Using Lavalier Microphones with Recorders

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The built-in microphones on portable digital recorders are great for recording ambient sounds and live music, and their line-level inputs are really handy when you need to connect a mixer. But how about taking advantage of the external microphone input on your recorder? Using tiny lavalier microphones with portable digital recorders opens up a wide range of creative recording possibilities. Check out this article to learn about the interesting things you can do with this gear. 

The wild popularity of portable digital recorders tells us that people really have an active need to create high-quality audio recordings. In order to get the most out of a portable recorder, it's a good idea to learn all of the things you can do with its inputs and outputs. One of the jacks on your portable digital recorder that shouldn't be ignored is its external microphone input.

There are many different kinds of mics that you can plug into a portable digital recorder: handheld mics, shotguns, boundary microphones, but in this article we'll focus on lavalier microphones. Lavaliers are tiny microphones designed to be attached to a person's clothing. The idea behind lavaliers is to supply you with a microphone that's as small and inconspicuous as possible, yet is still capable of capturing great-sounding audio.

When you use a lavalier microphone with a portable digital recorder, it's possible to completely hide both devices from view. This enables you to surreptitiously record high-quality audio to your heart's content. While this is great if you're interested in espionage, it's really exciting if you're into filmmaking.

If you use a portable digital recorder to capture the sound for video and film productions, you can potentially use the recorder and the lavalier microphone as a substitute for a wireless microphone. Now, I don't want to confuse you. A portable digital recorder and a lav mic cannot transmit their signal wirelessly. But, if you're mindful of a few operational guidelines, they make an affordable substitute for a wireless system.

An Edirol R-09HR portable digital recorder tucked inside a Neopax Standard Waist Belt

When you use a portable digital recorder to capture the sound for a video production, the sound files and the video files are recorded completely independently. They're not synced together until they're brought into the video-editing software in post production. When you record the sound separately from the video, it's called "shooting double system." For more information about using a portable digital recorder in a video shoot, check out this B&H Insights article.

Because the portable digital recorder is used independently, away from the camera, it can be hidden in the on-camera talent's clothing. When you use a lavalier microphone with the portable digital recorder, you can attach it to the on-camera subject just as you would attach a wireless beltpack transmitter. Instead of transmitting the microphone signal wirelessly back to the camera, the audio is just being recorded on the portable digital recorder.

One of the main guidelines that you must adhere to when you work this way is to always double-check the settings on the portable digital recorder as you work. The little buttons and switches on the recorder can sometimes accidentally get changed. You also need to always make sure that the recorder is, in fact, recording. It's a good idea to frequently play back and listen to the files that you're recording on the portable digital recorder. You need to make sure that the audio levels sound good and that the lavalier microphone isn't picking up any clothing rustle or wind noise. If you fail to follow these workflow guidelines, you could potentially end up with distorted audio—or no audio at all.

The Zoom H4n digital recorder with a Tram TR50 lavalier microphone

The kind of lavalier microphone that's compatible with your recorder depends on what kind of external microphone input is on your recorder. Many compact portable digital recorders (like the Zoom H1) feature a 3.5mm mini-plug microphone input. Other recorders (like the Marantz  PMD661) feature professional XLR inputs. The Zoom H4n (pictured above) features dual XLR inputs and a 3.5mm mini-plug microphone input.


Mini-Plug Lavalier Microphones

If your recorder has a 3.5mm mini-plug input, one affordable option is the Pearstone OLM-10 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone. It comes with a tie clip, a foam windscreen, an 1/8" to 1/4" adapter and an LR44 battery. The battery is required for operation and replacement batteries are readily available at B&H when you need them. And speaking of replacements, we also sell replacement tie clips—in case your talent accidentally loses one.


Another good 3.5mm mini-plug lavalier microphone is the Sony ECM-CS10. The ECM-CS10 is a stereo microphone, which means it can double as a good mic to record live music and environmental ambiance. It doesn't require a battery to operate, but it does require "Plug-In Power" from the microphone input. Plug-In Power is a small electrical charge supplied by the device into which the mic is plugged. Most portable digital recorders supply Plug-In Power through their 3.5mm external microphone input.


