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How to Hide a Lavalier Microphone

How to Hide a Lavalier Microphone

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Sometimes you need to prevent a lavalier microphone from appearing in your videos and it isn’t always easy to hide it. There are times when your talents don’t wear convenient costumes/outfits making it difficult for you to hide the lavalier microphones. If you are looking for several different options to use so you can hide a lavalier microphone in any situations, then this article is for you. I’ll show you different ways on how to hide a lavalier microphone.

But before we begin, I want to make a recommendation that if hiding the lavalier microphone isn’t mandatory, then don’t hide it. The reason is because the best quality comes from a lavalier that is exposed. Once you hide it, you may run into issues with materials and other obstacles that can create problems.

• Cleavage/Bra
If your talent is wearing something like an evening gown where there is no fabric/clothing at the part of the chest and no other option is available, you can ask another female staff to hide the lavalier mic inside the bra or in between the talent’s chest which can be secured by using a clear tape.

• On the Chest
Taping a lav to the chest is common and is done by taping the mic with a clear tape or using a gaffer’s tape bind the mic to the fabric.

• T-Shirt Pocket
A pocket T-shirt is soft and provides a natural windscreen for your mic. Cabling is done similar to that of the chest.

• Tie
You can place the mic in the back of the tie or on knot of the tie

• Inside the Collar
Run the wire up the back of the shirt and, using gaffer’s tape again, secure it at the back, under the collar.

• Front of the Shirt
If your talent is not wearing a tie, you can hide the lavalier mic between the buttons and behind the fabric.

• Hair
You can hide the lavalier mic in someone’s hair by covering it with some hairline enough to conceal it and securing it using barrettes.

