Joe De Buglio of JdB
Sound Acoustics was the originator of this unique solution
to a common problem--never having enough gain before feedback
with a lapel mic. Instead of wearing the mic a few inches below
the chin on the chest, Joe found a simple way to convert a regular
lavalier microphone so it can be used as a headset mic. Using
a mic close to the sound source (in this case, a persons mouth)
helps increase the gain before feedback drastically. Using a
headset mic with the mic positioned to the side of the face
(not in front of the mouth) keeps breath pops to almost a non-occurance.
A headset to hold the mic was made from a metal coat hanger.
Use of a medium size medicine bottle and a paint can helped
bend the wire without kinking it too sharply.
Below are a few photos from a recent church Christmas musical
in which over 60 different people use a combination of (8) wireless
lapel mics and (5) handheld wireless mics. Many mic transfers
needed to occur in less than a minute (just try getting 6 mics
from 6 people and putting them on 6 new people in less than
a minute!). The headset solution works well because putting
on the mic is only 3 steps--clip on the transmitter, bend the
headset wire (coat hanger) to fit the person, and slip the headset
on the persons head. Quick and easy!
All of the actors, singers, orchestra and audience were amazed
at the high quality sound from the use of these headsets. Visitors
from other churches made comments like "Wow! Were those
rented?" and "What an awesome idea!".
Without the use of these headsets, the drama in this production
would have gone unheard and the hours of reharsal time would
have been for nothing.
From big kids to little, the headsets fit great!
The lady on the left is wearing a headset that's
equiped with a Shure WL185 mic; a little large for
this purpose (a WL93 on the child on the right is
Scene changes are so quick, there's not even enough
time to hide the mic cable under this mans shirt--but
then again, actors should never have their back to