The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: A Cool Hearing Test

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It’s fairly common for people in the stage, entertainment, and music industries to suffer some degree of hearing loss. You probably sustained some damage when you were young and invincible and frequently went without hearing protection while your life was turned up to 11. Then, there’s the occupational exposure to sound over the years, and all those times your communications headset fell off when you were three inches from the loudspeaker array. It happens. I SAID, IT HAPPENS! Jeez.

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Why you need to double mic
Why you need to double mic

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Why You Need Double Mics

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Want to lose the interest of your audience and get off track? Mess with your microphone! If you’d rather stay on-message and keep the audience rapt, you are going to want a double mic setup. But that doesn’t mean that you actually have to carry an extra microphone around in your pocket. Here’s why you need a redundant microphone setup and how to set it up.

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Lighting and sound specialist Jared Land of UTA's Studio Theatre standardized on EMBRACE Microphones
Lighting and sound specialist Jared Land of UTA's Studio Theatre standardized on EMBRACE Microphones

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: How to Solve the Unsightly Mic Challenge

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The Studio Theater at the University of Texas at Arlington is a challenging environment for setting up microphones. The theater has an intimate design that brings the audience close to the actors on stage. Since musicals are a mainstay for them, there’s also a mix of dialogue, singing, and small cast sizes to contend with. On top of that, the students tend to be tough on equipment. That means they need mics that are rugged and easy to conceal without sacrificing sound quality.

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EMBRACEā„¢ Microphones, from Point Source Audio, used in the student-led productions at Belmont University
EMBRACEā„¢ Microphones, from Point Source Audio, used in the student-led productions at Belmont University

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: The Belmont University Production Strategy for Saving Face

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The student-led orientation of Belmont University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts program in Nashville, Tennessee is the ideal environment for students to learn the trade of theater production and acting. But the benefits of this hands-on educational approach were coming at an increasingly higher cost for the school, as students were regularly rendering the school’s lav mics unusable by hastily removing the taped-on mics after performances and rehearsals. The result was student actors uncomfortable with taped mics to the face, and a rash of defective mics and cables. The problem was ultimately solved by the school upgrading from the low-tech manner of taping mics to the face, to the highly concealable and stable EMBRACE™ earmount microphones by Point Source Audio.

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A flexible boom lets you position the mic away from beards
A flexible boom lets you position the mic away from beards

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: 3 Ways to Mount Mics Near Beards

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Mounting headset microphones on bearded speakers and actors can get a bit hairy. If your subject usually uses a headset and decides to sport a beard, you’ll likely grow concerned about scratchy sounds from the mic boom. Here are a few solutions to get you through without resorting to shaving the actor.

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The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: How Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Happens

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The human sense of hearing is downright amazing. A person with healthy hearing can hear sounds as quiet as 0db and withstand short-term exposure to sound as loud as 85db without sustaining permanent hearing damage. The frequency range at which we can detect sound is also wide, ranging from about 20Hz to 20kHz. Most of us take our hearing for granted, that is until it’s gone or damaged.

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"Avenue Q the Musical" as performed by Lindenwood University students wearing the CO-8WL lavalier microphone. Credits: Designer, Kaitlynn Ferris (Lindenwood BFA Technical Theater Major) | Photographer, John Lamb | Actors, Weston Lundy and Jacob Quiggins
"Avenue Q the Musical" as performed by Lindenwood University students wearing the CO-8WL lavalier microphone. Credits: Designer, Kaitlynn Ferris (Lindenwood BFA Technical Theater Major) | Photographer, John Lamb | Actors, Weston Lundy and Jacob Quiggins

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Why (mic) Sensitivity Matters

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An Audio Director’s First Criteria for Mic Choice
Before standardizing on Point Source Audio’s CO-8WL Waterproof Lavalier Microphones, Brian Bird, Lindenwood University’s audio director and adjunct professor, A/B tested a number of lavalier microphones in a wide range of performance settings in the university’s two performance spaces. Ultimately, the Point Source Audio CO-8WLs outperformed all other lavalier mics tested with regards to Bird’s key performance criteria. But most notably, Bird discovered the CO-8WLs excelled over all other mics with regards to his number one criteria: high gain before feedback.

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Point Source Audio: Sounding Board Blog: Microphone Survival in a Monsoon (Wedding)

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Whether you’re producing an outdoor performance in inclement weather or a stage show that involves rain showers, you’ll need to consider how waterproof your mics are. We covered waterproof microphones and taking care of mics after they get wet in our Halloween mic gore-proofing post. Here we are going to take a look at how sound designers and audio crew set up Point Source Audio microphones in the wet and wild performance of Monsoon Wedding.

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Point Source Audio knows a thing or two about the proper method of coiling mic cables
Point Source Audio knows a thing or two about the proper method of coiling mic cables

Point Source Audio: Sounding Board Blog: How to Properly Coil Microphone Cables

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Coiling Mini-Mic and Lavalier Cables
Since miniature microphones are what we do, we have to show you how to wrap up their cables too. Since most mini-mics, lavs, and headset mics have integrated wires, folks are often tempted to wrap the wire around the mic or body pack. This is a big no-no. The tiny coils created by doing this put a big strain on the wires, causes them to knot, and the kinks will make it more difficult to lay the wires flat when mounting them on your performer. Using proper microphone cable winding techniques will save your cables and make you more popular around the shop. Start practicing now and show your friends! This video shows the proper technique for coiling miniature microphone cables and is very similar to the over-under: 

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