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Live Wireless Vocal Microphones...

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Arvida, May 1, 2006.

  1. Arvida

    Arvida Guest

    Greetings!

    We are in need of live wireless vocal mics. We have a group that sings two-three times a week at our church and they normally have six or seven vocalists.

    Right now they drag cables across the stage and things get bunched up, not to mention some of our microphones are on their last legs.

    So, we would like to look into a multi-channel solution, possibly an 8 channel wireless system.

    Does anyone have any recommendations? We are totally sure about budget, but we have talked about possibly spending around $500 / microphone.

    I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks!
     
  2. restashured

    restashured Guest

    I would reach for a Shure Wireless UHF mic. They have multiple bands and are usually switchable. Remember to save some money for batteries though. As you will need them for the mics. Check out http://www.shure.com for more info. I can't give you a suggestion for the perfect mic for your situation because I don't know everything you have, but you can probably find what you need on that site.

    Also, UHF has less chance of radio interference because it's switchable. You can set the receivers up in a rack and have them all run off of two antennaes. They will select the antennae with the strongest signal. This system works well.

    Hope that helps

    -restashured
     
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    If your performers are tangling up the cables that much, there must be a lot of movement on the stage, eh? Check out the Shure wireless systems that feature the feedback eliminator (by Sabine). These systems are great for the church with a lot of singers. Maybe you could use a couple of those for the "up-front" performers, and the less expensive ones for the "back-up" performers (if budget is an issue). Also, are you using color-coded windscreens on all of these vocalists (or at least a colored band around the mic's barrel)?
    BTW, a dual-antenna receiver is called, "dual diversity" and this can be a UHF or VHF system. UHF and VHF are broadcast ranges and the # of antennae doesn't directly determine the frequency bands. There are actually "dual diversity" VHF systems out there (AT). But a couple of years ago, the FCC changed the rules, and so more manufacturers are forced into the UHF bands. Peace...and good luck!
     
  4. Arvida

    Arvida Guest

    Hello!

    So, we are now looking at Sennheiser's EW135G2 wireless mic systems. I've got a rep at GCPro that will get them to me for around $410 a piece.

    Nice to work somewhere that enjoys industry accomodation. =)
     
  5. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Dual Antenna systems do not mean that there are two receivers always.
    True Diversity systems have dual antenna and dual receivers. That's why some low-end products say Diversity, and some say True Diversity.

    Where the "Dual Diversity" term comes to play, in the context of Shure, for the two channel system, able to receive signal from two transmitters. So, two units in one chassis (UHF, UHF-R). If you apply the Dual Divesity term to the RF functions that would mean twp receivers for every antenna, which is not the case.
     
  6. MadTiger3000

    MadTiger3000 Active Member

    Get a battery charger and buy Rayovac or another brand of rechargeables. Saves money and the environment.
     
  7. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    Rechargables don't always work. There are some higher end systems that work better than others. But you will still buy batteries at some point, as all of the rechargables have a memory. If you fail to drain them completely every time, you will not get the lifespand that you will expect.

    Durecell Pros are about the best battery. Buy them from a high volume office supply or medical supplier. We buy 9Vs for about 85 cents each. The idea is to buy the best battery that holds out to 7.5V the longest. After 7.5V I throw I put them in the recycle bin to use for rehearsals.
     

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