Sony UWP UWP-V6 Wireless Microphone Package Review

by Cliff Ravenscraft on April 9, 2011

If you’ve listened to my Podcast Answer Man podcast for any length of time, you probably know that I’m pretty picky when it comes to audio quality. While I do prefer audio over video podcasts 99.9% of the time, I believe that every audio podcaster should make use of written blog posts and video content on their site. The thing most people struggle with, when it comes to producing video content, is getting great audio.

I was so happy when I had finally found the Kodak Zi8 pocket HD camera. The reason is that this was the first handheld pocket HD camera that had a built in audio input jack so that you could bring in external audio instead of relying on the built in mics that comes with these cameras.

I have always wanted to get a high quality wireless microphone system to do my videos, but I wanted to hold off until I could afford to get something that would give me the quality that I was looking for. Until now, I’ve been using extremely long cables to bring audio in from my audio mixer for most of my videos. The problem has been that the cables end up getting in the way.

I’m happy to say that I’ve recently invested in the Sony UWP-V6 Wireless Microphone Package and I could not be happier. Check out this video that I just posted to my YouTube Channel.

Features That I Love About This System:
– Includes a bodypack transmitter.
– Includes an omni directional lavalier microphone.
– Includes a plug-on XLR microphone Transmitter.
– Includes a portable, battery operated Receiver/Tuner.
– All parts are solid metal construction.
– All units operate on standard AA Batteries.
– Bodyback Transmitter and Receiver come with belt clip.
– Mounting Adapter for camcorder included.
– Mic/Line level input selection on both transmitters.
– Convenient auto channel scanning function.

I am very excited about this purchase and have no doubt that, as a result of the increased ease of setup and the reduced stress of so many wires, I’m going to be producing a great deal more video for this site.

In the video, I did mention that I have the Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone. I also made use of the Sima SL-20LX Ultra Bright Video Light. Though, I’m pretty sure that one of my next videos will my review of my next purchase, which is the CowboyStudio 2275 Watt Digital Video Softbox Lighting Kit.

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UDPATE: Monday April 11th, 2011
I just released my first official video produced using the wireless mic system and thought I would post it here to demonstrate just how amazing this new gear is.

Before you watch the video embedded below, please take special note of the following two details that will help demonstrate just how impressive this gear is.

1) Pay special attention to Stephanie’s hair in this video. This will explain why, even though the camera is on a steady tripod, the camera seems to have so much movement. The wind was BLOWING SO HARD that it nearly knocked over the tripod. Also notice that the Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone DOES NOT HAVE A WINDSCREEN on it. It actually has one built into the microphone. As you can tell in this video, this microphone did EXTREMELY WELL in a high wind environment. The Sony UWP-V6 Wireless Microphone Package comes with a receiver, a bodypack that includes a lavalier microphone, and the plug-on adapter for an interview mic. There is no interview mic included with this package. However, the Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone is THE MIC that I would recommend for out in the field interviews!

2) The camera is on a tripod about 30 feet away from where we are standing in this video. The audio sounds just as great as any wired mic setup that I’ve used in the past. The best part was that there are no wires to deal with. We did have one couple pass in front of our camera while we were shooting this video. Also, you could see how our youngest daughter, McKenna, was dancing around in circles during the video as well. This would have been disastrous if we had to deal with the wires.

Oh, and one other production note. I shot this video in 1080p using my Kodak Zi8 pocket HD camera so that I do this video without any camera guy at all. I knew that I wanted to start the video showing a little bit of the wording of the movie theater name in the beginning of the video and then slowly zoom in on us for the interview. I also knew that I would produce this video in 720p. This meant that I was able to zoom in, in post production. To see what I’m talking about, check out the video from 11 seconds to 27 seconds, where you will see the steady zoom without loss of picture quality.

There you go my friends. I’ve now tested the Sony UWP-V6 Wireless Microphone Package with my Electro-Voice RE-50B Microphone in an extremely windy environment and I’m thoroughly pleased with the results!

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  • The difference is the frequency range that is used. It doesn’t matter which one yet get, as if you buy this package, they all come operating on the right frequency. Setup is a breeze. You literally do not need to do any frequency setup AT ALL. It just works out of the box. Both models have 188 frequencies to choose from and it it auto tunes to an open frequency for you.

    I hope this helps.

  • Jim Tucker

    Hey Cliff:

    How does the wireless receiver plug into the ZI8? What does that look like?

    Fr. Jim

  • Jim, the is a cable that has a 1/8″ plug on both ends that goes directly from the receiver into the Kodak Zi8.

  • Cliff you got the smarts here with that hot video tip about shooting in 1080p to give you the latitude of exploiting the quality to zoom in without lossiness when producing for 720p. That alone made this video worth watching, aside from the anthropological study contained within. 😀

  • It’s like having your own camera man 🙂

  • I really don’t have a good recommendation for less expensive products. Just do a search on Amazon for Wireless Microphone System like this: http://amzn.to/hOqdyT and you will find stuff as low as $150. The thing is that I don’t have any experience to give you advice on which way to go.

