- Tips for Working with Microphones
- Tips for Working with Microphones, Part 2
- Tips for Working with Microphones, Part 3
- Tips for Working with Microphones, Part 4
Tips for Working with Microphones for Christmas Performers – Part Two
If you are a Christmas Performer, especially someone who entertains, at some point you are going to end up performing on microphone. Here are some handy tips to keep in mind.
All Mics are Different
All microphones are different. Even handheld microphones. Some will have foam wind covers, some will be wireless, RF (radio), and some will have a cable. Imagine a basketball, a big grapefruit, and tennis ball—this is similar to microphone differences. Some mics will be super-sensitive and pick up anything within a sphere the size of a basketball (usually the really cheap ones). Others will have a sensitivity range about the size of a grapefruit. Others have ranges that are even smaller, closer to the size of tennis ball. Here are some things to look out for.
- Distance: T for Texas. Place your fingers against your mouth, with the index finger to your lips. The distance to your pinky (four fingers away) is the best mic distance, sometimes closer (three or only two fingers away). If you need to have to put the mic at your lips, you need to raise the amplification instead.
- Angle: Suck your Thumb. Go ahead. Bite your nail a bit. See that natural 45 degree angle? That’s the angle your microphone should be tilted from your mouth.
- Grip: Hold the middle of the microphone. If you are working with gloves on, practice with them on. Or make them slightly tacky or look for gloves worn by musicians. It is important to be able to turn the mic off when you are done.
- Relaxed, Consistent: You want your arm to be firm but not stiff, so that it looks natural. Consistency is key. You want your audio to avoid constant adjustment.
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