Radio microphones

A radio microphone system consists of:

a microphone which could be any type of microphone but for many television programmes is a personal or lapel microphone;

a small FM transmitter carried by the programme participant (or it can be built into larger microphones) into which plugs the microphone;

a short aerial attached to the transmitter;

a receiver often mounted on the rear of the camera/recorder, powered by the camera’s power supply and designed to receive the same frequency signal as the transmitter;

an XLR connector cable from the radio receiver to an audio input on the camera usually at mic level (but check – some receiver outputs are at high level).

Personal radio mics have been designed to be ...

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