Microphones are the key component in getting good quality sound - much better to spend more money on the mics and less on the recorder. As in so many areas of our lives ‘you get what you pay for.’  They can be a personal choice, with recordists often preferring to stick with a manufacturer they know and trust rather than move to another brand with all the uncertainties a change might bring. Unfortunately there is no perfect, single microphone for every situation.

Lapel (lavalier) microphones have historically been the choice for oral history people. They sit in a fixed position and once clipped on they are ‘out of sight, out of mind’ for the interviewee. But there can be rustling or scratching sounds from clothing, jewellery or even hair brushing against the mic. We have several - from quite good ones at £30, through to definitely very good ones at £200.

Hand held mics can be used for shorter interviews and ‘vox pops’, and for lectures, speeches, etc. or be mounted on a table or floor stand for longer interviews. Often the best choice for good sound, but slightly harder to manage and organise.

Boundary mics are used for recording groups - either round a table or in larger spaces, up to conference halls. But they can’t work miracles, and having a short distance between the speaker and the mic is nearly always best

USB mics
plug directly into a laptop (or PC). Don’t confuse these sE Electronics mics with cheaper ‘consumer’ types made for podcasting - there is a lot of difference.

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Radio mics
are used where you can’t lay cables or when speakers are moving about.

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