“Finally microphone ear-loops that stay on, are super comfortable, and fast to deploy. With the Point Source ear-loops, it takes mere seconds to make ear worn microphones look camera ready.”
— San Francisco Opera Sound/Media Dept.
“EMBRACE is completely customizable, quick to build, durable; and most definitively, our actors love them. They are worth their weight in gold!”
— Sound Supervisor, Alley Theatre
“I can't speak highly enough of these mics. They've been such a blessing in 150+ hours of actual squeal-free stage time.”
— Production Manager, Berklee College of Music
“We finished the production Singin’ in The Rain with your CO-8WD product for the special scene under the water for the main character. We are happy because after 110 shows and a lot of water the mic is perfect!!”
— Assistant and FOH Mixer, Théâtre du Châtelet
“EMBRACE™ mics are almost invisible. Students said it was nice that [PSA] actually has mics that match their own skin tone.”
— Lighting & Sound Specialist, UT Arlington
“The Point Source mics lived up to their sales pitch! The team was thrilled with them. I received a text from the sound engineer saying he mic'd up an actor "in five seconds and EQ’d in 10!’ ”
— Sound System Designer
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The necklace mics got a thorough test on the reality show and came through with flying colors. “After three quarters of the season only two mics had broken, which is a miracle,” said Roy with a smile. “With our experience in the field, we know that with other brands, we would’ve needed a lot more mics to cover the losses.
Sound Design Transports Audience Back to June 1800
“Point Source Audio’s CO-8WL lavalier offered many strengths for this production,” explained sound designer and mixing engineer Federico Bianchi. “First and foremost was the quality and the linearity of the sound. I needed to make very few adjustments to the timbre of the microphones, which were already ‘flat’, and able to preserve all the dynamics and colors in the singers’ voices. In addition, the mic size and shape made them invisible to the audience, while allowing useful positioning and precise capture.”
TV Gardening Show Grows Fond of Point Source Audio
“It’s particularly good for miking women with plenty of long hair,” noted location sound recordist Christopher MacGregor. “Often, when you’re trying to find the right way to place a mic on them, it can be a bit creepy for them. But EMBRACE limits the invasion of personal space, which is good. It’ll definitely become a part of my kit in the field.”
Sound Company Chooses PSA to Mic for Hybrid Events
“Today, I only use Point Source Audio headset and lavalier microphones—we have changed completely,” explains Michael Weimann, Technical Director of Audio at PSS. “I use the CO-8WD headset microphone for everything that has to do with the voice and that can be done via a headset. This is not only due to the price/performance ratio, but above all the handling.”
With the outdoor venue not providing the perfect acoustic environment expected at operatic performances, a sound reinforcement system was required to ensure the audience could get the full enjoyment of the event. “Every principal got their own microphone,” explains sound designer, Paul Bevan, who has previously used EMBRACE to mic violinist Joshua Bell. “I was a little apprehensive because who would think a microphone sitting back on the ear is going to give you enough gain in what is basically an arena-sized venue with a huge PA system. But I knew right from the first note I heard that we weren’t going to have any problems. There was so much gain and it sounded so clear.”
Mexico’s Televisa Fast-Tracks Miking; Adopts EMBRACE™ Mics
David Camacho is the sales manager at Magnum Digital and oversaw the sale to Televisa. Camacho was equally impressed by this new solution Point Source Audio provided to his customer, commenting that “They had been using ‘normal’ lavaliers and it used to take a lot of time to wire an actor ─ EMBRACE mics have allowed them to wire the actors so much faster.” He further emphasized, “There were always noise problems with clothing, jewelry, or chest hair when using traditional lavs; the EMBRACE products solved all those issues.”
Violinist Joshua Bell Untouchable Wearing EMBRACE™ Microphone
The world-famous, Grammy Award–winning violinist Joshua Bell is mic'd with an EMBRACE Microphone while performing 'Seasons of Cuba' live at the Lincoln Center for the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival. The sound engineer for Bell found EMBRACE to be a clever way to mic his violin WITHOUT mic'ing the violin. Don't see the mic? That's the whole point of EMBRACE Mics!
For Sound Designer Dave Cowell, the choice was an obvious one: “From the moment the microphones were plugged in, I could hear the quality. Crystal clear mid and high frequencies made vocal mixing easy. The low end was also great for our male cast members. The gain before feedback was impressive and there was very little EQ applied to any of the performers as the response was so flat out of the box.”