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welcome to another episode of izzie
video I’m Izzy Hyman in this video I’m
going to share with you several
different ways that you can hide a
lavalier microphone for your videos but
before I do that I want to make a
recommendation and that is that if you
don’t have to hide it don’t the reason
why is because the best quality comes
from a lavalier that’s exposed once you
hide it you can run into issues with
materials and other obstacles that can
create problems for you so if you don’t
have to
don’t bother hiding it now that said
there are a lot of different types of
videos where you need to hide a lavalier
microphone where you still want to get
good audio but you can’t have the mic
show up in the picture this video will
be helpful in those situations because
like I said we’re going to cover several
different ways that you can hide one
let’s start by talking about some of the
obstacles that you can run into when
you’re hiding a lavalier microphone the
first one is material noise and what I
mean is when you put the lavalier mic
this is a little one right here as you
can see when you put it underneath
clothing sometimes what happens is
clothing will rub against it and if you
have clothing like this as a shirt right
here I’ll just rub it against the
microphone capsule and if you listen
hopefully have headphones on so you can
hear this but if you listen very closely
you can hear the material rubbing
against the mic that happens all the
time so that’s the first thing to watch
out for we’re going to talk about how to
fix it I just want you to be aware of
that being a potential problem another
potential issue you might run into is
cable noise or what I’m talking about is
noise from the cable that’s attached to
your microphone in this case I have my
microphone capsule here on the end of
the cable then the cable runs to a
transmitter which of course you know the
transmitter is what sends the signal to
the camera that we’re using right now
well watch or listen actually with your
ears as I do this I’m just going to rub
my fingers along the cable and you can
hear that any movement against this
cable creates noise in the microphone
capsule because it’s attached to that
capsule so yeah these vibrations are
going to create noise and that’s going
to ruin your audio so we need to talk
about ways that we can reduce the amount
of movement of the cable so that we
don’t run into that issue another issue
you can run into is body hair and if you
have somebody that’s hairy like I am I
don’t have a lot of hair on my head but
it happens that I have some hair on my
chest and yes I’m actually going to do
this alright so here’s the microphone
capsule you can very easily pick up
noise as hair rubs against
the mic capsule okay kind of weird I
know but we’re going to talk about ways
that you can battle against that too
because that’s a realistic situation
that you can deal with if your talent
happens to be wearing a shirt and tie
like what you see me wearing right now
then this might be an option for you see
right now I have the lav mic on my tie
and it’s faced front so you can see the
mic well what if you just turn it around
and clip it to the back this might be an
option for you so you clip it to the
back of the tie it’s now hidden and what
you see is the clip itself but that
could be just a tie clip like this right
and this won’t always be something that
you can do in every kind of shoot but it
might work depending on the kind of
video you’re shooting another option for
hiding a lav microphone in a tie is to
hide it behind the tie so let’s
demonstrate how to do that so I’m going
to turn my tie around then the next
thing I’m going to do is I’m going to
tie knot at night I’m not a tight knot
but a very loose knot here and this is
going to help create strain relief it’s
going to stop noise from traveling up
the cable and into the microphone
capsule itself so that is a loop there
that we created the next thing I’m going
to do is attach this okay so let’s start
with the wire and I just have a couple
little pieces of gaffer tape here so
let’s say I’m going to attach it right
here on the back of my tie how to do
this in a way where it doesn’t look too
complex then I’ll do the same thing here
at the bottom and if you wanted to you
could also have a piece of tape on the
loop itself that’s fine and the nice
thing about using gaffers tape by the
way is that it’s great it sticks to
clothing without leaving a residue so a
gaffer tape is great for this kind of
thing if you’re sticking to people’s
skin you probably want to use first aid
tape because some people do have an
allergic reaction to gaffer tape okay so
now we have this mic head this mic
capsule that’s basically just sitting
there exposed and of course when I turn
this around it’s going to rub against
clothing so we need to figure out a way
to stabilize that and keep it from
rubbing well one thing you can do is you
can create this little this little
triangle out of gaffer tape so I have a
strip of gaffer tape here and I’m just
going to fold it into a triangle and
then fold it over and then fold it again
and I’m keeping it loose and you’ll see
that the sticky part is on the outside
okay so I have this it’s almost like a
tiny little shock mount now what I can
do is it
to the mic head you want to be careful
not to actually get any of the sticky
stuff on the mic capsule itself on the
grill because that’s where the sound
goes in now I can just stick it there to
my tie
do the same thing again with a second
triangle like this okay so now I have
another triangle there and I can do the
same thing to the other side so I’ve
basically sandwiched the microphone
there between the two little tape
triangles and now I can turn around and
basically stick this to my shirt then
what happens is it helps stabilize the
microphone so it stays in one place and
you’re not going to hear as much noise
as you would if you didn’t do this kind
of thing now you can run into noise
still sometimes doing this it’s not a
perfect solution but this is going to
improve things dramatically another
option for hiding a lavalier microphone
in the tie is to actually hide it in the
knot of the tie itself and here’s one
way you can do that so we’re going to
pretend like this cable is inside my
shirt so I it’s coming from inside here
and what I’m going to do is I’m going to
just bring it up through here I’m going
to dip it down in the front of the tie
push it down until it’s exposed right
there you see that okay now I can close
my tie and I can just right now it’s
poking out too far but if you have just
the tip of the capsule poking out you
can’t really see the microphone but if
the capsule the tip of it is exposed
then it can still pick up the audio that
it’s hearing and because it’s an under
omnidirectional microphone it really
doesn’t matter that it’s pointed
straight down towards the ground because
it’s picking up as you can hear it’s
picking up the audio from my mouth even
above it so this is another option when
it comes to hiding a lavalier microphone
in a tie if your talent is not wearing a
tie but they do have a collar on this
shirt then one option is to hide the
lavalier microphone inside the collar
underneath it that’s what we’ve done
here and I’ll show you how we’ve done it
turn sideways and flip up the collar
here you can see that I have used
basically the same technique that we
used on the back of the tie we have two
triangles of tape around the microphone
capsule to help stabilize it a piece of
tape followed by a loop another piece of
tape and then we just dress the cable
around the back and drop it inside my
shirt around the backside so that it’s
out of sight
okay so that’s how we’ve done that it’s
the same thing is on the back of the tie
except it’s underneath the collar let me
just get this kind of in place here all
right so what happens is when you have
it the way you want it then the
microphone is out of sight you can still
hear things nicely but you’re not going
to hear a lot of rustling of the
clothing and stuff because the
microphones been stabilized with the
tape another great option is to hide the
microphone in the front of the shirt
between the buttons and behind the
fabric and I’ll just show you what I
mean here you can see that we use the
same technique that we used before with
the triangles start to come a little
loose and you’ve got tape and then the
loop here for strain relief and then the
microphone the lab other microphone
itself can be attached using the
triangles in the fabric so that when you
close it up you can see and actually
hear that you’ve hidden the mic but it
still sounds you can still hear what I’m
saying and you’re not going to get a lot
of rustling from the fabric because once
again we taped everything in place
another option is to attach it to a
t-shirt beneath the outer shirt and you
can see here that everything is still
the same technique that we’ve already
talked about several times before but
now you’ve attached it to the t-shirt
and so it’s very easy to have an outer
shirt around it and you’re not going to
get a lot of the rustling but what you
will get is audio that you can hear and
a microphone that’s disappeared from the
frame what if your talent doesn’t have a
t-shirt on underneath their shirt well
you have different options you could
attach it to the inside of the fabric
but another thing that you can do is
attach it to the chest directly now in a
situation like this where I have chest
hair that could be a problem so I’m
going to set this down there for a
moment I’m going to take this piece of
tape and I’m going to just tape it right
to my chest now that’s going to hurt
later when I take it off but for now
what it does is it gives me a nice
surface to attach this so I can do the
same thing same technique tape the tape
triangles the loops close up my shirt
and what I have is a nicely hidden
nicely hidden lavalier microphone and
now keep in mind that I mentioned before
some people are allergic to gaffer tape
so you wouldn’t want to attach a gaffer
tape directly to their skin a lot of
cases
but you could just use first-aid tape
for an example it’s the same thing you
just prefer state taped down instead but
yeah this is working for me just fine
what if they just have a t-shirt on and
nothing else can you hide a microphone
the answer is yes you can the same
technique that we’ve already talked
about before except what I’ve done in
this case is I’ve run the wire up around
the back underneath the collar here and
you can see that here it is underneath
so I’m using the same thing the
triangles and one triangle touches the
fabric and the other one touches my skin
that there and you know once you have it
in place then you can kind of move
around and do what you need to do and
you’re not going to get a lot of
shifting around one thing I should also
mention about leveler microphones is
that they are known when they’re
manufactured it’s known that they’re
very frequently going to be put
underneath clothing so what they do is
they actually tune them so that there’s
a little more higher high frequency in
there because you lose high frequency
when you go underneath clothing now if
you like the high frequency sound you
might feel like you miss it and so you
want to boost that up and using EQ and
post and that’s fine but just keep in
mind that lavalier microphones very
frequently have a higher frequency sound
to them because they know when they make
them that they’re going to be underneath
clothing I should also mention that if
your talent is a female a very common
place to hide a lavalier microphone is
on the bra right in the center on the
front of the chest it’s a perfect
location to hide it anyway as I
mentioned before if you can have the
microphone exposed in the shot because
you’re going to get the best audio but
if you need to hide it I’ve just shown
you several different ways you can do it
I hope you found the information this
video helpful I’ll see you in the next
one.

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