Microphones for Public Speaking
Using a wireless microphone can improve the sound quality of nearly any speaking situation — ensuring that it does just takes some understanding about the sound system, the speaking venue and any particulars about the speaker such as facial hair, jewelry, or clothing choice that need to be taken into consideration when choosing the best public speaking microphone. There are many wireless microphone choices so here a few points to ponder in your selection:
UnShaven is UnScratchy
A headset microphone with a boom arm that reaches across the cheek is able to put the microphone element extremely close to the sound source—being the speaker’s mouth. With just an inch or two of distance between the mic and the mouth, ambient noise is drastically reduced—resulting in clearer audio. But let’s face it, if the microphone boom rubs against the face or beard, the results can be a little hairy if you’re using a metal boom. Not so with the SERIES8 bendable boom microphones: The outer sheath of our microphone boom is made of a smooth and soft material so even the stylishly unshaven have no problem with scratchy sounds from the boom.
Wireless microphones are a favorite for event and stage planners as it gives the featured speaker enormous mobility to roam the stage and engage with the audience. Our SERIES8 mics are available in either omnidirectional—offering a generous pick-up pattern—or cardioid for maximum feedback rejection even as the presenters walk-in front of the loudspeakers. While any type of wireless microphone can be hands-free, only headset microphones such as the CO-8WD or CR-8D are stabilized with mounting on both ears offering the best fit. Even with rigorous movement by the presenter, the microphone element stays close to the presenters’ mouths at all times.
Discreet for the Chic
Point Source offers a full range of miniature microphones at a mere 4mm element size. That’s about as small as the inside hole of a Cheerio! Even with headset microphones that have longer booms, it remains ultra low-profile as the boom seamlessly aligns along the jawline. For complete obscurity, lavalier microphones are a great choice for hiding the microphone in the hair or behind a button. This method requires a level of technical audio expertise to handle possible noise from the microphone rubbing against clothing or jewelry. Alternatively, EMBRACE microphones were custom-designed for camouflaging based on the expert mic’ing techniques practiced by live theatre. In seconds, anyone can master the art of concealing mics in just seconds.
Microphone Feature Key
Look for these symbols on each of the microphone info sections to help you identify the most important microphone features for your application. Depending on the room acoustics, the specific use and the number of users, you may need one or more microphone options to include in your toolbox.