Re: Mic Pac Belts
- We use 3" wide elastic and muslin to make the bags. The wider elastic
keeps them more stable. Our sound guy had us add a narrow piece of
elasitc at the top with a snap to the pouch to help hold the battery
packs in the pouch. I use snap tape on the edge and underlap to close
them and some of the guys like an across chest shoulder strap of
narrower elastic. We take tucks in them all the time. We label them
with students' names and hopefully they all come back at the end of the
show. The sound team doesn't want to wash them, so they usually do!
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- I've never had to keep track of mic pacs, but something I've done to
help performers help me keep track of similar small things is to hang a
shoe bag somewhere handy backstage - the kind that goes on the back of
a door and has several pockets for shoes. I put a sticky address label
with a performer's name on each pocket and slip in a little checklist
or reminder of what I expect to find back in the pocket after each
costume change or performance. That way I know right away WHOSE stuff
is missing. Extra pockets are perfect for water bottles, too, if
they're allowed backstage.
- Thank you so much!
It IS nice to know many of us experience the same problems!
Erika C. Miller
The Chance Theater
"Off-Broadway Theater in O.C."
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[mailto:TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of anniethings53
Sent: Wednesday, August 01, 2007 5:59 AM
Subject: [TheCostumersManifesto] Re: Mic Pac Belts
I had the exact same thing happen a few years ago. I made a few bags
from nylon fabric so the transmitter would slide in and out easily,
but found they caused too much static resulting in occasional popping
or cracking noises. I went back to making the bags of 100% cotton
muslin and letting the sound crew decide whose transmitter needed
waterproofing with a condom.
I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who has experienced the
phenomenon of the mysterious disappearing mic pack belts. I swear
they must just throw them away after a show because they're gross and
sweaty! I've solved this problem by collecting them at strike so
that I can wash, repair and/or replace them. Next show, it's the
first thing that goes to the theatre directly to the hands of the
sound designer. If I don't do this, it becomes a blaming game of "I
thought you had them" or "where are the MIC bags?" resulting in me
having to frantically make new ones, all the while cursing the sound
crew for losing the others. I'm much happier with them in my
possession. The sound crew knows I have them.
Hope this helps!
--- In TheCostumersManifesto@yahoogroups.com
<mailto:TheCostumersManifesto%40yahoogroups.com> , Sylvia Rognstad
> I was the list member who requested info of these a month or so
> ended up suing sport nylon to make the packs and stitched them ontoa
> wide elastic. They also put the mics into condoms. It came up at
> production meeting yesterday that the mics are cutting outoccasionally
> and they had decided it was static electricity. Using static guardstuff!
> seems to help but not totally. Has anyone else experienced this
> problem and if so, what did they do about it?
> On Jul 30, 2007, at 10:11 AM, princesserika12 wrote:
> > Thanks to all for your great advice on the dress shields! Great
> > Here's my new one:
> > I need to make mic pack belts. This will be my second attempt. I
> > some a year ago and they were lost! Ugh. Anyway---for
> > I wasn't happy with them to begin with so I would love some
> > suggestions
> > on how to make them better this time around. I used wide elastic
> > the belt with velcro, swimsuit material for the pack holder andsnaps.
> > They weren't bad but I would love to know what materials othershave
> > used and how adjustable they were. (If you made sizes etc.)edges,
> > I only have a standard home sewing machine so I can't surge
> > only[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
> > zigzag stuff.
> > Would love any suggestions. Thank you in advance!
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