Have you ever dreamed of making awesome recordings of live music, without anyone knowing? Musicians tend to play differently when they see microphones and recording devices rolling away. With the portable digital recorder neatly hidden under your coat, all you need is a pair of great-sounding stereo mics to clip to your collar. If you own a portable digital recorder with a mini-plug mic input, the stereo microphone you need to do this is the Microphone Madness BSM-7. With the dual lavaliers of the BSM-7 positioned in a strategic place on your clothing, you'll be able to make high-quality stereo recordings of live music and the world around you.


XLR Lavalier Microphones

XLR microphone inputs offer a richer sound quality than 3.5mm mini-plug inputs. There are also higher-quality lavalier microphones available for portable digital recorders with XLR inputs. A good sounding lavalier that's relatively inexpensive is the Audio Technica AT899. The microphone itself is very compact, and it comes with a number of different clips that give you many options for how to attach the microphone to different kinds of garments. The AT899 can be powered by a AA battery or by phantom power.


The Tram TR50 is a lavalier microphone that's relatively easy to hide, yet still provides broadcast-quality audio. It's easier to hide because the microphone itself is flat and square. A good assortment of clips is included to give you options for attaching it to your subject. It can run on phantom power, or from a compact LR44 battery. Even though the battery it uses is compact, the barrel that connects the microphone to the recorder is still substantial in size. Being able to hide the portable recorder and the barrel connector of the lavalier mic is something you should take into consideration when connecting any XLR lavalier to a portable digital recorder. The TR50 is also available in white, tan and gray.


If you're looking for the best sound quality possible, a good choice is the Sanken COS11. The COS11 can run on a AA battery (which is included) or phantom power to operate. Some people find its longer, cylindrical microphone head a little more challenging to hide under a subject's clothing. The COS11 is one of the most commonly used lavalier microphones in broadcast and film production. It's also available in beige, gray and white.



You really need to protect the microphone from wind noise the moment you step outdoors with a lavalier. It doesn't matter if you're using an XLR or a mini-plug microphone—even a gentle breeze can distort your audio. The foam windscreens that come with these microphones don't provide enough protection for outdoor use. You need to step things up with a furry windscreen.

One good option is to pick up a Pearstone Fuzzy Windjammer. This is essentially a tiny ball of fluff that covers your lavalier microphone. The idea is that you put the foam windscreen that came with your lavalier microphone on, and then you pull the Pearstone Fuzzy Windjammer over the foam. The fuzz on the Windjammer diffuses the wind noise, allowing you to use the lavalier in normal to heavy winds.

Another option is to use Rycote Overcovers. Think of these as a disposable version of the Pearstone Fuzzy Windjammer. The Overcovers come with 30 double-sided sticky pads. What you do is attach one side of the pad to your subject's clothing. On the other side you stick the microphone. Then you cover the rest of the exposed area around the mic with a small ball of fluff (the Overcovers come with several black, white and grey fluff balls). The advantage of the Overcovers is that if you accidentally lose one of the fluff balls (which are susceptible to blowing away in the wind), you just grab another one.

The Overcovers do a great job of cutting down wind noise, but they do an even better job of cutting down clothing rustle. Even if you're working indoors away from the weather, Overcovers still come in very handy when you need to hide a lavalier microphone under the clothing of your subject. Hiding the lavalier so that you don't pick up clothing rustle is very tricky. When you mount the microphone under someone's clothes with a double-sided sticky pad and a fluff ball, your odds of success are much higher.

I hope you learned a thing or two from this article! If you have any more questions about lavalier microphones, portable digital recorders, or little balls of fluff, we encourage you to post them in the Comments section.

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Hi there,  I am looking for a entry level portable A/V recording system to record CE events.

