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Does a lav mic pickup noise?

'Sensitivity' is a measure of 'how much electric it puts out for a given level of sonic input' It has nothing whatsoever to do with its ability to separate wanted from unwanted sound. Microphones ...
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Why do some XLR connectors take batteries?

Yes, microphones like the AT899 give you the option of using internal battery power OR phantom power (from the XLR). Yes, microphones like the Rode Lav require phantom power without the option. ...
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Prevent/diminish plosive hit/popping

Well, the obvious way to tackle pop / rumble is a hefty low cut. On spoken voice, you can usually do away with everything below 120 Hz, sometimes even higher (up to 500 Hz may be suitable in some ...
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Recording using multiple lavalier mics

You don't need 3 different sets of recording equipment. All you need is a mixer and a recorder. The mixer allows you to take inputs of varying impedances and levels, balance them, and pass to the ...
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Mic'ing character inside full animal costume?

As it will not be seen, you have the freedom to attach it to the actor's head or face, rather than any clothing/costume. You could use a boom version, over the ear & just to the side of the mouth,...
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Do USB audio adapters supply bias voltage for lavalier condenser mics, and is TRS better than TRRS?

There are some USB audio adapters which provide 5 or 7 channel output on 3.5mm TRS sockets. Those tend to have microphone inputs with bias voltage on them, too. Only problem is that the quality is ...
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What (and how) UHF receiver should I buy?

The manual for this device states it provides stereo line out (>250mV) on a pair of RCA (phono) connectors. If the microphone signal is routed to the line out you can record that with no need for a ...
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Do USB audio adapters supply bias voltage for lavalier condenser mics, and is TRS better than TRRS?

If you're getting an external USB audio interface, get one that supports phantom power [48v]. The Shure [& many other pro-level lav mics] comes with interchangeable adaptors for connectivity to ...
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Connecting two lavaliers to DR-40X as stereo audio

The Rode SmartLav+ is a high impedance [high-Z] mic, suited to computer headset/mic inputs. It also sounds like the pin-out of TRRS is designed to not confuse a computer's headset input. It's not ...
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Could a 3.5mm to usb adapter stand as a subtitute for external power for a condenser mic?

It depends on the power expectations and circuit design of the microphone. Some phone lavalier mics use a LR44 battery. Maybe yours does, too. The LR44 battery, for example, has a nominal voltage of 1....
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Recording using multiple lavalier mics

Here's my thinking, which considers "I'm on a tight budget" the #1 concern. True, lavaliers are standard for this type of work. But if you are on such a tight budget that you don't have a mixer, my ...
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Wireless system (transmitter and receiver) for XLR lavalier microphones and audio recorder?

There are a number of options here. The most practical will be a wireless lavalier kit. Typical devices are the Rode Wireless Go or the Sennheiser G3. Some manufacturers also offer a 'butt-plug' style ...
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Why does this cheap mic not pick up background noise?

From your link... "Clip the microphone onto the headphone cable as close to the mouth as possible" Sound follows the inverse square law - to massively over-simplify, twice as far away is a quarter ...
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How to connect lav mic to an audio interface?

I have the same mic (ATR3350) and was dealing with this issue. The tip and ring are the same output, so you can use a splitter, that would divide the TRS to TR(left)/TR(right) and use either one of ...
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Looking for voice recording setup w/ lavalier to laptop or phone

This is one of those questions that comes with a pre-wrapped preferred solution. Sometimes the solution requested just isn't the best - either from a practicality perspective or a cost perspective. ...
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Microphone for two presenters while screencasting?

Let's take the elements of your question in order: Background noise - as @tetsujin said, move all noisy equipment out of your recording studio. Ideally, run your noisy PC in another room and just use ...
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Does an XLR adaptor provide higher quality audio?

The quality of a signal isn't directly related to the connectors or the cables used. A balanced audio signal can have lower noise than an unbalanced signal in the same environment, because the ...
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Can I record 2 Audio-Technica ATR3350 lav mics split into a zoom recorder on different tracks?

You should be able to make this work with a couple of 1/8" female to 1/4" male adapters. Plug a lav mic into the adapter, then the adapter into one of the inputs on the bottom of the Zoom. Press and ...
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Does the RODE Lav mic need a pre-amp?

Yes the Lavalier can go to directly into a smartphone, just make sure you purchase the Micon11 connector together with the Lav. The Lavalier needs one of the "Micon" connectors to work anyway, it's a ...
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What's the right (low cost) equipment for a two-person in-person interview setup?

One setup that I've found to work pretty well is an all-in-one field recorder, such as a Zoom H6 or a Tascam Digital Portastudio. Such devices can often be found for cheaper than the cost of a full ...
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What's the right (low cost) equipment for a two-person in-person interview setup?

Have you actually TRIED recording with a phone in your conference room? If you identify exactly where is the microphone and hold it around 8 inches from the subject's mouth you may be surprised how ...
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Recording 2-6 lav mics to a Mac with a Behringer UMC1820?

1) you will need something to manage the inputs. I only know of software solutions. I use Logic. 2) I don't have experience with the UMC1820 but I have their XAir x18 and it's a single device with ...
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Recording Tap Dance

A wireless lav on the dancer and Foley replacement are only two possible solutions. And probably not even the most commonly used solutions. Conventional micing techniques, and barrier ("PZM") ...
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Eliminating spill on lapel mics

You have a few different options. You can use some gates on the lapel mics and set the threshold high enough to cut the TV bleedover, but not the character dialogue. This has the downside of ...
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How to connect microphone to MacBook (combined input/output ports)

Your MacBook only has Line In and Line Out ports. The Line In port does not contain a microphone preamplifier (You may be able to boost the microphone signal enough to make it useable, but it will ...
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How to connect lavalier microphone with 3.5 jacks into XLR/TRS (using a converter)?

If you are able to wire an adapter yourself, you can do it this way (it will not be a balanced connection though). Shield to XLR male Pin 1 (Ground) White wire goes to XLR male Pin 2 (Signal) Bridge ...
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How might I reduce wind noise and ambient noise when mic-ing a video interview?

The whole idea of the shotgun is that it mainly picks up ambient noise that is in the direction it's pointed. Have the speaker stand with their backs to the quietest area around. If there are trees, ...
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How might I reduce wind noise and ambient noise when mic-ing a video interview?

There are a few ways to do this. For one you can pull it out in post production with some mixing tricks. EQ and noise gates can be your friend here. Keep in mind that you wont want to go too crazy ...
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Interference caused by a mixer?

I would first start by isolating devices to the minimum subset where you can reproduce the problem. For example, if the mixer isn't plugged in to the camera, is it still a problem? If levels are ...
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