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    Fettronics

    I'm at the point where I'm about to hook up my voice amp to my helmet. However I sall the some people have to mic secured inside the helmet. Then the wire goes to male adapter.Then the line from the amp comes up thru neck seal to a female adapter and the connection is made inside the helmet or neck seal. Out of sight. Is this what the pros do? If so were can I find male and female adapters this small? Thanks!

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    Hi there,

    I've seen TONS of mic setups in the First Imperial Stormtrooper Detatchment (www.whitearmor.net). Can not recall the specific thread, but the "How-to/Tutorial" section is a beauty (granted it is for Stormtrooper helmets).

    Most people over there either keep it contained, mic and speakers, in the bucket (I prefer this method). Or have a wireless, powered, mic in your bucket which sends a signal to speakers wired behind the chestplate (for stormtroopers) or perhaps even your thigh or hip pouches. No wire needed

    The decision on that matter is yours. But reguardless of where you place the amp/speakers the setup is fairly simple. You can get a pretty good $13 amp for Radio Shack, as well as a set of speakers. The amp should come with a speaker built in. My advice: gut it. Get rid of the speaker, and wire in two new speakers to take its place. In order for the amp to work you need a powered mic, also from Radio Shack. You shouldnt have to do any wiring at all at this point. Your powered mic will come with a jack to fit in the amp. And like stated earlier, you can save yourself the hassle of having cords running through your neck seal if you opt for a wireless powered mic (microphone mounted in helmet, runs to a battery with a sensor ma-jig, which connects to another sensor plugged into the amp, wherever you choose to cary it).

    Hope this helps
    Ryan

    P.S. I have a tutorial made by a friend for wiring two separate speakers to a larger jack, if you end up buying an amp with that capability.

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    Re: Fettronics

    Sweet.! what exactly do I need from radio shack. Want to try this wireless setup.

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    Here are a few links from radioshack:

    The link for the amp: clicky

    Link for a wireless mic: Clicky

    Link for a wired mic: Clicky

    For the wired mic you could add a 900MHz audio link to make it wireless....too much work, and money if you ask me.

    Or...you could salvage a headset from a computer like many have. BUT...if you decide to do this, you would need to wire a resistor into the amp circuit board to accept it. Again...its a lot more work when you could just buy a powered mic.

    Also, heres a link of how TK1536 wired his: Clicky

    As you can see, TK1536 used the wired version. This is perfectly fine if you are keeping it contained in your helmet. If you would like the sound to come out of somewhere else...a wireless mic is probably your best bet.

    You can see the hole in the circuit board where he removed the speaker that came with the amp, and in its place, he wired two speakers in parallel. The male audio jack from the mic just plugs right into the amp board. Little wireing required

    I hope this helps, and I wish you luck with your audio setup
    Ryan

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    Sweet. Just got the amp from radio shack but couldn't find the powered mic. Gonna order this week if I cant find one. Now were can I find those small speakers? Yeah wiring wont be a problem considering I'm a electrician. LOL I'll let you know how every thing works out.

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    As far as speakers go...almost any will work.

    Heres an Idea Ive seen: Speaker
    To use this speaker, you will have to remove the audio jack, and wire it normally. Or you can buy a female audio jack with audio wire and just plug the speaker system into the female audio jack and wire the other end to the amp board.

    You may also want to remove the speakers from the casing. For better sound, and more space.

    Unfortunately, I could not find the traditional "Train" speakers as I've seen previously on the RadioShack webby. Essentially they were 3/4" speakers, with really good sound. Two of them would be more than enough...if you can find them. If you take a trip to your local RadioShack they might have some in-store.

    Hope this helps be sure to post some pics when you get your system completed

    Ryan

    EDIT: Shortly after posting, I ran an Ebay search and found these: speakers. These will work beautifully. You may want to run a "Train Speakers" search on ebay and see what else they have to offer.
    Last edited by TheGhraveArtist; Nov 29, 2008 at 12:56 PM. Reason: Additional Info

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    Re: Fettronics

    Alright I have everything but there is alot of feedback. Any thing I do do counter that?

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    If your mic and speakers are too close together that will cause feedback, as well as the mic being too close to your mouth.

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    Interesting. Will try new approach. Thank you.

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    I use a balaclava with a flat mic in a pouch on the front, with the wire running under my neck seal on my TK stuff.
    Works pretty good

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    Re: Fettronics

    Hi I'm new to all things Boba, and I cant post yet so Il stick it in here. Im having a Bobamaker suit built and will require some LED'S to go in the RF. Can someone tell me where to get a set from on here or via PM please/ I see there is a sequence to them so dont just want to stick flashing random ones in.

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    Alright I have everything but there is alot of feedback. Any thing I do do counter that?
    Mkay. You might want to try putting "sock" on your microphone (which in reallity isn't really a sock, but rather any type of material to cover your mic).

    Also, enclosing the speakers in any type of material will help. Ive seen everything from easter eggs, to paint caps.

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    Yeah that what I'll try. For now since I have the super mega show coming up in jersey on Saturday I'll just put the amp in the front pouch and run the lines thru the neck seal. Next week I'll try it again. What materials can be used to cover the micro phone? The whole idea of having everything internal still rocks. I'll prolly do the same for my commando.

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    I believe if you take a trip to radioshack, they sell those padds that cover mic tips to cut out breathing sounds and such. This should limit feedback. Material...a fellow at www.whitearmor.net had a pretty neat idea. He just took a piece of black cotton T-shirt. Any other breathable material should work. Your goal isn't really to smother the mic, but rather just provide a break so the signals between the mic and the speaker don't mix.

    Hope this helps

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    Thanks bud I'll look in to it.

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    Re: Fettronics

    Here is one
    its from a ebay seller, here are his posts


    Hi everyone!
    I just posted a couple of threads elsewhere before I was directed here. I was told that the mikes I sell on eBay for my respirator equipment work well in costume masks. I sell them for $9.95 with free shipping, even cheaper for a set of ten ($79.95). They retail for $80 and are designed for emergency response use, so they should do the trick. Search Item number: 300278137063 for the single or Item number: 300278153169 for the set of ten. Thanks again to those who have purchased them and passed the word!
    V-
    Right now, I've got MANY MANY more amps than respirator masks, so I should be selling these for quite some time. Instead of the item #s, here are the links:
    [FONT=Arial]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=300278137063&ssPa geName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=020[/FONT]
    [FONT=Arial]http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=300278153169&ssPa geName=STRK:MESE:IT&ih=020[/FONT]
    Thanks,
    V-

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