Need A New Microphone!

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jturk1000

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I've been using an AudioTechnica 3000 series handheld microphone for about 6 years, and I love it - never had a problem with it. Purchased the belt pack and lavalier microphone for it about 4 years ago, and have rarely ever used it (the wireless belt pack, that is) without problems.

I'm a wedding DJ, and use it when I provide sound support for ceremonies (on the officiant). Poor pickup, loss of signal (from distance of about 50 feet away), odd-sounding digital noise ("nit nit nit nit nit", like morse code). Fresh batteries, used batteries - I can't seem to find a difference. But you can imagine the embarrassment when my wireless mic drops signal during a ceremony - unforgivable.

I've sent the belt-pack into AudioTechnica before for repair, and they could not find a problem with it - I think they even offered to replace a board in it the SECOND time I sent it in. Tired of the unknown and ready to move on to something different.

Advice?
 

jturk1000

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...yes, I let the receiver choose the best frequency. Am I in the wrong frequency range - is my microphone obsolete? I usually end up dialing in 542.75 or something close.
 

bill_smith

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I would start with Line 6. They do not use the UHF bands at all, which are slowly being gobbled up by the FCC. They use the WIFI band. I have a Lav, wireless handhelds and they are clear as a bell 200 ft away.
 

jturk1000

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I've heard only great things from users on this board about Line 6. Suggestions on model(s)?
 

jturk1000

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I didn't do much research before I asked that question - looks like the XD-V75 is the mac daddy. I would be curious especially to know about the type/model of handheld and lav. that you use. Would you consider the lav./beltpack sufficient for amplifying the officiant during ceremonies (not sure if this is how you use it)?

Thanks for all the help!
 

bill_smith

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I have the XDV35 Lav and and XdV30 handhelds. As mentioned before, never an issue. The Lav is more than adequate to sound the minister imho.. I also use an AT Lav for the groom, but plan to upgrade that. The Line 6's have never dropped out ever, even up to 200 ft away handheld or wireless. The XD75 I am sure would be the ultimate investment, more flexibility and frequency bands to ensure error free performance.
 

bill_smith

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I do have a suggestion for your AT. And it would seem to go against what "wireless" stands for, but here it is. In your ceremony locations, try to find a spot where you could run XLR and power to the base. Place the base in a spot where when the person wearing the transmitter is standing, less than 10 feet away. I have done this on occasions where I did pick up interference and experienced dropouts, and it worked very well in closer proximity. Wireless Purists may object to this, but I'm all about results vs. traditional intended use:) Hope that helps. You could try this at home in advance too, and see how well that works.
 

NickyB

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What I really like about the Line6 models is the battery remaining time in the display and the fact that if you can use your one receiver with any of their mic models (i.e. handheld or beltpack) without buying a complete system.
If you buy it originally with a handheld, you can purchase the belt pack separately and use it with the receiver you already have. I have four digital XD-V70's (3 handhelds and 1 belt pack) with all of their mics ... handheld, headset and lav(available in both omni or cardioid pickup patterns).
 

Scotty

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I'll bet the officiant has a cell phone in his breast pocket near the Lav. That would be the source of the "morse code" interference.
Bill - you are very right about this. I have made it a habit to ask the officiant to turn off their cell phone. It can make a mess of things. Also, I have learned to be careful about my own phone as well....

I also sometimes work with an officiant who sweats a lot... sometimes that is a problem too...

Live sound always keeps you on your toes...
 

jturk1000

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Thanks for the additional comments - I'm probably going to wait until 2016 (simply for tax purposes). I respect all of your input - I'm leaning toward a Line 6 XD-75 series. I can purchase the XD-75 (with handheld) or XD-75L (belt pack/lav), but since I'll need both transmitters, I don't see a vendor that sells just the handheld (if I purchase the XD-75L) or the beltpack/lav (if I purchase the XD-75).
 

jturk1000

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Had a wedding last weekend, and put a lav on the officiant. I watched him turn his phone off (and I turned mine off), he clipped the bodypack to his pants, then walked away from me by about 50 feet (I sat in the back, behind all the guests). I could watch the signal drop from 6 bars (I think 6 is the highest it goes) down to 4; frequently fluctuating between the two. I was very happy not to have any dropouts during MOST of the ceremony. At the very end, he asked everyone to stand. Ugh. Line-of-sight was interrupted, and I had a momentary dropout. I could see it on the receiver. Totally lost communication with the receiver for about 2 seconds.

I'm not dying to replace this unit, but I've certainly been bit quite a few times. I admit that I may not have all my transmitter/receiver settings optimized. I certainly use the built-in ability to find a good channel, but other than adjusting the transmitter gain on the bodypack, I'm not an expert at using my microphone. Maybe some suggestions on some adjustments I should look at? Suggested settings?
 
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jturk1000

And WHERE is Alma MI ?!
I rack mount my AT-3000, and it has the antennas on the front face. Would the remote antennae make much a difference? By placing the remote antenna on the top of my road case near my laptop, I would be placing it only about 18 inches away from the existing antenna... I suppose I could mount the antenna in a tree :)
 

jturk1000

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I'm surprised that the line-of sight interruption by a group of people standing would cause a dropout when I'm only 50 feet from the transmitter. This is what makes me think that I don't have my receiver/transmitter at optimal settings. Despite how wonderful it is to be able to remote your antenna, this is most likely not standard practice, nor is it probably required for 90% of my applications.
 
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