Where do you put the transmitter pack on a presenter wearing a dress with no pockets or belt? As part of my work I often have to mike up presenters and interviewees. I use a small Sennheiser transmitter to capture the audio and receiver on the camera to record it. With the tiny tie-clip microphone attached on clothing somewhere on the front of the body close to the mouth. This works well most of the time as all the equipment can easily be hidden in pockets or clipped onto a belt. But there is the odd occasion where there is nowhere to attach the transmitter. So here is the answer, how to hide a Sennheiser transmitter on a dress.
How NOT to hide a transmitter on a dress
Here is a demonstration of an emergency fix for the transmitter on one guest speaker. I can imagine the sound guys dilemma of “Where on earth am I going to put this?” The only ‘safe’ place, as it appears, is to clip it to the back of this ladies dress. It did work most of the time from the front but from at any side angle it is clearly visible. Not so much of a problem on a live event which this was, but for video interviews it looks definitely unprofessional in my mind. I would imagine that it would be very uncomfortable and distracting for the speaker as they are under pressure to start with!
So for all would be presenters out there, please consider choosing some clothing that assists the sound department or you risk being burdened with a box and gravity is always the winner.
“It’s Fine, I’LL JUST HOLD it!”
The problem is usually a dress without a belt or pocket, where do you put the transmitter without the presenter having to hold it? On one occasion I trusted the interviewee to hold the little aluminium box for the duration of the interview. The cable from the microphone hid under her dress and ran up over the shoulder. It was fine, until she started “talking” with her hands and the box made a brief appearance on camera! (Thankfully it was easily sorted in the edit.)
The Professional Alternative
So I decided to find a solution to this rare problem, just in case it happens again. My first port of call was the official Sennheiser spare parts website. They do sell a pouch for £9.23 inc vat, but it still has to be attached and hidden somewhere somehow. Not much help really…
Try looking on eBay
Then I did a search on eBay and found a few possible candidates. Some were just home made pockets of cloth with a flowery fabric, which tied at the front and didn’t appear as professional as I would like.
I decided on this very neat and professional looking alternative. You will have to let your presenter attach this around her waist. Just switch it on and let her go somewhere private for a couple of minutes and all will be good as it’s now hidden under her dress and fits snugly and comfortable with minimum bulges.
If you are looking for a professional solution to the age old sound recordists problem, how to hide a Sennheiser transmitter on a dress, this is Aileen’s eBay advertisement. A snip at only £9.90 +£1.80 postage Buy it now!
NON BULKY PACK AND BELT REALLY COMFORTABLE,
FLEXIBLE AND ADJUSTABLE with a SECURE TAB ON THE PACK, 10cm overlap of 50 mm wide Velcro fastening at the waist
THE MIC TRANSMITTER WILL NOT MOVE, NON ROLL DESIGN, the pack won’t flip up or move and sits comfortably in the small of the back. HIGH QUALITY CONSTRUCTION, STITCHED WITH A ZIG ZAG FOR FELXIBILITY AND STRENGTH STRETCH DOUBLE JERSEY FABRIC. Washable.
Message me with a size. We can do bulk orders and deal with requests for thigh or ankle straps. Any questions just ask. PLEASE MESSAGE ME THE WAIST SIZE REQUIRED WHEN ORDERINGAileen – eBay Seller
My Testimonial from a Satisfied Customer
It’s hand made and designed by a very clever lady called Aileen, who works in either the theatre or television production. She clearly had come across my problem many times in her career. I can thoroughly recommend this product for design and quality of manufacture. Aileen is very helpful and communicates really well. I know it will do the job and I’ll look professional to boot, next time I encounter the problem of how to hide a Sennheiser transmitter on a dress!