What are the different types of microphones?

Written by: Jon Duffy

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Whether you need professional sound quality for a business call or you’re taking to the stage to perform, you’ll need a microphone to make sure your voice is heard. But which model is right for you? Here at Maplin, we can help you understand the different types of microphones so you can find the ideal match for your needs.

Lavalier microphones

A lavalier microphone is a small mic that is typically attached to clothing or a piece of equipment, such as a tie or a guitar. Lavalier microphones are often used in broadcast, film, and theatre productions where the performer needs to move around freely but still be heard clearly. They are also commonly used in video conferencing and podcasting.


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Video microphones

Video microphones are designed to be used with a video camera or DSLR. They are often mounted on the camera itself and are designed to pick up sound from the direction the camera is pointing. Commonly used for capturing dialogue and ambient sound in video productions, they are also ideal for vlogging.


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Desktop microphones

A desktop microphone sits on a desk or tabletop and is designed for use with a computer or other recording device. Desktop microphones are often used for video conferencing, podcasting, and recording vocals or instruments. If you stream, vlog or plan on running a podcast, a decent desktop microphone can make a huge difference to the quality of your content.


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Boom microphones

Boom microphones are mounted on a long, extendable arm called a boom. They are often used in film and television production to capture dialogue or to pick up sound from a specific area without capturing unwanted noise. They are also ideal for streaming, podcasting and content creation as they free up desk space, record quality audio and add a professional appearance to your setup.


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Handheld microphones

A handheld microphone, as the name suggests, is designed to be held in the hand while in use. They are often used for live performances, interviews, and public speaking. Typically rugged and durable, they may have built-in features like on/off switches and volume controls.


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About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.