How to Hold a Microphone Properly

Holding a microphone properly is very important as it can improve your recording quality and eliminate any sort of noise that can happen during the movements. Even when holding a microphone without having to move it during, for example, interview, you should still learn how to hold it right. Holding a microphone properly also has many other benefits such as fewer chances of dropping your microphone or doing any damage to it during the moving.

There are many people who think the proper way isn’t important, and it’s very common to see people hold a microphone the wrong way. There is actually the right and the wrong way, and in this post, you will learn why. So stay tuned and save yourself a lot of time and effort by learning a few tricks.

How to Hold a Mic When Singing?

Singers don’t even realize the importance of holding a microphone properly. The way you hold a microphone during singing can actually affect your breathing, throat, and even adding or detracting from the ability to communicate. In case you aren’t using a microphone stand during your performance, you will benefit from holding a microphone properly when singing.

If you are looking for ways of holding a microphone that will make your singing easier, you should first understand what you should never do with your microphone. You should never hold a microphone like it’s an ice cream cone. There is a simple reason for that. Such hold can limit the frequency response and your voice might sound thin. You shouldn’t hold the mic at the butt end up front. In case you hold it that way, at least do it on the side.

Don’t hold the microphone limpy in your hand, but don’t squeeze it all the time. Holding a microphone limpy in your hand can sabotage your breath control. Also, if you’re squeezing the microphone too hard all the time as that would cause tension build-up through your body, including your arm, neck, and even voice. You probably know that you shouldn’t hold your mic too far from your mouth that it has a tough time picking up your voice well. You should learn how to control the distance so you aren’t holding it too close, yet not too far. Instead, here’s what you should do to hold your microphone during singing.

The best way to hold a microphone and have a full control over it is to grasp it with all your fingers around it. That will help you hold it with your energy and it will become a part of feeling a power. You can squeeze the microphone at moments where it will help you to expand your ribs and even sinuses. That will allow you to achieve the extra control and breath power.

Always hold the microphone at 45-degree angle, where the butt end is facing the floor. You can also slightly create some pull sensation between you and the microphone. Sometimes, it can give you a little bit more of a vocal control. It can be hard to get it all right on the first try, but keep trying and keep paying attention to the way you hold the microphone while singing until it becomes a natural feeling.

How to Hold a Mic When Speaking

It’s important to hold a microphone properly even when holding a speech. For example, holding the microphone too close to your mouth will amplify every breath, pop, click, and other noise. However, if you hold it too far from your mouth, there is a chance that your voice might not get picked up well. Therefore, you should always hold the optimal distance. Microphones are made to pick up the sound that flows over or across. It’s not made to pick up the sound that is directly pointed at it.

Sometimes when there’s no podium or a stand that would hold the microphone, it would be your job to hold the microphone properly, speak into it, and make sure that you aren’t picking up any distortion or noise around you. Just like during the singing, you should hold the microphone at the 45 degrees, where butt end is facing the floor. Such degree will help you eliminate the noise such as P sounds. Such sounds can hit a microphone hard and make a lot of noise for the audience if you aren’t holding the microphone properly.

On average, you should always hold the microphone 6 to 8 inches from your face, just a little bit under your mouth. It’s a good point if you are unsure how far you should hold the microphone. But keep this in mind: Whenever your head moves, you should move your hand so that the microphone can follow your mouth. But instead of moving your whole arm, simply use the power of your wrist and tilt it to follow your mouth. At any time, you can always feel free to use your free hand to make hand gestures.

There’s one thing you should never do. You should never cough directly into the microphone. You can just imagine the pain in the ears of listeners. Coughing happens, but aim to move away from the microphone and cough on the side. The same applies for sneezing. You don’t want the room to resonate with your sneeze, believe me.

There isn’t a lot to discuss when it comes to holding a microphone during holding a speech. However, it’s yours and only yours job to properly handle your microphone to get the best audio possible, yet to pick up the least amount of noise possible. It also doesn’t matter how will you grip the microphone. Simply hold it the way you feel comfortable, and you will be fine. After all, you will be speaking, not singing, so don’t sweat it.

How to Hold a Mic When Interviewing?

