[Harp-L] Re: Wireless Experiences
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Re: Wireless Experiences
- From: Greg Heumann <greg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:13:20 -0700
- In-reply-to: <201503201501.t2KF1JPY022002@harp-l.com>
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Thanks for your comments, Richard. You’re right - properly set up the wireless system I sell has minimal impact on tone. It is indeed possible to set it up improperly at really hurt the tone, and Samson’s instructions aren’t very helpful. That’s why I have performance tested the systems and include harp-specific setup instructions with every system I sell.
With regard to:
> If the battery runs out while you're playing, the wireless receiver will put out a very loud, continuous blast of white noise until you turn the receiver off.
This doesn’t have to be the case. That is what the “squelch” control on the front of the receiver is for - it mutes the receiver when the signal level drops below a certain level. You SHOULD be able to turn your transmitter off and the squelch circuit will “quiet” the receiver. When the battery gets weak the signal strength drops - at some point before you get white noise the receiver should “quiet” as well. If you turn the squelch up too far it will still work when you’re close but may limit your range, so you probably don’t want to turn it up more than necessary.
> From: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: RE: [Harp-L] wireless experiences?
> Ditto. I bought my system from Greg at blowsmeaway.com; you can count on Greg to know what works for harp players. The Samson works very well, and it's terrific for getting the cable out of your face (and the audience's view). I use the 1/4" output from the Samson to my RP500, and it sounds pretty much like what it sounds like without the wireless device in the chain.
> One issue to be careful about is that the battery that powers the transmitter device, which is what plugs into your microphone, must be kept fresh. If the battery runs out while you're playing, the wireless receiver will put out a very loud, continuous blast of white noise until you turn the receiver off. The same applies when powering the rig up; turn on the transmitter before you turn on the receiver.
> If you're careful to turn the transmitter off when you're not using the wireless setup, the battery lasts for a long time; haven't tracked the hours, but it's well past the time required for a gig. If you're at all nervous about it, I'd put a fresh AAA battery in the transmitter before every gig.
> Regards, Richard Hunter
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