[RNLD] Recommendations for lapel mic

Sophie Salffner ss123 at SOAS.AC.UK
Fri Mar 21 10:02:32 UTC 2014

Hi Margit,

for recording single speakers outside in noisy conditions, a
head-mounted microphone might be better than a lapel (if you can
convince your consultants to put them on). The headset mic is very
close to the mouth, closer than the lapel, and you will have much more
signal and far less noise. I've worked with a Shure WH30 (plus an
extra wind shield/dead cat type) attached to a Zoom H4n in a village
in Nigeria with plenty of animals, children, motorbikes, grinding
engines. You still get the odd cockerel that crows nearby, but overall
it was fine. We even went on farm walks with this mic + recorder
combination, the consultant wearing the headset mic and carrying the
recorder in a shoulder bag (see attachment), and I have very nice
recordings of their descriptions of the walks and the farms.

Greetings from London,


On 21 March 2014 08:41, Frank Seidel <frank.zidle at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello Margit,
> if you have the money I like the TRAM (TR 50). You might have to buy a
> special windshield with it. I usually use lavalier mics only when I
> want to concentrate on one speaker and/or if the speaker moves around
> a lot (with a radio transmitter). If you plan to record several
> speakers at at time you might want to bring other microphones as well.
> All the best,
> Frank
> On 3/20/14, Margit Bowler <margitbowler at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> I'm looking for recommendations for a good lapel mic to invest in. Right
>> now I'll be using the mic in quiet indoor conditions (making recordings of
>> a tonal language), but in the future I'll be using it in more strenuous
>> field conditions (that is, typically doing elicitations outdoors with
>> plenty of wind, birds chirping, dogs barking, etc.). Ideally I'd like to
>> invest in a lapel mic that will also let me make decent recordings in the
>> latter sort of fieldwork environment.
>> Thank you in advance for all recommendations!
>> Cheers,
>> Margit
> --
> Frank Seidel, Ph.D.
> University of Florida
> Center for African Studies at the University of Florida
> 427 Grinter Hall - PO Box 115560
> Gainesville, FL 32611-5560
> Tel: 352.392.2183
> Fax: 352.392.2435
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