So I'm toying with the idea of using an over-the-ear mic. Not the big Garth Brooks type but the invisible Countryman type. Anybody have any experience with this? I just don't like being tied to a mic stand when I'm leading and I'm usually playing guitar (electric and/or acoustic). I'd like to be able to move more. Our stage is MASSIVE compared to most (for example, we hosted Big Daddy Weave recently and do major tour concerts and productions frequently that require a stage usually 20' x 30' so that may give you an idea of our space.
If so, what has been your experiences?
NOTE: I can see how this thread could get turned into a discussion of should the worship leader move as if it were a concert or "performance" or not. I respect either side but that is not this thread's purpose. Feel free to open another thread on the topic but do not take this one there, if that's ok. I just want a technical overview (did it cause mix/sound issues with EQ coloration and such angles). Thanks for your help in this.
I'll say up front that I haven't actually tried this, but I think your stage volume is a major consideration here. The difference between the "Garth Brooks" style mic and something like a Countryman is that the larger headsets are unidirectional and put the mic right in front of your mouth. They are going to reject a lot more of the off axis sound than the smaller, omnidirectional mics. I'd imagine that the actual sound quality of this kind of setup would probably be fine for singing, but if you're using wedges, amps, unshielded drums, etc., the outside noise could overwhelm your vocals very quickly.
Efrisch hit the nail.. If you are going to do it, I'd recommend the Garth Brooks style for this very reason.. Though, personally I wouldn't do it.. I always thought guitar players looked silly with them (Garth included).. Piano player, sure.. Drummer, yip..
Eric pretty much summed it up. While the Countryman e6 sounds great, I wouldn't try to do use it (or any similar style mic) on stage with wedges or live instruments. You need a Crown cm311 (garth brooks & britney spears) to reject bleed from other sources. This mic is also very popular with singing drummers because it does reject bleed from other sources extremely well. Just keep in mind that with a headset mic, you can't get away from it quickly...this can be an issue if you have to sneeze, cough, etc while wearing it.
Since you have a strong voice, you may be able to use one with acceptable results. Countryman makes different caps which change the pattern & sensitivity of the mic. Its worth experimenting with.
For the sneezing/coughing/etc issue, look into a mute footswitch such as the Whirlwind MicMute or ProCo CoughDrop.
Last edited by MustangsAndDrums; 02-07-2012 at 09:20 AM. Reason: more content
Are these controllers wireless?