Confused about wireless? BlowsMeAway can help. Get free of that cable! Roam the stage without tangles. Walk out into the audience for entertainment value, or to check you and your band's sound level. Enjoy a clear area under your feet. I am proud to offer these fine solutions based on wireless systems from Samson Technologies Corp. Samson has been designing wireless systems for over 30 years. These systems are small, lightweight and rugged. No belt packs required!
What can you expect from BlowsMeAway? I have already tested and performed with these systems and found what works best with harmonica microphones. You can expect that I will answer all your questions to help you choose the system that is best for you. You can expect BlowsMeAway harp player-specific instructions along with the Samson documentation. You can expect that I will set your system up for you. You can expect that your transmitter will come with a Duracell battery installed. You can expect that if you have a special mic or connector I will find a way to make it work for you.
For many years, BlowsMeAway Productions has only sold products I make. However I am frequently asked about wireless systems. There are no wireless systems specifically for harp, and information about adapting existing systems is virtually nonexistent. I decided to change that.
After an exhaustive search, I concluded that the Samson line offered the best foundation. For the U.S. market, their systems are already migrated to new FCC approved frequencies. They have both amp-top/rack mount and pedal-based receivers. And their transmitters have the headroom required to handle the high output of harp mics. I have set up these systems and tested them with various mics. I have used them in performance. I am convinced these systems offer the best value to the harp player looking to go wireless.
BlowsMeAway is now an official Samson Dealer. Please understand that I am doing this as a service to the harp player community. Given the "margin-free" price expectations of internet shopping, I don't make much money selling these systems. My motivation is simply to provide more complete service to you. However Samson requires a significant annual commitment from me, so in order to maintain dealership status I hope you will choose to purchase from me so that I may continue to offer this service. And please tell your friends!
Please note that I can only offer systems that comply with United States law, on FCC- approved frequencies. If you reside outside the U.S. it is your responsibility to verify these systems are legal for your use, and operating on frequencies where you will not encounter interference, or cause it for someone else. Canada uses the U.S. FCC-approved frequencies.
Samson’s AirLine 88x system offers true wireless freedom without the hassle of a beltpack or cable. Featuring a plug-in transmitter (No belt pack!) this frequency-agile UHF wireless system provides high definition sound, premium reliability and a 300’ operating range. Its 1-touch scan feature analyzes and selects the clearest operating channel out of 100 available channels, and uses infrared to pair the transmitter with the receiver. Because it is an analog system it has no latency - an issue with many digitial systems. It provides an audio Mute switch, battery life LED indicator and up to 12 hours of operation on a single AA battery. The rack mountable CR88x Wireless Receiver providesfor reliable performance no matter where you are. The receiver’s True Diversity design minimizes dropouts, while tone key technology prevents unwanted noise when your transmitter is off or out of range.
The AG8 transmitter only weighs 2.5 oz (far less than the weight of cable from the mic to the floor) and has a 1 Mohm input impedance so it will work with crystal and ceramic mics with no impedance matching transformer required.
All systems include power supply, rack mount hardware and instructions. (Rack mounting is not necessary - the unit has feet.) You need to supply the cable you will use to connect the receiver to your amp or pedal, or PA. For connection to amp or pedal, a standard guitar cable is all that is required. For connection to a PA, you will need a low impedance XLR to XLR cable.
includes CR88x Receiver and AG8 Transmitter, Alkaline AA battery.
Your microphone must be high impedance (dynamic or crystal), and have a 1/4" input or a screw-on connector. If you have a screw-on connector you will also require a Switchcraft 332A adapter ($16.95). Please advise when ordering.
includes Bulletini-VC, CR88x Receiver, AG8 Transmitter, Switchcraft 332A Adapter, Alkaline AA battery.
includes Ultimate 57, Ultimate 58 or Ultimate 545, CR88x Receiver, AG8 Transmitter, Switchcraft 332A Adapter, Alkaline AA battery.
includes Wood Mic (ordered separately) CR88x Receiver, AG8 Transmitter, Switchcraft 332A Adapter, Alkaline AA battery.
Use these adapters to connect any high impedance microphone equipped with a standard 5/8" amphenol or switchcraft connector to the XVive U3, Sennheiser XSW, Samson AX1 or other XLR transmitter.
Dynamic/CR/CM-equipped mics are electrically compatible with these transmitters without requiring impedance transformation between the mic and the transmitter. Crystal/ceramic element mics usually require an impedance matching transformer for best performance.
|Top: with built in impedance matching adapter and volume control for crystal element mics:||$79|
|Middle: with built in impedance matching adapter for crystal element mics:||$64.95|
|Not shown, same length as middle adapter on right: non-impedance matching adapter with volume control for dynamic/CR/CM mics:||$64.95|
|Bottom: non-impedance matching adapter (bottom) for dynamic/CR/CM mics:||$39|
Use this adapter to connect any high impedance microphone equipped with a standard 1/4" female connector to either the Airline 77 AX1 or Airline Synth AX300 Transmitters above.
|Top: with built in impedance matching adapter for crystal element mics:||$74.95|
|Bottom: non-impedance matching adapter (bottom) for dynamic/CR/CM mics:||$39|
I can special order any Samson wireless system. For information on the complete line please see http://www.samsontech.com/products/brandpage.cfm
10/28/17: Wireless mics and monitoring systems are currently allowed to operate from 470 - 698 MHz. In the next few years, FCC will limit operation to 470 - 608 MHz. While the majority of wireless systems in use today will be unaffected, customers with systems that operate above 608 MHz will unfortunately need to discontinue use and migrate to new frequency ranges.
Update 6/10/17: The new Airline 88 systems I sell are legal and are in the 470-490Mhz band. The FCC remains vague about the 600Mhz band (Airline 77 systems operated in that band.) Here is an article that provides some useful information.
Update 4/2012: Operation of wireless microphones (in the United States) in the 700MHz band was
prohibited after June 12, 2010. Please visit the FCC's wireless microphone page for more
information, including a list of Manufacturer's Equipment you can check to see if your gear is
All Samson systems sold by BlowsMeAway wireless systems operate on the new frequencies allocated by the FCC for wireless microphone use.
Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device. Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888-CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC's wireless microphone website at www.fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones
NOTE: None of the wireless systems we carry are capable of violating the FCC guidelines stated above. We are presenting this information as a matter of legally required disclosure.