Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Video on Customizing the EMBRACE Mic for Better Concealment

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One of the challenges that face both designers and technicians is how to hide a microphone on an actor. In their hair or in their costume; there weren’t a lot of good solutions to this challenge, until Point Source Audio created its EMBRACE™ Earmount microphone solution. As a customizable mic’ing solution that is engineered for concealing, EMBRACE has earned praise from end-users, as well as two patents from the U.S. Patent Office. The innovative design means the patented EMBRACE’s shapeable structure can be trimmed, bent and, shaped to a custom-fit for each user allowing for microphones to be easily concealed and quickly custom-fitted for the wearer—providing a placement of the microphone in just mere seconds that is consistent and stable. Here's a video from Point Source on customizing your EMBRACE microphone for over ear concealment:

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James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio
James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio

The Sounding Board: 5 Key Considerations When Choosing the Right Mic

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Point Source Audio’s work with numerous sound professionals over the last decade has resulted in groundbreaking microphone developments such as the EMBRACE and the CO2 Confidence Collection microphones. Throughout this process, we have identified 5 key considerations that will help ensure you are choosing the perfect tool for each and every cast member and individual production.

You’ve found your sound, now what? Picking the right microphone is not just about the purity of the sound it produces. While that is paramount and desired, in a real-world production there are other external factors that will affect the choice of mic you choose. Some of these considerations you may not have any control over, and some will present themselves to be fun challenges to overcome. 
Among those challenges can be finding microphones which can stand up to blood, sweat, tears and rain. Checkout this video to see how well Point Source Audio microphones meet those challenges:

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AIPAC Policy Conference speaker Eboni Williams wore dual element headset microphone
AIPAC Policy Conference speaker Eboni Williams wore dual element headset microphone

Point Source Audio Sounding Board: AIPAC Speakers Double Miked

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The CO2 Confidence Headsets with built-in redundancy selected for American Israeli Policy Conference

Point Source Audio's CO2 Confidence headsets played a large primary—and a critical secondary—role for double mic'ing at the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. Over 18,000 people attended the three-day conference and included members of Congress, students, and synagogue delegations. The guest speaker roster was massive (the AIPAC website lists over 400) and the audio needs were equally large with 120 channels of wireless mics being used. And, as typical, the expectations for fail safe reliability and sonic excellence with microphones were high.

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USITT 2019 keynote speaker Jackie Taylor
USITT 2019 keynote speaker Jackie Taylor

USITT has Confidence in CO2

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At the recent USITT 2019 Stage Expo, Point Source Audio (PSA) introduced its new CO2 Confidence Collection microphones to the theatrical community. The CO2 collection of Headset, Lavalier, and Earworn dual element mics also got a thorough testing at the USITT Conference as PSA was back once again as the Official Headworn Mic Sponsor for the keynote speeches and events.

The patent-pending CO2 Confidence Collection, a new class of wireless microphones, all have dual elements, each measuring a tiny 3mm, that offers built-in redundancy. The CO2 mics integrate two of the company’s important first-to-market features in miniature microphones: IP 57 waterproof rating, and the “unbreakable” headset boom bendable to 360° to bolster durability. 

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Televisa actors wear EMBRACEā„¢ microphones concealed at the ear
Televisa actors wear EMBRACEā„¢ microphones concealed at the ear

Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Broadcast Studio Televisa Adopts EMBRACE

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Televisa, the television studio and broadcast behemoth, has added Point Source Audio’s EMBRACE EO-8WL microphones for use in their popular telenovela and music competition reality productions. Headquartered in Mexico City, Televisa is considered to be one of the largest mass media conglomerates and content creators in Latin America. The vast majority of its programming is for the Hispanic market with much of its content airing in the United States. The microphone purchase was made through Point Source Audio dealer Magnum Digital based in Mexico City.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Feature Tour of PSA Microphones

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Point Source Audio would like to take you on a tour of the features of the company’s microphones as well as share some tips on how to best care for them—especially for rugged theater applications, as well as ways to extend the life of your microphones. Let’s start by pointing out that not all miniature microphones are built alike, and PSA has many great features and benefits with their line of earmount, lavalier, earworn, and headset mics.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: Unexpected Ways to Mic a Violin

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Many shows these days have musicians onstage, incorporated into the production’s environment, seen playing, often costumed and integrated seamlessly into the performance. They are often even actually part of the narrative, with an actor/musician being a character, at times major roles in the show. Shows like The Band’s Visit, Once, War Horse, and Bandstand all had cast members playing instruments live onstage as did recent staging’s of Company and Sweeney Todd. With a growing number of shows where an instrumentalist is right in the thick of the performance, it is the job of sound designer and the A1 to figure out how to mic that instrument. To help, Point Source Audio has put together some unexpected ways to mic a violin for your consideration.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: CO2 Confidence Collection Microphones

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Point Source Audio (PSA) recently announced the patent-pending CO2 Confidence Collection microphones. The new class of wireless microphones all have dual elements offering built-in redundancy—and showcase an appealing new slimline design. They integrate two of the company’s important first-to-market features in miniature microphones: IP 57 waterproof rating, and the “unbreakable” headset boom bendable to 360° to bolster durability. All this unlocks new conveniences and simplicity for broadcast, audio, and production techs as well as please the presenters and performers they serve. 

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