Looking at lav/headset mics. Your recommendation?

Chuck The DJ

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I'm an idiot with technology which is why I find people that I can trust and go with what they say. I also do not like buying twice. Sadly the gear that I use is made so that I can only use their equipment. But I love it and it does work.

I know that with my paddle I can basically aim it where I need it. it works great for me.
 

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rickryan.com

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I'm an idiot with technology which is why I find people that I can trust and go with what they say. I also do not like buying twice. Sadly the gear that I use is made so that I can only use their equipment. But I love it and it does work.

I know that with my paddle I can basically aim it where I need it. it works great for me.
It seems that paddles are what most wireless systems use for signal boosting. Since I've already ordered the omni-directional, cell antenna, I'm gonna go ahead and try it out, if only to do some more learning. If it doesn't make an improvement, Ben's gonna get a call. It speaks a lot to your professionalism that you're already doing this. I don't know of any DJs in this area who are using booster antennas on their wireless units.
 

Chuck The DJ

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It seems that paddles are what most wireless systems use for signal boosting. Since I've already ordered the omni-directional, cell antenna, I'm gonna go ahead and try it out, if only to do some more learning. If it doesn't make an improvement, Ben's gonna get a call. It speaks a lot to your professionalism that you're already doing this. I don't know of any DJs in this area who are using booster antennas on their wireless units.
Thanks for saying that. Drop outs are a drag... I put up with the occasional one, but it bothered me. My antenna costs more than a lot of guys mic! LOL, but it was worth it in the long run. :)
 

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It seems that paddles are what most wireless systems use for signal boosting. Since I've already ordered the omni-directional, cell antenna, I'm gonna go ahead and try it out, if only to do some more learning.
Paddle antennas are more directional than cardioid mics, so directional they can be erratic when positioned too close to a transmitter. In practice, they work best with live music performances where the singers don't wander around over too broad an area. For presentations and live theater, particularly when a speaker ventures out into the audience, I'd prefer half-wave antennas suspended from above (where you get few reflections and omni-directional line-of-sight). Here's some background info from Shure:

 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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My GTDs have, for the most part, been great but every once in a while the lav will have static on it. Last week was a good example. I tested it out beforehand, everything clean and clear then when we started the ceremony there's static going on (not terrible) and there's nothing to be done about it. I'm torn whether to spend time working with changing channels or ditching it and upgrading to a "real" wireless system. I like the SM58 capsule but pretty much all of those Shures use plastic bodies so client perception won't be any better than what I currently have. I'd also likely be losing the flexibility of changing out mic elements on the bodypack. I don't think Shure has a really thin line headset like the GTD has on it.
What are you talking about client perception? All a client will be concerned about is if it works or not. That's it. Just say you're not crazy about the plastic body.
 

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Folks, the omni antenna worked like a champ today, but I don't think that was the issue. The bodypack was not padded down, and sometimes that will overdrive when I have a loud officiant. I padded it down, with the new antenna and everything worked perfectly. Now I have to repent for doubting my beloved cheap chinese mic manufacturer.