    I’ve seen many of my friends buy some of these lower priced options before, only to replace them or to never use them because of the lack of range or poor audio quality/interference.

    It took me 2 years before I purchased my First Heil Microphone. It took me an additional three months to save up for the second one. I did buy a cheap mixer and mics to get started, but I moved up and up and up until I got the best gear for the job.

    I am not one to enjoy spending money. But when I do spend money, I want it to be on things that are top quality. I see all these things as an investment. I simply didn’t have much focus on video, at all, the past few years. I only dabbled with it. But one of the major reasons I only dabbled with it is because I didn’t have the right gear to DO IT RIGHT.

    I am not one to enjoy spending money. But when I do spend money, I want it to be on things that are top quality. I see all these things as an investment.

    The Sony UWP-V1 is the same system without the XLR Mic Plug Add-on. It’s currently $440 at this link: http://amzn.to/i6Gt0B

    These are the going prices for quality gear. But as I said, there are a ton of lower priced options out there.

  • Jondeanpt

    That mic is great – you can see how windy it is as the camera is being blown about but hardly any noise. It shows how easy it is to have a pro looking and sounding video at a good price. I want one!

  • Yep. It means a lot to have the right tools for the job.

  • Cliff I have been looking at a new HD Vid Camera this last two days, noted the sometimes poor reviews on the
    Kodak Z18 but I have to say considering the ‘lowish’ light levels here in the vid and your distance, then zooming in post production … that’s an excellent level of quality for such a small item with what is essentially a lower end internals. Impressive for the money! What gig size do you have on your one?

  • I simply purchased an 8GB SD card for use in mine.

  • Robert

    Cliff, is it a stereo mic? I only ask because I´m not hearing stereo from your video review on my laptop which has Dolby on it. I do have an inexpensive Azden wirless lav that also came with a wired handheld. I like it but it is mono. I might invest in this one if it is stereo but it does not say so in the Sony specs or any other link I have found. Please let me know. I just subscribed. Glad I found you. Thanks!

  • It is stereo. I just tested the video and audio is playing correctly out of both speakers. Maybe try another computer and see if you can hera it in both left and right channels. But it does seem to be working here.

    But yes, it is stereo and it goes from 1/8″ TRS from the receiving to 1/8″ TRS into my camera.

  • Hey Cliff. I bought the UWP-V1 based on your recommendation. Having one question with it. I was using this microphone with my Macbook Pro and discovered that I can’t connect the output from the URX-P2 directly into the Mac Line in. I was getting no sound. However, It was working fine if I used the Monitor output of the URX-P2. Is this the correct way of connecting it to a Mac for recording?

  • There is a difference between what is known as “line level” and “mic level.” I’ve not tried to go from the “main out” out into the Line in of a computer. Though I am certain that the “Monitor” output should definitely work for going into your MacBook.

    Now, with that said, I did just try going from the main outpoint into the “Line In” on my Roland R-05 and even though I plugged it into “line in” I was still getting audio from that output.

    Did you buy this used? If you got it new, you should be able to contact Sony’s Tech Support to further check on this.

  • bmk

    Were you able to find out how to do that as I am wanting to do the same thing but can’t work out how.

  • I know that if you use monitor out into the Line In on your computer it will certainly work.

  • Bridgetmcook

    I get it to record but even with the attenuation right down I can’t get it to record loudly – am I missing something? It’s super quite even if I ramp the gain up in garage band or Final Cut Pro x. Slightly better when going monitor – mac but not much better. Any ideas.

  • Bridget, The only think I can think of is that either you do not have your audio input settings turned up enough in system preferences, that when you use the monitor, that you don’t have the monitor output volume on the Sony receiver turned up enough, or you may have an issue with the device you purchased.

    You may want to contact Sony support to see if they can help you troubleshoot.. Here’s a link that will help you find out how to contact them: http://gspn.tv/jx8

  • mattspaeth

    Cliff, thanks for the information. I want to get in to podcasting and I already have a mixer. I know I want a PR40 in the future but am wondering if I can get by with just getting a UWP and using that for both audio and video podcasts. What do you think? What is the difference in sound quality between the UWP and the PR40?

  • Cliff, 

    Thanks for the great review.  I see this is about 3 years old from the most recent update.  Would you still recommend the Sony system, or should I look at any others prior to making the purchase?  Also are you able to use the handheld and lav mic at the same time into one recording, or into a mixer?

  • Frank Lipski Yes, I would still recommend this same unit.  If I needed another one, I would get the same one.  No, you can not use both the handheld and lav at the same time.

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