When organizing an event, almost nothing is as important is making sure the sound is properly set up. Not just for live music events but workshops, seminars, graduation events or celebrations where there are speeches, lectures or ceremonies. Microphones are a must when it comes to communication with your event’s audience so it’s crucial that you understand the different types of microphones you can use for your event and know which one to choose. Today we give you insight on what the different event microphones are and when you should consider using them.
Handheld Wireless Microphones
Handheld dynamic wireless microphones are often inexpensive, durable and easy to use. These microphones are most commonly used by singers, masters of ceremony and comedians and are universally recognizable. Depending on how much movement and activity there will be during the event, this may be the best option. If the speakers or performers will be moving a lot, need their hands or prefer to be hands-free then this would not be the best option but often it is the best microphone to get the job done.
Lavalier microphones, also known as, lav, lapel or clip-on microphones, are wireless and very small microphones that can clip onto clothing. These are most commonly used by public speakers, leaders at houses of worship, stage performers and in interviews. These are also a fantastic option that provide immense mobility for performers and speakers at events. It is important to keep in mind that due to the reduced size of the mic, the quality may suffer a little but the increased mobility often makes up for it. These can also be a bit more pricey depending on the brand you decide to go with.
The countryman is very similar to a normal lavalier microphone as it is also a clip-on mic. The main difference is that the countryman microphone is much smaller, lightweight, comfortable and produce better sound quality. Since these mics are moisture resistant, you can even put them onto your bare skin or hair allowing for more versatility when choosing where to place the mic. Also, since they have an omnidirectional polar pattern they can better handle noise from movement, wind and popping noises compared to typical lavalier mics or handheld mics. Overall, these are the highest quality wireless mics you can use if you have the budget.
Fitness Headset Mic
You’ve probably seen these before at the gym or through a fitness program on TV. This type of microphone is most often used by personal trainers or fitness instructors due to the fact that they can handle extreme moisture, movement and prevent humidity damage with moisture repellent hydrophobic fiber. These are best if your event involves lots of physical movement or exposure to moisture for the speakers/performers. Consider carefully whether this is the best choice for your event as often it won’t be. It all depends on what you will need to use the mic for.
There are more aspects of microphones we did not delve into on this blog post such as the difference between cardioid and omnidirectional microphones or how a microphone’s diaphragm size affects noise sensitivity because that isn’t as important for you to understand compared to these baseline concepts. Basically, we didn’t mention all the details on how the microphone takes in sound and from what directions, you can often find this information under the description of different microphones you may be considering. Think carefully about what type of microphones would be best for your event and be sure to hire a great A/V rental company that can educate you on the microphones, set them up well and create a great overall experience for you and your event attendees.