What is a good place to hold a handheld mic?

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Hand held microphones, both wired and wireless are the most common for vocals and used for Q&A in a corporate setting. Though they are the most common microphone seen, they rarely get held or used properly.

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If held too far away, you increase the risk of feedback or not being heard.

Too close, and Plosives or Sibilance could be an issue.

Plosives – say Pepper or Baby, and the P/B will stand out as a louder sound than the rest of the word. These force the air straight out from your mouth.

Sibilance – say Seashells or Dissonant and the Ss will stand out more. These almost force the air to go straight down.

Ideal placement for a mic when used for speech, would be about 2 inches away from your mouth, and an inch down towards your chest, just missing the air forced out by both the Sibilance and the Plosives.

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For singing – which is considerably louder than speech,  4 inches is a good starting point for vocalists. While every gig and mic is slightly different, this is a great starting place.

If you like to eat the mic, please bring your own! No-one wants to have your saliva (and germs) all over their mic. And sadly there is little time to clean them between gigs, let alone between bands.

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