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We offer many great features and benefits with our earmount, lavalier, earworn, and headset microphones that you won't find anywhere else. Discover useful tips on how to care for and extend the life of your microphone. (NOTE: Not all features are available with all models; check our microphone comparison chart for details.)
Boom Bends 360º
These super bendable boom microphones can be worn on either side of the face and shaped to get just the right mic placement and fit. The mic boom is bendable 360 degrees and beyond ... see it to believe it!
USE TIP: Always bend at the boom arm; never grab at the element as this may cause damage.
Water, Sweat, Makeup Proof
To achieve consistent performance, the windscreen is highly recommended in heavy water usage where it is expected that water will likely flood the aperture. The IP 57 waterproof rating is intended to protect the microphone element from damage due to conditions such as water, sweat, and makeup.
If you experience a temporary change in the microphone performance during use, check that water is not blocking the microphone aperture. Sound waves cannot pass through water so you must clear whatever is blocking the mic aperture. Similarly, think of this in terms of other possible obstructions such as makeup, dirt, etc., where the blockage must be cleared to continue use.
You may clear water blockage by gently shaking out the water, and allowing the microphone to air dry.
Common sense cautions:
When using electronics near water, use common sense precautions and avoid getting the wireless connection or your body-pack wet (unless it is also waterproof.)
To clean, use a damp soft cloth to wipe the microphone from earpiece to the tip of the boom to remove sweat, tape residue, or dirt after each use. Allow the microphone to thoroughly dry before storing. Do NOT force air dry.
Handy Windscreen Hack
If heavy water use, the windscreen is highly recommended to assist in water dispersion. An easy and excellent method of securing the small windscreen to the microphone is to use the smallest size orthodontic rubber bands. Because of the petite element size, you might have to wrap the orthodontic band around the mic a couple of times, ensuring not to put too much pressure on the element.
Look for the “W” in the model number to verify the waterproof feature and protection against long-term damage from water, sweat, makeup and dust. The IP57 rating establishes protection for up to 30 minutes of submersion in 1 meter of water—of the microphone element only.
As easy as 1...2...3!
Interchangeable X-Connectors make your SERIES8, EMBRACE, or CONFIDENCE microphones compatible with changing wireless needs.
To remove, simply grasp the end of the microphone cable firmly with one hand and twist off the X-Con end until separated.
USE TIP: NEVER pull on the cable to disconnect the microphone from the body-pack.
Turn the X-Con tightly enough to ensure it is making full contact with the body-pack, but do NOT over-tighten. X-Connectors secure with locking “teeth” to give added confidence to the connection.
USE TIP: In high stress applications involving water or sweat, you may seal the X-Connector using Teflon tape.
All SERIES8 microphones are equipped with an interchangeable X-Connector of a termination as specified at the time of purchase. X-Connectors offer a rapid and inexpensive way to quickly change the microphone wireless termination from one brand to another.
Custom Fit Headset
Follow common best practices and adjust the microphone placement as needed to get the sound output you desire. Read this and other best practice articles online: Guidelines For Using Lavalier & Headset Microphones
The headset adjustments provided below are generically applicable to both the CARDIOID and OMNI models. However, mic placement between the omnidirectional and cardioid elements vary. The omni is forgiving in placement and therefore it is recommended for the element to rest about 1" or 2.54cm from the corner of the mouth.
NOTE FOR CARDIOID USERS:
To achieve optimal performance, the element of the cardioid microphone should sit at the corner of the mouth (not too far forward and not too far back.) Some adjustment will be necessary to locate the exact position on each user.
STEP 1: Turn ear hook into upright position to snap lock in place.
STEP 2: The headband is adjustable on both sides. Grasp the node directly behind the earhook and gently slide forwards and back until you reaching the desired position.
STEP 3: Attach the S-Hook to the boom and the base of the ear hook assembly to lock in the desired position. Note the larger opening on the S-Hook attaches to the boom.
STEP 4: Bend the microphone to an angle that facilitates a smooth cable exit down the back (see Cable Guide.) Attach the cable to the clip and secure with enough cable slack to prevent pulling.
Create a smooth transition from the ear hook to the cable that avoids hard angles and your cable will be less prone to stress and breakage.
(CO-8WS, CR-8S, CO-6)
1) Tilt the molded junction connecting the earhook and the cable so that it sits parallel to the shoulder and the cable is carefully guided behind and down the back of the neck area.
2) Attach the enclosed cable clip to the wire and secure the cable to the collar area, or an area of clothing near the neck. This will provide strain relief to the microphone so that movement of the boom is minimized to ensure a consistent audio level.
1) Once you have secured the boom extension at the desired position, bend the back of the microphone to an angle that facilitates a smooth cable exit down the back.
2) Attach the cable to the clip and secure with enough cable slack to prevent pulling.
With the bendable boom you get an excellent exit strategy for your cable. The base of the ear hook is adjustable to guide the cable in the direction you need it to flow. The cable guide connects the earhook to the cable with a connection that is sealed by injection molding to help prevent seepage of sweat or makeup into the electronics.
Single to Dual Ear
For some, 2 ears are better than 1. The Reversible Dual-Ear Mic Clip (R-DMC) is an easy solution for converting your single earworn microphone to a dual earset microphone. The earhooks fold flat for convenience and protection of your mic.