Ceremonial Mic/Music Solution

By RobertL / a couple of years ago

Now that providing music and sound reinforcement for ceremonies has become a normal part of what a mobile entertainer offers wedding clients, let’s look at another possible way of cutting the set-up time for these (often) very brief events. Essentially, we want second system that sounds good and easy to set-up and tear down. I’ve tried several options and currently favor using one Cerwin-Vega P1000X which has a built-in three channel mixer. 3 channels allows for a 1) A wireless mic for the officiant, 2) A wired mic for readers, 3) A input for a mobile music source such as an iDevice. While it’s nice having 3 input channels, I find that a reader’s mic is required only once or twice a year.

But what about the officiant’s microphone?

I’ve experimented with several different possible solutions for miking the officiant and Bridal couple. The first was to use two wireless handheld mics on a stand, with one facing the officiant, and one facing the B&G. In most cases, this worked very well, but presented a bit of a photo distraction. So, I set out to find something better.

While there are a lot of wireless options available, I choose the PRO 88 W lavalier from audio-technica, which is actually designed for video recording.

audio_technica_PRO 88 W_side
Why it works as an officiant mic:

• The receiver and transmitter are both battery powered so you don’t need to run a second powered cord—just connect the head-phone out from the receiver to input on your mixer or powered speaker.

• It’s compact and lightweight. The units appear to be quite durable.

• The antenna is on the receiver, not the transmitter. You can clip the transmitter to the back of the officiant’s robe, or they can carry it in a pocket.

• The normal operating range (up to 100′) should be more than adequate. This will depend on your preferred set-up (I try to set up as close to the front as possible to reduce the delay between real-time and amplified voice).

• Sound is exceptional.

• Sells for around $150.

On the downside:

• The receiver and transmitter look identical. Not a huge issue, but just something else to keep straight.

• They run on 9Volt batteries which offer long-life, but are a pain to change.

• It’s operates on VHF, so it’s more susceptible to interference.

• It offer only two channel choices – so if you are in an area where interference is an issue, it may not be for you.

The included video from BaconKing features a demonstration of the sound quality and range – advance to right around 2:30 point.


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