Perhaps you’ve seen the same thing being worn at a wedding by the groom. These little microphones are called lapel microphones.
Lapel microphones are microphones that are worn against clothing typically clipped to the top of a collar with a small little box that’s then set in our pocket or is clipped to a belt.
This camera then goes back and is transmitted wireless over to a nearby sound system or camera. and sound is captured directly into the recording device.
Lapel microphones are particularly useful when you’re trying to record a conversation between two different people or when you try to capture clear and crisp audio from one specific source.
Lapel microphones come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes but most can be purchased online anywhere between $100 and $400.
Lapel microphones would not be a good microphone to use in the instance of trying to record acquire because it would pick up only a specific group of people and not the entire choir.
Lapel microphones also would not be a good fit for a situation where you wanted to capture something that’s happening across a noisy room. A better solution in that case would be a shotgun microphone.
Since lapel microphones are commonly used in weddings and in churches and in different public settings, the demand has gone up for these devices, driving prices down.
If you’re interested in purchasing a lapel microphone that will work well for attaching to a sound board or to video camcorder, the Audio2000 AWM-6032 UL is a good choice because it has a high-powered base station, and it comes with a lapel and a handheld microphone.