Posted in materials on July 11, 2017 9:24 am EDT

Earthworks Designs High Definition Mics to Redefine Sound

Church Designer interviews Earthworks Audio, a manufacturer that creates microphone products with house of worship specification and usage front of mind.

“The 40kHz microphones pick up the piano sound very accurately and all notes are completely the same level from the lowest to [the] highest notes on the piano," reports Megan Clifford of Earthworks.


 

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By Erica Cottrill

With great accuracy and fidelity, Earthworks High Definition Microphones are the result of major advances in microphone technology. The products benefits for houses of worship are reported by the manufacturer to truly impact the sound of choirs, piano, podium mics, orchestra and instrument mics, and acoustic drums.

Earthworks FW730 FlexWand Choir Microphone

The Earthworks FW730 FlexWand Choir Microphone is a microphone, stand and boom in a single unit that can be positioned anywhere between 1.5-feet to 7-feet high. The mic cable is inside the stand and boom, and there are no visible wires above ground level. The FW730 has a wide pick-up pattern allowing the microphone to be placed closer to the choir for more gain before feedback with no highlighting of spotlighting of singers. “Earthworks' patented technologies [are designed to] provide near-perfect polar response, very fast diaphragm settling time, fast impulse response and extended high frequency response,” says Megan Clifford of Earthworks.

"Earthworks' patented technologies [are designed to] provide near-perfect polar response, very fast diaphragm settling time, fast impulse response and extended high frequency response."

—Megan Clifford, Earthworks, Milford, NH

The Earthworks PM40 PianoMic has taken the church, live sound and recording markets by storm, notes Clifford. “The 40kHz microphones pick up the piano sound very accurately and all notes are completely the same level from the lowest to [the] highest notes on the piano.”

The PianoMIc is completely invisible from outside the piano requiring no stands or booms. It also sounds as good with the piano lid up or completely closed, and will not pick up sounds from other instruments outside the piano. The PM40 PianoMic was initially designed to meet the requirements of pianos in churches and since its release the recording and live performance markets have purchased it in droves. “It is clearly the best high quality piano miking solution on the market today,” says Clifford.

Impact on worship settings

The microphones’ impact on speech intelligibility in worship setting is dynamic. The Earthworks FlexMic Series podium microphones provide a wide pickup pattern over 150º in front of the microphone with no high frequency losses. The orator can speak at either side, above or below the microphone and be heard with full frequency response, very clearly and naturally. The 30dB rear rejection improves the pickup of unwanted sounds behind the microphone and provides a substantial improvement in gain-before-feedback. The Earthworks FlexMic Series is very popular with churches, houses of congress, as podium mics for political telecasts and many other applications requiring high quality spoken word amplification or reproduction.

The microphones’ impact on speech intelligibility in worship settings is vital, according to the company; Its microphones are built utilizing a number of patented technologies to produce the following results:

Reliable performance, high speech intelligibility, near-perfect polar response, uniform frequency response on or off-axis, and a wide pickup pattern, allowing the speaker to move about freely and still maintain pristine sound quality.

Microphones reported to be ideal for worship team specification:

1. FW730 FlexWand Choir Microphones

2. FlexMic Podium Microphones

3. PM40 PianoMic

4. SR30 or SR40 Microphones for orchestras, bands or individual instruments

5. Earthworks Drum Microphones for acoustic drums

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