In our church an installer placed 36-8 inch 8ohm 100watt ceiling speakers in the sanctuary. also placing one in the extra rooms... bathrooms, cry rooms, etc.etc. we currently have a heath and allen board... amps and eq's. on the monitors and a seperate amp and eq for the ceiling. We also have controlled peaking on the main microphones, with volume control knobs per set of two speakers. My question... we can blast a cd till its a uncomfortable noise, but the microphones seem only to reach half the volume before they distort the speakers... what to do?
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A few possibilites.
1. Even though you have some kind of peak limiting on your mics, the signal might still be peaking somewhere along the audio path and causing distortion. Gain controls might be set too high somewhere along the way.
2. The amp you are using might simply be driving too much power for the speakers to handle.
3. A faulty connection, connector, wire or input could cause distortion of something like distortion which is of course would be more apparent at higher volumes.
4. Equipment placement could be picking up sounds or interference from other sources.
5. If you are able to discern level peaks but they are occasional and not flat out, then a compressor placed in the mic signal path could certainly help - otherwise see # 1 above.
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I do not know if an overhead microphone will work satisfactory for your application, unless you have several of them placed in the ceiling or it is a small room. You can use a boom with a shotgun microphone to direct it over the speaker. You may want to consider a parabolic microphone which is highly directional gathering sound from the direction it is pointed in. You may have to have an individual point the microphone at the speaker, and it known to have a poor low frequency response. You can look at the diagram from the below link and try to experiment with a cooking wok to see how it works.
The better parabolic microphones will have a bigger dish and price tag with a directional microphone or a shotgun microphone.
A parabolic microphone is what is used by the media for outdoor sporting events which you can see at football games on the sidelines to hear the players on the field without a lot of crowd noise from the spectators.
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You can connect them in parallel with others HOWEVER you cannot go below 4 ohms a side with your amp. This means you could use ONE other 8 ohm speaker in parallel with one of the passport speakers PER side.
Since the amp can vastly exceed the passport speaker rating you need to be careful to not overpower the passport speakers. One way to HELP regulate the level to the passport speakers is to use a LONG small gauge speaker cable on the passport speakers. Use a 50 foot 16 gauge speaker cable while using heavier, shorter cables on your mains.
With your Samson I would use mains rated at 300 Watts CONTINUOUS power, or at least maintain discipline in volume level to [revent speaker damage.
ALWAYS loop your speaker cables through handles of the enclosure to prevent them being pulled out during use which will destroy your amp... VERIFY the plugs are seated before pwering the system.
The speakers MUST be in front of and pointing away from the microphone.
I don't know what you mean by "crystalized" as that mic is a dynamic type.
If the speakers are in back of you you WILL get plenty of feedback. If you must run that way, then you need an anti feedback processor. The device shifts the pitch slightly so that feedback can't occur.
does it have a cable for it? it should. if it does then just plug it into the amp input jack. there is probably an on/off switch on the mic. i dont know if this is a fixed mic cable or if it is XLR type input on the mic. If there is a place for a cable to plug into the mic at the base of the handle, see if there are 3 pins in the jack of the mic. if so it is XLR, and the amp is 1/4inch so you would need a cable with XLR to 1/4"male. I would go with no shorter than 12 feet, but try to go with 20 to have enough room to move around. Hope that helps.
What you want is a directional microphone.More specific, probably a microphone with what is called a super-cardioid pattern...it only picks up what is directly in front of it. A couple of these may help. As far as filtering out the organ, this is difficult to do with just a microphone,..that is moe a job of a mixing engineer who runs a sound board, and even with the proper equipment, and knowledge, still isn't easy. best thing to do is have the organist turn down the volume a little, to get a well balanced mix between the vocalists and the organ...
Has it always done this or recently started?
Try to determine if the popping is coming from the words spoken into it, or if you get popping from simply moving the mic and cable around. if you get popping from simple movement, there is a chance that the mic needs to be replaced. We use these in our church, and over the last 6 years I've had to replace about 6 of them...sometimes they go bad in the wire, sometimes inside of the mic. The wires are so thin, excessive use wears them out sometimes. Depending on the model countryman that you are using...I've seen them become disconnected where the mic. meets the wire...some can disconnect here beneath a rubber coupling...if you have this model, make sure that it is properly seated.
If there are no shorts in the mic or cable, and you only hear the popping while speaking into it, you may need to filter out the low end on this channel only (everything below about 120hz - 180hz)...and try using a wind shield to help control this.
Hard to troubleshoot without being there, but I hope this gives you a few good ideas.
Microphones do not require software or drivers to operate.
First, double click on the volume icon located in the system tray. If you do not see the volume control for Mic, then you will need to make it show up by going to Options --> Properties --> Check the box labeled Microphone --> Click Ok. You should now be able to see the volume control for the Mic. Make sure that this is not muted and the sound is turned up.
Second, you must have a sound card installed in your computer that supports microphones. Please check with your cards manufacturer or PC manufacturer to make sure.