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Old August 18th, 2008, 09:23 PM   #1
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Anyone tell me what the make or model of the lav mic used during the olympics? They have a long clip (maybe 2.5 inches) and there are two capsules with two leads. I'm using the senn g2 and the clips are so small, it's hard to get a solid placement.

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Old August 19th, 2008, 03:02 AM   #2
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Probably be a good idea to narrow it down a bit- whose coverage? When and what channel? You're aware how vague this is yes?

Get a frame grab and post it, ideally.

Two completely separate capsules, or something like the Sanken COS-22?
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Old August 19th, 2008, 04:28 AM   #3
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Haven't seen the mics but what you usually see on broadcasters isn't a mic with two capsules, it's two entirely separate mics on the same clip. One is the primary, the other a backup so that if the primary fails, gets noisy or whatever, while on the air they can switch to the backup and keep on going without interuption of a live broadcast.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 08:30 AM   #4
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Yeah, Steve's got it... I'm assuming you're talking about the mics you'll see on the broadcasters and their guests (one was on Michael Phelps during his interview the other night). It's two microphones so that if one fails they can switch seamlessly to the other and not worry about creating an interruption in the interview.

As far as which mics they are, I haven't a clue. I can see it in my head, but not clearly enough to make a guess... I seem to remember they were pretty small capsules... maybe the small countryman's? Don't know. As far as the transmitters go, you'd have to call NBC on that one... they're always out of the camera's shot and you'll never know what they are just by watching on TV.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 09:45 AM   #5
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Keep in mind if it's in a "studio", they're probably hardwired, not wireless.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 01:09 PM   #6
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sorry about the vagueness. I thought it was on only one station and who out of 6 billion hadn't seen Bob Costas w/ Phelps? LOL

Here is a screen grab.

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Old August 19th, 2008, 01:13 PM   #7
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Yup that is two mics a main and a spare, cant tell from the photo what the model is. In the 80's we used to use sony ecm77b's but sine I mainly work in post now I dont know what the current trend is. They all sound dreadful and even worse on women though and lots of eq is required compared to a desktop mic.

I noticed that the BBC is using headset mics like the countryman.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 01:18 PM   #8
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Thanks,

I guess I am pretty naive here. I too thought since it was studio oriented that they would use booms or overheads. I never realized that they would use a primary and a secondary. Thanks guys.

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Old August 19th, 2008, 07:58 PM   #9
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It's a bit over the top double micing these girls as they where only guests and where sat right next to each other. Maybe they just keep moving the rig between guests and left it doubled up. Makes sense on the presenter but for guests it's overkill really. Even more so if they are hard wired as opposed to radio.

Studio booms went out of fashion when decent lapel mic's arrived o the scene quite a few years back now.
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