Lavalier mic for interview

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Robbert Dam, Jun 22, 2015.

  1. Robbert Dam

    Robbert Dam Member

    Jun 22, 2015
    Aalborg, Denmark
    Hi all,

    I'm a video producer who needs to learn more about recording sound in a specific production.

    The setup is 2 people talking. Both have a omnidirec lavelier mic (Sennheiser G3 default mic). The first person has a loud voice, the 2nd a soft voice. My problem is that the voice of person 1, comes in on the lavalier of person 2 pretty loud (same volume as the voice of person 2). When I then listen back, voice 1 has this 'far away from the mic / room sound' - because it comes in on mic of person 2.

    Any ideas how to solve this?
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
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    This is an hard one. This is a down side to omni mics, you have no angle of rejection.
    I guess the easy fix would be to coherse the person 2 to speak louder but it may not be possible to do so and keep the job ;)
    If they would not facing each other, the problem would not be so bad, I guess.

    Any chance you could change the mics.. what is the venue ? TV show ?
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    I had a situation similar to this some time ago. Luckily, it was not a rush cobbled-together interview, and there was opportunity for sound-checking and adjustment. Since the participants were to stay seated, I ended up putting two mini-shotgun microphones on short floor stands aimed carefully at the speakers' mouths, and gave the participants strict instructions not to turn their heads while talking. It worked well, and although there was a bit of level variation with each speaker, it was a much better result than using omni lavaliers.

    Don't forget that the room plays a significant part in this game.
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