Wireless microphones are appearing more and more throughout church settings all over the world. With the increase in wireless frequency technology year-after-year, as well as reduced pricing; proves wireless microphones to be a vital asset to your churches sound equipment. Although there are a few pros and cons to keep in mind before making your move to wireless systems; finding the correct type of wireless microphone for your worship is pretty straightforward.
Parts Of Wireless Microphone Systems
There are a few main parts to wireless microphone systems and all must be working and plugged.
This is the actual part of the system that transforms your desired acoustic sound into an electrical signal. In most cases it will be a handheld microphone, lapel (or clip-on) microphone or the newer, countryman style microphone.
This device takes the electrical signal and wirelessly transmits it to the receiving end. This is generally placed on the belt/pants of who ever is using the microphone. Some microphones actually have the transmitter built right in, so there is no belt pack required.
This piece of equipment is physically the largest part of the wireless system. It is best to place this as close to your stage as possible, to achieve the strongest signal and the best quality. Sometimes it is just more convenient to have it back at the soundboard, but beware, it may pickup interference from your power amplifiers and other electrical equipment.
The main reasons why people want wireless microphones is because of their flexibility to roam freely. You don’t need microphone cables running all over the stage; which can make for a distracting experience for those participating in worship. As well, the added comfort to your pastor or speaker is a critical because; he/she is now able to walk anywhere in the sanctuary (in theory). Pastors agree that having a wireless based microphone helps them keep focused and not always worried about tripping over the cable or pulling it out of the snake.
Wireless microphones require a power source in order to work. This adds a problem for the sound techs because batteries die after a while, sometimes they die during a performance. This should not be overlooked and all ‘used’ batteries should be checked with a volt meter. Nothing is more embracing and distracting then a pastor’s voice cutting in and out due to a dead or dieing battery. With little parts such as the microphone and the transmitter; makes for a vulnerable target, and is easily left behind when cleaning up. Ensure that you always keep your entire microphone collection locked up in a well secure place.
How Much Do Wireless Microphones Cost?
Wireless microphones are, with out a doubt, going to cost your church much more then your standard, corded microphone. Depending on which type and brand of wireless microphones you choice will determine your price range. A good starting range to look at when buying a wireless microphone system (including the microphone, transmitter and receiver) is approximately $750-$1000. For a higher end microphone alone (not including the transmitter or receiver) you can easily spend around $700, but it you get what you pay for.
Wireless microphones are defiantly a nice tool to be able to use when doing the sound at your church, but it all depends on what your church budget is. At least having one wireless microphone for your pastor or speaker is helpful to them and your sound team. If you have it in your budget to get wireless microphones and yet do not have one; it is highly recommended that all churches have at least one.
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