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This is the first installment in a series of articles tackling live sound issues that we all run into, or may think we know the answer to, but oftentimes are muddied with myths or misconceptions. So, without further ado, a quick guide to vocal mic technique!
Microphones are effectively the most common tool of the trade for musicians, and yet somehow the proper handling of these tools seems to elude many. There's actually a lot more to effective mic usage than just grabbing it and pointing it at your face. If you're an instrumentalist and your mic will be placed on a stand, the first aspect of mic handling is taken care of for you. If you're a vocalist, the first challenge to address is how to actually hold your microphone. At this point, you may already be checking out on me, but if I had a dollar for every vocalist I've seen hold a mic wrong, I would be writing this column from my personal island off the coast of Dubai.