I need something that is small, and that I will be able to post on a website for future access.  It was suggested for me to look into lapel microphone that can plug into a llaptop... with a video camera pluged in as well along with blue tooth speakers.  Is there an all in one system that might be able to do this? Or do you have a suggestion on what might work for these needs?  Thank you

Hi Michelle - 

So you will be tethered directly to the laptop during these events?   Consider:

Optimized for musicians, performers, and content creators, the Zoom Q4n Handy Video Recorder is a compact camera that combines higher-than-HD 2304x1296 video recording with Zoom's high-quality audio capture technology. It features a wide-angle 160° lens to capture the entire scene or stage and offers ten scene presets to adapt to various lighting conditions/environments. On the audio side, the Q4 features pop-up 120° microphones that can be configured in either A/B or X/Y configurations to capture live studio performances, concerts, or solo jam sessions. You can even use the Q4n as a stand-alone audio recorder, with audio saved in either uncompressed WAV (up to 24-bit / 96 kHz) or compressed AAC formats.  A USB port lets you connect the Q4n to your computer or iPad (using an optional iPad camera connection kit) for use as a webcam or USB microphone. You can also stream live, transfer recordings, and recharge the included lithium-ion battery. A separately-available AC adapter is also available for battery charging.

Designed for recording interviews, the OLM-20 Dual Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone from Polsen is comprised of two of the well-received OLM-10 omnidirectional lavalier microphones. It terminates in a single 1/8" stereo connector, with each microphone recording to a discrete channel on your DSLR, camcorder, or audio recorder with a microphone input. Not limited to just interview applications, the OLM-20 can be used for presentations, podcasts, webcasts, or any situation where more than one subject needs to be recorded.

The OLM-20's dual electret condenser capsules are designed to deliver clear and natural sound, with their omnidirectional polar pattern providing off-axis response, even if the subject turns their head while talking. Both mics offer low sensitivity to wind and handling noise, as well as vocal plosives.

Thanks to its battery-operated design, the OLM-20 can be used with any camera or recorder that supports a 1/8" stereo mic level input, without the need for additional equipment or adapters. Each microphone records to a discrete channel, and the microphones themselves are labeled left and right. Its 13.5' cable provides 10' of distance between each microphone for comfortable placement, while the included tie clips allow for hands-free use.

Stream music wirelessly with the Boombox+ Bluetooth Wireless Speaker from SHARKK. Equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, this speaker can receive and play music from any compatible device up to 33' away. It also has NFC, which lets you tap any NFC-enabled device to the top of the speaker to pair. Two 10W drivers with SHARKK's Advanced MaxxBass technology pump out the sound. The Boombox+ features a 3.5mm port so you can connect it to an external media device.

In addition to playing music, the SHARKK Boombox+ also enables you to make and receive phone calls with its built-in microphone. Its light sensors automatically illuminate control buttons in dark or dimly lit rooms. Additionally, the Boombox has a rechargeable 4400mAh Li-ion battery that lasts up to 12 hours on a full charge and LED battery indicators to let you know when it needs to be plugged in.

My wife is creating a YouTube channel, and I'm trying to help her get her audio quality up.  The format is generally a panel discussion with 2-5 people.  I want to get lavalier microphones for her, but don't know the first thing about how to record with that number of microphones.  Will I need a mixer or any other equipment?  Please help.

Hi Jared - 

You will need a microphone mixer, for sure. Will you be using a video camcorder with XLR inputs?

The Soundcraft EPM Series provides a straight-forward, yet professional alternative to complex audio mixers. Constructed in a 6-, 8- or 12-channel chassis, the EPM mixers are well-suited for recording and sound reinforcement applications.

The EPM 6 features 6 mono and 2 stereo input channels providing the flexibility needed to accommodate the recording studio, venue or touring musician. All mono inputs feature 1/4" phone line and balanced XLR microphone inputs. The famed GB30 microphone preamps provide the quiet, detailed signal synonymous with Soundcraft's large FOH consoles. The stereo inputs provide L/R 1/4" phone connections and are ideal for connecting stereo devices such as keyboards, returning effects, etc.

The EQ section features a sweepable mid-range on all mono channels and provides smooth frequency contouring. Inserts on all mono channels and stereo output enable signal routing to external signal processors. The compact profile, rich sound quality and flexibility of the EPM Series provides everything necessary for use in project recording, video editing, night clubs, bars, meeting halls, houses-of-worship, and more.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS;

  • 6 Mono & 2 Stereo Input Channels
  • 6x GB30 Microphone Preamplifiers
  • Recording and Live Sound Audio Console
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I need to buy portable equiment for doing face to face interviews. I want to use something along the lines of 2 lavalier mics (one for me and one for the interviewee) with a Zoom type of stereo recording device. But I am a total sound novice. I want something that will sound polished enough to share online in a podcast, but won't have too many feautres I won't ever use. I was thinking of the Zoom H4N but I dont even know where the lavalier mics would plug into it, and was thinking maybe it is too much for my needs? Can you suggest a nice little gear set up for my needs? Thanks. 

