Advanced Lav Mic Techniques: The Second

#8) Medical Tape is best used for taping the mic against the skin. Moleskin Tape is best used to create a thick "sandwich" around the microphone head, and taping it to clothes.


Medical Tape = Skin.

Moleskin Tape = Clothes.

Here's a link to the medical tape I use.

Here's a link to the moleskin tape I use.

#9) For polo shirts, the best thing to do is to create a Moleskin sandwich and place the microphone in the valley between the bottom button and the button above it.

#10) As a general rule, it's good to attach the microphone to the fabric which is creating any rubbing sounds (like a loose outer shirt, for example).

This may not solve the problem, but it's a good first step to troubleshooting.

#11) If it's not possible to attach the microphone to the source of the sound, try taping the source of the sound down (like an unruly zipper).

#12) To hide a transmitter pack from view of the camera, here's two ways to do it:

Clip the pack to the underwear and then tuck the shirt over it (a great solution, actually).

OR, place the transmitter in the subject's pocket and wire the microphone behind the belt, using gaffer / medical tape as needed.

Please feel free to let me know if you agree / disagree with any of this.

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