How to Maintain the Microphone Properly
After investing hundreds of thousands or even millions of rupiah for a microphone, you may want to know how to properly care for it. Caring for or storing a microphone is not something that is so difficult, it only takes sufficient knowledge about how to care for it and the items that are considered to be helpful. Therefore, just follow the general guidelines that are usually done by sound engineers or musicians so that your microphone is always in top condition.
The concept is quite simple, the condition of your microphone will be determined by how to take care of it. So, always keep that concept in mind so that the investment we make is not wasted because of our carelessness.
One more thing to remember when using a microphone is to refrain from blowing it. I’m also sure you’ve seen someone on stage or in the studio blowing on a microphone to hear if it’s working. Actually, that’s not a professional way to use a microphone because blowing a microphone is one of the causes of diaphragm damage in some microphones, especially ribbon microphones, which my friend also knows that Ribbon microphones are expensive. So one way that can be done to find out the microphone is working is simply to speak in a normal voice. You don’t have to scream or blow into any microphone except, the singer’s style in your band like that.
In cases like this using a dynamic microphone is the most appropriate choice. Dynamic microphones, on the other hand, are more durable, which is why they are often used live and on drum instruments that are prone to hitting sticks. On the other hand, condenser and ribbon microphones require more careful treatment, due to the fact that if not handled properly both microphones will be easily damaged, for example, if you drop a condenser microphone or ribbon microphone, you can damage them instantly and this is also another logical reason to has a sturdy microphone stand. Another daily maintenance is to always try to keep the microphone away from dust and high humidity. Dust is probably a microphone’s number one enemy as dust can stick to the diaphragm and reduce the microphone’s sensitivity or even alter its frequency response. Always cover the microphone when not in use.
Most professional musicians or audio engineers have microphone lockers, where they safely store microphones when not in use. Microphone lockers are available in several variations. You can also make a special locked box equipped with foam padding that has room for each microphone, or you can store the microphone in its pocket or case (if the microphone comes with a case) in a cupboard or cabinet.
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Regardless of the type of storage cabinet you have, try to handle the microphone as little as possible. In fact, if you have a microphone that you use frequently, I recommend placing it on a secure stand rather than repeatedly dragging it out of its case or storage cabinet. Bottom line, if leaving the microphone outside the stand, cover the microphone with a plastic bag and cover the open end around the microphone when not in use to prevent dust from damaging the diaphragm. Humidity can also be a big problem for microphones. If you live in a humid environment, store a microphone with a silica gel bag next to it for the purpose of absorbing moisture.
As stated in the previous article, the microphone is the first and most important element of the recording stage. Proper care and maintenance are very important.