Best Tip to Record Better Sound for Vloggers

iRig Microphone Lav box

If the sound on your vlog seems far away or has an echo, the best tip is getting the microphone closer to your mouth when speaking. This is what separates the professional quality video from the amateur. When you hold up your phone or camera at arm’s length away, the built-in microphone records your voice but it also captures the other noises in the room too. Having the mic closer to the person speaking makes them easier to understand and even helps when recording in noisy environments.

iRig lav microphone

Whether you’re doing Facebook Live, Instagram Stories, Snapchat or YouTube, this will take your video to the next level. I recommend getting a wired lavalier microphone that you can plug into the headphone jack on your phone and clip on your shirt or blouse. It puts the mic right where it needs to be which is in the middle of your chest near your sternum. The mic is usually just out of the camera’s view and people don’t even know you’re wearing it but it sounds so much better. There are a number of companies that make wired mics but the one I bought is from IK Multimedia called the iRig Mic lav.  A lav or lavaliere mic is a small microphone that clips onto your clothing.

iRig Lav Microphone Carrying Case

It comes in a little carrying case and has a small foam windscreen that fits over the end to help with breath noises and light breezes if you’re outside. You can even buy a two-pack microphone set and add an additional mic. This allows two people to connect their microphones to the same phone at the same time.

iRig lav mic clipped to shirt

For a more professional sound on your live or recorded vlog, get the microphone close to the person speaking with a wired lav mic. If you have questions on more ways to make your videos more professional, please email me. Happy recording!

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Lavalier Mic Etiquette

On-set it’s the sound guy or gal’s responsibility to mic the talent. Many location sound recordists use both a lav and boom mic at the same time as a backup. If you’re not using a boom then you will definitely need to wire the talent with a lavaliere mic, lav for short.  If you’re only using a boom mic, the type of shots your director of photography will be getting, such as wide shots, may show the boom mic on camera. Depending on the type of productions you do, many of you will be dealing with a professional actor or actress. Otherwise, it may be someone who has never before worn a wireless microphone.

Feed the mic down the front of the shirt
Tell the talent exactly what you’re doing at all times

Putting a lav mic on someone can be uncomfortable. Think about it, you walk up to a person you probably don’t know and have to put a wire under their clothing, around their body, clip a transmitter pack to their waist and tuck in the cable so you don’t see it. Sometimes the transmitter pack has to be clipped to a bra strap and sometimes it’s hidden in their undergarments. It can be a little invasive so try to make it as comfortable as possible. Continue reading “Lavalier Mic Etiquette”

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