Need a device that turns your dynamic mic wireless?
Item: Alesis MicLink Wireless, Wireless Microphone Adaptor
Price: $99 (US), £59 (UK)
At A Glance: The Alesis MicLink Wireless aims to act as a flexible, all-in-one solution that enables you to go wireless with any dynamic mic of your choice. It consists of a universal XLR transmitter that you can plug into your dynamic mic of choice and a small receiver that you connect to your mixing desk. It operates for up to 60 feet, for over 6 hours, and you can also have up to 5 wireless systems working simultaneously.
High Notes: Setting up the MicLink Wireless is very simple and the wireless sender and receiver pair very quickly without any fuss. It operates on a frequency that does not require a licence (like some other wireless systems do) and there are bright LED indicators to let you know that you are connected. The receiver can operate either on batteries (AAAx3) or with the supplied power adaptor and the transmitter contains a small rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is charged via the USB from a laptop or PC. The signal stability over distance is very good and it does not appear to suffer from interference from other devices.
Off Pitch: In order to keep the size of the receiver minimal, Alesis have opted for a ¼” TS jack output instead of a more standard XLR – so you might need a non-standard cable or an adaptor if your mixing desk/interface only has an XLR mic input. When testing the unit, there was a small but noticeable amount of latency (delay) between what was sung into the mic and what came out the speakers. The unit also introduced quite a bit of background hiss and tone change when compared to simply using an XLR cable.
VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Perhaps there was something wrong with the unit I tested, however I found the amount of background noise produced by the device as unacceptable for professional use. It would probably be ok for speeches going through a lower-end PA system, or possibly for a bit of karaoke at home, but I certainly would not be happy to use it in professional performance setting. The overall build quality seems fair, however I wonder how well the plastic materials used would last over years of use at gigs. The MicLink Wireless is a device that has a great concept, a great price and is easy to use; however it is let down by a few fundamental problems that seriously restrict its usefulness to professional musicians.
Manufacture’s Website: http://www.alesis.com
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Chris Kennedy is the principal product reviewer for voicecouncil.com. Chris is a musician in the United Kingdom – you can see more about his work at www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk You can also see more articles by Chris here.