Lavalier microphones are useful and convenient pro-audio equipment for broadcasters, public speakers and stage performers. These have attachments that position your microphones for a hands-free operation.
What Are the Two Types of Pro-Audio Lavaliers?
- Wired Lavalier Pro-Audio Microphones.These have wirings and use a clip to attach to your shirt, usually around the collar or on a tie. A transmitter also attaches at the waist or belt to ensure a secure fitting and connection between the mic and your body then towards the audio system.
- Wireless Lavalier Pro-Audio Microphones. These units also clip on, but they do away with the wires. This is more convenient for speakers and performers to use.
What Are Some Good Examples of Lapel Microphones?
Here are just a few options:
- Rode smartLav+. This is a broadcast quality, professional-grade lapel microphone. It features an omnidirectional condenser capsule. This can connect with iOs and Android devices for wireless connections. The size is 4.5mm and uses Kevlar reinforced cables. Use it for film, television, and live broadcast events. This lavalier microphone picks up sounds from all around it so placement is highly flexible.
- Boya BY-WM8. This is a dual channel UHF wireless mic system. Use it for DSLR video coverage. It covers up to 100 metres of range. Adjust mono and stereo and select mic or line input with ease.
- JTS-CM501. This is a uni-directional lavalier microphone. It features a high-quality voice pick-up. It is compact for minimum visibility. It attaches to a shirt or dress easily and securely.
What Are Good Features of Wired and Wireless Collar Microphones?
- Discreet colour and size. Nude or skin tone colours blend well with the speaker or performer's skin and clothing. Black, of course, is a classic and acceptable colour that is less likely to distract an audience.
- Range of connectivity. Big stages require a good range for a clear and uninterrupted audio broadcast. Make sure that the clip-on microphone is well suited to the venue. It is most important for a wireless collar microphone to have an extended range.
- Flexible attachments. Speakers and performers want mobility. Clip-on microphones should give flexibility as to placement. These should be easy to attach and position.
- Lightweight and durable. Price ought to be a lesser consideration. It is wise to invest more money into durable units. Choose lightweight and compact models. These are less of a distraction for speakers and performers during an event.