Hi Alison - 

This combination should work well for you:

The blue H1 Handy Recorder from Zoom is an easy-to-use, versatile stereo digital audio recorder that fits into the palm of your hand. Following in the footsteps of the popular H2 and H4n, the H1 brings pro-level recording to a more compact and affordable design. Perfect for musicians, journalists, podcasters, and more, the H1 records high-quality WAV and MP3 files to meet any professional need. The H1 has a stereo X/Y microphone configuration that captures perfect stereo images. A built-in speaker lets you listen to your recordings right away.

Designed for recording interviews, the OLM-20 Dual Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone from Polsen is comprised of two of the well-received OLM-10 omnidirectional lavalier microphones. It terminates in a single 1/8" stereo connector, with each microphone recording to a discrete channel on your DSLR, camcorder, or audio recorder with a microphone input. Not limited to just interview applications, the OLM-20 can be used for presentations, podcasts, webcasts, or any situation where more than one subject needs to be recorded.

The OLM-20's dual electret condenser capsules are designed to deliver clear and natural sound, with their omnidirectional polar pattern providing off-axis response, even if the subject turns their head while talking. Both mics offer low sensitivity to wind and handling noise, as well as vocal plosives.

When I plug a 3.5mm lavalier with a 1/4" adapter into the XLR ports, I don't get any signal. I want to get lavalier AND built-in x/y mic audio together when I turn on 4-channel mode. How can I do this (with my existing lavalier)? I've tried two lavaliers — one with a battery and one without. No luck.

Hi Gabriel - 

Combo ports are typically for MiC/LINE.  When using a mic in these ports it should be an XLR connector. 

Please contact us via e-mail describing in detail the products you are connecting.  Please include brands and model numbers.:  AskBH@BandH.com

I am heading into the Wedding Videography business and wondered whether the Rode Smartlav + with an ipod experiences much interference with other phones in the area. I'm really conscious of audio being ruined by this. If there is a better solution at a decent price then please let me know..

Thanks

Miles

i'm not sure about ipod - never used one with the rode mic, but I can say that connected to a Zoom H1, you'll have no issues. Maybe a good idea to make sure the grooms mobile isn't in the same pocket as the rode, but other than that precaution, we have no issues with interference using the rode smartlav + 

Suggestion about what to buy please. Technology is not my speciality. I want to easily record good quality hypnosis and meditation sessions that may have background music (often recorded during a session with the client) that I can send to clients or sell. I also want the same device to be wireless so I can be moving and doing yoga sessions with a client and recording my voice over and bakground music for clients to take home to cue them for their home practice and to sell too (perhaps just as the voice cues or later attached to our VC for live recordings with picture too). Getting a bit stuck deciding what to buy that suits both purposes. Thanks

Hi Kirsty - 

It sounds to me like you are looking for a portable audio recorder.  For wireless, you would need to add a wireless headset or lavalier microphone.

 Allowing you to record 4 tracks of audio simultaneously while providing Wi-Fi enabled transport control and file sharing, the DR-44WL Portable Audio Recorder with Wi-Fi from Tascam features a built-in XY stereo microphone and dual combo XLR inputs, and is capable of tracking in up to 24-bit/96 kHz resolution. Thanks to its built-in Wi-Fi, which requires no external network, you can control all transport functions via a free iOS and Android app. Additionally, you can use the built-in Wi-Fi to stream playback to your mobile device, as well as transfer files directly to your smart device or computer, for quick upload to social media. 

Please send us an e-mail to discuss microphone selection:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hello. I have used an Zoom H5 and liked it. I'm planning on getting another one.  I'm looking for a lavalier cardioiid microphone to use with it as an external mic. Is it possible to get one that doesn't require an XLR cable to make the mic compatible with the recorder? I'm going to use it for recording interviews. There's no need for concealment, but it does need to be a lavalier mic rather than something bigger. Thanks!