PSA Microphones Deliver New Solutions for Danny Elfman Tour
Emmy-winning sound engineer Paul Bevan swtiches to EMBRACE™ earmount mic to create a more natural sound for violin virtuoso Sandy Cameron.
AIPAC Speakers Double Miked by Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio’s CO2 Confidence headsets played a large primary — and a critical secondary — role for double mic’ing at the 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. Over 18,000 people attended the three-day conference and included members of Congress, students, and synagogue delegations. The guest speaker roster was massive (the AIPAC website lists over 400) and the audio needs were equally large with 120 channels of wireless mics being used. And, as typical, the expectations for fail safe reliability and sonic excellence with microphones were high.
Dr. Anderson Speaks With and About EMBRACE™ Microphone
Dr. Anderson Speaks: “I’ve been speaking for almost 30 years and I am most happy with my new EMBRACE mic. I kid you not, you can barely see it on the ear and it sounds so clear. That’s the best kind of microphone you can have, right?” Dr. David Anderson is the Founder and Senior Pastor of Bridgeway Community Church in Maryland.
Point Source Mic Drenched 110 times for “Singin’ in the Rain” at Théâtre du Châtelet
Front of house mixer gushed with praise: “We finished the production ‘Singin’ in The Rain’ with your [CO-8WD headset] product for the special scene under the water for the main character, Don Lockwood. We are happy with the product because after 110 shows and a lot of water the mic is perfect!” The Théâtre du Châtelet is a theatre and opera house, located in the place du Châtelet in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, France.
Dual-Element Mics Shine Through Tough Weather on The Lost Colony
Since 2013, Point Source Audio CO-8WD microphones have endured rain, sweat, wind, and heat in the production of The Lost Colony — performed on an outdoor theatre in North Carolina. The longest-running symphonic drama, now in its 82nd season, has 24 PSA mics and recently upgraded the lead actor to the new CO2 Confidence Collection dual-element mic.
PSA Mics Capture the Fierce Fight Sounds of Cirque du Soleil's R.U.N
Renowned sound designer Jonathan Deans relies on Point Source GO-8WM moldable microphones to turn stunt performers into “moving mic stands” onstage.
EMBRACE™ Mics Solve Sight Challenges for UT Arlington’s Studio Theater
The Studio Theater at the University of Texas at Arlington is a challenging environment for setting up microphones. The theater has an intimate design that brings the audience close to the actors on stage. On top of that, the students tend to be tough on equipment. That means they need mics that are rugged and easy to conceal without sacrificing sound quality. The program now is in the process of standardizing on Point Source Audio mics throughout the theater with 15 EMBRACE mics currently in use and more planned.
‘Paul Street Boys’ Perform with Waterproof Mics
When it comes to challenging musical scenes, such as this one from "Paul Street Boys"—performed here at Vígszínház Theatre in Budapest—it pays to have Point Source Audio's mics that just happen to be IP 57 waterproof rated.
San Francisco Opera Gets Back Up from Dual EMBRACE™ Mic
Photo Credit: Stefan Cohen and San Francisco Opera
In what the New York Times called "the most eagerly anticipated new opera of the season, 'John Adams and Peter Sellars’ latest collaboration followed people from all over the world who flocked to Gold Country hoping to strike it rich, but are quickly caught up in the optimism, greed, and prejudices of a rapidly changing world. The visually striking sets, period-perfect costuming, and a sizable cast of characters demanded microphones that are discreet, durable, and sonically accurate to assure all eyes and ears stayed on the show. To meet these challenges, San Francisco Opera’s Master Audio/Video Engineer Doug Mitchell equipped performers with Point Source Audio's new dual element EMBRACE microphones offering built-in backup.
Point Source Audio Premieres on Opening night of ‘Sweeney Todd’ at San Francisco Opera
Point Source Audio lavalier microphones premiered on opening night of Sweeney Todd in the Fall 2015 San Francisco Opera season, and continue to provide just the right amount of vocal reinforcement through all the blood, sweat and tears that accompany every production!
