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With all of the talk about sound controllers, couldn't I run an Mp3 player from my pocket through the mic?

With a wireless I suspect a "Y" cable at the transmitter with the player and mic. each occupying a plug, then into the transmitter. Is that true?

What about a hand-held, wired mic.? Anybody know how to accomplish that task? McGiver?

Here's another option. I haven't tried any of this by the way.

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I'm not sure what you trying to achieve. I don't know why you'd want to the mp3 player thru the mic? It could cause static or feed back. When you could run it from 1/16 to 1/4 or RCA directly thru an amp.
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The idea here is to remotely control sound cues from the stage. That is, fire the sound guy.

I like this idea. I supect that you'd need a separate transmitter, though. I think two signals on the same frequency would cause noise. Is this true?

It's also true that MP3 players aren't cheap. With a good mike and a good mp3 player, you are approaching the cost of a virtual soundman. But if you already have an extra mike and an MP3 player... this should work.
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"...Fire the sound guy". Funny. True.

I don't know if the two signals would cause problems. It *appears* to be a simple solution to expensive equipment, until that expenditure is justified.

I have heard of people using such a setup successfully. Players can be had pretty inexpensively these days.

Really I'm asking, not telling. There have been numerous posts wherein the authors are looking for alternatives to expensive solutions. Though those solutions may be worth every Penny, it's a matter of scale for some of us who want to test the waters of stage performance.

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Something you might consider here is a wireless guitar pack. You would
wear it just like a wireless microphone, but it's designed to plug into an
electric guitar. An adapter should plug it into a headphone jack without
any problem.

NOTE: It will only be monophonic, so your adaptor or your recording should
be mono as well, or you'll lose half of your music.

As Zack said above, this is not necessarily a cheap answer. But if you are
having problems with your sound tech and want to control that yourself,
it's an option. But remember, you will have only yourself to blame for
problems, and you won't be able to solve them and entertain the audience at
the same time. With a live sound tech you can keep the audience amused
while they scramble to fix it.

If you are having problems with your sound tech it's usually an issue of
training or rehearsal.
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Never mind just firing the sound guy ... fire everyone you can to get them off your payroll ... the more the merrier so to speak.
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