The most crucial thing when you’re doing an interview is the way you will move the microphone and make sure to get the timings right, yet without picking up any noise and doing it as subtle as possible. If your last option is to use a handheld microphone during interviews, it will be something in your duty that you will be responsible for. The most important thing during interviews is to hold the microphone firmly. You don’t want to move your hand up and down the microphone’s casing. Such movements will be picked up by the microphone and will result in a noise.

Another thing you need to be careful about is bumping the microphone into an object around. Not only it will make a temporary noise, yet it might be extremely annoying in the middle of an interview because listeners won’t be able to understand a word or two.

You should hold the microphone at a constant distance which is about 15-20 cm from your or speakers mouth. Also, keep an eye on the angle, and try to hold the microphone at 45-degree angle. That way, anything that flows over the microphone will be easily and clearly picked up, for example, the speaker’s voice who is sitting across or on your side.

If you hold the microphone too far from the speaker, the voice will become weak since the microphone won’t be able to pick it up well. There will also be more noise from the surroundings since the microphone won’t be focused on the speaker anymore. But if you hold the microphone too close to the person, it will be unpleasant feeling for both speaker and listeners. You will pick up a lot more noise such as popping sound. When you’re moving the microphone from one subject to another, or to yourself, make sure to do it in a natural motion so you don’t pick up any noise. Also, be careful not to bump into anything while moving the microphone.

Make sure that the microphone is always directed to the person you’re interviewing. If the person moves, you should follow his movement with the microphone. Also, don’t forget to point the microphone back to you when you decide to speak. On the other hand, make sure to point the microphone to the person you’re interviewing when you’re expecting him to start talking. I wouldn’t recommend you to let a person you’re interviewing hold a microphone. It might be unprofessional and all sort of problems might come up.

How to Hold a Mic When Rapping?

Rappers are very well-known for their different styles of holding the microphone while dancing and doing a lot of movements on the stage or in a studio. Rappers and hip-hop singers usually develop their own style of holding the microphone which they use, especially when they’re on a stage. However, if they aren’t familiar with the microphone or a pick-up pattern, they might be doing more harm than good with their own style. Different styles can affect the sound of the microphone.

A lot of rappers, such as 50 Cent like to hold the microphone very close to the beginning. That’s totally fine, as long as it’s not covering the top part of the microphone, and isn’t messing up the pick-up pattern of the microphone. I’ve noticed that a lot of rappers like to hold the microphone very close to the mouth. That’s fine as well but depends which type of microphone are they using.

In a studio, the proper way would be to hold a microphone at a distance of about 6 inches and stay at a consistent distance without doing a lot of body or head movements. Hand movements are fine. That way, you won’t get any noise or inconsistencies in the sound while achieving the best studio quality possible.

On a stage, it’s a different story. There are different types of microphones used which makes the sound less sensitive than in a studio. Therefore, rappers are free to use their own style, dance, do a lot of movement, and rap at a very close distance into the microphone.

A great example would be a rapper 50 cent. He holds the microphone very close to the beginning, however, he is very careful that he doesn’t cover the front grill of the microphone. You will never see him holding the microphone a wrong way just because of his own style. His own style allows him to use his index and thumb finger at a small pace distance from his mouth.

If you look closely, he also angles the microphone at 45 degrees which is something you should always do. It shows how 50 Cent found his style and practiced to properly hold the microphone even when he’s jumping, moving, and dancing around the stage.

How to Hold a Mic When Beatboxing?

Holding the microphone right way has a significant value for people who beatbox. There are a few different ways, but no matter which way you adapt to – you need to make sure that you get it right. In beatboxing, everything is about cupping the microphone in order to make sure that the sounds you make are picked up and presented well. Therefore, there are about 5 different, yet very similar cupping grips which are commonly used all around the world.

The standard grip would be to cup the upper part of the microphone with one hand, but be careful not to cover the top part. It’s one of the most common and the simplest grips for beatboxers. It helps maximize the fast and crisp sounds while blending it with a rhythm. However, you will see a lot of using the kind of standard grip, but their index and thumb fingers would be up around the nose. That style is called one-up grip, and the opening isn’t as wide as it is in standard style, but it registers humming and vocalization right.

