Gloria Kelly as the witch wearing a CO-8WD SERIES8 Omni Headset mic, (costume & makeup designer: Caitlin Quinn)
Gloria Kelly as the witch wearing a CO-8WD SERIES8 Omni Headset mic, (costume & makeup designer: Caitlin Quinn)

The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: University of South Dakota Dept. of Theatre Makes Good Use of Tech Award

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Point Source Audio (PSA) this year held a $10K Anniversary Giveaway in celebration of its 10-year anniversary and “give back” initiative to benefit the performing arts. Each of the three prize winners got to select from Point Source’s full catalog of miniature microphones and headsets. “The award winners exemplified to us how it is possible to use the performing arts to entertain while also magnanimously create goodwill throughout their community,” said James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio. One of the three winners, The University of South Dakota Department of Theatre brings artistic/educational outreach to the surrounding area’s Native American community and farming populations as part of the university theater season. They used the PSA award for five of the double-eared SERIES8s mics.

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The Point Source Audio Sounding Board: How to Roar with Stage Confidence

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Does the thought of getting on stage and performing for an audience make you sweat and shake? It’s not just you — stage fright effects everyone from professional musicians to business executives. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, public speaking is the biggest fear reported by many American adults, topping flying, financial ruin, and sickness.

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PSA lavaliers offered the right vocal reinforcement through all the blood, sweat and tears of Sweeney Todd for San Francisco Opera.
PSA lavaliers offered the right vocal reinforcement through all the blood, sweat and tears of Sweeney Todd for San Francisco Opera.

The Point Source Audio Sound Board: Mic'ing Messy Halloween & Horror Performances

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Numerous untold buckets of faux blood and guts will be spilled on stages across the country. The shock and awe of macabre special effects are all fun and games—until you kill an expensive microphone with a splash of Kensington Gore.

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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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EMBRACE™ Microphones, from Point Source Audio, used in the student-led productions at Belmont University
EMBRACE™ 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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