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Keith Goldstein
How to mic a wrestling ring?
on Sep 19, 2013 at 9:13:33 pm

I have a gig next weekend in for an independent pro wrestling match. Any advice on how to set up mics for the show? Specifically, how to mic the ring itself.

I read suggestions that said to put one or two mics under the ring, about a meter away from the center support. Does that sound right? Any other suggestions?

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Brian Reynolds
Re: How to mic a wrestling ring?
on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:38:22 pm

How is this for a list.....

Stereo Crowd FX set in XY mode.

Stereo Crowd FX set in AB mode.

1x Omni mic anywhere under the ring on a short stand to give the low freq thud. (floor of the ring most times are mounted on springs to reduce shock)

2x Lav mics omni (cabled) to each of the contestants corners mounted along the rope (safely) a bit so they can sit in the corner and still have an exposed mic near the shoulder so you can hear them talking.

2x extra lav mics in the other corners (if you have enough mics / channels on the desk)

Fx mic on each backpack camera near the ring (normally 2 cams) Remember the fight will often end up outside of the ring.

Radio Lav mic on the referee... and a spare / quick change over of matches.

Direct split of the announcement mic or a split from PA.

Feed o/p from PA desk to get the intro music etc.

FX mic on the bell

There you go for what I would regard as minimum, .. Then add commentary setup and TV only mics for the opening of the program etc.

Foam pop filters on every mic to stop sweat that will be flying around.

Run an 8 way loon to under the stage and do the 4x corner lav mics and ring FX from that.

Should be an easy setup.... this sort of OB is always good fun.

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