If you use the one-up grip and you add second hand, you will get a two-hand cup method. It’s basically a variation of standard & one-cup grip together with a little bit of addition. This way is very helpful if you’re trying to make sure that all sounds are equally captured, or if you’re trying to get a louder sound.

There is also a cupping grip. It’s very similar to standard cupping grip, however, in this case, you use your pinky and ring finger to create a closed cup around both nose and mouth. That results in registering nasal sounds very well, but also in great breath-heavy sounds or even air sounds. In case you use this type of sounds, this is the right grip you should be using.

If you’re an old-school type of person, you will be happy to use an old-school grip. It’s a very simple grip where you use your thumb to hold the microphone at the bottom of the body and you use your other fingers to rest them at the top of the microphone’s body. This type of holding grip still has some advantage, which is a feedback that is easily manageable.

How to Hold a Mic on a Stage?

Singing on a stage won’t always come with the benefits of a microphone stand. Sometimes, you will have to hold the microphone while performing your favorite songs. While holding a microphone can make some people nervous, once you get it right, you will even be able to forget about it while concentrating on your performance. Keep in mind that a good microphone holding technique can make your singing easier and definitely better.

The best way would be to try and hold a microphone in the approximately the same spot while you perform. A lot of movement can pick up a lot of noise, and that’s something you should want to avoid. You don’t want to sing directly into the microphone, and that’s why you should hold it at about 20-30 degrees. That way, the sound will go over the capsule and it will get picked up better. The same goes for distance. At first, it might be hard to get the right distance. You don’t want to hold the microphone too close, yet not too far from your mouth. It will become a second nature thing after some practice.

Basically, everything is about consistency. You want to be as consistent as possible by holding the microphone relatively at the same distance, angle, and without much of free movement. It might be tiring at first, but it will become easier with time. When it comes to the grip, a simple hand grip will do the job just right. However, it depends where do you grip the microphone. Closer to the beginning of the microphones is the most commonplace. But never cross the grill and cover the microphone with your hand.

The perfect example of holding a microphone on a stage would be a singer who seems to prefer holding his own microphone than using a microphone a stand. That singer is Justing Timberlake, and on this link, you can see everything that was mentioned above. He is holding a microphone properly, yet it looks very simple and casually. It’s obvious that he has trained it since the distance, angle, and grip are very well in the place.

Holding a microphone on a stage isn’t a science, but you will need some practice to get the right feeling, and eventually, you will never have to think about it ever again since you’ll get used to holding the microphone right way.

How to Hold a Mic When Screaming

Screaming is one of the most important parts of every heavy-metal band out there. People who don’t enjoy listening to music where the screaming is involved won’t even notice how important is the microphone holding.

There are many debates on whether singers should cup the microphone or not when screaming. While people claim that cupping the microphone can get you a thicker, and probably better sound with more bass and feedback, at the other hand, it’s not very appropriate because you shouldn’t cup the microphone when singing on stage and especially scream. It can mess up the way microphone registers sounds. Yet, even the most popular singers who scream a lot have developed their own style of holding and cupping the microphone when screaming.

You can give cupping a try, but you shouldn’t rely on it and you should never use it. Cupping the microphone during scream can make you feel more secure, however, whatever the benefits you think you will gain, you won’t. You will gain just the opposite. Rather, hold the microphone at a very close distance and make sure to pay close attention to where the microphone is pointed.

There is a lot more than just how to grip the microphone. You will also need to know where to point the microphone. Instead of holding it directly in the line of your mouth, point it a little bit lower so that your scream goes over the microphone’s capsule. That way, it will get picked up way better without generating any feedback. The distance you should follow will depend on your own style. For screaming, you can hold the microphone very close, or yet at a normal distance of approximately 6 inches.

Holding the microphone very close to your mouth when screaming has its benefits. When you can’t hold the high note scream for a long time, you can slowly move the microphone away a little bit from your mouth. You will create a fade away effect and it will cover up imperfect vocals. A lot of people like to grip the microphone firmly and tightly which is suitable for screaming as it will active muscle tensions that will help you hold the scream for longer and make it more powerful. However, don’t hold the microphone firmly and tightly during your whole performance. Only do it when screaming.

With screaming, there are no basic rules you should follow. That’s why many people use different styles and grips. It’s up to you to test and see which one works the best for your type of music and your vocal.