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Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Should I Mike a Pulpit or Lectern?

Question: How should I mike a pulpit or lectern?

Answer: Audio-Technica offers a selection of gooseneck-style condenser microphones that are ideal for pulpit or lectern miking. Each offers exceptional feedback rejection and very natural sound quality. Their low-reflectance black finish and slim profile make them nearly invisible to the congregation.

While sharing similar sonic characteristics, the different models provide choices in mounting method, mic height and directionality. Adapter-mount models attach to the threads on all standard microphone stands, mounting flanges and shock mounts. Some can be powered by either an internal AA battery or phantom power. Quick-mount models plug directly into a surface-mount XLR-type (professional 3-pin) connector mounted on the pulpit, or a special shock mount designed for this purpose. Quick-mount models require phantom power to operate. This power may be provided by the device the microphone is going to be connected to, typically an audio mixer, amplifier or recorder, provided the device features phantom power. If the device does not feature phantom power, an in-line phantom power supply, such as our AT8801 Single-Channel 48V Phantom Power Supply, will need to be installed between the microphone and the device.

Miking a pulpit or lectern

Where cables cannot be run unobtrusively, or a pulpit or lectern must be moved often, the adapter- mount model U857ALcW Cardioid Condenser Gooseneck Microphone can be used with an A-T UniPak® wireless body-pack transmitter system to create a "wireless" lectern. The U857ALcW has been specifically designed to operate off the smaller amount of bias voltage provided by the transmitter.

[caption id="attachment_2361" align="alignnone" width="300"]AT8801 AT8801 Single-Channel 48V Phantom Power Supply[/caption]

Our System 10 Wireless Systems offer a desk stand transmitter, the ATW-T1007, which features a top- mounted XLR connector that accepts quick-mount model microphones. Twelve volts of phantom power is provided by the transmitter to power the microphone. Pair the T1007 transmitter with any of our System 10 Series receivers to complete the system.

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If you have additional questions or would like a recommendation for an Audio-Technica microphone, feel free to contact the Audio-Technica Audio Solutions Department. We are always happy to help.