Athens, GA (January 2, 2007)–Technical Services Audio Visual (TSAV) recently used Sennheiser’s gooseneck-mounting ME 36 mini-shotgun microphone capsule at the University of Georgia, according to president Pete Dugas.
“We used them in a ’70s-era convention hall at the University of Georgia. The speaker cluster had been hung low over the stage in order to shoot back into an area at the rear of the room and the distance from the presenter’s position to the cluster was 16 feet. The speakers were “lobing” a little bit, and the only way for us to get gain before feedback ratios that worked in most public speaking setups (short of correcting the loudspeaker system design, which was cost prohibitive for the project) was to use the ME 36.”
TSAV installed a digital front-end to the system so that a preset could be selected for full-bandwidth music applications. “But when it was a speech-only situation and you had novice speakers, you would use the Sennheiser microphone, click to another preset and it would bring up a limited bandwidth setup,” Dugas explained.
Similarly, he said, at the 180-year-old St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Macon, Georgia, which has the highest dome on the east coast south of Virginia and a RT60 measurement of just over five seconds, the ME 36 handled the close proximity to the loudspeakers with ease. “The line arrays are about three and a half feet from the microphones. They’re throwing 120 feet. So at the microphone, the sound pressure level is 88dB in order to provide for adequate levels at the back of the room. And the speaker has a 160-degree horizontal dispersion. You put any other microphone up there and it would be difficult to make it work. It’s a great mic.”