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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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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Point Source Audio Sounding Board: A Quick Feature Tour of PSA Microphones

Point Source Audio Sounding Board Blog

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: James Lamb Looks at a Decade of Innovation

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As Point Source Audio wraps up its 10th Anniversary, PRO AVL looks at how PSA became an industry driver. They asked how does a company go from producing a single microphone to mic'ing entire musical casts? James Lamb, president of Point Source Audio recounts successes and lessons learned over the company's 10-year trajectory in the entertainment technology industry.

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Point Source Audio Sounding Board Blog: Mic Concealment Made Easy

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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. 

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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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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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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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