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Moth
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I'm suspecting that Mark is joking...

There's really no deep secret behind microphones - just lots of different ways to use them and different types, depending on your needs and your budget. Emphasize budget. Emphasize needs...and use the equipment for what it was intended. (in other words, don't hang a mic from your neck - IMHO - if it's meant for a stand, put it there.)

And having a great person running the board never hurts! But continue being curious - it's the way to learn.
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On 2007-04-14 18:51, mrbilldentertainer wrote:
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Maybe that's David's biggest secret....he's as bald as I am and wears a wig.


DC is BALD???

Mark. Smile
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Mark IS kidding. DC may be wealthy, but it's a good bet he uses off the shelf Sennheiser, Shure, Lectrosonics, or Zaxcom wireless systems just like everybody else touring large scale productions.

The how and why of DC's mic location is relatively unimportant in a broad discussion of wireless mics and lavs, and anybody here IS simply guessing as to how it's rigged on DC for tonights show.

What could be more important (and is definitely more interesting) is that folks understand all the options when rigging lavs to the human body, and also understand the strengths and weaknesses of those various options.
Those who have mixed shows with wireless lavs will all tell you that there's no single 'RIGHT' hook up, they've all got their extreme upsides, and extreme downsides.

Attaching to the human head with toupe clips and Transpore clear tape has the HUGE downside of dealing with sweat getting into the microphone. This is the single largest issue with headmounting a lav. Mounting on clothing certainly solves this problem, and if DC is a heavy sweater during his show, perhaps his Sound Engineer proposed mounting it to his shirt as a solution. When human sweat gets into a lav, many very bad things start to happen!

Some of the newer lavs (from DPA and others) are SO expensive because of the R&D put into them in order to PREVENT sweat from getting into the microphone........some are so immune to moisture you can literally dip them in a glass of water and they continue to function!

On the other hand, mounting to a shirt or ANY costume brings up the huge issue of clothing rustle and noise. It's simply unavoidable when mounting mics this way. But mounted to a shirt there's usually NO issues with sweat.

As usual, there's no single 'right' or 'best' way to mount a lav. Many shows that feel they can artistically get away with boom mics worn on the head (like 'Rent' on Broadway) will go that route as it avoids BOTH of the above problems, although it introduces one of its own which is that you can SEE the boom on the performers head. Depending on the artistic intent of the show, this can either be workable, or absolutely unacceptable.

Wireless transmitters with lavs attached=LOTS of options!
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As silverking mentioned, the higher end mics can indeed handle sweat better. Like he said they can be dipped in a glass of water or even a very large water tank...LOL.


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On 2007-04-22 12:37, silverking wrote:
The how and why of DC's mic location is relatively unimportant in a broad discussion of wireless mics and lavs ...

... What could be more important (and is definitely more interesting) is that folks understand all the options when rigging lavs to the human body, and also understand the strengths and weaknesses of those various options.
Those who have mixed shows with wireless lavs will all tell you that there's no single 'RIGHT' hook up, they've all got their extreme upsides, and extreme downsides.

Woo Hoo! I'm completely with silverking on this.
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Yes, it was a joke, not really that obvious in writing. Its just you see so many threads where people ask about DC's illusions and are usually confronted with, "it's DC's, his and his only, and will never be made available. So go sulk in a corner!".

For sure, Silverking, David will just use an off the shelf, my bet's on Sennheiser as the heads seem to be one of the smallest around. Although, saying that, I have just purchased 8 DB Audio lapels and the heads look exactly the same as the Sennheiser and the sound quality is top dog. Maybe DB Audio is a sub company of Sennheiser?

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