Using a Lavalier Microphone
Most commonly used in live sound applications, lavalier microphones allow you to move freely about the stage, without having to worry about becoming entangled with cables. You can use these stereo and specialty mics alone, or coupled with recorders. These devices are versatile choices, with a wide range of creative recording possibilities. Available in both wired and wireless models, these mics work well for various situations that range from live sports transmissions to booming choir performances.
What's a Lavalier Microphone?
Often referred to as a 'lav mic,' a lavalier microphone is a small and discreet audio device that provides a good quality of sound for various purposes, such as speeches, presentations, and live, on-stage performances. It allows for hands-free operation, and it often comes complete with a small clip, so you can easily attach it to a tie, a collar, or another garment. For complete freedom of movement, opt for a wireless model. However, if you want all the precision you can get for your transmission, then a wired lavalier microphone may be a better choice. The latter is also the easiest type to use, and often more convenient that an audio wired shotgun mic. Wired lavalier microphone kits ensure you have everything you need for a live performance.
Types of Lavalier Microphones
The two main types of lavalier microphones are omnidirectional and directional models. Omnidirectional versions can pick up sounds from all angles equally, whereas directional ones focus on a single direction while ignoring all other sounds. Omnidirectional units are optimal choices for most film and video applications, as they don't have to line up with speakers' mouths, and they pick up all sounds equally, no matter where they're coming from. On the other hand, directional versions are suitable for situations when the sound sources are further away, such as on podiums, or for choirs.
Lavalier Microphone Uses
Commonly seen during newscasts and on sports shows when using handheld interview microphones isn't preferred, lavalier mics are also a suitable choice as external microphones for smart devices, for public speaking, and with DSLR cameras. These lapel microphones are also ideal for the following applications:
- Actors and singers
- Narrative motion pictures
- Podcasts productions
- Instructional videos
A lav mic is a suitable device any time you need to discreetly capture audio. These are simple to hide under clothing, and the chest is generally the ideal position for this kind of microphone. It works best when it's about six to eight inches from the mouth.
Whether you're a news broadcaster or stage singer, a lapel microphone can make your job easier with no cables, and and hands-free usage. Check out the selection of standard and USB lavalier microphones at B&H Photo and Video for all your speaking and entertaining needs.