In our Accessories 2024 supplement, the US multi-style cellist, singer and composer shares his go-to tech accessories

Mike Block - motion 2 - (c) Todd Rosenberg

Photo: Todd Rosenberg

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When playing a solo show, I use the Ear Trumpet Labs condenser microphone (, in the Bass Edwina model, which has an incredibly natural sound. When playing in a band, I use a blended sound with around 80 per cent microphone (for sound quality) and 20 per cent pickup (for clarity in the low end) for the audience, and then only the pickup line in the monitors (to avoid feedback).


The ToneDexter preamp, Realist Pickup and LR Baggs Venue DI box

My equipment is a DPA 4099 clip-on microphone ( and the Realist Pickup (, going through a pre-amp with EQ; both the ToneDexter ( or LR Baggs Venue DI ( are great. I add a Rolls Mic Switch ( on the microphone line that allows me to be in control of muting.

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