I need to transition from AT4033's on the ground to some hanging choir mics. I think the best solution for us will be mics with high Gain before feedback. Budget is not super tight, but no Earthworks type of budget. My general analysis would say 7-8 mics total in two rows. What are you using?And I saw other threads about this, but I am looking specifically for high GBF choir hanging mics.
Gain before feedback is a function of number of factors and a microphone that provides greater gain before feedback than another mic in one application may provide lower gain before feedback than the other microphone in another. For example, a hypercardioid mic may generally provide greater gain before feedback than a cardioid microphone, however if the back lobe of the hyper ends up aimed at the house speakers, some monitors or an acoustically reflective surface then it might actually provide less gain before feedback. Also be sure to consider the microphone height and spacing in relation to the associated pickup and the '3:1 rule'.
We switched from hanging mic's to Audix Microbooms when we moved to a new sanctuary. The cables on the hanging mic's would continually relax or stretch or something and the mic's would rotate out of position. Also they aren't easy to move, if one service you only have half a choir you were stuck with the mics above empty seats. With the microbooms we are able to easily reposition for different configurations. I also found that they are great for other uses, for a recent wedding we had a string quartet. I positioned one of the booms over the quartet and was amazed at the results.We have 4 but for our standard choir of 30-40 we typically only use 2, but we are only 3 rows deep.
It is a vocal choir of 75-100 people. Let me know what else I missed.
Sounds good for your situation, but we already have condensers on the ground. The powers that be prefer the hanging solution. I think with the little bracket "cages" on the end of the mic they don't move, so not worried about that. I am more so trying to make sure I don't lose serious amounts of gain moving in this direction.
The width and depth of the choir area is missing. Is it three or four rows of 25 people/row, 10 rows of 10 or what? Are the rows "stepped" or all on one level? Height of any steps.Depending on the arrangement of the bodies in the choir, I'm guessing 3-5 mics of the right type(s) in the right place.
People are in 3-4 rows depending on the week and number of folks in that service. And yes, about 20-25 per row. Normal 6-8" step up in each row.
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