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Lampifier Microphones: Online Programming Tool 



Each Lampifier® microphone is pre-programmed and ready to use. You can change the program in your microphone to improve performance or change it's application. This online tool guides you through the process of changing a standard program and creating a custom program. Use caution. Re-programming can radically alter microphone performance. Always bring up your sound system volume slowly after re-programming. The programming controls are located inside the microphone for protection against unintentional changes to your important settings. You must partially disassemble the microphone to access the controls and program your microphone. Click here to show the disassembly instructions.

4.

Programming Tool. The program is stored by shunts that you push onto the header pins. Select a program name from the drop down menu and the tool will show the position of each shunt. To modify a program, use your mouse to click and drag the slider controls. The shunts change location in the display below. Set your shunts as shown in the Programming Tool.

 
 
Microphone Type
Program Name
 
 
Compression
Threshold
Noise Gate
Threshold
Noise Gate
Release
Output
Volume
x
low
sensitive
high
sensitive
x
most
gating
least
gating
x
x




x
If you are unable to move the sliders by dragging your mouse, just click where you want the slider to move to. Or view this page with a Google Chrome Browser.

You can display a standard program by selecting one in the Program Name drop-down menu above. When you choose a standard program, the sliders move automatically into position. You can customize any program by moving the sliders manually with your mouse.

To customize a program for using a microphone at higher volume, move the sliders up into the red zones. For lower volume operation, move the sliders down into the green zones. The blue indicator at the bottom right shows whether a program is for relatively lower or higher volume.

Two other factors that affect whether a program is for low or high volume are the microphone type and the placement of nearby monitor speakers. In the Microphone Type drop-down menu above, the microphones are listed in descending order. The microphones at the top of the list are for higher volume. When a monitor speaker is nearby the microphone, the microphone must be programmed for higher volume. This is done by moving the Noise Gate slider and/or the Compression slider upward.

The Lampifier processor inside each microphone has a dynamic range compressor and a noise gate. The compressor is like an automatic volume control that increases the volume of quiet sounds and decreasing the volume of loud sounds. This can improve electronic reproduction of sounds because sound systems typically can not reproduce the extreme dynamic range of sound produced by ordinary sound sources. Compression can increase the loudness of an audio program without adding distortion by increasing the average sound level. Distortion is avoided because the volume is decreased for audio peaks. To learn more about dynamic range compression please visit Tutorials/Dynamic Range Compression and Dynamic Range Compression, at Wikipedia.

The Lampifier processor also has a noise gate. The noise gate is also like an automatic volume control that turns off the volume when the sound source is quiet below a set threshold point. Noise gating is a form of audio noise reduction. It can improve audio quality by turning-off the microphone when background noise is below the threshold. When correctly set, the noise gate "opens up" only when the microphone is in use. (When the sound source is making sound.) To learn more about dynamic range compression please visit Noise gate, at Wikipedia.

The Compression Threshold slider adjusts the microphone's sensitivity. Move this slider down to make the microphone more sensitive (for more compression of the low volume sounds). Move it up for less sensitivity (to compress only high volume sounds). Strong singers, or loud instruments, typically should have a higher compression threshold, while a weaker input can have a lower threshold setting. At the lowest setting, the microphone can pick up the slightest sounds from nearly every direction. Be careful. Too high sensitivity can cause feedback. If you need to reduce feedback, move this slider, the Noise Gate slider and/or the Noise Gate Release slider upward.

The Noise Gate Threshold slider adjusts the sound level that turns on the microphone. All signals below this threshold are automatically blocked. Move this slider down to makes the noise gate easier to open. Move it up to makes the noise gate harder to open. At the upper most setting, you may have to speak loudly or sing directly into the microphone to open the gate and turn it on. If you find the microphone is cutting off subtle nuance such as breath "trails" that are important to your vocal style, reduce the threshold one notch at a time until you have reached the optimum setting. The gate should be set as high as possible, WITHOUT causing any of the desired sound to be blocked.

The Noise Gate Release slider adjusts how quickly the microphone turns off when the sound source goes quiet. Move the slider up to turn off the microphone in a fraction of a second. Move it down to turn it off in about 1/2 second. When you adjust this slider, there is a small change in the Noise Gate Threshold. Compensate for this change by adjusting the Noise Gate Threshold slider. For vocal/speaking applications, this slider should generally be set to Slow. This best allows subtle vocal nuance "trailoffs" to come through without being prematurely blocked, yet allowing the noise gate threshold to be set a bit higher which is helpful in preventing feedback. However, if such nuance is unnecessary and feedback (high volume environment) is the primary consideration, consider using the fast release.

The Output Volume slider adjusts the overall volume produced by the microphone. Move this slider up for greater volume. Move it down for less volume. When you move the Compression Threshold slider down, the output volume automatically increases. If that overloads your inputs, causing distortion in your audio equipment, move the Output Volume slider down to decrease the output volume. At higher compression thresholds, the output volume can generally be left at "high".

The program code at the bottom is an abbreviated description of your program.

Here is a page that shows All Shunt Options for Lampifier Microphones.

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Program the microphone by moving the shunts to the positions shown in the images above. Reassemble the microphone by following steps 1, 2, and 3 in reverse order.
 

Note: You can fine tune your Lampifier microphone's noise gate to better reject feedback and isolate vocal material. This may be especially important when your mic is used for vocals at loud stage volume. Most people just plug in and use the standard settings which work fine. But if you want the best setting possible in a loud environment, use the following procedure.

Sing a word that begins with an “h” sound (which begins with all breath). if the gate seems to clip off the beginning of the breath inappropriately, lower the gate threshold a notch. If it doesn’t, you can raise the gate another notch and try again. Ideally, you want the gate set one notch BELOW the point that it would clip off some of the softest sounds, like a breathy “h”.

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