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Conference Microphones for all your needs
Choosing an appropriate conference room Microphone for your space is just as important as investing in a high-quality mic. There are a variety of microphone types, and not every type will be optimal for your room. In this article, we've outlined the basics of conference microphones, including the different pick-up patterns and mic designs. Once you learn the primary microphone categories, you'll have a much better idea of which mic makes sense for your conference room.
What is Microphone Directionality?
Every conference Microphone has a pick-up pattern, which determines the overall direction where sound is captured. Choosing a mic pick-up pattern really depends on the room and usage case. At a basic level, there are two main pick-up pattern types:
These mics have a pick-up pattern that mainly captures sound from the front, while rejecting sound from the rear. This is a great choice when amplifying a single speaker's voice, or when you're working in a room with poor acoustics. A popular version of the directional mic, known as "cardioid", has a heart-shaped pattern that works well for close-up audio capture.
Ideal for a small space where everyone needs to be heard, omnidirectional mics are designed to capture sound from every direction. However, this also means they pick up background noise, which can be problematic if there's a loud fan or cooling system.
Conference Microphone Types
These are the four main conference microphone designs, which are tailored for specific scenarios:
Tabletop Mics: Perfect for a small conference area with multiple participants, a tabletop mic rests on a table and picks up nearby sound. These mics can be directional (i.e. capturing sound in one direction) or omnidirectional (capturing sound in every direction). The former style can be shared with two people, while the latter style is ideal for capturing an entire conversation in a smaller room.
Gooseneck Mics: Generally, these conference mics are used on a tabletop and podium. Designed with an adjustable, skinny microphone neck, they capture close-up audio and block out background noise. We recommend these mics for auditoriums and boardrooms, where each speaker's voice needs to be heard in full detail.
Wearable Mics: Pinned onto a speaker's lapel or worn as a headset, wearable microphones free up a person's hands so they can write or gesture. These mics are convenient for teachers, performers, and conference presenters.
- Handheld Mics: There are clear advantages to using a wireless conference microphone, especially in large settings where a speaker needs the freedom to move around. Handheld microphones capture a speaker's voice in close-up fashion using a directional mic pattern. They're ideal for lectures, interviews, and presentations where you need a portable solution.
I see that you sell different versions of the same model, but they have different letter codes at the end of the model number. What do they mean?
Those letters refer to the brand that the mic is compatible with, for example the Enersound microphones that have a model number ending with the letters SEN are compatible with Sennheiser wireless devices with 3.5mm locking stereo connector, such as their body packs. AT stands for AudioTechnica and SHU for Shure.
What microphone models do you recommend for theater use for performers and singers?
We recommend the MIC-400 series from Enersound. We carry different variations of this product to make it compatible with most major brands, such as Shure, AudioTechnica, AKG, Sennheiser, Samson and more. Additionally, it includes a protective case, and the design consists mainly of a beige, skin-like color to make it as inconspicuous as possible from the audience perspective.
I see that in most of your headband microphones the wireframe and band are horizontal across the back of the head, instead of the top like most regular headsets, why is that?
This is to provide the greatest comfort and stability; and the fact that the band is not visible helps hide the frame from view.
Do the Enersound microphones like the LAV-100 or MIC-200 come with a body pack?
No, they are meant to be accessories to be used with existing body packs, either as replacements for lost or damaged units, or upgrades over generic mics that customers received when they purchased the body pack system.
Some of your microphones come with a locking plug, why is this necessary?
Some devices, like tour-guide transmitters are constantly on the go while being carried around by a person speaking. In those cases, it’s usual for mics without a locking plug to come loose from the transmitter at some point. This can be due to a tangled cable for example. To avoid that, locking plugs are quite effective.