Hello! I have a Tram TR50 with the built-in 3-pin XLR connector and a Tascam DR-70D. With 48V phantom power set on the recorder, I still can't seem to get my levels past about -24dB. Is there something I'm missing here? I've tried with either phantom power turned on or alternatively with the battery in the mic.

Hi there,

I have a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and am looking to start filming some interviews. Because the presenter and guest will be seated in the same vicinity for every shot, I don't need to worry about it being wireless. I plan on running the mics to the audio interface out of shot.

Do you know if I can make the Rode SmartLav+ work with an interface? Do you have any other suggestions of mics I can research?

Thanks.

Hi Leigh -

The Rode SmartLav is designed specifically for compatability with iOS devices. Using a series of adapter to conect to your interface is not recommended. It sounds like you can use the Audio Technica AT899Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Almost exactly the same deal here - Scarlett 2i2 and iRig Lav mics intended for iPhone but since I have them I thought I'd use them in the studio too and have a more consitent sound.  I'm used to making leads so I have bought a TRRS socket and an XLR plug.  If I tag an unbalanced Shure SM57 clone onto the bare wires coming off the XLR it works but NOTHING I do with the iRig makes a sound.  The only possible solution I can see is that the Scarlett doesnt have enough gain for these tiny mics but I'd appreciate any advice from anyone who knows better.

I think I've solved it - the iRig at least is a small condesnor mic that requires a small voltage to work known as 'plug in power' which is supplied by PC's and smart phones but not the Scarlett. Not to be confused with 48v phantom power. So unless you start rigging up some power it'll never work.

Hi Chris -

Although we cannot suggest  any "mods" you are on the right track Chris.

i have lav mic that has a xlr port, if i connect it directly to nexfs700 camera it works fine and perfect, but it never works on my zoomh4n. please any advice or help to rectify this?

Hi Olalude -

You may need to switch ON the Zoom H4n's phantom power.

I purchased the Canon70d and the Sennheiser G3 wireless. Will an H5n recorder give me a better audio quality than plugging the receiver directly into the 70d? 

Hi Gloria -

If you go with this kind of work-flow, you will not believe how incredible the difference is.

I'm curious if the quality of the digital recorder matters if I'm using an external mic? I want to record for a podcast (so no video) outdoors with lav mics and digital recorders. Am I best to invest my money in some decent quality lav mics and overcovers and go cheap on the digital recorders?

I bought a Zoom H4n but then realized it's too big and actually does more than I need it to.Would a super cheap RCA digital recorder work for my purposes or is there an advantage to pricier models?

Thanks,

Brian

Hi Brian - 

The quality of the recorder's pre-amps and D/A converters is very important.  Any internal component that the audio signal pasess through is critical to the recorded sound.  You get what you pay for - always

I started my outside recording with an Audio-technica ATR3350 mic and a Zoom H1 recorder. Unfortunately the mic only lasted a few trips and no longer works reliably.  I then started using a lav mic that came with a Polar Pro mic I use mounted on my camera.  Whilst this lav mic can work really well it does have a tendancy to record horrendous noise caused by the cable moving in the area it directly leaves the moulded 3.5 jack. Have you experienced the same problems with 3.5 moulded jack/cables on lav mics.

This can be a common problem with any lav mic depending on use. The area where the cable connects to the belt pack receiver is subject to a lot of wear and tear from the subject moving around and putting stress on that part of the cable. Some mics hold up better than others depending on the type of connector they use. The molded type break the easiest.
Also when put in storage, never wrap the cable around the belt pack. This causes a lot of stress on that part of cable as well.

Hi, I bought you two  Pearstone OLM-10 (one single and other double) and a Zoom H5 Recorder to be used together. Its supposed that just plug and use it, but nothing happend.

I have no audio signal into the recorder, from any input. Seems some kind of technical problem from the mics, but is strange to my that both could be defective.

Do you have any idea of this kind of issues?
Thanks for your support.

Hi Matías -

Double check to make sure you have fresh batteries in the microphones and that the 3.5mm input is switched to MIC level.  Check your input gain levels as well.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hello! Thanks for this interesting article with so much details and options.

