Rarely do we ever experience perfect conditions with, well anything, we do. We usually experience far-from-perfect conditions more often than not when putting on large events with all kinds of variables that need to come together. There may not be a perfect spot for your speaker on the tiny indoor stage, or it starts raining during your park event and the only place for a speaker is under a tent in a less-than-ideal location.
While these are obviously things out of our control, there are certain things we can do in order to maximize your sound system’s performance.
We’ve talked about how to set up your speakers on a stage in a previous blog post, so let’s cover another component: How to hold your microphone, properly.
Where to grasp:
There are two things to remember when holding a microphone:
Seems pretty basic, right? You would think so, but how many times have you seen someone holding a mic with their thumb over the head of their microphone? Or worse, their entire hand?! While it may make you look “cool”, it will actually ruin the dynamics of the microphone and how it was designed to perform, possibly resulting in, dun dun dun…. feedback!
Holding a microphone too low can cause similar issues. Generally speaking, the antenna for the microphone transmitter is located at the bottom of a microphone, the same place you would find the cable connected in a wired mic.
So if you put these two tips together then the only remaining section left to hold on the microphone is in the middle.
Still confused? Check out these pictures for some visual assistance.
How to hold:
Now that you have a good understanding of where to grasp the microphone itself, we can go over how to hold it in relation to your body/mouth.
A good starting point is holding the microphone as close to your mouth as possible without touching it. You do have a couple inches of wiggle room, just always remember to keep it consistent. Holding it in front of your stomach won’t do any good - bring it up!
Second, the angle at which you hold your microphone plays a big role. To avoid any issues, hold the mic slightly below your mouth and angle the mic slightly toward your mouth.
In the end, hold your microphone tight and hold it close. The exact distance from your mouth, and angle at which it’s held will vary with each person and sound system, so always test before going live!
And of course, we recommend you do not “mic drop” at the end of your performance. I know I know. All the cool kids and even former US President Barack Obama have done it, but the truth is…mics can be a bit expensive and can break.
So get out there and knock your next speaking engagement out of the park with these microphone tips.