Portable Sound System for Performers
One of the best, if not the best sound system for a Storyteller, Ventriloquist, or Magician is the Florida Magic system from Florida Magic. This system has power, is small (5 lbs), and simple to use and setup. If you exceed the capacity of this then the venue probably has a good system. This will handle some pretty large venues. I'm holding the unit at the left using the included headset mic. It has built-
The ChatterVox fills the needs of this third group. In the pix you can see what you can't see, the ChatterVox under my shirt. One pix I raised my shirt to show the unit. A headset mic is included as shown. It has rechargeable batteries and can use Alkaline AA batteries if you can't recharge. It is light weight, thin, and comfortable to wear and use. To see/hear the ChatterVox CLICK
Sometimes the transmitter case gets pressure when clipped on the belt. Since I move a great deal during the show, I have a tendency to knock the case off my belt. If I tighten it or put it inside the belt the pressure often deforms the case and causes dropouts in the sound.
To solve this problem I use a small web loop to hang the case from the belt. You could also make this from a shoestring. It hangs loosely in my pocket. This was it can't fall out, gets no pressure, and I can access the switch. It can easily be retrieved from the pocket. This way I get no cut-
Gals could use a similar system. If necessary a large safety pin or similar mechanism could be used to hold the loop instead of a belt.
(See also Gim-
String Mic Holder
I needed a portable mic holder that could be used with a handheld mic supplied by the venue if a handsfree mic was not available. I made this out of available materials. At the left it can be seen folded up.
I used a piece of wide Velcro that had both sides so it could be made into a tube. Two pieces of wide Velcro could be sewn/glued/stapled together to make this.
I punched two holes and used wide shoestring (Thin will hurt your neck) tied into the holes to go around the neck.
The mic is slipped into the tube and the holder hung around your neck. The Velcro allows the tube to open to insert the mic with its cord still attached.
I've shown a close-
To use the mic with a volunteer, slip it up through the tube, then replace afterward.
It is very compact and can be easily carried to shows. It hangs well even if you move around a lot. I keep one with me at all time in Drango's case.
It is shown here without a mic and with a mic.
It can also be used to hang a wireless transmitter from the belt (see Transmitter holder above). I tuck the holder part into my pants and clip the transmitter to the neck strap. The adjustment can be used to adjust the length and the excess tucked into the pocket along with the transmitter. (In the picture the transmitter is hanging outside the pocket with the excess displayed.)
Ring Mic Holder
The ring mic holder shown with and without a mic. It is made of a stiff metal ring from a craft store. It is wrapped with hockey stick tape. The ring was broken and the ends bent up. Detail if the mic holder is a standard Radio Shack mic clip. The ring ends are stuck in and secured with Goop adhesive and wrapped with black plastic electrical tape. Here I am using the ring mic. While not a first choice it is handy, packs well, and serves when you need hands free and its not available. It can be flipped over the head and held close to audience members you use on stage.
Home Made Hand Held Wireless Mic
One thing I sometimes want is to have a wireless handheld mic. The Sekaku unit comes with a clip mic and a headset mic. I took a crevice tool from an old vacuum cleaner, cut is square, and inserted the transmitter clip into the narrow end. The clip mic can be clipped to the plug and the wire wrapped around the tool. I covered it with black electrical tape. (Some how mic are supposed to be black. Who knows why!) The tool is easy to slip into the case and when I need a handheld mic, I can quickly put one together. This is useful when several people will need the mic or you have audience volunteers who need the mic.
Sky Handheld Wireless/Corded Mic
This is a handy mic to have with you. It is both a wireless and a wired mic. The small rectangular unit wit plug goes into the sound system, in my case the Sekaku from Florida Magic and is the receiver. The small cylinder unit fits the plug on the back of the mic for the transmitter. Remove the transmitter and a standard mic cord (included) plugs into the mic. A word of warning. This operates on the less desirable frequencies and is not a pro unit. It is subject to interference and should not be used as a primary mic. What's it good for then? It is a good back-