Re: best mic to use
That's another good point Candyboy. It's a lot easier to pull away from the mic and vary your dynamics than to try to play softer. I just haven't found a clip on mic for any price that stacks up to an SM 58 or Beta 58 on a stand.
I use an old Alesis Midiverb, which I originally bought as a vocal effects processor for my PA system. I upgraded to a better effects processor for vocals, and use the Midiverb on my sax.
I also play keyboard, so what I do, is I use an 8 channel Mackie mixer, and I run my keyboards and my sax mic through the 8 channel Mackie and Midiverb effects processor. That way, the keyboards are pre-mixed, and I can also use the Midiverb if I want to add effects to my keyboards. Then, I run out of the Mackie mixer into my 24 channel Yamaha mixer which I use to mix the rest of the band.