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Earset and hands free muting

Postby lofty » Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:33 pm

Any one any ideas for muting an earset hands free? We have a ceilidh band and our mc plays accordion, so the only way of muting the set that I can think of is a foot switch, but it all feels both clumsy and expensive ie headset, pre amp, cable, foot switch, more cable, mixer, etc. MC needs to call dances as she is playing, but also needs to speak to the rest of the band 're repertoire depending on reading the floor, so it all needs to happen on the fly. Any thoughts would be most welcome, thanks.
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Re: Earset and hands free muting

Postby AlecSp » Sat Nov 02, 2019 5:52 pm

Fixed mic, rather than headset? Possibly with Optigate
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Re: Earset and hands free muting

Postby Music Wolf » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:27 pm

I use one of these http://orchid-electronics.co.uk/Mic_Mute_lite.htm

Nice big red light so that you know whether the mic is live or not.
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Re: Earset and hands free muting

Postby lofty » Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:44 pm

We have been using a radio Mic, however it has to be switched off before we start playing, which means that dance calls can no longer be given - resulting in the odd shambles and restart. I've looked at orchid electronics mute lite, looks a good piece of kit, can you get an earset xlr signal direct to a mixer without a preamp? Trying to make it as simple as possible. Thanks again
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Re: Earset and hands free muting

Postby AlecSp » Sat Nov 02, 2019 10:05 pm

lofty wrote:can you get an earset xlr signal direct to a mixer without a preamp? Trying to make it as simple as possible. Thanks again
Assumig you're going into a mic channl on the mixer, yes.


If in any doubt, just get in touch with John who runs Orchid and explain your requirement - he'll soon confirm things for you.
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Re: Earset and hands free muting

Postby Sam Spoons » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:32 am

Yup, head mic for the caller talkback and wireless for her to talk to the dancers over the FOH. Does she need to mute the head mic? If not the band will hear her calling the dance but she only need to hold the wireless away from her mouth when talking to the band. If she stands on stage to call the dance then an Orchid mic mute pedal would allow her to kill one mic hands free, two would allow her to control both mics or ask Jon to build a custom box that could either switch between the mics or have separate mute switches.
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Re: Earset and hands free muting

Postby Bob Bickerton » Sun Nov 03, 2019 10:11 am

Second the Orchid electronics suggestion.

We use one in the ceilidh band to mute an onboard fiddle mic when the player switches to flute. Solid reliable kit and it’s a preamp.

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