Wireless USB/Firewire Mic?

bmcgonag

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So, I've done a good bit of searching all over the net, and I haven't really found anything useful. I thought maybe you pros would know.

Is there a Wireless USB or Firewire Mic out there that I can use with my MBP?

In this case I prefer USB because I could set up a couple on it to record the audio of my podcasts with garageband on two channels, then overlay it with the video in post.

thanks,

Brian
 

zimv20

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afaik, the only wireless mics are for live sound and film. for studio purposes, the aim is sound quality w/o having to worry about showmanship or the camera seeing the mic.

just not a good idea for the studio.
 

bmcgonag

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afaik, the only wireless mics are for live sound and film. for studio purposes, the aim is sound quality w/o having to worry about showmanship or the camera seeing the mic.

just not a good idea for the studio.
I'm not sure I understand your answer completely, but is AFAIK the only one? I'm looking for something like they use on police units where you have a batterypack/transmitter, and a lapel extension mic. Then a receiver that would plug into the USB port. I make a video Podcast, and would like to try a mic over the built in camera audio. We have to stand a good distance from the camera for the video part, so getting the audio to pick up over background noise is difficult.

Thanks again,

Brian
 

zimv20

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oh, i missed the part that you were doing audio for video. yes, there are a number of wireless lavs kits from which to choose. the only brand i've used is Lectrosonics, and have had good luck with them, though they're a little pricey.

those kits don't include mic pre's or a/d conversion, you'll have to add that separately.

for the lavs, your choices are UHF and VHF. i try to use the UHF when i can, but that may be an old and now irrelevant bias. give B&H a call and see what they recommend.

and when you can get away with using the lavs wired instead of wireless, do it. it's easier to get good sound.
 

bmcgonag

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oh, i missed the part that you were doing audio for video. yes, there are a number of wireless lavs kits from which to choose. the only brand i've used is Lectrosonics, and have had good luck with them, though they're a little pricey.

those kits don't include mic pre's or a/d conversion, you'll have to add that separately.

for the lavs, your choices are UHF and VHF. i try to use the UHF when i can, but that may be an old and now irrelevant bias. give B&H a call and see what they recommend.

and when you can get away with using the lavs wired instead of wireless, do it. it's easier to get good sound.
Awesome, Thanks