Retractable microphone cords -- words of advice??

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  1. PJ

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    Hi y'all!

    Our church has color coded mic cords, they work great, and we plan to keep the current cords. But they are NOT retractable. We're fixing to do some work on the stage and figure this is a stellar time for us to address this.

    We did a little reading on the Stage N inja brand but sure could use some advice from those of you who can speak from experience. What are other brand names of the same?

    And if you're really savvy on the subject, maybe you could provide some links for us?
    Thanks bunches! :)
     
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    I've never heard of retractable mic cords!! I just asked hubby and he hasn't either - and he's worked for Studer and Audio Technica! I looked them up and I'd be concerned with the rolling and bending of the cable so much.
     
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    Thanks for your kind response, annsni. I'm not sure about the rolling and bending of the cable over time? But the tech guy that installed our system offered to put some in at that time. We were already over budget, plus we really didn't understand what a hassle a/o hazard the cords would be laying different directions across the stage until we tripped over them a few times. Lesson learned!

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/microphone-cables/stage-ninja-stage-ninja-retractable-xlr-cable-mic-set-up?rNtt=Stage Ninja Stage Ninja Retractable XLR Cable (Mic Set-Up) Female Retractable End for Mic Set-Ups Black&index=1#productDetail

    Here's the overview of the model above:
    "The Stage N inja XLR-60S Retractable XLR Cable System stows, hides and protects cable when not in use, and keeps your stage/studio clutter free. Instant cable retraction greatly reduces setup/tear down time and is ideal for the ultimate mobile trussing & rigging systems. This advanced retraction system maintains healthy cables by eliminating kinks & damage. This 60' cable features a female retractable end for microphone applications."

    Here's a brief clip of these types of accessories ...


    We'd also like to investigate the same product under other brand names and are in that process now.
    I'm hoping someone here has experience to share.

    Thanks again, annsni! :)
     
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    But unless they were wireless, you still have to put a cable from point A to point B. We usually just use velcro straps to wind up the extra into a loop and hang them from the mic stand or else put it on the foor at the bottom of the stand. If you make sure your cables are laid down in a logical grid, it makes it much less of a tripping hazard and if you need to, tape down the cables that need to be in a path where you walk. We use floor cable covers for that.
     
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    It sounds like your church has a good, solid plan for your cords, annsni. Very workable.

    I apologize that I neglected to say that the mics are not wireless, and they're stationary. The cords come up from under the stage, next to the mic stands. Point A to B is where we're poking the cords back down into the hole which leads under the stage when placing the mics back on their stands. The stands (and holes in the floor) are flush with the pulpit, on both sides of it.

    Envision the mic cords being strewn in many directions following a few songs by the praise band, and then the pastor being careful from that point not to trip on those 4-6 cords. Whereas, if the cords would recoil back under the stage, the tripping problem would be solved.

    What we're doing works okay, we just happen to be in a mode of upgrade because we're currently expanding the stage.

    Thanks for your advice, annsni! :)
     
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    Sounds to me like the "praise band" needs to quit wandering about on the stage and be more stable rather than rudderless. :)

    There are a lot of other ways to "mic" the stage without the use of cords and hand held mics.

    Theater productions often use these devises and there is little need to have hand held microphones anymore.

    Besides it is ultimately cheaper.
     

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