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PROPER MICROPHONE FOR A CHURCH CHOIR

MY WIFE HAS A CHILDREN'S CHOIR CONSISTING MOSTLY OF YOUNG GIRLS. THE CHURCH ORGAN HAS TWO SPEAKERS ON THE WALL ABOUT 15 FEET DIAGONALLY ABOVE AND BEHIND THEM..THE GIRLS ARE CONSTANTLY BEING DROWNED OUT BY THE ORGAN.. iS THERE A MICROPHONE AVAILABLE THAT WOULD FILTER OUT THE ORGAN AND ALLOW MORE PEOPLE TO HERE THEIR SINGIING? THANK YOU. LARRY FOY

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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...

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