What are the best budget clip-on lapel microphones?
Lavalier or lapel microphones are clip on microphones that you sometimes see worn by newsreaders. They are small condenser microphones that have an omnidirectional pattern to pick up sound. Because you place them close to the subject’s mouth the omnidirectional pattern picks up little unwanted sound. This makes them great for individual actors or performers. Their small size also means you can hide them in clothing hiding them from the viewer.
Lavalier microphones may be omnidirectional but they do have some directional qualities. This means they produce clear audio recordings. If you have many actors or presenters, a Lavalier microphone is a great solution to hear everyone clearly. Although, this will mean adding some form of external mixer to balance all the different microphones. Professional lapel microphones can often be expensive but there are some low cost choices available.
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The Deity V.Lav is a lapel microphone that you can use with many devices without the need to invest in adaptors. It is a broadcast-grade omnidirectional lavalier microphone for use in video production. It features a microprocessor that adapts the TRRS plug to work with almost any 3.5mm microphone input. This means it will work with DSLRs, Camcorders Smartphones, portable audio recorders, laptops and wireless audio transmitters. It comes with a 5m cable that should give you plenty of length to attach to your video camera.
The Deity V.Lav gives a clear and natural sound which will pick up sound equally from all directions. The V.Lav gets its sound from two LR41 cell batteries which are enclosed in a aluminium housing. This battery power only comes into use after the microphone determines what audio device it is plugged in to. If it recognises the device does not need external power it will put its batteries into standby. The V.Lav comes with a windscreen to reduce wind noise when filming outside and a cord organiser to manage the long cable. There is also a carry case to protect and carry the microphone.
Price: $49.00 £39.00 €45.00
Boya BY-M1 microphone
The Boya BY-M1 is a low budget lavalier microphone with good quality audio for sound recordings and great for location interview work. It comes with a six meter long cable, which is great if you want to get your video camera further away from your subject. It is an omnidirectional condenser microphone, which means it will pick up sound equally well from all around the microphone.
It comes with a standard 3.5mm jack that you can switch between Smartphone and standard TRS. This means you can plug it in to your video camera as well as your Smartphone. It does need a small battery to give the microphone phantom power, but this is only for use with a video camera. It isn’t too much of a problem but be aware there is no battery light to tell you if it may be running out of power. So you will need to keep an eye on your audio levels in case the battery runs flat.
Price: $20.00 £16.00 €18.00
Purple Panda Lapel Microphone
The Purple Panda Lapel Microphone is another quality microphone that is great at recording stereo audio to your Smartphone and video camera. It has a tough build quality and it is light and discrete enough not to be of notice to the person that is wearing it. This microphone comes with many accessories that make it adaptable to many recording situations.
It has a 3M extension cord so you can get further away from you subject if you need too. It also comes with a mini USB adaptor and a TRS adaptor so you can plug it into an audio recorder, video camera and other audio devices. Other accessories include a windscreen to disguise plosives and a drawstring pouch to keep everything in a safe place. The inclusion of all of the adaptors enables maximum compatibility with as many devices as possible.
Price: $39.00 £31.00 €35.00
Maono AU-XLR20 XLR Lavalier
The Maono AU-XLR20 XLR Lavalier microphone is perfect for those of you that need a professional balanced XLR lapel microphone that you can connect to the XLR input on your video camera. It has a frequency Response of 50Hz~18kHz and a sensitivity of -30dB. The flatter frequency response makes it better at recording the sound at its source.
It has an omnidirectional pickup pattern so it will pick up your subject talking with ease. This microphone has a metal construction, which gives it good shielding and its small size means you can hide it without much bother. This microphone needs no batteries but it will require 48v phantom power from your video camera or other audio recording device.
Price: $38.00 £30.00 €34.00
MicBooster Clippy EM172
The MicBooster Clippy EM172 is a ready to use lapel microphone that uses the MicBooster EM172-Z1 omnidirectional capsule. This gives it low noise and great sensitivity for audio recordings. It has a rugged black anodized aluminium enclosure that is surrounded by a tough metal grid. This should help to protect the microphone from any damage that may happen when you use it.
You attach the microphone to your subject with the metal clip, which is at the base of the microphone. A flexible screened 100cm cable connects to a 3.5mm plug that you can use to connect to your video camera or audio recorder. The MicBooster Clippy EM172 is a mono microphone, but if this does not suit your needs you can always invest in the stereo version, which is also available.
Price: $43.00 £35.00 €39.00
Rode Lavalier Go
The Rode Lavalier Go is a professional-grade lapel microphone, which you will find has many audio recording possibilities. It has a wide range of uses and has a design that is perfect to work with Rode’s Wireless Go microphone. However, it will also work with any audio device or camera with a 3.5mm microphone socket. It has a discreet 4.5mm omnidirectional microphone, which will deliver clear audio in most environments.
This microphone comes with a foam pop shield that should do a good job or reducing any audio plosives and there is a hard-wearing mounting clip with cable management for attaching to your subjects clothing. The cable has a Kevlar coating, which means it will withstand the rigours of most video shoots you should happen to go on. This microphone comes in black, but if that does not suit your needs there is also a white version available.
Price: $73.00 £60.00 €67.00
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