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Radio Mic Hire
step 1 of 3: choose your microphones
Option 1 – Beltpack with one of several different microphone types.
Stageline HSE150 headset mic (beige)
Sennheiser ME3 headset mic (black)
Tape-to-Face mic / head mic (beige)
Tape-to-Face mic / head mic (black)
Sennheiser ME2 lapel (tie-clip) mic (black)
Option 2 – Handheld Microphone
step 2 of 3: choose your receivers
step 3 of 3: choose optional radio mic hire extras
UHF Passive Directional Antenna
40m Multicore Cable
Frequently Asked Questions
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Do I need a licence for wireless mic systems?
Yes, you need a licence to use our wireless microphones. We’ll supply a paper copy of this with your equipment.
How long do the batteries last? Are they included?
Battery life is typically around 8 hours. We’ll supply the first set of batteries with every radio mic hire.
Who do you hire to?
We hire to the whole of the UK. Our radio mic hire clients include:
Many hundreds of schools, colleges and universitites. In addition we have hired to Bang & Olufsen, Yahoo!, British Airways Clubs, John Lewis, House of Fraser, Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Fortnum & Mason, The White Company, Fever-Tree, Royal United Services Institute, Roedean School and Absolute Radio.
Can I use rechargeable batteries with radio mics?
We recommend against using rechargeable batteries as they can die suddenly and without warning. A good quality alkali battery is best. Both the transmitters and receivers have battery level indicators for the transmitter. This means the systems will give you plenty of warning if the batteries are running low.
What’s the range of radio mics?
In open air and with a direct line of sight, the range is up to 100m. With people and buildings in the way, the range reduces.
If you’re worried about range problems, you should consider using external antennas to boost the distance over which you can use the mics.
Are they easy to set up?
Yes they are. We set them up in advance for you. Read our Radio Mic Guide here.
Which type of microphone is best?
It all depends on what you are using them for. Handheld mics are best for singing. If you’re performing a stage show, you should probably use a headset.
We recommend lapel (or lavalier) mics for conferences. If you call us, we can advise.
Do I need external antennae?
Although the range in open air is up to 100m, objects can block the signal. The chance of problems also increases if you’re using lots of mics. We recommend using external antennas if you’re using more than 12 systems or if there is a distance of more than 20 metres between the performers and the mic receivers.
When will the microphones be delivered and collected?
Our couriers work Monday to Friday only. Your equipment will be delivered on the working day before and collected on the working day after between 9am and 4pm. Unfortunately we can’t give more accurate times.
However if you provide us with your mobile number you should receive a text with a 2 hour time window on the morning of delivery.
How many radio mics can I use together at one?
Really tricky questions. Let’s keep is simple and say that 12 is safe. Once you go over this number, you’ll need to consider buying in extra licences and perhaps using paddle antennas. Talk to us first. Our record is 36 systems simultaneously.
How do I set up the frequencies?
Unfortunately it’s not as simple as spacing the frequencies evenly across the dial. We set frequencies up in advance and recommend not touching them without speaking to us first.
Do I need a separate receiver for each system?
Yes you do. Each receiver comes with one XLR cable. You should ensure that you have one spare XLR input for each radio mic channel on your mixing desk or PA system.
Are cables included?
Yes, we supply an XLR cable with each system. Battery-powered receivers also come with a 3.5mm output cable.
Will you come and set up the equipment up for us?
In certain circumstances, we can provide a technician. Contact us for details. However we are a “dry hire” company, meaning we usually supply the equipment by courier and leave you to set it up.
We send you a simple guide for how to do this and provide 24 hour telephone support.
How do pay for my booking?
We take payment by BACS or with a card online. We accept all cards, except American Express. For certain customers, we offer 30 day payment terms (with a purchase order).
When do I need to book?
It’s always best to book as soon as possible. We don’t hold equipment based on quotations and get very busy near the end of school terms.
Page Updated: 21st September, 2023