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Old November 30th, 2005, 09:38 AM   #1
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Dual wire less mics

We produce a local Hunting and fishing show and struggle with audio quite often. We are looking for good reliable wireless mics. Something that doesn't cut out every time you move or turn your back. Something that is good for out to at least 100 feet. Nothing worse than having poor audio. In our line you don't always get a a second chance.
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Old November 30th, 2005, 05:09 PM   #2
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Most any well made true diversity UHF unit should fill the bill. The AT U100 is a fairly common standard in battery powered transmitter/recievers, and is built of metal. They work well for us.
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Old December 1st, 2005, 12:09 PM   #3
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No matter the quality of the mic, or the price or whatever, you are still going to have the 'cutout' problem you mention, it is actually caused by the sound wave not hitting the mic properly when the talent turns his or her head away from the front of his or her body.

Somtimes smaller microphones (you may have seen the super small type in ads that are about the size of a paper match) are put into the hair of the talent, or over the ear, this will pick up consistent sound no matter what direction the talent is facing.

Another option would be to use a separate mic (although this may not be feasable) in the case that you wouldnt be able to do this, you can also use an audio compressor when you edit the film. This will boost the audio when the talent turns away from the mic or reduce it if the talent talks down directly to the lav., so that the audio level stays at a constant level.

However since you are using a wireless, the possibility that you might get a hum will be higher than if you use a wired mic. With a compressor, this may cause more problems, so test this all out before you put it in use. As Douglas said, a UHF with FRESH batteries (every time) will help you out.

I hope this helps,
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