A microphone is considered as a tool to amplify your voice, not a substitute for good vocal expression. There is a number of benefits as to why one must go for buying a lapel microphone. Mostly everyone uses a lapel microphone mainly for two very basic reasons.
1) To produce better consistent sound quality
2) To be hands-FREE in operation
Before buying any lapel microphone, there are some qualities that one need to look into. Some of them are mentioned below.
- Mic body – Steel or plastic
You get what you pay for is pretty much true with lapel microphones as it is with everything. For the most part – steel with alkaline and acid protection is the better option.
- Omni Direction
What sort of pick-up response of sound do you want? A 360-degree omnidirectional pic-up which picks up sound from all directions at first might sound ideal for many applications for a lapel microphone.
However, the mic is worn on the body and it will mean body and clothing noise of the wearer will be added to all the sound transmitted or recorded. It will also pick-up surround sound which may be an unwanted inclusion in an interview or self-record situation for example.
A unidirectional mic on the other hand will largely avoid body, clothing and surround sounds as it is designed to pick up sound principally from the front and to a decreasing degree, sound from the sides of the mic proving to be a much better design for many recording situations.
- Frequency range: 20-20 kHz
The frequency response curve illustrates the microphone’s ability to transform acoustic energy into electric signals and whether it will do so faithfully or will introduce colouration. The frequency range of a microphone only gives you a rough indication of which frequency range (or area) that the microphone will be able to reproduce sound within a given tolerance. Try to buy a lapel microphone with a frequency range of 20-20 kHz enables good ‘roll-off and cut-off points ‘which effectively means that it maintains its sound quality at both ends of the frequency spectrum.
- Mic Clips – Wire Clips (Steel, Plastic) Strength – Longevity – Durability?
Like the MIC body, a strong steel clip steel that proves to be durable over time is generally the better option in order to buy a lapel microphone. A mic clip is essential and a wire clip is an ideal inclusion as it easily tidies the lower end of the wire and presents a professional image for camera work.
- Plug type
Before you go for buying a lapel microphone do not forget to check the plug type that is it compatible with Android, iPhone or windows. Mic plugs come in many forms however the 3.5mm plugs are generally wired for three different types of systems or standards. The Apple standard – the Android standard and the standard used by many cameras and computers. It means that without a Smart Conversion Adaptor Cable – an Apple Standard will not work in an Android device and Android Standard will not work in an Apple device and similarly the same with most cameras and computers.