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Curtis Ludlow
Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Nov 25, 2011 at 8:40:49 pm

Hi!

We want to capture clear audio of a specific basketball player and record his chatter during some outdoor games.

Can anyone here recommend a microphone setup to do this?

We're thinking a device that attaches to the body securely, no long wires and doesn't require external power would be perfect.

Also, we need to minimize the surrounding sound as we'll be shooting next to a busy road.

Any tips or suggestions would be highly appreciated.

Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving :)


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Eric Toline
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Nov 26, 2011 at 12:05:05 am

Use a wireless system and besure it fastened securely to the player. That will give the best signal (voice) to noise (background sounds)ratio. Put that on one track and you can put the boom mic on the other as a "just in case" if the wireless transmitter gets knocked off the player and it will.

Eric


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Cartis Ladlow
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:45:25 pm

Thank you for the reply!


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Ty Ford
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Nov 26, 2011 at 3:45:46 pm

Hello Curtis and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

Here's what the NBA uses. http://www.q5x.com/products/wireless-transmitters/qt-1000-playermic/ The transmitter is very light and they either sew a pocket into the uniform or sew the transmitter to the uniform. Maybe you can rent one or rig one of your own.

It would probably also be a good idea to have your wardrobe person stitch the mic and cable in to keep it from getting caught or flopping around. Try attaching the mic to the front/center of the jersey as close as you can get it to the mouth. If the jersey has a low neck, maybe try a shoulder strap.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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Brian Reynolds
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Nov 26, 2011 at 9:24:31 pm

I do a lot of Outside Broadcasts for TV companies and these days most of the sports require a player to wear a microphone.. this is how we do it, we use a GPS harness to place the radio mic TX in it.
The mic is taped (as clips often cause irritation) using medical tape to the collar at the front.
For very sweaty sports it may be worth placing the TX in a latex rubber glove, the antenna goes into one finger the mic lead comes from another finger of the glove with a small cut, the wrist is folded over and a wrap of tape makes the TX almost sweat proof
We sometimes use harnesses with a second pouch attached for a in-ear receiver pack.
In the harness we have had to place a small cut out for the antenna to protrude.



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Stephen Hall
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Nov 27, 2011 at 4:02:44 pm

That's very interesting, Brian. Thanks.

Could you tell us more about that harness ? I'm not familiar with a 'GPS Harness'.

Where can I see something like that online ?

Thanks,

Stephen H


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Eric Toline
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Nov 27, 2011 at 4:27:55 pm

Do a Google search for GPS Harness. Pages of info on it.

Eric


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Cartis Ladlow
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:47:31 pm

Very cool. Thank you :)


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Cartis Ladlow
Re: Lavalier or Shotgun or .... for Basketball Game?
on Feb 8, 2012 at 11:46:27 pm

Excellent. Thank you for your help :D


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