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Nicholas Bierzonski
Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:35:35 am

Hi Everyone!

I need to buy two nice wireless lavelier microphones.
What recommendations can you give me on brands and models?
Preferably something that you have field tested at shoots.

Thanks!

-Nick Bierzonski
Producer/Editor/DVD Author/Media Specialist


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Ty Ford
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:41:18 am

Hello Nicholas and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

In descending order of price and audio quality, based on my personal experience.

Audio Ltd. 2020 or 2040

Anything by Lectrosonics or Zaxcom.

Sennheiser

Audio Technica

Sony and Shure both make a variety of systems, but I have no direct experience with them.

Regards,

Ty Ford
Audio Forum Leader


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Eric Toline
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 2:28:17 pm

Is the OP asking about lav mics or wireless systems? Two different things and a bit confusing when not specified.

Eric


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Rob Neidig
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 3:14:50 pm

Original Post says: "I need to buy two nice wireless lavelier microphones."

Since a wireless lavalier is useless without a receiver, I think it's safe to say that Ty's recommendation of wireless systems is appropriate.

If the OP does a search on the forum, he will find that the many, many times this has been discussed before, the answer is always - you get what you pay for. The Sennheiser G3 (or G2 units used) are the lowest cost system that's worth looking at. The Audio-Technica systems in roughly the same price ballpark also get good marks. Lectrosonics is a big step up in price, but in sound quality and durability as well. Anything less than the Sennheisers are not going to cut it for professional sound. Note: The Sennheiser G3 Lavalier systems (with transmitter and receiver) will run about $600 each.

have fun!

Rob

Rob Neidig
R&R Media Productions
Eugene, Oregon


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Nicholas Bierzonski
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 4:30:38 pm

I've been researching. I am looking at the G3. I think I've seen this model used on shoots before. Is there something that is a step up from Seinheiser G3?

-Nick Bierzonski
Producer/Editor/DVD Author/Media Specialist


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Nicholas Bierzonski
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 4:35:12 pm

Also I would like to go XLR into my camera. I can't do that without an adaptor for the receiver. Correct?

-Nick Bierzonski
Producer/Editor/DVD Author/Media Specialist


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Nicholas Bierzonski
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 4:53:27 pm

I am looking to do interviews and field recordings....walk and talk...

I am looking for 2 wireless lavs:

I think the below may work.

I see there are frequency differences. Any ideas on what I should
be getting.

Sometimes the same kit is listed as A, B, C, D, E, F, or G.
And the frequency changes.

What frequency should I be using?


http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/460224-REG/Audio_Technica_ATW_1821D_A...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=getItemDetail&Q=...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/618739-REG/Sennheiser_EW112PG3_A_EW11...

-Nick Bierzonski
Producer/Editor/DVD Author/Media Specialist


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Mark D'Agostino
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 20, 2012 at 6:50:00 pm

I think TY answered this sometime last year in this forum. Try typing "wireless frequency check" in the search box.

Mark D'Agostino
http://www.synergeticproductions.com


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Craig Alan
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 21, 2012 at 1:22:46 am

XLR should come with it. watch this







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Ty Ford
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 21, 2012 at 2:12:31 am

A mini 1/8" to XLR does come with the receiver.

two things:

I leave mine plugged in because the transmitter and receiver look so much alike that having the receiver with male XLR identifies it immediately.

the cable isn't super heavy duty so it may fail. Eric Toline who frequents this forum makes replacement cables and also resolders the antennas when they get pulled off.

Regards,

Ty Ford
Audio Forum Leader


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Craig Alan
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 21, 2012 at 3:28:29 am

I use one of those brother laminated label makers and label mine with a T and R and the frequency on both the top and the front. I shoot mostly in the same location so I don't need to scan for open frequencies. If I did, I'd just label them by matching numbered pairs.

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Richard Crowley
Re: Wireless Lavelier Microphone Recommendations
on Mar 21, 2012 at 5:30:53 am

Remember that in North America, anything in the 700 MHz band is now illegal:

"The operation of wireless microphones and similar devices is prohibited from certain frequency bands for public safety reasons and commercial concerns. The sale of wireless microphones or similar devices intended for use in the United States in the 700 MHz Band was banned by the FCC in January 2010, and use of the devices in the 700 MHz Band was prohibited as of June 12, 2010. “Similar devices” include wireless intercoms, ear monitors, audio instrument links and cueing equipment.

The 700 MHz Band – between 698 and 806 MHz -- is now reserved for use only by public safety groups, such as police, fire and emergency services, and commercial providers of wireless broadband services. Use on broadcast bands outside of the 700 MHz Band was not affected by the ban, and can continue..."

http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/wireless-microphones


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