Choosing the right microphone for your presentation can be a daunting task. There are many different types of microphones available, and each has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. So let’s get started!
Different types of microphones
First of all, you need to know what type of microphone you need. There are different types of microphones that are suitable for different situations and preferences.
The traditional type of microphone that you hold in your hand and speak into. It is good for events where you have multiple speakers or where you need to pass the mic around the audience for questions. It also gives you more control over the distance and angle of the mic to your mouth. However, it can be tiring to hold it for a long time, and it can limit your gestures and movements.
Lapel or lavalier microphone
A tiny microphone that attaches to your clothing and is typically worn on the collar or lapel. It is suitable for situations where you must be able to walk about unhindered and use your hands to make motions or perform demonstrations. Additionally, it provides a sound level that is more constant and natural. It can be more difficult to change the mic’s position and loudness, and it can be influenced by clothes or hair sounds.
A microphone with a tiny boom that reaches close to your lips and wraps around your ear. It is suitable for occasions where volume and high sound quality are required without feedback problems. Additionally, it makes you appear more subdued and professional. It can cost more than other types of microphones and be difficult to use for extended periods of time.
Desktop gooseneck-type microphone
A microphone with a flexible neck that can be adjusted for height and angle that rests on a desk or podium. It works well in gatherings when you can speak from a set location and don’t have to walk around often. You get a solid and clear sound level as well. The microphone can, however, be awkward to use, and awkward to move, and it can take up room on your desk or platform.
Things to consider before using a microphone
Once you have decided what type of microphone you need, you need to make sure that it works well with your PowerPoint presentation.
You need to check if your microphone is compatible with your computer and your PowerPoint software. Some microphones may require drivers or adapters to work properly. You also need to check if your microphone has the right connector type for your audio system. Some common connector types are USB, XLR, 6.3mm, and 3.5mm jack.
You need to adjust the settings of your microphone to optimize its performance and quality. You can do this by using the sound settings on your computer.
- Verify that your PC and microphone are connected.
- Go to Start, Settings, System, and Sound.
- Choose the microphone under Input.
- While speaking into the microphone, check the input volume under the input settings. If the bar shifts while you talk, your microphone is in good condition.
- Go to Test your microphone and choose Start test if you don’t see the bar moving.
If you are using an external mixer or amplifier, you need to set the input level, output level, gain, mute, and other options according to your needs and preferences.
You need to test your microphone before your presentation to make sure that it works well and that there are no issues or problems. You can do this by recording yourself speaking with your microphone and listening back to it. You can also do a sound check with your audience or with someone else who can give you feedback.
Remember, having a good microphone can make a big difference in how you sound and how your audience perceives you. So don’t underestimate its importance!