Atlanta, GA – March 2013… Working in multiple capacities as a DJ, emcee, and host for a wide range of activities ranging from corporate special events to weddings and Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Tod Peavy—known professionally as DJTOD—is a man of many hats. In addition to providing musical entertainment and frequently serving as the announcer, he is also responsible for the event’s sound reinforcement services, and this routinely involves providing microphones and equipment for others to use. Ensuring first-class audio performance for himself is one thing, but matters can become considerably more challenging when outfitting non-entertainment industry people with audio equipment. For this reason, his arsenal of E6 Omni Earset Microphones from Menlo Park, CA-based Countryman Associates is so important to the success of his business.
“For corporate events where there are multiple speakers and presenters,” says DJTOD, “I’m the person responsible for prepping the microphones. This involves not only a handheld stage mic, it usually includes outfitting the presenters with earset mics and wireless systems so they have the ability to move about and present their material without being ‘tethered’ with a conventional cabled microphone. This is precisely why I’ve become so fond of Countryman’s E6 Omni Earset Mics. I have five of them, encompassing the W5, W6, and W7 sensitivity ranges, which enable me to address a wide range of input sound levels. Combined with my Shure UR4D and SLX wireless systems, I’m able to outfit a presenter with a wireless mic that is well tailored to the nature of the event.”
DJTOD reports he’s been using his Countryman microphones for a good three years. When queried about those features and characteristics of the E6 that make these microphones so important to his work, he offered the following thoughts, “With the Countryman E6, the audio quality is crisp, clear, and perfect every time. As an earset microphone, the mic’s capsule remains fixed in relation to the person’s mouth, which provides a consistent sound regardless of how much that person may move about. This ensures a high level of speech intelligibility so the audience can clearly understand what’s taking place.”
“The fact that the E6 is so light and small is equally important,” he continued. “Once that mic is positioned on the person, they tend not to think about it. Being as light and discreet in appearance as it is, the E6 is never distracting and this enables the presenter to focus on their materials. I frequently have clients who have been so impressed that, after their speaking engagement, they ask what type of mic I provided.”
DJTOD described his experience prior to investing in his Countryman E6’s. “My challenge was always keeping the volume of the person speaking consistent no matter what was taking place on stage,” he said. “From dancing or playing an instrument to speaking, the E6 provides a consistent audio level to work with and, unlike working with a lavaliere mic, no clothing or personal items ever rub against the mic and create unwanted noise. Further, the ability of the E6 to defeat or eliminate wind noise is amazing!”
In addition to the audio performance, DJTOD is equally impressed with the E6’s reliability and Countryman’s customer service. “Not once have I had any trouble at all with my Countryman mics,” he explained. “I’ve never required technical assistance or repair. Prior to making my purchase, I did call once to determine which mics were best for certain applications and I was provided friendly, knowledgeable support with no pressure to buy, and that impressed me.”
Before shifting his focus to an upcoming engagement, DJTOD offered these final comments, “I would never go to any event without my Countryman mics close at hand. The reputation I’ve gained for quality sound has been so strong that several competitors have called just to find out what I use—and three of them have already ordered their own Countryman mics. Two of my friends travel doing speaking engagements and they, too, have purchased their own Countryman mics to take with them on the road—with multiple cables so they can hook into almost any type of wireless system. I am so thankful for my Countryman mics and the great service they provide my clients.”
To learn more about DJTOD, visit him online at www.djtod.com.
About Countryman Associates
For more than 30 years, Countryman has focused on developing microphones and accessories that deliver maximum gain before feedback, with the highest possible rejection of wind, vibration, interference, and other unwanted sounds. The result is warm, clear vocals in speaking and singing applications, delivering natural audio reinforcement that requires almost no attention from the sound engineer or the performer. For additional information about Countryman Associates, visit the company online at www.countryman.com.
Photo Description: DJTOD outfitting a client with a Countryman E6 mic