It runs off of a power cable or by a battery pack. It uses something like 8 AA batteries, but its lasted the whole season and is still on full battery. If you want to mic a xylo/marimba, a Shure SM-58 or 57 with a wind filter works just fine as long as they're not moving up and down the whole instrument. The same mic would be appropriate for soloists on the sideline.
: I have avoided the use of electronics and such
: for marching band, but since it IS becoming
: more prevalent, I figure I should know a
: little about their use. What should a 2A
: band with about 50 winds and percussion
: expect as an initial investment? I know the
: sky is the limit and I get confused at the
: various options out there. I plan on
: attending clinics and such but those are
: normally put on by the companies selling the
: newest, biggest, and most expensive things
: out there. Where does an old guy begin?