Microphone Instructions

Microphone Instructions
Mary Washington Elder Study
Microphone Instructions
September 21, 2016
Alan Zirkle
Alan Zirkle
(540) 373–6448 h
(540) 845–6030 c
Getting Help
UMW Audio Visual Technician Tom Mountcasel has been assigned to
help us with audiovisual equipment issues. His phone number is 286–
8015. The AV help desk is 654–1199. For computer issues, call the
UMW Computer Help Desk at (540) 654–2255. If you are not sure who
to call, call everybody. Tom’s email is rmountca@umw.edu.
Note that this microphone system was purchased by and is the
property of Mary Washington ElderStudy, not the University of
Mary Washington. There is no agreement in force for UMW to use
this system for non-ElderStudy events.
Copyright © 2016, Mary Washington ElderStudy
The ElderStudy microphone is kept in the black
filing cabinet in the small room at the right front
corner of the classroom. The cabinet is not
This room is normally kept locked, but is usually
opened by the lobby security attendant when
she unlocks the classroom. Get the attendant to
unlock the room if necessary.
After a session in which the microphone is used,
it must be replaced back in the filing cabinet and
the room must be locked (the door will lock
when you close it).
The microphone may be in any drawer of the black filing cabinet. The
illustration shows it in the bottom drawer.
The microphone, along with
the PowerPoint clicker/pointer,
is in a large plastic box, with
spare batteries and some
alcohol swabs to wipe off the
microphone’s headgear.
The microphone set consists of the
microphone itself, attached to a
flexible stem which connects to
the wire headgear, then to a cable
to the transmitter/battery box and
IMPORTANT — Always make sure that the microphone is turned
off after being used. It does NOT turn itself off automatically.
The batteries will drain completely if it is not turned off!
Do NOT press the button on the front
of the transmitter labeled Select SLX1.
(This button is currently covered up
with a paper label.)
To turn the microphone on, press the
small pushbutton on the top of the
microphone. Hold the button down
until you see a small green light (see
enlargement below).
To turn the microphone off, hold the
pushbutton until the light goes
completely off.
On the front of the transmitter is a small display
which shows the state of the batteries. When it
shows three bars, they MAY BE okay. Otherwise, you should replace the batteries.
Also displayed are the radio group number and
channel number. These should both be 1. If
not, somebody has pressed the Select SLX1
button and changed the settings; the microphone will not work.
The next two things
to check are inside
the podium and at
the right of the
podium, on the
audio controller.
On the audio controller, the power
toggle switch at the
bottom right must
be turned on.
Remember to turn
it off after the lecture. If you forget to turn it off, we were told, an electrical storm could
fry it.
The illustration to the left shows
where the power toggle switch is
located, at the bottom right of the
Fender audio controller.
Do not change any of the volume
control knobs.
Inside the podium
door, near the bottom, is an electronics panel labeled
SHURE. This is the
receiver for the
microphone. If the
display near the left
is not lit, then the
power is off.
Finally, we need to fit the microphone to the presenter. Explain to them
how it should properly fit, because they may take it off and put it back
You may want to clean the wire headgear with an alcohol swab before
fitting the microphone.
The microphone itself must be on the RIGHT side of the user’s face. The
wire headgear has two semicircular arcs which fit over the user’s ears.
These must be snug over the ears.
Note in the illustration to the left how the
back of the headgear is low on the head,
the microphone is on the right side, and
the arcs are snug over the ears.
The microphone’s active element must
not be too close to the user’s mouth, or
else there will be unpleasant popping
sounds. Note that the stem of the microphone, which connects the active element
to the headgear, is flexible and can be
freely bent. The illustration to the right
shows the minimum distance that the
microphone should be away from the mouth. Even more distance might
be better. Have the presenter do a test before the session.
In the illustration to the left, the microphone is definitely too close to the mouth.
If the microphone is not working optimally, please stop the presentation
and correct the problem.
This is the end of these instructions.
Printing this document as a pamphlet (on HP Envy 5660):
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Orientation Portrait, Uncheck Auto-rotate Pages.
Print, Fold and Staple
This document is made possible by a generous grant from the
J. Whittaker Jones charitable trust.
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