Good Wireless System for an Acoustic Guitar

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An acoustic guitar will not be heard in an auditorium without a good wireless system. Connect your guitar to an effective sound system with help from a professional musician in this free video.

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Video Transcript

Hello, my name is Kirk Wilson. I live in California, and as a guitarist, I do studio session work in Hollywood, Burbank, and the surrounding areas of Los Angeles. I also teach at Orchepia, a private school in Irvine. And today, we're going to talk about different types of wireless systems for the guitar. I'll just start at the top by telling you my personal favorite is the Shure ULX 14. And, the thing that you want to look at the most whenever making the decision into a wireless system is, first of all, you want to make sure it sounds good. And, in order to sound good, you want to look at two major items. In the specifications, you want to use the highest frequency available, first of all. Second of all, you want to make sure that you have a good connectivity wirelessly. So, your transmission and your reception must be perfecto. So, in order to achieve that, the other parameter that you want to look at would be diversity. So, if you're on one frequency, and you need another frequency, if the frequency on drops out, you want a system that automatically selects another frequency. So, that that way, when you perform, there'll never be any dropouts. So, that particular system offers all of that. Now, you also have certain systems that are less expensive, and they only give you, like, maybe 50 or 60 different frequencies to select from. And, if you're playing by yourself, and you're solo, and you're not around any other wireless transmissions or other wireless microphones, then those may work. If you're in a larger system, and there are some other wireless microphones available, then there's always the chance that you may get a conflict of frequencies. So, to achieve a level where you won't have that problem, then you want to always make sure you have enough frequencies available. So, the Shure ULX 14 gives you all of these possible scenarios where, no matter what, you're always sounding good. So, it's all about the sound, it's about the consistency. You want to create a situation where you sound like you're plugging up to a cable. If you're in a situation, and you're the only one that's wireless, you still want to sound good. And generally, what you want to look at there is, you want to make sure your output is a plus four DB, and not a minus 10, so that's a professional output source. You also want to make sure that the system that you select also has enough signal response that if you playing some really, really high notes, or you're having some harmonics from your guitar, or you have some distortion, you want to be sure that that system has the same exact frequency response. And, some of the, some systems do not offer these things. And so, those are the main things that you look for. And, there are some brand names that are not major brand names, but they can still offer you these things. And, there are some really popular brand names, that they cut corners in their less expensive products that will give you a lesser service. So, when you're looking at specifications, those are the main things that you need to be sure that you pay attention to. And, my name is Kirk Wilson, and that is how you select a nice wireless system for your guitar.


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