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There are times when you might want only a lavalier (lapel) microphone for podcasting, but you’re wondering if a lapel mic will sound as good as a stand-alone microphone.
The answer is yes, you can find good lapel mics that won’t compromise the sound. A clip-on mic is often convenient when you’re on the road, perhaps traveling to an interview and you don’t want to lug equipment, or you’re interviewing someone outdoors and a regular mic won’t do.
You’ve probably seen them on television, reporters, and performers. They are the little black microphones usually attached to a tie, collar, or another part of clothing. The close proximity to the mouth makes it easy to pick up just the person it’s attached to, but the size keeps it discrete and makes it less susceptible to being bumped like a normal microphone.
Most are reasonably priced and high-quality so you won’t have to worry about forking over a lot of money to have high performance.
Lapel Microphones for Phones
Of course, your lapel microphone has to have a power source, and unless you’ve got some expensive, compact equipment, you’ll want one that will work well with your smartphone.
The Rode smartLav + Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for iPhones and Smartphones is one of the best on the market, and with a price tag of around $65, you can’t go wrong. It is a broadcast-grade clip-on, and it’s compatible with most recording software. The Rode is compatible with all iOS devices and most Android devices; however, if you want to use an Android phone, be sure to check compatibility before purchasing. Rode provides excellent customer support to take the guesswork out of choosing the lapel mic that’s best for you.
If you’re only looking to try out a lapel mic, or you only need it for one-time or infrequent use, then the Movo PM10 Lavalier Microphone is the answer for you. It plugs into your phone jack and is travel-friendly, You won’t have the high-quality sound of a Rode, but it will provide you with a professional sound that can be used for podcasting. It will set you back about $15, and it does have a 60 percent 5-star Amazon rating.
When talking about microphones, we would be remiss if we didn’t include Sony. The audio giant offers plenty of recording options, a favorite being the ECMV1BMP Electret Condenser Lavalier Microphone. This lapel mic costs about $120, but it’s well worth the price if you’re going to be doing a lot of recording that requires a lapel mic, or it can be your primary podcasting mic. With this model, you will need to purchase a clip separately, called a Clothespin, which will cost under $10. You can find them on Amazon or other audio websites. You might want to get a couple of them in case you misplace one.
What About Apple Earpods?
Apple Earpods with a built-in microphone can be an alright choice for podcast recording if you will be the only person speaking. There are many podcasters who use them, as the sound quality is plenty good for a podcast. All you’ll need is a Clothespin to clip the wire onto your lapel just above the microphone so that it doesn’t move around and cause loud background noise. You want the microphone to be at heart level for the best sound quality. For $20, they’re a bargain for those who don’t need anything fancy and you might already have a pair lying around.
No matter what your podcasting needs or experience, there is equipment to fit every budget. When buying a lapel mic, be sure to check the specifications to make certain you’ll have everything you need to start recording.