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Ed_Millis
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In some of the promo videos, I saw a microphone used that looked good to me. Worn as a headset, a very thin tube (either clear or beige/flesh colored) that went in front of the mouth, no large bulge for the pick-up element.

Any idea from that description what mic that is?

Ed
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Mipro (from Taiwan) make a very nice flesh coloured mic, that is very slim and works a charm. I've been using the same one for over 5 years and it's still going strong.

Check these out: http://www.mipro.com.tw/link/2_7_2.htm

I've been using the MU55HN and am very happy with it, and am now using the frame from the MU23 and am even more happier.

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Hello,
Thanks for the input. Can this microphone be plugged into a wireless Shure system?

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Randy
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Hello,
Thanks for the input. Can this microphone be plugged into a wireless Shure system?

Regards,
Randy
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There are a number of manufacturers of earset microphones. The best-known manufacturer (and the first to offer them to my knowledge) is Countryman. The E6i is the model that everyone compares models to:
http://www.countryman.com/store/product.asp?id=6&catid=10

Unfortunately, the Countryman E6i is fairly expensive. There are several other brands that are less expensive (Mipro, OSP, and others you'll find on eBay.)

Personally, I am very tempted to try out one from Microphone Madness:
http://microphonemadness.com/

I have checked reviews on these for a number of years, as the price is the lowest around. I'm seeing more and more positive reviews from people using them for theatrical productions where price is a big issue when you have to purchase 8 - 12 mics. The only complaints I have seen have been about durability but the Countryman mics also have a reputation for being somewhat fragile.

I have not used one of the Microphone Madness mics but they do offer a money-back guarantee.
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Randy: The Mipro headset will only plug into a Mipro unit. However, if you buy the equivalent mic from Countryman, you tell them what you want to plug in to, and they send you the correct unit.

Jim
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On 2011-09-06 08:19, Michael Messing wrote:
Personally, I am very tempted to try out one from Microphone Madness:
http://microphonemadness.com/

I have checked reviews on these for a number of years, as the price is the lowest around. I'm seeing more and more positive reviews from people using them for theatrical productions where price is a big issue when you have to purchase 8 - 12 mics. The only complaints I have seen have been about durability but the Countryman mics also have a reputation for being somewhat fragile.

I have not used one of the Microphone Madness mics but they do offer a money-back guarantee.


Nice!! Only 100 bucks for the MM-PSM, and they can mate it to any exisiting wireless transmitter?? I like the flat frequency response - lets me set up an EQ for my voice in different situations. And the omni mic is good for leaning over and getting kid's voices. Or would you think the carteroid is better?

Ed
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I use the Da Cappo DA12 not cheap but very good.
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The Countryman is sold to fit whatever beltpack you order. I have the E6i.

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Nice!! Only 100 bucks for the MM-PSM, and they can mate it to any exisiting wireless transmitter?? I like the flat frequency response - lets me set up an EQ for my voice in different situations. And the omni mic is good for leaning over and getting kid's voices. Or would you think the carteroid is better?

Ed


When they first came out with the Hyper-Cardioid version, I called them and asked about it. They said the omni directional mic would likely work fine and they recommended I try it first. Then, if I didn't like it, they said I could just return and get the other one. That's one big advantage of the 30-day satisfaction guarantee.
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Hi guys ...

Am totally new to this audio stuff, but when I get a headset + transmitter unit, don't I have to worry about the receiver too? Or would all receivers be able to receive tranmissions from third-party branded transmitters?

Wondering how I would set up at different halls/venues that utilize different sound systems.

Thx for the advice.
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Most usually, you get a transmitter/receiver (TX/RX) set. Most transmitters will take a variety of mics (lapel, headset, piezo, etc). And most receivers will plug into most sound boards with a 1/4-inch or 3-pin XLR output. Personally, I'd go with a receiver with XLR out and use an impedence matching box if you have to step down to a 1/4-inch board input.

When looking for a TX/RX set, get one with selectable frequencies. That way, if you're at a venue and there's already a lot of mics on a certain frequency band, or the local area has a lot of traffic (emergency vehicles, citizen radios, and so forth) within a certain frequency band, you can select a different setting. Nothing like being in the middle of your show and have a trucker's CB come over the speakers!

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On 2011-09-07 10:18, Ed_Millis wrote:
Most usually, you get a transmitter/receiver (TX/RX) set. Most transmitters will take a variety of mics (lapel, headset, piezo, etc). And most receivers will plug into most sound boards with a 1/4-inch or 3-pin XLR output. Personally, I'd go with a receiver with XLR out and use an impedence matching box if you have to step down to a 1/4-inch board input.

When looking for a TX/RX set, get one with selectable frequencies. That way, if you're at a venue and there's already a lot of mics on a certain frequency band, or the local area has a lot of traffic (emergency vehicles, citizen radios, and so forth) within a certain frequency band, you can select a different setting. Nothing like being in the middle of your show and have a trucker's CB come over the speakers!

Ed



Thanks, Ed.

This means I have to carry the RX everywhere I perform then ?

Thanks !
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The mic, transmitter, and receiver should be a set that goes with you everywhere. I would not rely on any venue to have the pieces you need to make you sound good.

You might also consider getting a small graphic equalizer and working with a professional sound man to help you get settings for your voice in different situations (outdoors, small room, large room, big hall, etc.). You can get digital EQs that store these settings and recall them quickly. Once you put your voice into their sound system, you lose a measure of control. They can make you sound louder, but if it sounds muddy, all you get is loud mud!

Ed
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On 2011-09-06 09:00, jimhlou wrote:
Randy: The Mipro headset will only plug into a Mipro unit. However, if you buy the equivalent mic from Countryman, you tell them what you want to plug in to, and they send you the correct unit.

Jim


I'm not sure about this Jim. Mipro make their mics with the different connections. While they used to only make them with the Mipro connector they've been making them with XLR connectors for many years now. At least when I was in Taiwan and buying them from the company.
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On 2011-09-07 13:28, Ed_Millis wrote:
The mic, transmitter, and receiver should be a set that goes with you everywhere. I would not rely on any venue to have the pieces you need to make you sound good.

You might also consider getting a small graphic equalizer and working with a professional sound man to help you get settings for your voice in different situations (outdoors, small room, large room, big hall, etc.). You can get digital EQs that store these settings and recall them quickly. Once you put your voice into their sound system, you lose a measure of control. They can make you sound louder, but if it sounds muddy, all you get is loud mud!

Ed


Hey Ed.

Thanks for the sound advice =)
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Here....http://www.microphones.com/microphone.cfm?URLID=EM-60T#

The TA4F connection will work with Shure. It's what I have now. Good luck.
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I definitely recommend the countryman style microphone. you can find the same style for far less by simply searching on ebay. One thing to remember with these mics is that they need to be bent to be tight to your face or they have a tendency to feed back. Often times performers will use clear tape or what works best is clear nasal strips to hold the mic tight to the face.
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