amp for vocals: 10Ft XLR 3P Female to 1/4″ Mono Microphone Cable. High-end battery/cable powered (includes balanced xlr mic input for vocals) Roland CUBE Street Two-Channel Battery-Powered Stereo Amplifier.
VOCALS If you plan to sing (and be heard), you’ll need a mic stand and cable to plug into the mixing board. We have a set of group microphones that we use for live performance. You will need your own xlr cable and mic stand.
OTHER NEEDS Black music stand. A couple of us use the Manhasset Voyager, but there are many other stands out there on the market. Try to avoid the flimsy wire ones if possible (they’re cheaper, but they’re also flimsy and have a tendency to drop your music on the floor). Black performance clothing. Black bar stool (folding is easier to pack in the car – available at Walmart). The group uses the Tune Tech TT-5 tuner so that we are more in tune with each other (it really does make a difference). Ryan can provide you with one of these at his cost for $5.