Point Source Audio (PSA) has announced it will unveil its new GO-8 Series microphones featuring the GO-8WD, a mouldable mic that shapes into a variety of mic styles, at the UK’s premiere theatrical show, The Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT) 2019, June 5-6.
Point Source Audio has been used on a number of theatrical productions – such as Hamilton, The King and I, To Kill a Mockingbird, Tina, Carousel, and Chicago –that are on Broadway, the West End and elsewhere. The GO-8 Series allows for sound teams to create a custom actor microphone style as they need it.
Designed specifically for professional theatre, the mouldable GO-8WD-SK comes flat but can be shaped by an A2 or mic expert into a collar mic, halo mic, or a headset mic for the left or right side. The company reported that while these are the most common styles in theatre, the GO-8WD’s mouldable format can be a problem solver in a multitude of mic’ing situations that are unexpected or challenging.
“For me, the GO-8WD is a great solution for precisely fitting a headset-style mic on an actor; every aspect from the ear hook to the boom length can be formed exactly as needed to get the best sounding position, as well as comfort for the actor,” said Jonathan Deans, the Tony-nominated veteran sound designer whose volume of work includes Waitress, Kiss Me Kate, Pippin, and multiple Cirque Du Soleil productions including Michael Jackson’s ONE, LOVE, ELVIS, Believe and many more.
The defining feature of the entire GO-8 Series of microphones, which also includes the single lavalier (GO-8WL-SK) and dual element lavalier (GO2-8WL-SK), is the company’s new patent-pending Lemo-style connector, said to withstand accelerated life testing to 12,000 bends.
The Lemo-style connector is a common connector type on wireless packs from Sennheiser SK, Lectrosonics, and Shure Axient. “We have achieved a proprietary design that strengthens the connector to stave off damage from the tugging and pulling that mics and connectors are subject to every time they’re used,” said James Lamb, president of Point Source.
Lamb summed up the company’s latest innovation: “The GO-8 is one of our most ambitious developments so far. We designed it in close collaboration with industry professionals to equally address the demands for excellence in sound, as well as fitting versatility together in one.”
Leon Rothenberg, Tony Award-winning sound designer and theatre faculty member at California Institute of the Arts agreed: “The level of customisation and fit that can be achieved with the GO-8WD is unprecedented. It has almost no visual profile. And it sounds great.”