Choosing Between Wireless and Wired Microphones for Live Performances

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If you're a vocalist, your voice is your instrument. But if you're performing live, it's not the only thing you're going to need. Although you won't need to lug around large pieces of kit like other band members, you're at least going to need a microphone if you want to be heard.

Choosing between professional microphones is no simple task, either. It's not just a case of buying whichever one fits into your budget and assuming it will do the job. If you want to sound good and not just louder, you need to spend some time picking the right mic. Once you start looking into it, you'll find a wealth of advice and opinions on the matter, but there's one thing you should decide for yourself: do you need a wired or wireless microphone? Here are some points to consider.

Your performance style

If you're someone who plays guitar or another instrument in addition to singing, a wired microphone is probably best for you simply because you don't have much scope for moving around the stage.

On the other hand, if you only perform vocals, it doesn't automatically mean you should go wireless. It's only beneficial if you move around a lot and you don't want to be restricted, or you're worried about tripping over cables.

Your available budget

Wireless microphones are typically more expensive than their wired counterparts—often by a fairly large amount. It's important to factor how much you have to spend into your decision.

How organised you are

If you have a wireless microphone, it will either need to be recharged or have new batteries regularly. Getting to a gig only to find your mic has no power is a potential nightmare, and you should consider how likely this is when you're thinking about what suits you best.

How easy you want things to be

There's not a great deal of difference between wireless and wired mics in terms of difficulty setting up. However, there can be some frequency issues with wireless ones, and that sometimes makes things a bit more complicated. Some sound engineers prefer to work with cables when they're setting up a band.

How much a wireless mic would really benefit you

It's tempting to go for a wireless microphone simply because they seem like a superior option, but it's only worth getting if you'd really benefit from the difference. If you're not sure you would, save your money and go for a traditional cabled microphone, or spend the difference on getting a better quality piece of kit.

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