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A System for Remote Control of the Height of Suspended Microphones

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An electrically driven pulley system allowing remote control of the height of cable-suspended microphones is described. It can be assembled from inexpensive and readily available component parts. A reverse block-and tackle system is used to allow many meters of cable to be drawn into a 1.2 meter long space, allowing the cable to remain connected and the microphone to remain in use during movement. An advantage of this system is that single microphones, stereo pairs, or mic arrays can be remotely positioned "by ear" during rehearsal, soundcheck, or warmup.

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