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Chatterbox41
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On 2006-09-18 13:45, Wanlu wrote:
Hi...I'm a new vent wannabe Smile

When you practice your actual vent act, do you use your sound system?

In my case, for my shows... I bring my own postable sound system. (Peavey Escort and Shure headworn mic)

I figured it might be nice to use the sound system once in awhile so that we can measure the distance of the mic from our mouth and check the settings of the equalizer etc...

What do you think?

Thanks

Wanlu


Wanlu

There is a difference between practice and rehearsal... you practice in part and rehearse as a whole of your act.

I never use a mic during a practice session when I'm working on a new routine, character, etc. Usually I sit in front of a mirror or video camera and work on lips, manipulation, voice inflection, emotion, etc.

when I rehearse, I do use a mic and sound system, even if only set very softly. It is also when I run through the entire act from walk on to final bow without stopping to correct anything. I also usually video this so I can go back and view what I need to work on in my next practice session.

As to a mic for the figure, this is something I haven't done, but plan to. Dave Boiano used to have directions on his web site to make a wireless lapel mic for the figure. It actually had a box he could wear on his belt that had a little switch and a red light so you could start the act with the figures voice being soft and distant and then turn the mic on for his regular voice. The benefit to me is that you don't block the figure with another mic and stand, you can have the real mic near you and it won't look strange to hear his voice coming out of the P.A., and there's really nothing to get in the way of the figures movements.

Hope this helps,

Gary
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Almost forgot in my previous post, the dummy lapel mic is made primarily from Radio Shack parts and you should be able to build it for probably $30 or so.

Gary
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Thanks again Gary...

I learned a lot from you today Smile

and I'll try it out as soon as possible...

Rehearsal sessions added to my list of things to do to improve my vent act...Thanks much Smile

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Lou with his lapel Mic

Found an old cellphone mic at S.O.S. (Surplus store) P100 only...that's about $2... I converted it into a lapel mic imitation Smile

http://www.geocities.com/thepartyzoo/lapelmic.JPG

http://www.geocities.com/thepartyzoo/loulapelmic.JPG
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