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Interview Recording: How to Choose and Use a Lav Mic

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This post is part of a series called Location Sound: Field Recording for Beginners.
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Lavalier microphone

A lavalier microphone, sometimes called a "lav" or lapel mic, is a very small microphone used in television, theatre, and public speaking applications in order to allow for hands-free operation.

A lav mic is a great tool to have in your kit, but it's not always the right tool for the job. In this short video tutorial from my course on audio production for interviews, I'll cover some of the pros and cons of lavalier microphones, and then I'll compare some of the popular model and the situations they're best suited to.

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Whether you’re interviewing a celebrity or just getting some background information for a video, an interview is a great way to capture information about the subject at hand. Today there are lots of tools at your disposal to conduct the task, but how do you know what you need for each situation? Do you need a different system if you’re recording someone across a desk versus in an auditorium?

In the full course, Audio Production for Interviews, I'll show you what kind of microphone to use in different situations, and I'll also teach you some recording techniques to make sure you capture every moment in crystal clear quality. Drop the mic and head on in.


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