Ceremony Mics

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hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I know shotgun mic's are very focused,
but what kind of range do they have. (distance)
How close do you need to be?
I'm thinking of trying to attache a mic to the arch that is sometimes above the B&G's head. I might be able to use one in other circumstances, but thats the main idea..
 

NickyB

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Actual pickup range will vary slightly from one model to the next. My NTG-2, can be 4 to 8 feet when placed directly overhead or on a ground level mic stand. Being overhead keeps it out of a photo frame. Additionally it
can be attached to a parabolic dish and handled by an assistant if you have one. This way you can aim it at
whomever is speaking.
 
Great suggestion Nicky B! Never thought about using a shotgun mic for the ceremony. No mater what mic you use, I think the biggest thing to remember is speaker placement. It can really help/hurt the ceremony if you are unable to get the most out of your microphones due to the placement of your speakers.
 

Ken Heath

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The Rode NTG-2 has a standard XLR out... shouldn't be rocket science to get (or make) a cable to go into any beltpack you've got.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Only thing about building your own cable is you must be very careful soldering on the T4M or T4F connectors because their pins are very small and its real easy to create a short circuit between them.
 
Thank you @Ken Heath and @NickyB! I've decided to just buy the cable online. I'm also going to purchase the Rode NTG-2 mic, and a headset mic that attaches to the belt pack. My set-up will be the headset on the officiant and Rode NTG-2 on the couple. Does that sound like a good idea?
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
The Rode NTG-2 has a standard XLR out... shouldn't be rocket science to get (or make) a cable to go into any beltpack you've got.
I just did a quick search, but didnt see any likely options for a storebought version.. (EV series).. All the cables I saw were for guitars or line level.. :-(
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I need the TA4
they have the
http://www.fullcompass.com/product/477198.html
but thats for the dynamic microphones.. (i could use a battery in the NTG2 I guess?)

I just dont understand why the TA4 cant be used directly on a condensor microphone (the microphone headsets are also essentially a condenser microphone)
its weird..
 

Tim English

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I would not go this route. I can't tell you how many times they ended up standing some place they were not supposed to. I've even had a minister request a mic on a stand which worked perfectly during the sound check, then he stood in FRONT of the mic stand during the ceremony. I had to grab the mic and place it in front of his face during the ceremony.
 
@Tim English... I'm definitely doing the headset mic on the officiant as that should help eliminate much of the wind noise when both mics are active. As for the couple, a shotgun mic sounds like a good idea as it has the most focused pick-up pattern. I could lapel the groom in the case of a heterosexual marriage, but what if there are 2 brides with dresses?
 
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