Now Im having trouble deciding what to buy. I need to record at least 2 people using lavalier mics on the field. Mostly for interviews and educational videos, but I cant be limited by power connection cords or having to carry multiple harware (interface, mixer, PC, etc).

I understand I can connect 2 lavalier mics into the 2 XLR plugs on the Zoom H4N and record on separate channels, is that right? This mics would need to have at least a 1,5 mts long cable so the subjects may stand a couple feet away from each other with the Zoom in the middle of them and not be playing "tug a war" with the cables!

Would you recommend instead getting 2 separate and simpler/smaller Zoom recorders, each with its own lavalier mic (XLR or mini plug?!)?

Or do you have any other ideas?

I appreciate very mmuch the attention and support! 

Hi Marcos -

Keep it simple - one recorder with two mics. Using wireless lavaliers would give your subjects the mobility and freedom  without  tethering cables.

Sony UWP-D11 Integrated Digital Wireless Bodypack Lavalier Microphone System

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can i use sennheiser me-2 lavanier with zoom h1 ? will be there any issue ?

Hi Vibhu -

The issue may be the connector on the ME-2.  It has a locking collar designed to fir Sennheiser wireless bodypacks only.  This is a better choice:

The black EMW Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for Digital Recorders from Countryman features a 3.5mm connector wired for use with a variety of digital recorders. Its capsule is designed to produce low rubbing noise when clipped to your shirt while providing a uniform omnidirectional pattern over a broad range of frequencies. The mic is tuned with a 6dB boost between 2 and 15kHz to provide clarity for vocals. The EMW has a Kevlar cable and a moisture resistant design that allows it to be used near water or in intense weather. It can be used as a mic for digital recorders for film or broadcast production.

Compatibility

  • Olympus DS-40, DS-51, DS-61, DS-71, DS-2400, DM-420, DM-520, DM-620 digital recorders
  • Roland/Edirol R05, R09HR digital recorders
  • Zoom/Samson H1, H2, H4 digital recorders (if plug-in-power is used)
  • Sony PCM-M10, PCM-D50 digital recorders
  • Tascam DR-08, PR-10 digital recorders
  • Yamaha C24, W24 Pocketrak digital recorders

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Hi,

I asked a comment on the site earlier on but I can't find it now.

I was asking about audio blowing out using an iphone and a RODE lavalier mic.  When I record my fitness routines etc. it seems if my voice is too loud, it blows the sound out and loses all contrast.  Is this an aspect of levalier mics or of the iphone which cannot change the recording levels?

This is a sample video where the above is happening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UEaI1diB0s

I wonder if a Zoom H1 would sort this issue out or whether I would need to purchase a new, more expensive levalier mic such as the sennheiser ME2 in order to resolve this audio blow-out issue?

Thanks and looking forward to your response.

Richard

It seems to be the case that you need to adjust the sensitivity on your iPhone audio App. The microphone is experiencing volume overload in consequence; the capsule is muting the circuit in order to prevent damage to the condenser element.

Adjusting your levels before recording while wearing headphones for monitoring should fix this isue.

NOTE: You will experience the same issue with a protable recorder like the Zoom H1.

Thanks Yossi for your reply.

I downloaded an alternative app, called TASCAM PCM Recorder, which allows me to adjust the mic in level.  This does help a little bit, but at the loudest parts in my voice the top level does 'blow out' and become distorted.

Is this a microphone quality issue, and will a more expensive mic be able to process higher, more 'forceful' levels of volume directed into it, or is this an inherent issue with lavalier mics and would I need a shotgun mic or other type to prevent this type of distortion at the louder ranges of my voice?

Thanks

Richard

Hi Richard -

You could try wrapping the lavalier you have now.  There are few choices for alternative microphones compatible with an iPhone. An adapter would be required.  A Sennheiser ME-2 mic would offer substantially better headroom than the RODE smartLav - so that might be the best way to go if you already own one or have access to one.  A shotgun placed a few feet from your mouth should remedy the issue as well.

