Improve Audio for Video: Keep Mics Off of Camera

overheadboomThe following article was orginally written for Music Connection.

In the previous article, we stressed the need for proper monitoring of your audio and careful selection of your headphones. This month, we will look at the importance of proper microphone placement.

As musicians, you’ve had it relatively easy when it came to deploying your mics. Vocal microphones are kept close to the singer, often just inches away from the face. Instrument microphones are also at point blank range. These extremely close proximities are routinely practiced, even though the vocalist may be near screaming, and the volume of most raw instruments (or their amps) far exceeds that of the human voice.

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