The problem is that I can set the levels for the announcer but he is not a pro and tends to yell into the mic from time to time. He is only on for a bit at the intro and then for the decision so we try to watch the levels but on my last show they got away a bit on us. Not bad but to me it was a warning that I have to find a better solution. We have it set pretty close so I figure if I throw a Peak Limiter in there to protect me in those moments when he suddenly gets too loud and were a little late on turning him down.I think the solution of the lav is very similar if not exact to what I'm doing except that I'm using the same handheld mic. Am I correct in thinking that? Or is the lav still a better idea for a reason I'm not catching?
John, it's still not clear to me where the distortion is coming from, but we have a limited set of choices:At the transmitter... overload of the transmitters AF input or any audio circuity between the mic element and the transmitter.At the mixer... the input gain control is set for a more typical speaking voice and the yelling then clips the input.The solution to both is "turn it down."Now you should have clean audio going to the recording guys, but if there is still an issue with dynamic range and don't want to address it in post, you can insert a compressor/limiter in the announcer's channel on your mixer (or any number of other places in the signal chain).The reason I suggest your own lav or similar mic setup is because you maintain control over it. Setting up a mic on the announcer's jacket will pick up him and any other talent that is near him. While not 100% ideal, you have a back up. When the other source turns to shit for whatever reason (RF problem, bad interconnect cable... all the Murphy's Law stuff), you have another track to turn to.
Thanks for the Izotope RX link though. that could come in very helpful if I do have issues in the future.
The announcer is clipping at my mixer. It is as easy as turning him down...
Tim/Dick, if the transmitter isn't clipping (i.e. sensitivity and SPL are adequate), then I don't see how using a lav mic would 'effectively' be any different than just turning down the broadcast/record mixer preamp on the current handheld mic. If you have a clean signal coming out of the receiver it seems you just have to set the preamp gain to keep the loud parts from clipping and it shouldn't matter whether the mic is on the guys shirt or in his hands.An exception, perhaps, is if the announcer is 'leaning into the handheld mic' when he gets loud, further exacerbating the loud parts. Then the 'fixed distance to the lav mic could help reduce the 'move in close and make it even louder' effect..What am I missing?
Mark....1. An omni lav will pick up more usable and balanced input given the "point the hand-held mic at the interviewee" scenario. 2. .....will be less susceptible to clipping/distortion at the source due to distance from source.3. Offer redundancy when coupled with the hand-held wireless of the emcee/announcer.That's three good reasons, all of which have been mentioned by Tim (and me) in his posts on this topic. There are many good reasons to go with the lav. There are no good reasons not to.
Thanks Dick. From what I read in the posts 1 & 2 aren't a problem for the OP, although I don't think he explicitly mentioned if the interview quality was adequate.
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