Shure Lavaliere 183 with RPM 626 XLR In-Line Preamp

Sometimes I do one-on-one interviews with people. While holding a microphone does work, I like to make the experience hands-free. That is why I have 2 lavaliere microphones in my podcast rig. The Shure 183 and 185 with in-line preamp.

Shure 183 Lavaliere microphone

Shure 183

This lavaliere mic is great for getting the voice without having to stick the mic up by the mouth. The 183 is used on Shure’s wireless microphone pack but I got a deal on just the microphones (which I couldn’t pass up). The microphone has a TA4F connector because it needs to be pre-amped before it can be sent to the mixer.

I use the Shure 183 when I am doing one-on-one interviews (like the one I did today) that allow me to have the mixing console nearby. That way I can get a good sound the first time and use digital effects to enhance the audio.

Shure RPM 626

Shure RPM 626

RPM 626 In-Line Preamp

This is the device that you need to convert to an XLR input on the mixer. The RPM 626 lets you connect straight to a mixing console (as opposed to a body pack which could require batteries) and can be extended with a standard XLR cable (if needed). The RPM 626 also connects to the Shure 185, Beta 91 and 98 microphones.

This microphone system does require a mixing console with Phantom power.

Shure 183 on Shirt

Shure 183 on Shirt

Placement of Lavaliere Microphone

You want to put the mic in a place that is not going to ruffle too much. A tie or lapel are great spots. Putting it on a open collar causes the mic to move around freely and you get static. I have seen people put them on lanyards for easy removal – expect to have the mics gated to avoid more noise than you want.

If you are sitting for an interview, the wires can be tucked under a shirt. In the right place people don’t even notice the lavaliere microphones.

In some cases if the room is quiet enough, you can place a mic in-between you and the guest instead of each individual having their own microphone. At the right placement the Shure 183 will pick up the whole conversation.

End Result

Simply a interview where both the guest and I can use both hands to talk. Not as important in an audio podcast but a video show can show emotion. With this system I don’t have to worry about getting batteries – just need the microphones, the in-line preamp and a mixing board with phantom power. It simply works.

Shure 183 with RPM 626

RPM 626

Sure 183 and RPM 626

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