Lavalier microphones are a great alternative to larger hand-held or stand-mounted options. They’re one of the favorite choices for interviews as you'll find the small size and hands-free mounting of the smaller design easier for pinning to shirts, ties, or other inconspicuous areas. Sweetwater carries a large range of Lavalier microphones to fit the needs of various uses.
While lavalier mics are often considered as nothing more than lapel mics, continued development in design has resulted in a range of different styles. The traditional option clips to a lapel or tie. It's so easy to use and position that it remains the most popular option on the market. However, newer designs have resulted in the necklace microphone which leaves no cord in the front, and is often hidden by a collar or hair. If you need to hide your mic, you'll definitely want to check out these models.
The two primary polar patterns you'll find in lavalier microphones are omnidirectional and cardioid. Omni patterned microphones pick up a wider range of sound, and remain the preferred option when you want to pick up more of your surroundings. A cardioid uses a tighter recording angle, keeping excess sound to a minimum. You'll enjoy a more direct polar pattern that provides a greater focus on the person wearing the microphone.
An often overlooked characteristic of your lavalier mic is the cord length. The majority will carry cable lengths of four feet or longer. Depending on your needs, there are also options at less than two feet or up to ten feet. Excess wire can be helpful in terms of positioning and setup, but too much length will make it hard to hide while you're wearing it.
There are a few other considerations when choosing your lavalier microphone. Since lavaliers are designed to not be seen, you don't want to end up with a mic that stands out thanks to color. If possible, you can select a matching hue that will help the mic blend in or disappear on camera. Some of our lavalier mics also include accessories like windscreens, clips, and carrying cases.
Sweetwater carries a large selection of lavalier microphones so you’ll be sure to find the perfect match for your recording needs. If you have any questions about our lavalier mics, give our Sales Engineers a call. We'll be happy to help!
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