As a mobile DJ, your microphone is one of the most powerful tools in your inventory. A good DJ will use the microphone to interact with the crowd, to fill the dancefloor and to make those all-important announcements that make your event go smoothly.
Microphone technique a fine art that will develop throughout your DJ career. There are as many different opinions on the correct way to use a microphone as there are DJs out there gigging. One thing that every DJ will agree on is that every gig is different and you should adapt your microphone technique to suit.
When you look at ‘that’ comedy routine from Peter Kay he cleverly observes two fundamental microphone mistakes which are still being made by plenty of DJs. Over use of the mic and simply “liking the sound of your own voice” can be far more destructive than not using the microphone at all. Yes, a bit of banter with your crowd can bridge the gap between the DJ client but, if you like the sound of your voice so much that it clears your dancefloor then you’re obviously doing something very wrong. It's worth mentioning at this point that the Peter Kay sketch, although not great for the image of mobile DJs, is very observent (and very funny) so, if you haven't seen it already, be sure to hunt it down.
The second type of DJ Mr Kay describes is, in his own words, the “DJs that talk all night and you can’t understand a word that they’re saying”. We’ve all been at gigs where this has been the case and you have to strain to hear the DJs voice (which wouldn’t sound out of place on a railway platform). I’m sure there are DJs that could enunciate better but a lot of these sound issues come from a combination of poor technique and low-quality equipment.
Microphones vary immensely when it comes to both sound quality and price. A dynamic microphone can be picked up on eBay for less than two-quid (including delivery) but I certainly wouldn’t recommend you buy one, let alone use it during a gig. Buying the cheapest microphones can be a false economy, they sound poor, you have to shout into them at close range to be heard and the moulded plugs etc will fail very quickly rendering your mic useless. This being said, you really don’t need to spend a fortune to get a microphone you can rely on and that will sound good. For examples of good-quality "budget" microphones, check out the entry-level dynamic AKG models such as the D44S, Beyerdynamic TG V30dS and even the Numark WM200 (which is available at less than twenty-quid!). If your budget will extend that far then you can always go for one of the Sennheiser or Shure models such as the legendary Shure SM58 which, with correct care, will last for the rest of your DJ career and sound superb in the meantime.
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