- 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
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.
Don’t Be Surprised: Prepare Yourself
Don’t be surprised. If you even suspect you might be put on microphone, do what you can to check out the scenario first. Hopefully they will have a sound person monitoring levels. But sometimes it may just have been set up and handed to you. Here are some things you need to do to prepare.
- Practice your vocals beforehand. Sound equipment is not magic. You want to be good without a mic before you start working with one.
- Find some friends with sound systems. Practice working with a microphone and different types of mics. Practice at full volume, softer, and singing. Videotape yourself working with the mic and again walking with it.
- There are different types of microphones. Most hand mics are cardioid, with different types of sensitivity. You might also work with headset mics or lavaliers. Each has advantages and disadvantages. Try to practice with as many as you can.
- Always ask for a sound check and someone to run the board while you are performing if possible. If not possible, have your friends with sound equipment help you learn the basics and how you should sound.
- Any number of things can go wrong with audio. In practice, cut the mic out and practice what you will do when things go wrong. Because Santa is just that cool.
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