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Old February 10th, 2013, 09:49 PM   #16
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Re: Wireless mics or digital recorders?

Hey Steve

Exactly the way I do it too!! (especially at weddings) I do check with the priest/celebrant's wireless mic system for frequency clashes and it's all about preparation at "pre-flight" checks...if you clash with another wireless system change the frequency... I have actually only ever had one wedding where the Church audio system was exactly the same frequency as mine ..then again I also have 3 receivers each set a decent bandwidth apart so if there is an issue I just swap systems.

I did do a dance recital last year and used the feeds from the desk (they also gave me two feeds) and they were nicely mixed with the music, on stage mics and the guys even went to the trouble of mixing in not only audience mics but also stage floor mics ...that was magic sound and I was way too far back to try to do any decent mic setups. I obviously fed each cam with it's own desk audio so I had a backup too!

I had a Tascam DR-05 recorder and I think I used it only once before I sold it... it didn't serve any purpose for me ...I guess if you put one the groom's other pocker and a lav mic on his other lapel..I could see the point of using one. If I really need backup I run a 3rd transmitter and tape an AKG mini boundary mic to the altar or a reading lectern ..that works well too however I send that back to my Gopro as it's running the entire ceremony and that works great.

Each to their own I guess?? Recorders became popular when videographers found that earlier model DSLR's had shocking audio circuits ... The newer ones, of course are way improved.

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Old February 10th, 2013, 10:59 PM   #17
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Re: Wireless mics or digital recorders?

Thank you Chris,

If you believe every thing people are posting here about radio interference it would scare off the uninitiated to wireless mics. Good wireless mics are a professional standard, I have used them in a pro environment for my entire career. Radio interference is rare if you have a basic understanding of how to use them. They beet the hell out of a zoom you walk away from. Again, if you walk away from it, that should be your back up.

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Old February 12th, 2013, 01:01 PM   #18
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Re: Wireless mics or digital recorders?

me too - thats what i have!!
i got Yamaha recorders and a Sennheiser wireless system - best of both worlds, belt and braces if you will

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