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Kevin Ridgeway
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Dan...
Very informative as always. Some cool things there I was unaware of, thanks.

Concerning the placement of an omni...you'r right it really can go most anywhere...was talking with one of the people at DPA, and they have some performers that are very active in their show...they wear the mics around their waistline. Now that's concealed...lol

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I do a program in schools. About 350 shows a year. For the last 4 years I've been using a Audio-Technica ATW-601/H. It's a wireless headset mic. Since, I'm in unpacking and packing several times a day, I'm pretty rough on a mic. This mic has served me well.

A few months ago I changed out the headset part. I switched to a flesh-colored audio technica headset.

Anyway, I heartily recommend this mic. It has been a reliable mic for 4 plus years of daily wear and tear.

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Dan brought up some in-depth points that I think everyone should know.

When Dan talked about the "proximity affect" it reminded me why so many singers use an Uni mic. The "proximity affect" is basically that when Uni mic are used it affects the lower or bass side of the frequency, thus the closer to the source the more bass there is. Singers love the deeper bass sound that is generated by the Uni mic as they feel that it gives them a fuller sound. If you notice mics that singers generally used are as close to the mouth as they can get it. Some seem to want to put it in their mouth.

The original Uni headset mics were meant to be right in front of the mouth or very slightly to the side. Placement of the mic in reference to the mouth effects the voice qualities differently. Some would move it up or lower depending on what the singer wanted.

Also, as you move an Uni farther away from the source the high ends will lower in output to the mixer faster than the lows.

The one draw back in my opinion is that Uni mics will pick up breath sounds easier and also certain letters come out stronger (ie, s) than an Omni.

Many theater performers would rather use an Omni mic.

Again it comes down to what is the best mic for the performer can be just preference.
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Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie
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Hello, James!
I don't mean to nit-pik, because I'm sure we all do appreciate your help, but just for the sake of clarity, in reference to uni mics, "the closer to the source the more bass there is", and "as you move an Uni farther away from the source the high ends will lower in output to the mixer faster than the lows" are opposing statements. The former is correct. As the distance from the mic to the source increases, the low-end decreases.

James also mentioned that uni's pick up more breath sounds than omni's. This is particularly significant outdoors, because uni's are also more likely to pick up wind noise. Adding the mic's factory-supplied foam windsock may provide enough relief.
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I have used the Countryman E6 and it is a most impressive microphone. But for regular use I use a sennheiser UHF radio unit with a Sanken COS-11 mic. It's really tiny and flesh colored. I tape it to the side of my cheek just forward of my ear with a breathable medical tape. I put a little makeup on the tape to keep it from shining. I have even worn it out in public between performances and up close 99% of people don't ever notice it since it sits right at the hairline.

I really like this configuration because the mic is always the same distance from my mouth so I'm never inadvertently "out of range". There is also no need to worry about clothes rustling against it. I also run the wire down the back of my collar and I have a neoprene pouch (neotechstraps.com) that holds the transmitter. It is worn around the body with a velcroable elastic. This is very comfortable and protects the transmitter against perspiration. But perhaps the best part is that once it is on I can just forget about it. Quick changes of costumes are a breeze because it is permanently underdressed. I have had as many as 7 costume changes in a show and it's really nice to just forget about the mic rig.
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Dan,

Oops Typo!

I should have doubled checked my wording.

James Adamson
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Regan
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I bought a Shure PGX wireless microphone system about a year ago. I have been very satisfied with it. It is a breeze to set up quickly.

Incidentally, Dan gave me lot's of great info that helped with my purchase decision.

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Regan,
I'm glad you like the Shure PGX! I think that, for most magicians who frequent The Café, the PGX is an awesome choice. Scanning for an available receiver frequency, and then programming the transmitter to match, is almost embarrassingly simple.
Cheers from Toronto!
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I agree with Dan the PGX is a great unit, it is our largest seller with the MiPro ACT series next.

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Regan
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On 2006-02-11 21:26, Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie wrote:
Regan,
I'm glad you like the Shure PGX! I think that, for most magicians who frequent The Café, the PGX is an awesome choice. Scanning for an available receiver frequency, and then programming the transmitter to match, is almost embarrassingly simple.
Cheers from Toronto!



I do like the Shure PGX Dan. The simplicity of the matchiing the frequency is one of my favorite things about it. I'm hoping to upgrade to a better mic for vocals since I am a singer, but for my magic shows the PGX is great.

Thanks for the excellent advice!

Regan
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