Re: [Harp-L] Wireless Volume Question/Issue

I use regular alkaline(Duracell).. and they last at least 3 sets a night. Probably longer but after a gig I put a new battery in the transmitter

Ben Bouman
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bill Hines" <billhines4@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, April 07, 2007 12:29 AM
Subject: RE: [Harp-L] Wireless Volume Question/Issue

Funny you mention the battery. Heh. It could be that - I'll have to get
rigged back up this weekend and check.

I have Lithium Ion rechargeables and I usually charge the day of the jam
but didn't do that this time. Heck I only used it once since the last
charge :^)  but I guess these transmitters can suck them up early. I'm a
little skeptical since this was used for 3 sets by 3 different harp
players at the jam last night and it didn't seem to get worse as I would
expect if the battery was low on charge. But perhaps. And I know I've
heard that rechargeables might not be the best to use, just to get
regular alkalines so I'll put a test plan into effect to see what the
deal is there.

-----Original Message-----
From: harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Tim Moyer
Sent: Friday, April 06, 2007 4:06 PM
To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Wireless Volume Question/Issue

Bill Hines wrote:
I have an AKG WMS40/SO40 and use that with an Audix Fireball V.
Question if anyone knows - when i go through the wireless to
either my sonny jr or the deluxe reverb, i have to crank the amp
volume way up to almost max. when i go in with the same mic
directly to the amp, volume of 2 or 3 is about the same loudness
as max through the wireless.  what gives? I don't think this was
the case before, something must have changed. I checked the volume
on the wirelss receiver (maxed), my mic (maxed), the gain on the
wireless transmitter (max), etc. only thing i can think is maybe
the receiver is picking this up as a lo-z signal now for some
reason? again I don't think this was going on last time I used
the wireless.
The cord from the wireless receiver to the amp is a Soundflex by
VTG 20GA/1C instrument cable, 1/4" on both ends, into the 1/4"
unbalanced jack on the wireless. Could it be a lo-z cable or some
thing? I haven't tried other cables, so maybe that's it but I'm
doubtful. There's also a crack I noticed near one of the XLR pin
inputs on the SO40 transmitter, maybe this is causing a weak

I don't know specifically what's wrong, Bill, but I run all my adjustments in just about the opposite setting from you: my receiver output volume is MIN, my trasmitter gain is MIN, and the output from my wireless is about the same as it is cabling directly from the mic to the amplifier input. You should set those volumes closer to their minimums or you're going to get all kinds of unwanted distortion and clipping.

Of course, check the cable, replace it with another and see if the
problem persists.  I don't know of any way to test the transmitter,
but I'd be suspicious of that crack.  I guess it would be silly to
ask if you've checked the battery...


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