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.
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
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!
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.
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…
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
A friend of mine gave me this Shure PG58 cardioid microphone package the other day. All that is in the picture here is identical except for the microphone cable. The microphone cable that came with mine is an unbalanced one. But no matter about the mic cable…I want to talk about the PG58 microphone
I have had a Shure SM58 for a number of years now and it has always served me well. I must say that when it comes to legendary microphones, Shure hangs in there with the best of them…good, clear sound, a body that can take stage and tour abuse and finally, an affordable price. I never thought about the other *58 mics like this PG58 that my friend gave me. But now I have one so let us have a look at it.
The first thing I did was to check the microphone capsule. The SM58 has a very unique capsule and I can spot one very easily. This one does not have the same capsule as the SM58 of course, but it sports the same, if not similar, removable windscreen and pop-filter. To be honest, the capsule does not look very strong…it looks like it may damage easily but then again, this is a PG58, not an SM58.
Another thing different is the the presence of an ON / OFF switch. There is no such thing on the SM58. There is a saying that all mics that come with such a switch are low-quality ones. I beg to differ on that. I have used many a microphone in the past with switches and they have all held up very well and had good, crisp and clear sound. But what I like about the body is that it feels solid…not unlike the SM58.
This is what this package consists of…features if you like:
- Tailored frequency response is smooth and extended. Tuned specifically for vocal applications.
- Cardioid polar pattern picks up the most sound from in front of the microphone and some sound from the sides. Less susceptible to feedback in high volume settings.
- Dynamic cartridge has a simple, rugged coil. Handles extreme volume levels without distortion.
- Cartridge includes a neodymium magnet for high output level.
- Internal shock mount for reduced handling noise.
- Durable metal construction.
- On/off switch for onstage control.
- Hardened steel mesh ball grille that resists wear and abuse.
- Integral “pop” filter reduces explosive breath sounds and wind noise.
- Includes 15ft (4.57m) cable, break-resistant mic clip and storage bag.
- Replacement cartridge: RPM150.
So it looks like the cartridge is replaceable, like the SM58. Looks like it will do the job. Now and I can probably retire my old AKG D2000 microphone, with its disintegrated pop-filter that cannot be replaced, with this new Shure PG58.