So, I record a small youtube channel with a friend, we record games, camera is top down and we both have lapel mics as we tend to record in dining area's etc where it sounds a bit too echoey.

The problem is I'm louder than my friend and am often picked up on his lapel mic and when it comes to recording I try and add gate to his audio channel to remove as much as I can but my audio still sounds "echoey" because of his track picking me up. Would a cardiod neckband mic help remove this unwanted bleeding, or should I just learn to shut up more?

Was thinking something like this perhaps?


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    tbh, at 20 quid I'd just get a pair & see. Considering a decent lav mic is going to be 3 - 400, they're not going to be stunning, but the directionality is going to help a bit, as well as the proximity.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 7:43
  • £3/400 ?! 😱 really?!
    – MorkPork
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 13:57
  • Yeah... the price has actually gone down over the years. I paid £450 for one of those 15 years ago... it's still in perfect working order & sounds simply wonderful.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 13:59
  • my god thats insane! I was a little peeved paying £15 for a pair off ebay 😄
    – MorkPork
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 23:23
  • You might want to sit down, then, before I tell you how much one of my good mics costs :) - Neuman U87
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Feb 22, 2018 at 7:30

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It depends how close you are to each other but yes the closer the microphone is to the source the lower the gain has to be to pick up the sound.

  • across the table from each other, so only a few feet 😓
    – MorkPork
    Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 13:57
  • That is a good position. The cardioid mic will reject noise coming from the back of it. Just make sure it's pointed in the right direction. Commented Feb 21, 2018 at 21:10

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