Jenise Fryatt of Icon Presentations provides her insights on getting the best sound out of a lavalier mic. Here are some tips on making the mic work for you. Generally any small microphone worn on the body is known as a lavalier, lav or lapel microphone. The majority of them are omnidirectional, meaning they pick up sound coming from all directions.
1 – Experiment with Mic Placement
You’ll get different results depending on the person and the type of clothing they are wearing.
2 – Wear a shirt that Buttons Up
If you can, ask the person to be miked to wear a shirt that buttons up. It will give you more options when it comes to mic placement.
3 – Attach to the Appropriate Side
If attaching the mic to a lapel, make sure that you attach it to the side the person will be facing.
4 -Try the bra
A good place to attach a woman’s lavalier mic is the center point of the bra.
5 – No Synthetics
Whenever possible request that people to be miked avoid wearing shirts, blouses or dresses made of synthetic fabric. Synthetic fabrics create much more noise than cottons or wools.
6 – Try Static Guard
When acoustic clothing noise remains a problem, an anti-static spray such as Static Guard can reduce, static electricity, clinging and friction.
7 – Go Underneath Clothing
To avoid wind noise, a common problem with lavaliers, secure the mic underneath clothing, if possible.
8 – Tape Clothing Together
If hiding the mic underneath clothing, you may need to tape layers of clothing together to cut down noise.
9 – Stick to First Aid Tape
Only use First Aid tape on a lavalier microphone. (It can be found at grocery stores or pharmacies.)
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