Lapel Mic Placement

Today we’re going to talk about Lapel Mic Placement.

I want to start with my number 1 top tip for Lapel Mic Placement: Get a Head-Worn Mic Instead.

I’m serious, lapel mics are a huge pain, and if there’s any way you can get rid of one, you’re doing yourself a huge service.

Now, I know that some preachers absolutely hate head-worn mics, and sometimes you just have to use the equipment you have because you don’t have any budget for upgrading.

In that case, let’s look at a few things to keep in mind when placing a lapel mic.

First, never, ever, ever, put a lapel mic behind clothing. Unless you’re doing a theater performance you don’t need to be hiding your mic completely, and you will dramatically reduce the quality of your recording by hiding it. So keep that mic on the outer-most layer of clothing at all times.

Second, use everything in your power to keep the mic from moving. A moving lapel mic creates noise when it rubs on the clothing it’s held to, which is a huge distraction to your audience. You can try clips, pins, and even tape. Whatever it takes so that it stays in place.

If you’re experiencing trouble keeping the mic in place, there’s a good chance you don’t have enough slack in the mic wire. If it’s getting tugged while your preacher moves, try adding some slack, and taping the wire down inside his jacket, or even inside the inner fold of his shirt.

Finally, make sure you put the lapel mic as close to mid-chest as possible. Too low and you won’t be able to hear your preacher at all, too high and you’ll really start to affect the frequency response. You want to aim for right around the height of the bottom or middle button if your preacher were wearing a polo shirt. Make sure the mic is pointing straight up toward the speaker’s mouth, and that the tip is not touching his clothing.

By doing your best to position that mic you’ll keep the audio as intelligible as possible, which will help your preacher deliver their messages as clearly as possible.

If you have any other tips about lapel mic placement, drop them in the comments below or in the forums. Remember to subscribe to our channel for more tips and tricks, and checkout for hosting your sermon content. For, I’m Jeff McFadden.

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