Microphones: Managing speakers

Anna Mitchell discusses how development of microphone products can solve some of the key headaches in enterprise use, allowing speakers to focus on speaking. Additional reporting by Hurrairah bin Sohail.

Human behaviour and habits are not easy to change. Users of microphones will turn their heads, walk away, speak too close, too loud, too quietly or stand too far away. And, while people want to be heard, their focus should be on what they’re saying and not how to correctly address a microphone. The onus is on the microphone products and technology to ensure that users can be clearly heard.

Teng Shaokai, regional sales manager at Audio-Technica, says: “Across the Asia Paci? c region, the cultures and usage behaviours vary between countries which makes it very tough to manage the demands of the end-users. If I was to summarise, microphones in demand are those that suit the application are are easy to use.”

One development that is successfully battling what is sometimes dubbed ‘poor microphone hygiene’ is the trend for manufactures to incorporate multiple microphone capsules into a product. Wolfgang Fritz, product manager installed microphones at beyerdynamic, says: “There is not much movement on the professional microphone transducers side in terms of quality, but array and beam forming microphones capture audio with special beams and allow the end-user an unknown freedom of movement with high gain before feedback. Unwanted signals are reduced and the speech intelligibility rises.”

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