Let’s talk about headworn wireless mikes. What are the advantages? What are the limits? What else can we do?
The best of both worlds.
A headworn wireless mike is probably the most freedom a performer can have and still be part of the live house mix. Note: You can plug a headworn mic straight into the mixing board using an adapter, “Not Wireless”. You can then control the gain, level, compression, tone etc. yourself. We don’t have to be limited by what we were givin but can control our own sound! If you use wireless transmiters and receivers know that your signal has been modified in order to work reliability with wireless transmission. Compression and noise gateing is almost always present. You have no, little controll of theses important manipulations of sound.
A common mistake: Hooking up your wireless mike receiver to a mic input. Since the Wireless mic has already been amplified you do not or should not process this signal with a high gain mic channel. You will only get feedback and or distortion. Please put the output of your receiver into a line level input on your mixer or amp. Remember a guitar amps first stage has a gain of 100 before you can control it’s volumne after the tone stage. If using a guitar amp stage attenuate the signal, use the 2nd input with an attenuation of ~ 6 db. Some receivers also have a level control. You still don’t want to amplify and then attenuate your signal if at all possible.
You must be mechanically isolated from your mic.
Placement and pickup pattern of your mic must be correctly adjusted for live, real time performance.
I recomend the following:
Sound check your mic
Adjust gain, level, tone, with no effects on.