For the concluding segment of this review, our UHF-5800 test unit was called up on to be the centerpiece of the PA at an outdoor wedding.
As we mentioned in part #1, having the ability to run four (they also make an 8-mic system) wireless mics, on separate channels has some interesting applications. On a stage, having each mic mounted to it’s own stand, with the stands spread out across the stage, would be easy to manage. At a wedding however, where the bride, groom and officiant are all standing in very close proximity, mic placement is a challenge—I needed to use as few stands as possible, preferably one, but two would be okay.
Having already checked out the VocoPro system in the studio, I was quite familiar with it’s capabilities and how to best angle the mics based upon a bride and groom a average stature (I had not met them) to get the best pick-up and sound. I also assumed that the couple would be a bit on the nervous side, and therefore, soft-spoken. To balance that possibility, I made sure the officiant had his own mic, so that if the bride and groom didn’t come across well, he could carry it.
To eliminate one stand, I went online and hunted down this “multi-mic” adapter which allowed me to mount two (it can handle three) mics from a single stand. I then angled two of the VocoPro wireless hand mics as shown in the picture. The officiant’s mic is in the background. The wireless receiver, mixer and powered speaker are out of the photo, off to the left. Just prior to the service beginning, I flipped all three mics to the on position, and then snuck off to my control point just outside the tent.
As the service began, it was apparent that I had properly anticipated the volume (or rather, the lack thereof) of the couple, particularly the bride. Even with the level on the receiver and the mixer cranked to near feedback, she was barely audible. This, of course, was of no fault of the mic system, however it may have been minimized by modifying the mic placement – I won’t know that until the next opportunity. The officiant, however, came across quite well even though he was a little further from the microphone than I would have liked.
As far as the wireless operation of the mics, line-of site is an important consideration. Having the receiver off to one side meant that the direct line between the mics and the receiver was blocked by the bride, which I suspect was responsible for two or three momentary dropouts (no one noticed as you could barely hear her anyway). Next time, my plan is to place the receiver unit at the back which should not only improve the line of sight between the mics and receivers, but also give me a better vantage point to monitor the sound from.
Overall, the mics performed better than expected, especially when you factor in the bargain price point. Even though the bride and groom were off-axis to the mics and quite soft-spoken, the mics still provided sufficient gain before feedback.
The multi-mic adapter used is a product of Ultimate, and available at Full Compass and other retailers. Cost was around $15.