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Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie
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There's always TONS of discussion here about who prefers earsets/tiny headsets, and who prefers full-size headsets. Please don't clutter this thread with that discussion, at [b/LEAST[/b] until we get all the factual data into the thread.

PICK-UP PATTERNS
"Cardiod" or "directional" or "unidirectional" are terms that I've seen used to point to a full-size headset, and that's misleading. Cardiod/directional/unidirectional/omnidirectional ("card", "uni" & "omni" are also used) is a description of which part(s) of the mic are designed to pick up the best audio quality.

For this thread, to keep things clean, let's use the words "uni" & "omni".

A card/directional/uni mic is designed to pick up the best sound from only one side.
An omni is designed to pick up exactly the same from all directions.

Earsets/tiny headsets come in either omni or uni.
Full-size headsets are uni.

CONSTRUCTION
The part of a mic that picks up sound is called the capsule (or "cap").

An earset is actually a lav cap that has been adapted to a frame, and that frame hooks over one or both ears. It is designed to be as light & invisible as possible.

A full-size headset uses a much larger cap, and uses a more rubust frame.

FEEDBACK RESISTANCE
Comparing mics of similar quality, a lav is very succeptible to feedback, an earset is a little less succeptible to feedback, and a full-size headset is very resistant to feedback.

BELTPACK COMPATIBILITY
Pretty well any lav, earset, or full-size headset can be made to work with pretty well any wireless beltpack. A decent electronics guy can find the necessary info online.

MIC PLACEMENT
An earset is designed to have to cap placed on, or very near, the cheek, behind the mouth. By playing with the placement, you can check how close you can get the cap to your mouth.

Some headsets are designed to have the cap placed directly in front of the mouth, and some are designed to have the cap placed slightly behind the mouth. Check a mic's user manual for that mic's proper placement.

As I think of more, I'll post it here. If you have any questions, just let me know, and I'll do my best to answer, as I'm sure other knowledgable folks will, too.

Here's hoping this thread can remain free of sidebars & editorial comments (except this one!).

Cheers from Toronto!
Dan McLean Jr
Colin Uk
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Hi Dan

You may want to mention phantom power/Bias in the Belt pack section.

I have a great unit but cannot use mics that need phantom power/bias.

Colin
Dan McLean Jr aka, Magic Roadie
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On 2009-05-06 03:27, Colin Uk wrote:
Hi Dan

You may want to mention phantom power/Bias in the Belt pack section.

I have a great unit but cannot use mics that need phantom power/bias.

Colin

Thanks, Colin.
Many lav, earset, and headset mics need a certain type of power to be provided by the beltpack. In selecting a mic for use with your beltpack, be sure to verify (via the manufacturers or your electronics technician of choice) that the mic WILL work with the beltpack.
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Regan
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Thanks Dan. Its always good to have a place to go when you need this information.
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You are Amazing, Dan!!!
Thanks for the tons of advice you have given us all over the years.

It's almost like you know this stuff or something.

You have so much information and knowledge, I would suggest getting into this field as a career....
Just a thought.
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Thanks Dan.
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Yes, Thanks Dan.
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Thanks for the info! Great help!
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