Sound Advice: How to use a microphone

Using a microphone may seem like a simple task at first glance, but it's not.

Before you commit a blooper on stage, learn how to use a microphone properly. One of the most basic mistakes people make is to use any microphone lying around.

There are different types of microphones and it helps to know how a microphone works

The microphone is a vital part of an overall sound system and can easily make or break the system.

The most important thing is to get the distance right. Try place the microphone close to the sound source, but not too close or else you may experience distortion.

It often happens that a speaker will put his/hers mouth too close to the microphone. Hold it about 3 to 5 centimetres from your mouth.

A microphone has switch on the side. when the switch is down the microphone is off. To switch it on push the switch all the way to the top.

Speak loud enough to hear yourself over the speakers.

Do not point a microphone towards a speaker as it causes feedback. Feedback also occurs when you grasp a microphone too near the top.

Do not put a microphone down without switching it off.

Mount your microphone properly to achieve the best sound quality. It must be correctly positioned, face the right direction and care should be taken that it won't get knocked over or damaged.

Also, try to ensure it can be repositioned if necessary and protect it from unwanted sound sources.Pay attention to how you lay the cables so that people don't trip over them.

If you need to be able to listen and talk, use a headset. A Headset is also ideal for when you need to move around and use your hands.

Another option is to use a Lavalier, also known as a lapel mic or lav, attached to your clothes - preferrably on the lapel.

This cuts out the need for microphone technique.

You can hire quality microphones at reasonable prices from Party Pro.