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ArtistWorks Vocal School Lessons: Caring for Your Microphone

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At some point in your life,
you will need to handle your microphone
from a hygiene standpoint.
So I'm gonna give you a little lesson in
how to do that.
One of the reasons to have your own mic is
because breath, saliva, lipstick, and
other unsavory things can be put into and
onto your mic by other singers if you're
sharing a mic,
oo if you have your own, at least you've
got your own hygiene.
[LAUGH] I don't know, you know what I
Anyway, it's just you're not sharing all
this other crap with other people.
So, this is called the grille of the mic.
Now this is a shure, and [SOUND] you can
unscrew the top and
not hurt your microphone.
Don't try to take this out.
There's some foam here, and that's
important shield right there.
But on the inside of the grill.
I'm gonna use tweezers.
You can take out the foam.
Be gentle cuz you don't wanna rip it.
This is a very important aspect to, to
your mic.
This mic can get coated with a lot of
saliva just from singing into the mic,
and as it does that, it gets hard.
And that acts as a barrier between your
voice and
the diaphragm that's in the mic that needs
to receive the sound of your voice.
So actually, the quality of your voice,
how it's being reproduced and represented
electronically can get
cut down or dimmed the dirtier this is.
All you have to do is just take it out and
wash it with just a little soap and
water, and then let it dry and be careful
with it.
And then when it's dry, you just put it
back in, but before you do,
you can wash the grill here, and a nice
way of doing it is take a toothbrush,
and a little soap, or you can also use
rubbing alcohol.
And you just clean the outside,
clean the inside, and then with
the foam clean, you pop it back in and
then rescrew it onto your mic shaft.
It's a lot of turns and there it is.
Now you have, in a way, almost like a
brand new microphone.
To store your mic, it's better to keep it
in the bag that it came in.
And the reason why is if you leave it out
dust will go into it and
that dust will start forming a barrier
again between your voice and
the way the microphone is receiving it.
So, keep your microphone stored properly
in its gig bag,
that what this is called and every so
often unscrew it, take out the foam,
not that's on the top of the shaft, but
inside the head of the mic.
Wash it carefully, let it dry, and put it
back in, and
it'll keep it in good condition for you.