Microphone Tips & Tricks
For speakers presenting at SCS-hosted events
If you are presenting at an SCS-hosted event, we will provide both equipment and on-site support.
For most events a wireless microphone system is used. These are a clip-on (lavalier) microphone connected to a wireless transmitter. Before the start, SCS staff will help set up the microphone and perform an audio check. It's important to speak naturally at this point, either by reading a sample of your presentation or other text.
Microphones serve two purposes:
- To help the local audience hear you more clearly
- To allow remote participation
If remote users report audio problems during your presentation, please allow time for a staff member to correct the issue. The remote audiences frequently outnumber the local audience. An audio or other failure will isolate large numbers of participants!
Clip-on Microphone Do's and Don't's
Do: Check and replace microphone batteries if age isn't known or level is less than full
Do: Attach microphone 8-10" from the speakers mouth
Do: Attach as closely to the center of the body as possible and always on the inside of the lapel. Directly to a button-up undershirt is fine, too.
Do: Attach with microphone on the outside of the clip (see photo)
Don't attach to the outside of the lapel! The volume will be inconsistent if the speaker turns their head.
Don't attach with microphone on the inside of the clip! It will rub against the clothing and produce scratchy audio
For speakers presenting remotely
If you are remotely connecting from your own location - an office, your home - a good microphone is the most important piece of equipment you can own.
Many computers and devices feature built-in microphones, the quality of which varies tremendously. Most of them are not very good and will pick up a lot of noise from the room. Even if the room is quiet they will pick up echoing which can make comprehension difficult.
If you have any questions or concerns about your equipment, or would like to arrange for a remote testing, please contact SCS at (517) 432-2853 to schedule an appointment.
Headset Microphone Do's and Don't's
Do: Consider purchasing a USB-connected headset instead of one that uses the computer's microphone jack
Do: Position the microphone to the side of the mouth
Don't position the microphone in front of the mouth. This position is only for equipment designed for extremely high-noise environments, such as sporting events or aircraft communications.