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
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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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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Not really. I have a set I use to record drums with. The diaphragm is too small to get a room sound. You can, however, use two of them. One on each side of the choir. Make sure you reverse the phase of one mic or they may cancel each other out. Sometimes it is better to buy a large diaphragm condensor mic. You will, however, need phantom power to run it. Makes a huge difference though.
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.
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.