Hell Never Sounded this Good at ‘Hadestown,’ NY Theatre Workshop
Noted sound designer Robert Kaplowitz selected Point Source Audio's SERIES8 headset microphones and lavalier microphones for the heated performances in the folk opera "Hadestown" by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell. "Hadestown" follows Orpheus' mythical quest to overcome Hades and regain the favor of his one true love, Eurydice. Damon Daunno and Nabiyah Be sing “Wedding Song” wearing PSA headset microphones.
Point Source Audio Helps Dreamlike Chinese Opera Come to Life at Lincoln Center
Point Source Audio lavaliers took center stage at the Lincoln Center Festival's opening of Paradise Interrupted, the dreamlike Chinese opera designed by visual artist and Emmy winner Jennifer Wen Ma. The breathtaking visuals come to life through sound using the opera singer’s breath to express her mood via light and movement to fill the stage. The heroine wears two Point Source Audio microphones to project her voice both vocally and visually. The CO-8WL omni lavalier microphone was chosen for the singer’s voice going into the sound system, while the CR-8L cardioid lavalier microphone was used to isolate her voice going into the video computer.
Berklee College of Music Standardizes on Point Source Audio Microphones
Cardioid headset microphones are expected to support up to 300 student-run productions each year. “After doing our tests, we found the CR-8D to give the least coloration and the highest gain before feedback. With the CR-8D headsets, the sound is much more natural after feedback corrections."
Chase Oaks Church Chooses Point Source ... Again
While many pastors have little to no knowledge of production equipment, or at least not enough to have any specific brand preferences, Chase Oaks' Senior Pastor Jeff Jones was different. He had his own mic he had purchased years ago: a Point Source Audio CO-8WD headset condenser mic. Now, Chase Oaks Church owns 40-50 Point Source Audio headset mics spread across all five locations, as well as chapels and youth venues. In the youth venues alone, 24 CO-8WS single-ear mics are in action.
PSA Mics Weather the Broadway-bound ‘Monsoon Wedding’
What can you expect from a Monsoon Wedding? For this musical stage adaptation based on the iconic 2001 film, the forecast predicts a mix of love, laughter, and lots of rain. The sound design calls for waterproof microphones and the reliable CO-8WL waterproof lavalier was chosen!
CO2 Confidence™ Headsets Double Mic for In-the-Round Jersey Boys
Sound Designer Daryl Bornstein did some research to find exactly the right mic to solve the challenge presented by the unique stage configuration. In the end, Bornstein selected Point Source Audio’s CO2 Confidence headset mics as the ideal mic for double mic’ing the four principal cast members.
EMBRACE™ is the Choir’s Choice at Trondheim Symphony Orchestra
For the New Years concert, "Duel of the Fates from the Phantom Menace" by John Williams, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra wanted to create the sound of a larger choir when performing with the full orchestra. They were able to achieve this with just 12 singers — each wearing an EMBRACE microphone.
Sound Designer Puts Faith in PSA for ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’
Pastor Reviews Point Source Audio’s CO2 Dual Element Headset Microphone
John Chevalier, a pastor and worship leader at Faith Community in Northern California, reviews the Point Source Audio CO2 Dual Element Headset. John is a Leadership Trainer/Consultant, Musician, and General Audio Geek, and here’s what he had to say:
For the last two months, I’ve had the opportunity to use and review Point Source Audio’s CO2 Confidence Headset Microphone featuring a built-in backup mic. This style of mic’ing is also referred to as “redundant mic’ing” as it deploys two mic elements to prevent interruption of the live signal in the event the main signal is lost due to a wireless drop or another connection issue. This double mic’ing setup requires that you use two wireless transmitters which can even be set to different frequencies. If one signal drops the other one is there, continuing to perform. Double mics are typically used in theatre and in critical live sound applications to provide a backup mic. However, I have been in enough churches to say that the issues of signal drop and other mic problems can affect large and small churches as well. This is where the CO2 Mic really shines with the ease of two mics in one.
Game of Thrones (GOT): Music is Coming!
For Game of Thrones LIVE Concert Experience Multidirectional Flute Soloist Pedro Eustache is the featured winds soloist playing an amazing 15 acoustic, world & electronic wind instruments, and relying on Point Source Audio's cardioid headset microphone for his instrument mic'ing.
