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Dwayne Aasberg

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Hanging mic recommendations
« on: September 19, 2022, 08:52:23 PM »

Good evening.

We intend to install two hanging mics over the seating area of our sanctuary to gather crowd singing/responses during webcasts.  Our first intention was to use a pair of Shure MX202 as we have experience with those for our choir.  However, flipping the screens of the modern Yellow Pages (St. Google) I've discovered Shure CVO and Audio-Technica Pro 45 as potential alternates.

The mics will be hung so they point directly away from the flown speaker array at the front of the sanctuary.  As well, they will never be routed to the FOH mix, they will only feed into the webcast mix.

Can anyone provide pros or cons for any of these alternatives?

Thx in advance for your responses.
Dwayne A
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Re: Hanging mic recommendations
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2022, 10:43:57 PM »

The mics will be hung so they point directly away from the flown speaker array at the front of the sanctuary.  As well, they will never be routed to the FOH mix, they will only feed into the webcast mix.

Also be careful not to pick up HVAC noise. A notch filter may be required to cut some paper-rustling frequencies.

Haven't used any of the mics you mentioned (have used Earthworks for Choirs and low cost LDCs for Audience) but, if you're happy with the MX202, why not be consistent?

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Re: Hanging mic recommendations
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2022, 03:18:25 PM »

Good evening.

We intend to install two hanging mics over the seating area of our sanctuary to gather crowd singing/responses during webcasts.  Our first intention was to use a pair of Shure MX202 as we have experience with those for our choir.  However, flipping the screens of the modern Yellow Pages (St. Google) I've discovered Shure CVO and Audio-Technica Pro 45 as potential alternates.

The mics will be hung so they point directly away from the flown speaker array at the front of the sanctuary.  As well, they will never be routed to the FOH mix, they will only feed into the webcast mix.

Can anyone provide pros or cons for any of these alternatives?

Thx in advance for your responses.
Dwayne A


As a viewer I would say do not do that. YMMV.

If you insist beware of standing waves and echoes where you put them.  DA already noted HVAC noise
Might survey home viewers to se what they say before deciding.
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Re: Hanging mic recommendations
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2022, 04:04:00 PM »

I do a lot of broadcast audio for sports, which includes crowd mics.  Most "hanging mics" are not that great.  I prefer rigging a good mic and letting that hang, it is not much more intrusive and you get a better sounding mic.  ACE backstage and AEA both mic mic hangers slugs.  Right now we have been using OKTAVA MK-102 "Film Kit" mics which are a hyper-cardioid capsule and a HPF in a nice pencil condenser package.  They are prices right, rugged and you can avoid HVA noise, etc.  We will deploy 5 of them this weekend (in the rain) for a football game.     You can experiment with mic stands before you go to the trouble to hang, to make sure placement works and gives you what you need.   I also recommend active mixing of you broadcast mix, as you probably don't want them up all the time for certain parts of the service. 
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Re: Hanging mic recommendations
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2022, 03:33:17 PM »

Oddly, as soon as you said not for PA, I breathed out. For the webcast, I'd be happy with flown mics. The biggest annoyance I ever get is that they are aimed not just at the people, but their feet - so if their feet make noises, you get them.
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Re: Hanging mic recommendations
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2022, 09:27:43 AM »

Hanging mic are fine for room, ambient, congregation singing, just keep them away from air vents.

Hanging mics for choirs....in my opinion not so great. Much better results with even average mics on stands pointed at the choir.

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Re: Hanging mic recommendations
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2022, 10:16:44 AM »

I prefer rigging a good mic and letting that hang, it is not much more intrusive and you get a better sounding mic.

What is 'rigging' and 'letting that hang'?

You can experiment with mic stands before you go to the trouble to hang, to make sure placement works and gives you what you need.   I also recommend active mixing of you broadcast mix, as you probably don't want them up all the time for certain parts of the service.

Have been doing both for over a year now.  Getting tired of people kicking the mic stands, or moving them so they aren't 'pointing' at them in the congregation.  Have had good quality sound when not interfered with.  Yes, and active mixing is key.

Will start experimenting with actual hanging mics in next weeks.

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Re: Hanging mic recommendations
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2022, 12:17:42 PM »

What is 'rigging' and 'letting that hang'?
Using something like this: https://www.acebackstage.com/product/microphone-hanger-slug/

or this: https://www.aearibbonmics.com/products/long-microphone-hanger/

or if you're handy, see how those are made and roll your own.
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