Instructions for How to Operate a Sennheiser EW100 G2

By Tim McQuade

The Sennheiser EW100 G2 system allows for easy to use, streamlined connectivity and high quality audio/video production. The EW100 G2 provides musicians and audio/visual workers with an integrated transmitter/receiver arrangement. Learning to use the EW100 G2 may seem daunting, but Sennheiser designed the system to be highly compatible and simple to use. Knowing the button mode on one device allows you to use the other components: the Set button acts as the accept button, the Power button acts as the back or cancel button and the up/down arrows allow you to scroll.

Step 1

Turn the transmitter off and turn the receiver on.

Step 2

Reset the unit back to factory default settings. Press the "Set" button and scroll up using the up and down arrows until you see "Reset." Click the "Set" button and scroll up to "OK." You do not need to reset back to factory settings, but if you want a fresh start, this is how.

Step 3

Scan for open frequencies. Click the "Set" button and scroll down using the arrows to "Scan." Press "Set" on the "Start" prompt. Press "Set," and this will store your open frequencies.

Step 4

Press the "Set" button and scroll to "AF Out." Press "Set" again. Set the AF Out to approximately -20, but this will depend on the other equipment you are using. Check the equipment manual to know what frequencies are acceptable.

Step 5

Reduce outside hissing noises by operating the "Squelch" option and select the "LO, MID or HI" setting. Select the lowest possible squelch setting without compromising sound quality.

Step 6

Turn the transmitter on. The transmitter functions much the same way as the receiver. For simplified use, the buttons and screen work in the same format. If you need to, you can reset the transmitter to factory settings as you did with the receiver.

Step 7

Set the sensitivity of the transmitter by going to "Sensit" within the operating menu. Toggle between the sensitivity numbers. The proper sensitivity for someone talking is between -10 and -20. The louder the sound is that you are recording, the greater (positive number) the sensitivity setting should be. The sensitivity display should only peak during an event's loudest moment; the average sound level should be right in the middle of the sensitivity meter. Once the sensitivity bar is adjusted correctly, press "Set."

Step 8

Press the "Set" button. Scroll to the Bank display using the arrows. Press the "Set" button to enter the Bank options. Go to one of the nine bank option settings; Bank 1 through 8 have pre-set frequencies, while the U (or user) bank has any frequency. Choose one frequency within the bank, such as 518.850, and press "Set."

Step 9

Match the transmitter frequency to the receiver frequency. Press "Set" on the receiver and scroll to Bank. Enter the same Bank number you entered on the transmitter and press "Set" on the same frequency as the transmitter. The RF light should illuminate on the receiver when the transmitter and receiver are on the same frequency.

Step 10

Connect the SKM 100 G2 microphone to the transmitter by selecting the same frequency. Make sure that the sensitivity level on the transmitter is adjusted accordingly.

Step 11

Set the SKM 100 G2 microphone and the EM 100 G2 rack-mount receiver to the same frequency to allow integrated media. Sennheiser made every component of the EW 100 G2 series use the same button format: the "Set" button acts as the confirm button, the "Power" button is the back or cancel button and the up/down arrow buttons allow you to scroll within a menu.

Step 12

Connect the rack-mount receiver (EM 100 G2) to the other components. Hook the telescopic antennas up through the BNC sockets on the back of the component. You can connect two separate units into the rack-mount receiver via the XLR-3M socket and the 1/4-inch socket. Go to the operating menu on the EM 100 G2. Use the "Set" button and the arrows to scroll to the AF Out. Adapt the frequency levels of the other components that are hooked up through the XLR-3 and 1/4-inch sockets and press "Set."