When it comes to microphones, you typically get what you pay for. A good mic is going to give you good audio quality. This isn’t to say that you can’t make do with an inexpensive microphone. I’ve worked for plenty of organizations that had no money and forced me to buy my microphones at an unnamed electrical store. For the most part, they worked fine, especially if you follow simple precautions and proper maintenance. I for one started using cheap mics because, I could not afford the high priced wireless mics. I started with a small setup and that was all I needed. Taking good care of them will help their working life but, I am definitely spending less on mics now that I spend a little extra for the higher end ones. In the article we will look into a great affordable idea for churches on a budget and give our expertise on what will work best for your needs.
The use of different types of microphones, in a church setting, will enhance the tone, sound level and dynamics of the music and importantly, the way the instruments are created to sound. Having at least one microphone for each instrument your church plays, is a good number to keep by. The more microphones your church has, the better off you’ll be in the future. For the singers we recommend wireless mics unless it’s a choir that will not be doing a lot of movement but, wireless is the more versatile way to go.
Dynamic and Condenser Microphones
The two main types of microphone pick-up patterns that every church should consider are; Condenser mics and Cardioid Dynamic mics. These unique patterns respond differently to frequencies and choosing the correct microphone for your church setting and instrument is important! The different types of microphone pick-up patterns should be considered before grabbing just any microphone and pointing it at the source you want amplified. Some microphones are specifically designed for unique applications; while most can be used wherever needed. Using the right microphone for the correct instrument is critical to achieve full audio quality and clarity. Today we will look into mics for voice application, from the pastor to the worship group singers these mics will meet your needs at an affordable price.
Condenser microphones are an excellent tool that delivers high sensitivity to capture subtle nuances and smooth frequency response. Whether you’re plucking, drumming, singing or speaking, condenser microphones create high-quality audio. Condenser microphones can be expensive because of the quality of the sound they produce. Recently, a number of more affordable condenser mics have become available which are ideal for church applications. Condenser mics require the use of a power supply, generally 48-volt “phantom power,” and that’s supplied easily by most mixing boards or external power supplies. Condenser mics, also known as capacitor mics, are far more sensitive to higher frequencies than dynamic mics. They pick up a lot of the top-end detail of the sound you’re recording. As humans, we can generally hear things in the 20Hz-20kHz range, and condenser mics can easily record these top-end frequencies. Dynamic mics tend to drop off around the 16kHz mark, losing that top-end detail.
Compared to condenser microphones, dynamic microphones are much more rugged. They’re also especially resistant to moisture and other forms of abuse, which makes them the perfect choice onstage. Dynamic microphones like the Shure SM57 and Shure SM58 are legendary for not only their good sound quality, but also for the amount of abuse they can withstand. Compared to a condenser microphone, a dynamic can come across as its rough-and-ready, uncultured cousin. Unlike a condenser, which are slightly more fragile and often never see beyond the four walls of the studio, dynamics are usually pretty robust. This extra weight and rigidity makes them ideal for taking out on the road, where they could be dropped, smashed into, had pints poured onto them etc. Ok, maybe that last one would be a bit much but still.
Dynamic microphones don’t require their own power supply like condenser microphones. This makes them easier to integrate into small setups, on account of them not requiring their own power source. Condenser microphones work by having a small electrical current charging up its capacitor, and this charge requires it to have its own power. You may have seen the term ‘phantom power’ used in a studio – this is the practice of supplying a condenser mic with the small amount of juice it needs to operate. Dynamics don’t have this requirement, and can be plugged directly into an amplification source, or a recording setup. However, their sound quality is generally not as accurate. Most dynamic microphones have a limited frequency response, which makes them well-suited, along with their ability to withstand high sound pressure levels, for loud guitar amps, live vocals, and drums.
For performers who wish to unplug from the wire, BLX Wireless Systems are the clearest choice. Shure delivers wireless confidence with legendary sound from industry-renown microphones, decades of wireless design proficiency and world-class construction. Available in a wide offering of bodypack and handheld configurations (including vocal, guitar, headset and presenter system), BLX Wireless Systems are ready to perform right out of the box.
Transmitters: At a Glance
- Two AA batteries (included) provide up to 14 hours of continuous use
- Up to 300 feet (91m) transmission radius (line of sight)
- Quick and easy receiver frequency matching (GROUP and CHANNEL selection buttons)
- Two-color transmitter status indicator LED:
- Green: “Ready”
- Rapidly Flashing Red: “Controls Locked”
- Solid Red: “Battery Power Low” (less than 1 hour remaining)
- Flashing Red/Power Down: “Batteries Dead” (replace batteries to repower transmitter)
- TQG connection for use with Shure lavalier, headset, earset and instrument microphones and guitar cables
- Tactile/easily accessible On / Off switch
- Adjustable gain control
- Lightweight, rugged construction
- Available as bodypack or handheld (currently selected) transmitters
Receivers: At a Glance
- BLX Receiver Options
- BLX4 Single Channel Wireless Receiver
- BLX4R Single Channel, Rack Mount Wireless Receiver
- BLX88 Dual Channel Wireless Receiver (currently selected)
- One-touch QuickScan frequency selection quickly locates the best open frequency (in case of interference)
- Up to 12 compatible systems per frequency band (region-dependent)
- Two-color audio status indicator LED:
- Green: Normal audio levels
- Red: Excessive audio levels (overload/clipping)
- XLR and ¼” output connectors
What’s in the Box? Includes 2 PG58 Handheld Transmitters, BLX88 Dual-Channel Wireless Receiver, 2 Microphone Clips, Power Supply, 4 AA Batteries and User Guide.
The Shure BLX Wireless Systems combine professional-quality sound with simple setup and an intuitive interface for legendary audio performance right out of the box. Precision-built and available in a variety of configurations, it’s the most accessible way to get your message across. Shure microphones are great for vocals as they are a standard in the industry. If you only need 1 microphone, you will have the option of better quality microphones too. When using these as vocal mics in a local church they were easy to set up, sound like cabled Sure 58’s but much cleaner and more crisp than the cable mics. The monitors have never been to distinct and clear. Very nice product for the money. These are great wireless mics. Very sleek looking and stylish. Love the internal antenna without sacrificing distance. They cover a very large area….parking lot, football field etc.very easy setup as well. Shure was the brand I chose when I decided to go the wireless route and they have come through with their products. My first wireless mic from Shure the PG58 Transmitter I still have, we use it for Karaoke when we get together with family and it still looks new. This mic I’ve had it for over 5 years and it has taken a beating. Shure is truly a workhorse of a brand. The durable BLX88 offers simple setup, intuitive controls, and microprocessor-controlled internal antenna diversity. One-touch QuickScan frequency selection quickly locates the best open frequency in case of interference. For use with BLX Wireless Systems. Just make sure you got to the Shure website and find the right frequency that is right for the location you will be using the system and you will be highly satisfied with this system.
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