How does a lavalier microphone work?

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The audio of a video is just as important as your shots. The quality of the internal microphone of your smartphone is often quite bad. Therefore, it is essential to use an external microphone for making a professional video with your smartphone. With a lavalier microphone you can easily make high-quality sound recordings. But how does a lavalier microphone work? In this blog we will tell you all about it. No time to read? Watch this video.

What is a lavalier microphone?

A lavalier microphone is perfect for recording high-quality sound during an interview, presentation or while recording a vlog. You see lavalier mics more often nowadays, in all sorts of content: vlogs, YouTube and TikTok videos. This small microphone is unobtrusive and easy to use. Attach the clip-on microphone to your clothing, connect the microphone to your smartphone, tablet or laptop and you're ready for your recording.

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How do you place the lavalier microphone correctly?

You can easily attach a lavalier microphone under or on your clothing with the clip. The microphone is positioned closely to our face to record quality, isolated sound. You can also hide the microphone well. Make sure to think about your clothing choices before you start shooting so you can properly attach the lavalier mic. We recommend wearing a blouse, jacket or T-shirt with a lower neckline. Hide the wire of the microphone under your clothes. Stick the thread to your clothing with some tape, so that it stays in place.

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For the best sound, the position of the microphone is important. The ideal distance between your mouth and the microphone is roughly the distance between your little finger and your thumb. Most lavalier microphones have an omnidirectional polar pattern, which means that the microphone picks up sound from all directions. Therefore, you don't have to speak directly into the microphone to properly record the sound.

Before you start recording, test whether the sound is being recorded properly by tapping or blowing into the microphone. The sound must be clear. Based on your test recording, you can position the microphone a little higher or lower to ensure you record the sound properly.

Tip: Do you want to listen to your (test) recording? Make sure that the lavalier microphone is no longer connected to your smartphone. If the microphone is still connected, you cannot listen to the sound. This can save you a lot of stress and time ;)

How do you connect a lavalier microphone?

There are various types of lavalier microphones with different connection options. For example, you can connect the lavalier microphone to your smartphone via a USB-C or Apple Lightning connection, 3.5mm connection or via a supplied transmitter of a wireless microphone set.

With a USB-C or Apple Lightning connection, you can connect the microphone directly to your smartphone, laptop, or tablet. The advantage of this is that you do not need an adapter cable. With a lavalier microphone with a 3.5 mm connection, it is necessary to use an adapter cable if your smartphone, tablet or laptop does not have a 3.5 mm connection. This is especially the case with newer smartphone models. You determine the sound via the smartphone.

You can also easily attach a lavalier microphone to a wireless microphone set. Connect the pin microphone to the transmitter. Then connect the receiver to your smartphone or camera and control the sound via the transmitter.


Want to know even more about lavalier microphones? Our product specialist Twan will tell you all about it in the video below.


Hopefully, after reading this blog article, you have learned more about using the lavalier microphone. Do you have any questions or are you looking for help choosing the right microphone? Ask your question below or contact us, we are happy to help you!

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