How to Make a Lavalier Microphone Transcript
On today’s episode we’re going to be talking about lavalier mics and we’re going to show you how to make your very own homemade version of one.
Aren’t you excited? I am.
What we’re going to be talking about today are the practical uses for the lavalier as opposed to the boom mic. I have a lavalier mic on right now but we also have in the room a boom mic. And this is the sound that’s coming from the boom mic. So you can hear a little bit of a difference.
For a presenter a boom mic is not as good of an option as having the clip right on your shirt.
Building Your Own Lavalier Microphone
The first thing you’ll need for this build is an old pair of headphones. The type that comes with your smartphone. You’ll need a small black binder clip and a pair of regular old wire clippers. This little rectangular piece is actually a microphone. You’ll need to snip off the ear bud that then snip off the ear bud from the Y section further down the wire. Make sure you snip the correct one.
The binder clip is a simple way to attach the mic to your shirt. You can also just use a small piece of medical tape.
We found a free app called Rode Rec LE. It works 1000 times better than the onboard recorder in the phone. First step is to setup a new recording and then hit record and this becomes your lavalier mic. It’s a very high quality sound for no money whatsoever. Just costs you a pair of old headphones.
You can drop the phone right in your pocket and just attach the new lav to your lapel.
Testing Your Homemade Lavalier Microphone
For this test I’ll be wearing the homemade lav and Danny will be wearing a lav that we got from Radio Shack for $40.
“Can you give me the sports section?”
“You and sports? Since when?”
“Since always, whats the difference? Can I have the sports section?”
“When’s the last time you payed attention to sports at all?”
“Just cause I don’t normally pay attention to sports doesn’t mean that I don’t want to read up on the sports section”
“You want it? Come get it”
“You’re not gonna give me the sports page? You’re really going to sit there and not hand me the sports page?”
“Well I’m definitely not now.”
“You know what….Thank you”
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I’m Joe Kane and this was Hollywood Know How.
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