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Shaker Mad Dog Harmonica Microphone

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The Shaker Mad Dog microphone is a second-generation takeoff of the great Shaker Madcat Microphone. With its specially designed larger dynamic elemen...Click To Read More About This Product

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An ergonomic, dynamic harp mic with a rich voice, clear treble tones, and lots of bottom end.

The Shaker Mad Dog microphone is a second-generation takeoff of the great Shaker Madcat Microphone. With its specially designed larger dynamic element, it emphasizes lower-mid frequencies giving it a specific voice of it’s own. With a frequency response range of 40 - 6,000 Hz, it has a big, warm tonality with a hint of compression. It consists of of three parts: a center connecting web that fits between the fingers and connects the two pods, a bottom pod that houses the dynamic element, and an upper pod that is an acoustically tuned chamber and tone control that Shaker’s GNS technology.

In the player’s hands, the Mad Dog mic becomes part of a complex system where the harmonica, the microphone and the hands create a new type of instrument allowing harp players an unbelievable level of control over their sound, their tone, effects, dynamics and technique. Imagine playing amplified harmonica without having to hold a microphone, retaining all the nuance and hand gestures of acoustic harmonica but now you're amplified and dangerous. The possibilities are mind blowing. The Mad Dog Microphone works great with guitar effects pedals and is extremely feedback resistant. This Shaker microphone opens up a new world of sonic possibilities to the harp player.

If you use a Shaker mic with an impedance matching transformer into the input of your amp your Shaker mic becomes super charged, driving your amp into aural overdrive. All Shaker harmonica microphones are really two very different units in one. Direct to amp has the traditional Shaker tone and response. Used with a line-matching transformer: High output, hot and driven. Maximum flexibility, it’s your choice.

FEATURES
  • Extremely easy to hold
  • Highly feedback resistant
  • Compressed frequency range (40 – 6,000 Hz) providing big, warm tone with special voicing
  • Microphone body and grill made of a special high-strength thermo resin
  • compound (Shaker Sono Resin)
  • 42 in. cord with belt clip adapter
  • Wireless system compatible
  • GNS Technology (Good Noise Sampling)
  • Handmade in Arkansas (USA)
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Impedance: 500 ohm
  • Sensitivity: -70
  • Frequency range: 60 - 7,000 Hz
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ShakerMad Dog Harmonica Microphone
 
3.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Lightweight (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

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(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Cup-a-bility

By Puppy

from Oak Ridge, TN

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Comments about Shaker Mad Dog Harmonica Microphone:

This has a very similar tone and volume as the Shaker Dynamic mic, but it's ergometric design is far superior. It hooks into your grip pretty unobtrusively, and it sits far enough in the back of the palm that you have decent freedom of movement without the harp hitting the mic. Anyone familiar with playing bullet mics should have no trouble using this.That said, the Mad Dog may be just a tad too big for smaller hands, but there's the Mat Cat for those folk (although it supposedly has a thinner tone).The only complaints I have with this mic, is the same as I have with all the dynamic and most crystal harp mics. The volume level coming out is low, and the tone is somewhat harsh and brittle. This means more EQ twiddling on the amp to achieve a good Chicago tone. The Mad Dog doesn't have a bad tone at all, it's not so brittle as a Bluesblaster for example, but it's not a compressed 'beefy' tone of a Green Bullet.Long story short, if you like the tonality of the Green Bullet, get a Green Bullet because so far I've found nothing that comes close to it's output and tone.But if you like a more variable harp mic, one that can do rock and Chicago style blues with a bit more mid-range bite than a Green Bullet and can also handle delta style work, this is probably the best thing going.The ergometric design is definitely worth the extra few bucks.The ONLY unique criticism for this mic is nit-picky. The vol knob isn't the style and location I'd put it were I to design one from scratch. However, it works just fine as it is.BTW, Shaker does make them for lefties as well (those who hold the harp in their right hand while 'wahing' with their left). Just call 'em up.

(7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Mad Dog

By Robert Kelly

from Santa Fe NM

Comments about Shaker Mad Dog Harmonica Microphone:

Only change I would imake is a more ergonomic volume control and placement!
I love it! The size fits my hand so much better than bigger mics and the sound is close to the authentic blues sound! Wish the volume was positioned differently so it wouldnt get in the way of the hand cup!
Solid enough but plastic feels cheap
Given all the plastic could be less expensive given other mics of equal

(4 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Seemed like a good thing

By Seaharp11

from Hazlet, NJD

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Comments about Shaker Mad Dog Harmonica Microphone:

Not what I expected. I sent it back.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Mad dog, no bristle

By Jimmy 'sticks' Robinson

from Iowa

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions

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  • Performances

Comments about Shaker Mad Dog Harmonica Microphone:

This thing has a beautiful rich low mid range. It seems to have less pre-amp style power than other microphones for harmonica. Very ergonomic fit and smooth, almost compressed studio sound.
I think one would need a hefty power amp to get an overdrive sound at stage volume. (post '47 Chicago).
I have not complaints, it is superb. I am just partial to crystal, crass & dirty style on the verge of feedback always with a 10W tube amp. (old Champ)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

I prefer the madcat

By Harp Player

from Toronto, ON

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bulky/Heavy
  • Limited Functions

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    Comments about Shaker Mad Dog Harmonica Microphone:

    I love the Mad Cat for the nuanced, accoustic style effects I can acheive due to it's small size. The Mad Dog sounds good and works well but is more limited because of it's considerably larger size.

     
    5.0

    Great mic

    By Harpdude

    from Nashville, TN

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

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    Comments about Shaker Mad Dog Harmonica Microphone:

    Great mic. Have to learn how to hold it but after you decide your comfort position it is good. Prone to some feedback but not unusual for harp mics. Right now I like it better than the Shaker Retro as it is easier to hold but still working on the Retro comfort. Wish they would make the attached cord longer. Not sure why they didn't. Kind of strange. Other than that, delivers a great harp sound.

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