Real World Look At The Latest Wireless Mic Systems

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It saves you from lot of clutter; offers you extreme mobility and gives you no-string-attached look. Wireless microphones are nothing less than a boon to modern-day performers.

However, it’s not very modern concept as such. The idea dates back to mid-1940s. Arguably, Shure came out with first wireless mic called agabond.

Since then, technology has gone through several transformations. Today wireless mic systems offer better fidelity, less radio foot-prints, wider range and user flexibility. These systems largely fall into 5 broad categories.

1. Hand-held mics with built-in transmitterThis type of system is common with stage-show artists, vocalists and stand-up orators. They are just like any wired mic without any cable extensions. It uses on-board FM transmitter to transmit audio signal to receiver. Transmitter runs on in-built battery pack. It works as a stand-alone unit with remotely placed receiver. That makes it easier to pass on from one performer to other without any distortion to signal reception. Perfect example will be Shure SLX2/SM58.

2. Head-worn Mic with body-pack transmitter

In case you prefer to keep your hands free, this could be a best choice. Instead of holding the mic, wear it and use hands for gesturing or playing instruments. It is ideal for dancers, musician vocalists and others would use hands too actively. Audio signal pass through head-worn mic to body-pack transmitter via cable. There is no chance of loss. There from the signal reaches central receiver in normal wireless way.


3. Lavalier or Lapel Mic with body-pack transmitter

Lavalier mic is less protruding with better portability. Most common uses are with presenters, public orators, stage actors and talk show hosts. These mics come in both of cardioids and omni-direction versions. Audio signal pass down to body-pack transmitter through wire. Sennheiser ME2 is a perfect example.


4. Clip-on Mics with body-pack transmitter

These are more stealth and more efficient in terms of audio quality. Audio signal travels through wire to body-pack transmitter. Some of these mics are specifically built for instruments like flute, drums and others. They clamp on to instruments; turn an acoustic instrument into plugged on. A perfect example would be Samson Airline 77 for wind instruments.


5. Instrument cable with body-pack transmitter
Moving around on stage with plugged instruments is really tough job, if not impossible. Every guitarist and bassists knows what that mean. Solution is to plug the instrument cable to body-pack transmitter. That will cut the cable and the clutter short. Audio Technica ATW-3110 is perfect instrument cable wireless system. The body-pack transmitter holds on to its place firmly. It never gives up even to heavy duckwalks.

Before making any choice you need to know what you need. There are too many brands and too many makes. Price-segments vary from ultra-cheap to super-professionals. So, get one and give your performance a smart make over.

About the author: Margaret is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on environment and technology. Beside this she is fond of books. She recently did an article on renewable energy. These days she is busy in writing an article on motion pro.

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