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When To Use A Gooseneck Microphone
A Gooseneck microphone is a type of condenser mic that is commonly used for live speech in venues and events however can also be used for picking up several singers in a choir. Their easily adjustable neck coupled with their high sensitivity makes them ideal for numerous speakers to use one after the other, clearly picking up their voice even if they have a poor microphone technique. They can be attached to a lectern, desktop or microphone stand and can also come with mute switches allowing for privacy when needed.
The gooseneck microphones we have on sale come with the ability to switch between four of the most common polar patterns which are cardioid, super cardioid, hyper cardioid and omnidirectional. A polar pattern is essentially what area shape the mic capsule is able to pick up a voice with cardioid being the standard forward facing pattern with a bit of side spill, super cardioid with a more accurate directional pattern with less side spill/ more back spill, hyper cardioid is slightly more accurate again but with even more back spill and omnidirectional picks up 360 degrees of sound.
People who buy one gooseneck microphone for their lectern tend to set the polar pattern to omnidirectional so that every speaker’s voice is picked up evenly regardless of their height/ mic placement. Some people opt to buy two goosenecks for their lectern and have them set to one of the cardioid options, making it possible to have two people sharing the lectern while covering a larger area if it is only the one person speaking. The mic also has a switch for cutting the low end bass EQ of the signal (which is a standard vocal editing technique used for speech) if you do not have easy access to the mixing desk/ a sound engineer.