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AKG D880 dynamic mic

29/07/2017 Leave a comment

My office was clearing out some old stuff and I managed to snag this old AKG D880 dynamic microphone. Now, I know what AKG brings to the table as far as microphones go. I have an AKG wireless mic and I am very please with the performance and the sound. I went to the AKG website and I found out that this mic has been discontinued. However, I managed to get a description of this mic from their website:

High-output neodymium transducer; rugged construction;
doubleflex transducer shock mount; frequency response optimized for intelligibility.

Dynamic performance microphone for lead and backing vocals. An integrated wind and pop screen eliminates pop and breath noise as well as sibilance. A shock absorbing inner steel mesh grill protects the transducer from damage. The strong die-cast body and wire-mesh outer grill provide additional protection for the transducer element. The outer grill and a layer of special fabric beneath it form a very effective windscreen that will suppress pop and breath noise as well as sibilance.

The Varimotion diaphragm and frequency independent supercardioid polar pattern provide outstanding sound and high gain before feedback. The D880’s frequency response has been optimized for voice pickup so it will hardly ever be necessary to use the EQ on the mixer.

I like that last sentence. It is a rather bold remark. But then again, I kinda believe them. AKG do make great mics. I have yet to try this mic. I might do so at the next party I DJ at.

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Balanced phone plug for my wireless mic

29/12/2014 Leave a comment

Just yesterday, while taking the lift down to the shops to buy a loaf of bread, my mind started thinking back to an issue I faced at a club I used to work at…a club where I brought my Yamaha NG82cx mixing board down on its last day of operations. I remember I faced an issue with the wireless mic getting distorted. I then kicked myself for not practicing what I preached. When I went back home, I immediately took the mixer out of the box to have a better look at it and what was available. I thought as much. There were no MIC / LINE switches for the channel. So all the time, I was shoving a hot LINE signal into a MIC input. Bloody idiotic I was. Well done Alan, you idiot. No wonder it was distorted. But hang on. On the Yamaha MG82cx, each MIC channel has a balanced 1/4″ phone socket that is labelled as a LINE input. So it looks like I have to hook up my AKG WMS 40 Mini via a balanced cable like above if I am going to use it with my Yamaha MG82cx mixer because the output from the receiver is a LINE-level balanced signal. Also my other microphone, the Line 6…that will need a female XLR to a 1/4″ balanced phone jack. Oh well…time to make some cables and that right soon.

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Stagepas 500 at a wedding ceremony

20/03/2014 Leave a comment

I will say…my Yamaha Stagepas 500 really gets around. This time, it was rented to a couple solemnising their marriage. It was held at National Service Resort and Country Club, a club for national servicemen. They have bungalows there and the ceremony was held at one of the bungalows. Our system was plenty loud to cover everything and the couple were happy with the service I provided. I had no space to mount my mixer so I put it on a chair. In front of it is my trusty AKG WMS40 Mini microphone. All went well and the Yamaha proved once again why its so popular

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Sound-system for Malay wedding

30/12/2013 Leave a comment

I love Malay weddings. The hosts and their relatives are always very accommodating and are a joy to work with, client-wise. here is the Yamaha Stagepas 500 being put through its paces. There was more than enough power to handle the whole wedding and the Stagepas 500, together with the AKG WMS40 Mini wireless microphone system did the job very well, providing crisp and clear sound for all the wedding guests. Yup. Its safe to say I had a great time there…and the food!

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Prodipe TT1 – Lanen UHF wireless microphone

26/12/2013 Leave a comment

There are many places that have a budget when it comes to buying wireless microphones. Trust me, I know. Many of them do not want to get good quality and often settle for China-made ones that sound really terrible. Most of these people that want budget wireless mics are the karaoke lounges. But is it possible to get good quality on the cheap. Actually, yes there is.

Introducing the Prodipe TT1 – Lanen UHF wireless microphone. The picture above shows the receiver. One thing I like about it, besides the price of course (try $200) is the fact that it is tiny, and has 16 UHF channels. See that dip-switch on the right? That is the channel matrix. Looks like they are also taking a leaf out of AKG’s WMS 40 Mini with what looks like a balanced TRS 1/4″ phone jack. There is nothing to say that it is a balanced output. I have scoured the Internet to look for confirmation of it but I have not had much luck. The website has some specifications though and here they are:

  • Power supply: AC100~240V/ 45-60Hz
  • External: 16~20V
  • Power Consumption: 5W
  • S/N Ratio: >90dB
  • Ratio P/N or F/N: >80dB
  • Receiving sensitivity: 5dBu (SINAD=20dB)

That is about what is available as far as the receiver is concerned. Now on we go with the transmitter, or as the handheld is referred to:

This is the handheld microphone. Notice that the little stem below looks reminiscent of the Sennheiser wireless mics. Apparently, these transmitters are powered with 2 AA cells. Specifications, again provided by the website are:

  • Transmitter power: 10mW
  • Maximum deviation: ±50KHz
  • High harmony: superior at 40dB
  • Battery voltage: AA1.5V×2
  • Battery life: 6h
  • Power Switch Noise: Provide with perfect switch noise deducted circuit

Does not looks to shabby on paper but for the money, you do get what you pay for I suppose. $200 cannot be beat. As far as the whole unit is concerned, these are the specifications:

  • Frequency range: UHF 742-758MHz
  • Channel: 16
  • Frequency stabilisation: <±30ppm
  • Dynamic Range: >90dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.5%
  • Frequency Response: 50Hz~15KHz ±3dB
  • Cover range: 50 M

Not too bad. Something to bear in mind. It seems that the owner of this company, Ludovic Lanen said:

My decision to use the TT1 cartridge in a UHF mic was to make sure that everyone could have access to a superb sounding UHF mic, an incredibly balanced sound restitution and sixteen selectable frequencies for optimum frequency no matter the location and/or simultaneous use of the mic several times over.

I worked incredibly hard to balance the timbre and remove modulation noise. This noise affects a lot of mics and makes them unsuited for professional use.

What is modulation noise? It’s air that superimposes itself on your voice when you sing or when you speak. The TT1-UHF is ideal for professional use.

I’m one of those sound engineers who doesn’t compromise on quality and I respect this profession so much that I would never put my name to something if it didn’t live up to my standards.

Pretty cool if I do say so myself.

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Alcom MC-1300 wireless microphones

02/12/2013 Leave a comment

I used this wireless microphone at a wedding yesterday. It was a pretty good one, well, for the price I guess. There are two microphones included with this Alcom MC-1300 receiver and there is only one 1/4″ phone jack that plugged into my Stagepas 500 mixer. The microphones use 9-volt batteries but only one issue was that the mics kept dropping out after a distance from the receiver. My AKG WMS40 Mini worked well though and it was the saviour of the show. This Alcom microphone set did not belong to me but was provided by the client. But it is quite intriguing to use a microphone like that. I just do not like the 9-volt batteries though…

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AKG Perception wireless microphone

10/08/2013 Leave a comment

I had the chance to use this AKG Perception wireless microphone system a couple of days back in a club. Apparently, someone had installed it at the club for an event and the owner of it forgot to take it back. So what happened was it was used by me and some others for announcements and suck. I found this microphone to be a bit problematic. When you switch it on, it takes forever for you to authenticate with the receiver. I wasted precious time trying to put it on at time. Sometimes, it was fruitless. So in the end, I changed the battery but it was still behaving badly. But that being said, the microphone looks similar to my AKG WMS 40 Mini and performs in pretty much the same way when it comes to turning the microphone on and off