Speeches can prove to be a nightmare for any wedding DJ. We understand that not every speech will be done by a professional public speaker, but with a few basic steps we can help create a much better experience for your guests
Having incorrect mic technique could result in:
- Bad audio for your video: since the videographer usually records through the DJs desk.
- Feedback: If the guest talks too far away from the microphone, the DJ needs to increase the volume of the microphone so that everyone can hear, but the microphone starts picking up itself through the speakers and results in a very unpleasant noise.
- Unclear words: If the speaker isn't speaking into the microphone correctly, the guests won't be able to hear a lot of what is said, especially when the tears start flowing.
Tips on using a Microphone on a stand.
Using a mic stand has many benefits. It is much easier to; hold your page, use your arms to describe a story or talk directly into the mic without worrying about holding it at the correct angle. It also helps anchor the speakers down for your videographer to get the best quality video.
1) A microphone stand is never in a fixed position. It can always be adjusted to fit the guest who is speaking. I find myself constantly running up and down, adjusting the mic stand which can distract the guests. It's as simple as moving the main boom of the mike stand up or down, no need for adjusting nobs and levers.
2) Speak directly into the mic from about a thumbs distance away. Since the mic is now in a set position, you just need to stand correctly. Don't stand too far back and be mindful of the microphones position when addressing different parts of the room.
Tips on using a standalone microphone.
Using a mic that isn't on a stand has different benefits. You can walk around the room, passing it to different speakers if your speeches aren't in one place. You can address the room without being mindful of the fixed mic stand and there is less clutter in photos.
1) Hold the mic in a slightly diagonal position, angled at your mouth and speak clearly. Do not hold it like a comedian (vertical)
2) Act and animate with your free hand. I know it sounds obvious, but a lot of the time a speaker will point or gesture with their good hand, which is also the hand holding the microphone.
Following these basic steps can help create a better experience for your speeches. I recommend that you make sure your MC knows how to use a mic and mic stand so that they can assist the guests as they go. I usually give the MC a quick run through of the above if they are still uncertain.
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