How To Use A Lavalier Mic?
Hey everyone, Heen here.
We’ve had a lot of questions from people
asking how to use a lavalier or lapel mic
to get great sound for your videos,
live streams, and conference calls.
So let’s get into it.
A lavalier mic is a small microphone
that you can clip onto clothing.
You will have seen many TV presenters,
vloggers, and filmmakers using them.
They deliver great, clear sound
due to the fact that they can be positioned
quite close to the mouth.
They’re also unobtrusive
and allow complete freedom with your hands.
There are two things to consider
when using a lavalier mic.
The first is how to position it
and the second is how to connect it
to your camera, phone, or laptop.
There are a few different RØDE lavalier mics to choose from.
Each one is designed to work with different devices.
But regardless of what mic you’re using,
they are all clipped and positioned the same way.
As a general rule, you want to position a lavalier mic
on the chest about a handspan distance from the mouth.
This will give you a clear, natural sound.
First, put the microphone into the clip.
We get a lot of questions
about how to attach the mic to the clip.
And while it may seem complicated,
it’s actually very simple.
Just slip the windshield off your mic like so.
Then pinch the spiral clasp
and insert your mic into the loop
to secure the mic in place.
If you’re wearing a jacket, tie, or shirt,
it’s then super easy to position the mic.
Just clip it to the edge
of a suitable piece of clothing like so.
Remember to avoid a position where other clothing
might rub against the mic when you move,
as this will create a distracting sound in your video.
To keep your video looking clean and professional,
you may want to consider concealing the cable.
You can simply tuck it out of sight,
under your jacket, or run it inside your shirt.
Pro sound engineers will use drapers tape
to secure the cable against the inside of clothing.
But another popular choice is gaff tape.
Anything to keep it out of sight.
Here’s another pro tip, the so-called broadcast loop.
This will give you that professional look
you’d have seen on TV.
To do this, run the cable from the mic
through the handle of the clip.
Then complete the circle over the top
and into the slot on the edge of the clip.
Now, when you clip this onto your jacket or your shirt,
you will get that neat, clean profile.
If you’re wearing something smooth like a t-shirt,
you can mount it on the neckline like so.
If you’re wearing a singlet,
the shoulder straps are a great place to mount a mic.
This is often the best solution
if you’re wearing exercise clothing,
or if you want to get creative,
try mounting the mic underneath a headband or a hat.
Regardless of where you position it,
provided the mic is a foot or less from your mouth,
and does not have clothing rubbing against it,
you should get a nice clear sound.
So that’s how you position your mic.
But what about connecting it to your device?
Well, there are a few different things to consider here.
The first is what type of device
you are going to plug it into.
The second is whether you are going to
plug the microphone in directly
or whether a wireless solution is more appropriate.
Let’s look at the device first.
If you are using a phone or a laptop to make your video,
you would need the RØDE smartLav+.
This has the right kind of connector
to plug directly into your device
without the need for an adapter.
If you’re using a computer,
you will need to select external microphone
as the audio input device in your audio settings.
If the smartLav+ is not long enough
to reach your phone or computer,
you can extend it with the RØDE SC1 cable.
This will give you plenty of room
to move back from your camera and still get great sound.
If you’re using a camera like a DSLR,
you’ll need a lavalier mic with a standard audio connector.
The Lavalier GO is a great choice,
as it’s affordable and really easy to use.
If you need more freedom to move around,
using a wireless system is the best option.
We recommend the Wireless GO,
as it’s compact, affordable, sounds amazing,
and is really easy to use.
Setting this up is very simple.
Slot the receiver, that’s this one, onto your camera
and plug it into the audio input.
Then clip the transmitter, that’s this one,
which has an inbuilt lavalier mic to your chest.
If you’d prefer to use an external lavalier mic
to plug into the Wireless GO transmitter,
use the Lavalier GO, rather than the smartLav+,
as this has the correct connector.
The two different connectors do look very similar.
But an easy hint with RØDE products
is just to look at the colour of the connector.
Grey connectors are for mobile devices
and black is for regular audio and camera equipment.
If you want to use the Wireless GO
with a laptop or mobile device,
this is very easy, but you will need a different cable.
We’ve made another video about how to do this.
Check it out in the link below.
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A final tip.
When using a lavalier outdoors or close to your mouth,
it’s important to use the supplied windshield
to reduce wind noise or plosives.
All RØDE lavalier mics include a form of wind protection,
so we’ve got you covered.
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Clip-On Microphone Review
A clip-on microphone is a device that is designed to be used in conjunction with telephones. These devices have a microphone built into them and they can be clipped onto the end of a telephone cord or on a special clip that fits over the receiver of the phone. This makes it possible for the user to communicate without having to hold the telephone receiver all the time. This feature has been very useful to people who want to communicate using only one hand, but it is also useful for people who need to carry other items with them such as a walkie talkie or other equipment.
Clip-on microphones are usually used for outdoors activities because they are waterproof and usually have some sort of carrying device. When you are out in nature, you will likely want to use your hands most of the time, so you will want something that you can easily carry and attach to your clothing or to a backpack. A traditional microphone will work for most situations, but you might want something a little more versatile if the situation calls for it. A lavalier microphone will work great in this case. Many phones come equipped with clips, so there is really no need to purchase separate devices. If you have a Sony Ericsson mobile phone, for example, it is very easy to find clip-on microphones that you can attach to your phone.
It is a good idea to get a clip-on microphone even if you do not normally use your hands when you are speaking to others. The reason why you would want one of these products is that they give you the ability to be able to speak with ease and your audience will be able to hear your voice clearly. You can use your hands free for many different reasons, but sometimes using your hands frees up your vocal cords to do other things. With a lavalier microphone you can still use your hands to convey your message. Your audience will thank you for taking the time to speak whether or not they hear your voice.
The benefit of a clip-on microphone is that it has the sound recording quality that you would expect from a professional microphone. It does not matter whether you are speaking in front of the mirror or in front of a group of people. The sound will be professional and the volume will not be lost. Because it is digital, you can adjust the volume without having to remove your hands from the microphone. If you need to make any adjustments to the sound, all you need to do is press a button on the remote control. It is that simple and easy to operate.
The final benefit of a clip-on microphone is that they are convenient to carry. Whether you are going to be out and about or you are just running down the street to pick up your coffee, you will never have to worry about losing your lavalier microphone again. You can simply put it in your pocket and carry it around in plain sight. Some people carry it in their briefcase. Others even keep one in their wallet.
These are just a few of the benefits of owning a clip-on microphone. They are convenient and cost effective. They also do not compromise on quality. You can use them anytime and anywhere. So, why not invest in a lavalier microphone today?
Last update on 2021-06-15 / Disclaimer: as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.