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Tips for Using SCO01 Concealer

SCO01 concealer is an accessory for the SEM-02 to hide the microphone behind the talent shirt. Unlike the ALC01 alligator clip, which tends to reveal the microphone.

ALC01 alligator clip is attached to the shirt, the microphone position is outside the shirt

The use of clip-on like this is usually used for broadcasts or interviews that have no needs to hide the microphone. However, if the video to be made requires that the microphone is not visible in the frame (eg film), then hiding the microphone is the main thing to do.

However, the rustling noise from clothes is often recorded, which is certainly very disturbing to the final audio result. Therefore, it is necessary to pay close attention before starting to record so that the sound of the clothes is not too distracting, because it is impossible to avoid it 100%, especially if the talent movement is too extreme.

The SCO01 microphone concealer is not only intended to make it easier to hide the mic from the camera’s view, but also to minimize the rustling noise from clothes/costumes.

The use of SCO01 tends to be free and not bound by certain things, but what is noteworthy is the level of visibility of the microphone on the camera and the audio results at the mounting spot.

There are some tips that we can give to maximize the use of this SCO01 microphone concealer

  1. Put the mic on the chest

Placing the mic in the chest area tends to be a common thing to do. Apart from being relatively easy, fast, and hidden, the audio results in this position tend to be natural even though the sound source (mouth) or the talents head moves to the right and left. If talent uses a fairly thin costume/ wardrobe (T-shirts, shirts, etc.) the voice integrity will still be good.

However, if the wardrobe used tends to be thick (jackets, sweaters, or other thick materials) it will cause clarity/intelligibility to drop. This can be overcome by providing an EQ boost at the mid-high frequency at the transmitter (if any). Or you can also do an EQ boost during post-production.

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2. Putting the mic on the collar

The placement of the mic on the collar is optimal if the talent head is facing one side (right/left). However, the high frequencies tend to be muffled/reduced so that the intelligibility of the vocals is not quite as good. This is because the position of the microphone capsule is relatively behind the sound source/mouth.

The mic can be hidden under the right / left shirt collar depending on the position of the talent head facing. The result is a better SNR, as it is closer to the sound source. Consequently, if the talent faces the opposite direction, the clarity and integrity of the voice will drop drastically.

So make sure talent follows the script! 

3. Put the mic on the tie

If talent uses a tie wardrobe, then the choice to place the mic on a tie will be very appropriate.

The sound characteristics are almost similar to the position of the mic on the chest, the catch tends to be natural and doesn’t change much even though the sound source/mouth moves. But of course, there is a slight coloration of the sound due to the mic capsule isn’t facing the sound source (facing down).

4. Make a “slack knot” or strain relief loop on the cable

The purpose of making a strain relief loop as in the picture is to provide more space so that the mic cable can extend if the talent moves to an extreme position (e.g. from a ducking / squatting and then standing upright). In addition, the strain relief loop can also slightly dampen the low frequency rumble vibrations that propagate through the cable to the mic capsule..

Pertama-tama buat simpul sekitar 3 cm di bawah mic, dan tFirst make a knot about 3cm below the mic, and add tape to secure it.

Without this knot, it is very likely that when the talent moves to an extreme, the lavalier mic will come off because of the pulled cable.

For more details, please watch the video below:

So those are some tips from us to maximize the use of SCO01.

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