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How to hide a Sennheiser ME 2 on talent

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+1 to using a better lavalier microphone for dialogue recording.

 

Sennheiser Evolution G3 wireless systems sound a lot better if you substitute a good lavalier microphone for the one included.  Tram, Sonotrim, Sanken COS-11, DPA, or one of several models of Countryman lavaliers all sound so much better and fuller than the Sennheiser ME2.  For a time I used Sennheiser MKE2 lavaliers with Sennheiser Evolution wireless systems.  The MKE2 mics had a decent sound uncovered, much better than the ME2 mics, but, when concealed, were nevertheless problematic with respect to clothing noise and microphonics /handling noise.  There are often JW members selling good used lavalier mics in the for sale section of this site.  You might have to have the connector changed and wired to the type that suits your Sennheiser transmitter.  This will cost $35 to $50 at a reputable sound shop.  But I'd recommend a good used lav over a lower quality new one. 

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3 hours ago, JWBaudio said:

Yeah, that sounds like the settings on the mixer. (or the mic if they are using sub-par equipment)

 

It’s both! Very cheap Audio-Technica lavs, which seem to not have a lot of reach either. It’s a university – gotta work with what they give us.

 

At least the mixer is cool! Forgot that it has the ability to save presets/shows, which will be handy.

 

2 hours ago, Rob Anderson said:

+1 to using a better lavalier microphone for dialogue recording.

 

Buying used G3s with COS-11s is high up on my list of priorities. I’m struggling to find work without lavs in my kit as it is.

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39 minutes ago, Rob Anderson said:

+1 to using a better lavalier microphone for dialogue recording.

 

Sennheiser Evolution G3 wireless systems sound a lot better if you substitute a good lavalier microphone for the one included.  Tram, Sonotrim, Sanken COS-11, DPA, or one of several models of Countryman lavaliers all sound so much better and fuller than the Sennheiser ME2.  For a time I used Sennheiser MKE2 lavaliers with Sennheiser Evolution wireless systems.  The MKE2 mics had a decent sound uncovered, much better than the ME2 mics, but, when concealed, were nevertheless problematic with respect to clothing noise and microphonics /handling noise.  There are often JW members selling good used lavalier mics in the for sale section of this site.  You might have to have the connector changed and wired to the type that suits your Sennheiser transmitter.  This will cost $35 to $50 at a reputable sound shop.  But I'd recommend a good used lav over a lower quality new one. 

Isn't the problem with used lavs that for some operators and productions they are all but considered disposable items? And how does someone know from appearances how many times it's got sweat and make-up sprayed on the capsule or excessive tension and force has been put on the wire and strain relief or what method of cleaning the previous owner used etc. Maybe good for a back up or for finding out if you like the sound or mounting process but buying used caps for primary usage seems a bit risky to me. Personally I've always use the lavs i like most to work with (Cos-11 DPA) and get the best wireless system I can afford after factoring cost of lavs. I started out with 2020s and over the years moved between UWPs, 411s, G2000s and with all of them i used Cos-11s, Trams or DPA. I'd rather have the caps I can hide well than have best wireless system but not caps I like. There will also be times when you wont need to use a TX and can go hardwired with the cap.

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Most of us consider lavs as expendables or at lest semi expendable, And as Daniel stated, over time, they get contaminated with make-up sweat, ect. compromises the response. The cable/connections take a beating as well. That doesn't mean there aren't deals to be had but I would not buy a used lav, unless I knew it's history and/or I could try it out prior to handing over $$. 

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6 hours ago, Rick Reineke said:

Most of us consider lavs as expendables or at lest semi expendable, And as Daniel stated, over time, they get contaminated with make-up sweat, ect. compromises the response. The cable/connections take a beating as well. That doesn't mean there aren't deals to be had but I would not buy a used lav, unless I knew it's history and/or I could try it out prior to handing over $$. 

Semi expendable yes, lavs can see a lot punishment on a set, being exposed do pretty much everything that talent is, and while they're designed with that in mind, they aren't as bomb proof as comteks.

 

I've picked up lavs off other mixers I know who were swapping gear for one reason or another, but mixers who I know treat their lavs as well as their boom mics.

 

Going through a known & reputable dealer, somewhere like Trew, Gotham, Location, or Tai is probably the safest option for used audio gear lavs or otherwise. I'd hesitate picking up used gear on ebay.

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