Sennheiser ME 2 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone

Rycote - Furry Lavalier Windjammer

Sescom - iPhone / iPod / iPad 3.5mm TRRS to 3.5mm Mic Jack & 3.5mm Monitor Jack

Rycote - Undercover - Lavalier Wind Cover

Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Mic & DeadCat VMP Wind Muff Kit

Rode - Micro Boompole - 3-Section Boom Pole

Rode - Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Cable - 10'

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For example... Would the Sennheiser ME 2 have a wider range and therefore improve the pickup quality?

Or do I need to go down the route of putting barriers between the mic and the voice - as in the suggested overcovers and windjammers?

Thanks again

Richard

Hi Richard -

You may need to experiment with either solution.  As I replied earlier the ME-2 lav mic offers substantially better headroom so that distortion is less probable at higher vocal volume levels. 

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

I'm interested in connecting two Sennheiser ME 3-EW microphones to the 3.5mm input on a Zoom H4n. Could I use a regular stereo to mono adaptor directly with these mics (assuming they work with the Sennheiser 3.5mm locking mechanism) to power them and to record the two on separate channels? Or do I need to use the Sennheiser MZA 900 P with a Unbalanced Stereo Breakout Cable, 2 XLR3F to 3.5mm?

I have 2 other xlr mics in the xlr port and want to record 4 separate channels. Thanks!

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Hi Don-

The recorder will not supply the correct amount of voltage (from the mini input), so use the MZA accessorries.   But the MZA needs to be connected to the H4n's XLR inputs for phantom power.  The breakout cable is superfluous.

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Hi, I.own the Zoom h1 and am trying to figure out if the microphone built in to the Zoom will also work if I use an external microphone? I use the Zoom primarily for ghost hunting and need to be able to have the Zoom close to a speaker, ghost box or for evp's, as well as being able to record my voice at the same time. When I move the Zoom.away from the speaker.to record me asking questions I am losing any sounds that may come through the speaker. I apologize for not explaining this properly as the Zoom is a newer tool for me.Basically I want to be able to record sound from both the built in mic as well as the external mic. Is this even possible? Thank you.

Hi Terri -

The Zoom H1's built-in microphones are bypassed and not active when an external microphone is connected.

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Hello, what is considered more proffesional or better to record with sound quality,  a recorder or a smart phone?

thanks

Hi Adolfo -

A quality audio recorder will typically offer better built-in mics, filters, file management tools, frequency response, bit rate, and sampling.  All of its electronics and resources are designed to complement recording and playback.  The same cannot be said for even the most sophisticated smartphone.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hello,

I have a couple of Oaklahoma wired lavs and a Tascam DR60 purchased from B&H. There was no data sheet shipped with the Lavs, so I have no idea if they require phantom power. I expect they do, as there is no place to insert a battery. But I don't want to blow a mic by trying to power it for a test. No power and it doesn't pick anything up. Can you confirm that this mic requires phantom? 

Hi James -

Please send us your B&H order number to the e-mail below.  We will be happy to check out your current gear and advise.

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Hi ,  I am looking for 2 pcs of Lavalier Mic with recording facility- can you please quote me 

Sybu Thomas

Omnix International LLC

Promedia Division

Dubai - U.A.E Mob: 00971 50 8410249,  e-mail: sybu@omnix.ae

Hi Sybu -

Most lavalier microphones may be used for recording depending upon the nature of the recording project and the device that the microphones will be connected to.  Please e-mail us at the address listed below with more details.

Please contact us via e-mail if you have additional questions:  AskBH@BandH.com

Hey there! Great stuff. I am looking for a way to record multiple people using lapel-style mics like the ones above, and having them record at the same time for a dialogue. Would you be able to help me out with that? Thanks! 

Hi Nate -

It really depends what you are connecting the mics to and your budget range.  Here's a simple mixer solution for small consumer grade recorders and cameras:

The Rolls MX41B is a compact utility mixer used to expand inputs on a console, mix CD players, consumer audio gear, computers, etc. This simple, compact mixer features four 1/4" phone and 1/8" mini inputs with level fader controls. The rear features stereo 1/4" outputs for feeding an amplifier, additional mixer, etc. The MX41B requires no external power, making it an ideal solution for indoor and field use.

Four input channels with 1/4" and 1/8" connections
Level control on each input
No external or battery power required

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