Conference Room Mics

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mikecdt
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We have a conference room with a 25 foot table where about 24 people can sit, and we are wanting add some better microphones to our setup.  We currently have a center mic and two remote mics and all sit on the table.  Since we're trying to keep the work space clear I was thinking of using some hanging mics, and possibly getting rid of the table top mics.  Does this sound like a good idea and does anyone have a recommendation and how many and what type(brand) should we use?  

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~Mike

John Willett
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Re: Conference Room Mics

If this is for videoconferencing (which I presume it is as you are asking in a video forum) - then a good solution is the Gefell KEM 975 situated by the screen (you won't need the optional Delta capsule for your use).

This picks up the delegates clearly without picking up noises from the table or reflected from the ceiling.

It has a cardioid pattern in the horizontal plane, but a very narrow 30° angle vertically.

It's not a cheap mic., but cheaper than a delegate microphone system and one is all you need - also, with no mics on the table, you can have a conference without the technology getting in the way.

In the UK you can normally get a loan one to try if you are interested.

John
 
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12 grand for a mic is certainly not cheap - and it's cheaper to give every person a microphone! Nice mic, no doubt, but out of all proportion, price wise. Never had much luck with flown mics - always distant sounding. who not dot a few boundary mics on the table - low profile and pretty efficient devices.

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paulears wrote:
12 grand for a mic is certainly not cheap - and it's cheaper to give every person a microphone! Nice mic, no doubt, but out of all proportion, price wise.

Not necessarily - a single mic. like the KEM can be very effective - you forget it's there and have a proper conversation.

A delegate system with a mic. for each person can be more expensive and gets in the way of the meeting as a button has to be pressed before you speak.

Ceiling mics can pick up too much room noise.

Boundary mics on the table can work quite well, but can pick up table noise and/or get covered and often need an operator - and an operator costs a lot more money than a KEM.

Looking at the price of a KEM in isolation, it looks expensive - but taken in the overall costs, it can actually end up being the less expensive option.

John
 
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DAVE M
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Re: Conference Room Mics

I was told that conference mixers can be pretty good these days?
the ones that automatically duck and give priority to (say) the lower mic channels ?

Never used one though.

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John Willett
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DAVE M wrote:
I was told that conference mixers can be pretty good these days?
the ones that automatically duck and give priority to (say) the lower mic channels ?

Never used one though.

Yes, but an automatic mixer and loads of mics and cabling soon add up in cost.

John
 
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