by Dale Cohen
Holding a microphone correctly is incredibly important for creating clear sound through a PA System. For public speaking it is recommended to hold the microphone 2-10 inches from the mouth and at a 45-degree angle. This is because most microphones such as the Shure SM58 Microphone are top-address and directional, which require the capsule to be directed at the mouth.
We often find that when someone is nervous or distracted, they may forget where to hold the microphone and let it drop to their chest. This is best to avoid as not enough audio signal will be passed through the system. When the audio technician then needs to increase the level coming in to the PA system it can then result in a feedback loop.
A great exercise is to practice speaking while holding the microphone, you can then plan how to hold it when you are in front of the guests.
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