The microphone is an underrated instrument from those who are not directly using them. Proper use of microphone is extremely important to produce good, quality sound results. It is much more than just picking it up and speaking into its silver head. Certain things must be considered for better and improved results.
Distance is Everything
Every singer has a different style and therefore also have a different pitch to their voices. Some are soft and sultry, while others are loud and abrasive. Both of these singing types can achieve optimal sound quality, if they use the microphone to their advantage. Just some basic things to be aware of while using a microphone can greatly improve and keep consistent results!
Distance is truly everything when it comes to both of those singer types. The microphone in itself is a device that is transforming the sound waves that enters it into various electronic energies. This is why gauging the distance between the mouth and the microphone is crucial. Knowing the singing style is the first step into perfecting this ability.
Soft singers are not going to want to hold the microphone too far away from their mouths. Their voices will not be amplified and they will be extremely hard to hear. They are going to want to hold it closer to their mouths, even pushing as far as touching their lips slightly. This ensures the microphone will pick up all the special notes they are projecting. They will not have to strain their voices to get into the microphone. They can sing naturally and steady without worrying about fading out.
With that being said, louder singers must approach the microphone in an entirely different way. Their voices carry their own and if they were to hold the microphone close to their mouths, the result would be bad. There would be feedback that is unpleasant to hear and muffled sounds. This is obviously not desirable. The best approach for this singing style is to hold the microphone approximately two or three inches from the mouth. This gives space for the performer to move their mouth even a bit further away by an inch or two to project even louder notes.
Aiming and Movement is Critical
Even with examining these two common singing styles, it is also important to watch where the mouth is aimed towards the microphone. It does not matter the singing style when it comes to aiming. If a singer is moving their head too much, they should be carrying the microphone with them to follow their mouths. This ensures consistent entry into the microphone. If they just move away from the front of the microphone, they will fade out and be unclear. Every singer, regardless of their singing style must be aware of where they are aiming so that keep clear and concise sound.
Get to Singing!
Microphones do not have to be intimidating to anyone. Practice makes perfect and as explained above, knowing the singing type changes everything. It gives proper sound advantage to that singer and creates quality sound for their audiences.