How to Use Microphones?
Do you have a microphone or are you willing to invest in one? Well, having a microphone to serve various of your recording as well as performing needs like stage performances and even in-studio or for voice-overs and audiobooks – all in one, it can serve you wondrously. And investing in a good quality microphone can also be a great tool addition for your vocal or instrument recording needs; while having it serve you for a long time. However, that’s all just the advantages and multiple uses we get through a microphone.
If you’re new to having a mic, that’s certainly all you would have searched on it. But does that even help you learn how you should be using the mic? Now, most of the microphones do come with basic settings and usage capability, but you do need to learn a thing or two when you buy any of its types. As every type of microphone, i.e. dynamic, ribbon, etc., all work differently. And similar to that, their usage process is also different. Some can be simple, while others can be more technical to achieve the perfect sound. But don’t worry if you aren’t aware of it, as we’re here to help you figure how to use a microphone. So let’s go ahead and discover it in detail.
Test it properly
For testing the mic and understanding its usage properly, you need to:
Whether you’ve got a technical help to set up the whole mic system or not; it’s important you first check if the sound of the mic is decent and fine.
Check the sound volume and quality by moving around the room. And once you do that, make sure someone is acting as your audience to check if they’re receiving the same quality of sound at a distance too.
Learn how to on, off, standby, and mute the microphone. This would help you ensure that when you perform in real, you don’t end up using a turned-off mic all along.
Using a lavaliere Mike
Using a lavaliere mic mainly depends upon your position and the position of the mic. Since you’re supposed to wear it on your costume or clothes, you must clip it on a tie or a blouse/jacket hat is front open. Furthermore, you must place these types of mics at least 10-inch below your chin (in the center). However, if you’re using slides, fasten the mike towards the side so that you can speak while looking at the slides.
Using a Lectern Mic
Since these types of mics are supposed to stay on a lectern or a stand, you need to stand at a proper distance from the mic. For this, you need to find a place that would clearly capture your voice and carry it efficiently towards the speaker. Also, when you’re using these types of microphones, you should either speak over or across them, instead of speaking inside them. But with that, also make sure that the lectern or stand of the mic doesn’t block your face or actions in any way.
Learning how to use a mic rightly mainly depends upon the right placement. This doesn’t only refer to the placement of the mic, but rather of yours too. And once you understand the right position while using a specific type of mic; you’ll be able to create better and quality sounds from it easily.