Hello everyone,As part of a recent audio upgrade to our installed system we added 4x MKE-2 Gold wireless mics on a Sennheier 2000 series system. I'm having real issues with getting decent gain and good sound from the lavs though. I've used the MEK-2 numerous times in theatrical productions where they are hidden in hairlines or costumes, and I've used them many times for audio recording for video. However, I have limited experience with lavs in this corporate meeting setting. I'm struggling to get a good sound from them.In a recent corporate meeting I had 4 speakers using the lavs. Before the meeting began I listened to all the mics on the PFL and had a good sound from them in the headphones. So I brought them up in the house though the wash from the PA got into them and the sound went to hell. So a few tweaks on the PEQ got rid of the mud and the intelligibility was ok but the quality was poor and I had very little gain. In these corporate meetings using headsets is usually not an acceptable alternative. I'm fairly confident with my lav placement. I did a double loop in the cable to decouple the cable/mic and I had them all placed fairly high on the tie (between the tie clip and knot). Can any of you share any tips or offer advice to get a better sound in these corporate situations?Thanks-David
I've spent a lot of time with WL185's on SLX wireless units in small ballrooms. They are tough to wrangle, prone to feedback when you gain them up for intelligibility. Even though it may be hard to get good live intelligibility on them, they are in fact nice microphones and sound great when you are working in a controlled environment (no PA system, headphones on a video shoot for instance.)Try this-- assign all your LAVS to a buss, and insert a graphic eq on that bus. Place a lav pack on the podium on stage, and turn it up in the PA. Notch that EQ out as you would for rock n' roll monitors. They tend to ring around 500hz and equivalent harmonics (1,2,4,8k typically)This will allow you to actually do some "artistic" EQ on those mics without having to battle feedback with your channel strip. And you'll find that they actually are pretty good sounding mics.
I use 184s and 185s because I get such good gain before feedback that I don't need to do much eq anymore. I can eq for sound quality now, not for GBF. Execs standing right in front of the PA are fine. Not so much with omnis like MKE-2.Mac
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