How To Use a Lapel Mic To Get Great Audio for Video

HOW TO USE LAPEL MIC

WHY USE A LAPEL MIC?

The lapel mic gets a bad rep in the video world. They scratch up against clothing and sound inconsistent in so situations. But it doesn’t have to be bad. You can learn everything you need to master the lapel mic and make great audio for your videos.

Ok, I’m going to level with you. I watch a lot of videos. A lot. The best ones are great. Some of them though… let’s just say, “They gave it a good shot.”

Getting a video to look right is only half the problem though. A great video with bad audio will always feel cheap. Worse, though, is when you can’t even hear what is being said. This is just awful, especially when it’s someone trying to teach something.

You already know this, right?!

So a lot of people get a mic and try to work some aural magic. It’s a good move. But just getting a mic isn’t enough. You need to get the right mic for the job and know how to use it.

Enter the lapel mic (stage left).

Lapel mics are great for when you need your hands-free, you’re moving around, and/or want to eliminate room noise. And the best thing about lapel mics, there’s very little difference between an inexpensive one and a costly one.

In this video, I explain the difference between using a lapel mic, an on-camera mic, and a professional recorder. I’ll also tell you how to use a lapel the right way. Check it out.

LAPEL MIC TECHNIQUE

So here’s what you need to know. The best place to put a lapel mic is right at the base of your sternum. You can even wear it underneath your shirt like an undercover cop. In fact, that’s probably better than clipping it onto your shirt.

Make sure to place it far enough away so that when you turn your head and change the blocking, that it doesn’t change the volume. Also, make sure that is can be heard clearly. Sometimes a think shirt or a sweater will muffle the sound.

For the video, I used a simply lapel mic connected to my iPhone. Really. The mic cost me $20 from Amazon, but pretty much all lapel mics are alike enough that you can use almost anyone you can find.

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Author: Conrad