Audio Solutions Question of the Week: What Is the Proper Technique for Using a Handheld Microphone?

Question: What is the proper technique for using a handheld microphone?

Answer: Audio-Technica offers a wide variety of wired and wireless handheld microphones to fit your specific needs. Used close-up as intended, the best handheld microphones provide the depth and clarity of studio-quality response, with low sensitivity to handling noise.

Audio-Technica Handheld Microphone

To use a vocal or handheld microphone, sing or speak across, rather than directly into the microphone to reduce, if not eliminate, popping caused by sudden breath blasts. While the microphone should be positioned in front and slightly to one side of the mouth, the user must stay within the acceptance angle of the microphone to avoid unwanted changes in volume. Note that some of the best microphones may be the most susceptible to breath popping because of their flatter, more extended low-frequency response. Use of proper technique, and perhaps an accessory windscreen, will solve most popping problems.

If you need further assistance with using your handheld microphone, please contact our Audio Solutions Department.



  1. HI, I got the problem of breathe sound when I use to talk with large audience. I did not find well defined proper technique to solve this problem. Even I would like to discuss and quote you on my blog. Can you please elaborate more on this post or you can share link with me of your another post which can help? Thanks a lot in advance.

  2. I would like to add a couple more suggestions regarding handheld mics. To begin with, coach the talent NOT to hold the mic too close to the mouth. Kissing the windscreen seems to be a growing trend by performers these days. Four to six inches is a better distance. Secondly, unless talent is an experienced performer or narrator/spokesperson — go with an omnidirectional pattern rather than a cardioid. If cardioids are not held at the proper angle, your levels may vary a lot during the performance or interview. At least with an omni, the only factor is distance — not the way the mic is held. Especially when held or passed on to non-experienced subjects.

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