Point Source Mics Violins and Violas for U.S.’s Largest Standalone POPS Orchestra
Houser Audio, the official audio provider for the Philly POPS picked the CO-8WL omnidirectional lavalier microphone to amplify the string ensemble of the Philly POPS’ 65-piece orchestra. Andre Houser is founder and chief engineer of Houser Audio in Aston, PA, and the trusted audio provider for the Philly POPS since 2008. In mic’ing the orchestra’s string ensemble, Houser spoke excitedly about adding Point Source Audio citing “The Point Source mics sounded amazing—very natural—I was blown away.”
Point Source Audio Named Official Earworn Mic for Largest Show Production Company in Las Vegas
SERIES8 Holds Up to Nightly Action at David Saxe's Famed Shows on Las Vegas Strip. "We tried everything we could get our hands on but only the CO-8WS earset microphone could reliably handle the workload.”
Alley Theatre Praises EMBRACE Mics: “Worth their Weight in Gold”
Sound supervisor Pierre Dupree of Houston’s Alley Theatre, who is no stranger to the world of arts and crafts in theatre mic’ing, recently said Point Source Audio’s patent-pending EMBRACE Earmounts are “worth their weight in gold.” Each of the theatre’s cast of 15 resident actors now have custom mics assigned to them no matter where they go. According to Dupree, this is possible because “EMBRACE is completely customizable, quick to build, durable; and most definitively, our actors love them.” The theatre is planning to expand their inventory of PSA mics to accommodate the increasing requests they are receiving from sound designers. Dupree summed up his findings from A/B testing Point Source against the top brands, saying “We barely needed to EQ the PSA mics and there is much less bass roll off.”
SERIES8 Headsets Make Appearance at Belgian Movie Awards
Belgium's WNM were tapped for the 6th consecutive year to be the audiovisual provider for the country's prestigious “Les Magritte du Cinema." This year, WNM chose SERIES8 headset microphones for the job and was rewarded with satisfying approval by the presenters who found the shape around the ear more comfortable than other brands previously used. The "UNbreakable Boom" flexibility also contributed some unforseen advantages including the ability to avoid scratches from the beards of the stylishly unshaven.
Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Logs 400 Performances
With numbers like these, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre had to have a lavalier mic they could trust. Dutch Apple is now in its 30th year—providing top quality productions, award-winning food and exceptional service to over 150,000 guests annually in its 330 seat theatre.
Headset Mic Makes the Cut at National Theatre of Oslo, Norway
The National Theatre in Oslo, one of Norway's largest and most prominent venues for performance of dramatic arts, took SERIES8 headset microphone to task during production of William Shakespeare's Richard III. The gory details reveal the SERIES8 makeup proof heasdset mic makes the cut!
Germany’s The Twiolins Make Music with Point Source Audio
The Twiolin violin pair opt for SERIES8 Headset Microphone for its natural tone: "The CO-8WD headset microphone is extremely close to the original sound even without equalization—it is absolutely at the top of its class!”
EMBRACE Microphones Disappear in Musical by Barrington Stage Co.
When the brand-new musical is called Presto Change-O—and is about a family of magicians, and a member of the creative team is an illusionist—you almost need a magic trick to choose the microphone too. The mic would need to be tiny enough to not interfere with illusions, secure enough to stay in place during the illusions—and, oh yeah, capture voices magically as well. EMBRACE microphones will hold the same position, night after night. "I know that when I have to leave after opening night, the show will sound the same throughout the run."
Point Source Audio Mics Worked Wonders for Award-Winning Sound Designer
Award-winning Sound Designer Lindsay Jones Explains his Microphone Choice for Wonderland, Alice's Rock & Roll Adventure. "The PSA mics sounded great out of the box. We only had to do a minimum amount of EQ-ing—if any—on the actors to get them up and running. That was a huge time-saver and a real relief."
West End Sound Designer Rick Clarke Selects Point Source Audio to Take on ‘Chicago’ Musical
SERIES8 microphones edge out industry standard with improved intelligibility. Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 lavalier and earset microphones chosen as new standard after they outperformed the mics that were being used in “Chicago” during the musical production’s Germany tour last fall.
Tug of War, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre
Point Source Audio's SERIES8 omnidirectional headset microphones were chosen for this epic 12-hour Shakespeare production split into 2 action-packed dramas that trace the rise and fall of kings, and the uncommon courage of common men.