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5 Tips in Caring for Your Microphone

March 6, 2014 Other Tech and Information No Comments

A microphone is an important tool in every recording studio professional or home. To help maintain its performance and improve its lifespan, you have to learn how to take care of your microphone. Read on for tips on taking care of your microphone.

Water and mics aren’t the best of friends. It’s obvious that you shouldn’t dip your mic in water but there are still other sources of moisture that can harm your microphone. Take for example your saliva as you speak directly into the microphone or while you blow woodwind or brass instruments. Another source of moisture is the human body. When performing in a closed venue with a lot of people, be sure to air out your microphone prior to storage because all those human bodies radiate heat that encourages the formation of moisture. When mixed with smoke, it becomes harmful for your microphone so it’s best to air dry them before keeping them in a tight space without ventilation.

Use a pop filter. Plenty of microphones come with wind screen that prevent saliva from getting into the microphone capsule. However, this can sometimes be insufficient against saliva or spittle. A pop filter then can provide this added protection against moisture. Although the main purpose of a pop filter is to reduce pops from vocals, it can also provide you with this kind of protection. If you have a Blue Yeti mic, check out some Blue Yeti pop filter reviews. See if it is perfect for your mic.

Store your microphone correctly. Store your microphone in a box or cabinet that is away from direct sunlight or other sources of heat and water. Keep the room cool because heat can encourage the formation of moisture, which as mentioned is an enemy of your microphone. Be sure your mic is air dried before storing them.

Avoid power surges. A good way to do this is to ensure that you have connected all the necessary connections before turning on the power. Hot plugging is another way to destroy your microphone so it is best to avoid this. This is also applicable even for condenser microphones that have their own power supply.

Warm up tube condenser microphones before using them. Tube condenser microphones have to be warmed up before use in order to improve the tubes’ lifespan. Warm up time can range from 2 to 15 minutes. However, you have to read manufacturer directions before warming up.

Now that you know how to take care of your microphone, be sure that you follow them so you can prolong its usage. You can also find plenty of articles in the internet for more detailed information and recommendations regarding on taking care of your mic.

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