Microphone for a vocals with big band

Date Updated: September 1, 2017 FAQ #812
Question:
We have a performing big band that has recently brought on a vocal quartet. We are searching for a microphone that the group can gather around and sing, and we don't have a clue what kind of mic would be best for something like that. We are having monitor feedback problems with the ones we've tried so far. What do you suggest?
Answer:


Consider any vocal mic with a cardioid pattern. This pattern has a pick-up angle of 130 degrees. Position the four singers so all four mouths are within the 130 degree angle.
Models to consider: KSM32; Beta 87C; SM86; SM58.
Also, consider the use of in-ear monitors.