Microphone Options for Interviews

This week on Deli Bytes, Ali shares his knowledge on microphone options for interviews.

Check out the video above or on YouTube and if you like it, share it! We also summarised the tips below, so have a read if you don’t have time to watch.

Recording sound for interviews can be done in a multitude ways in a range of different sound equipment, depending on your needs & budget.

Palm Mic

Consists of a small omni-directional microphone which can be clipped on the collar of the subject and fed through the transmitter, clipped or taped onto the back of the interviewee’s clothing.

The most substantial issue with palm mics are accidental rubbing of the clothing on the mic or bumping into it which can cause unwanted noises in post production. It is best to check sound level to insure that you are getting clean sounds.

Hand-held microphone

Classic recorder in the industry microphone. it is generally held by the interviewer and moved back and fort with them and the subject.

it is perfect for on the go situations and the best place to be holding it is a couple of inches underneath the chin and directly on the mouth.

Shotgun Microphone

Most efficient way to record dialogue due to its directional nature. Some shotguns can be mounted straight onto camera. The interviewer’s situation  recommended to use a broom hold mic pole or a stand that is closer to the subject for better sound.

While its not the best practical microphone for an interview situation, shotgun will most probably yield the most highest quality audio.

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