Head Worn Mic Placement

Head-worn microphones have gained a ton of popularity, effectively replacing lapel-worn microphones behind the pulpit, and with good reason. Head-worn mics provide better ambient noise reduction, clearer audio, and less movement induced noise than their lapel counterparts. They’re also much more likely stay in place once they’ve been setup.

Now, the best tip I can give you regarding mic placement is to read the manual. This might seem obvious, but manufacturers put a lot of time into building their microphones to work in very specific ways. Reading the manual will help you understand exactly how your specific mic is intended to function, and should give you the best possible insight into placement.

Now, maybe you don’t have a manual, or you tried what the manual said and you’re not happy with the results. Let’s talk about mic placement.

The single most important item in head worn mic placement is getting the end of the boom, where the mic is located, at exactly the right spot.

If you have the mic too far back, the audio will be too quiet and possibly muffled. It you have it too far forward you’ll end up with a lot of popping and sibilance, making it harder to hear your preacher.

Typically the ideal placement for the mic is as far forward as the corner of the mouth, and about 1-half inch above the skin. Once you’ve gotten your mic where you think it should be, have your preacher read a few passages with a variety of sounds. Listen for excessive popping or sibilance (those “essy” sounds) and move the mic back if there’s too much. If your preacher sounds too quiet, or you’re having a hard time getting a good level, move the mic forward a bit.

The other thing you want to avoid is mic placement that can allow the mic to scratch on the face a lot. If your preacher has a full beard you might find that the boom gets caught in the hair while he preaches, creating a scratchy or boomy sound. If that’s the case, you’ll need to bend the boom to go around the beard, but make sure the tip comes right back to that magic point near the mouth.

Getting a great sound out of your preacher can be a bit of a trial-and-error process, so stick with it. And once you get it right, buy a new mic for the next preacher so you don’t have to adjust it the week after a guest speaker.

Well, if you have any more tips regarding head-worn mics, drop those in the forum topic. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel for more tips and checkout our other videos with audio and video tips. For Sermons.io I’m Jeff McFadden. Thanks for watching, I’ll see you next time.

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