The X-STAR microphones are specially designed for comfortable karaoke singing with all nuances in mind. This close integration makes it possible to achieve crystal clear vocals and to bring performance to a new level. However, when using X-STAR microphones you should take into account some features, both the design of the device and the rules of live performance.
1. Check whether the microphone is turned on
An experienced performer from a beginner is easily identified by phrases such as “pick-up” and tapping his finger on a microphone to check whether it is turned on. A professional determines the condition of the microphone by means of a working indicator or display and uses the “on/off” button. You will also need to learn this un-tricky technique in order not to ruin the beginning of the performance by trying to figure out how the microphone works.
The X-STAR color LCD display will tell you all the necessary information: frequency, battery charge level, volume and other parameters, including whether the sound is turned off. One press will turn it on or off, and a long time will turn off the microphone. Note that the X-STAR microphones have a gyroscope that automatically transfers the microphones in a horizontal position to the rest mode. To bring it out of that state, you need to raise the microphone a little bit at an angle.
If you have been invited to a karaoke party, ask the host to show you how the microphones work to avoid unnecessary hassles during the performance.
Life hack: If you’re still not sure if the microphone is working, but you don’t want to “put your face in the dirt,” say, “This song I’d like to dedicate…” or “Star on stage!”. This way you kill two birds with one stone: check the microphone and make contact with the audience.
2. Hold the distance
It is recommended to keep the microphone at a distance of 2 to 30 cm away from the mouth. If you sing very quietly, you can move closer, almost to the lips. The optimal distance for singing is 7-15 cm. We definitely do not recommend chewing the microphone, licking or holding it at arm’s length.
3. How to hold the microphone correctly
You may have seen rappers reading from the stage by tightly wrapping the mesh with their hands, by raising the microphone at a sharp angle up, cutting the truth of life with an aggressive rhyme in front of a raging audience. This is very spectacular, but you still need to try to refrain from such a manner of handling the microphone, because it is not correct.
There are two ways to hold the microphone: at an angle of 45° and 90°. These two positions provide the most pure and correct vocal sound without unnecessary noise and distortion. The first position, due to the fact that the person remains open, is most often used on the stage and in karaoke. In the second position, as a rule, vocals are usually recorded in music studios with a static microphone installed directly at the performer’s mouth.
You don’t need to point the microphone at your chin, hold it at your shoulder, or try to lift your elbows high for more effect. The design of the X-STAR microphones is to capture sound only in the immediate vicinity and not capture extraneous noises. Only in the right position, when the mouth and microphone are on the same line, will your articulation be clear, your voice is similar, and the vocals are clean and deep.
This is important. Wireless microphones have antennas inside. They are usually located at the bottom and top of the microphone. By covering these areas with your palm, you can create interference, consequently, affect the quality of performance.
4. Do not move your hand…
The position of the microphone shall not be changed during the performance. You can dance, jump, spin, but remember to hold the microphone in the right position and always at the same distance. If you feel the urgent need to make any hand movements, use only one that doesn’t have a microphone. Otherwise, the tone of your voice will change in the most unpredictable ways.
5. … or move it wisely!
If you want to take a high note, move the microphone a little further away. The closer the microphone is, the louder and lower your vocals. Experienced performers know when to change the position of the microphone to achieve a certain sound or to change the tone of the voice.
6. Do not point the microphone at the audio system
If there are unpleasant noises or whistles during the performance, it is likely that you accidently pointed the microphone at the acoustic system. This effect is called acoustic feedback. It occurs when the microphone “reads” other sounds than the voice. For instance, the loud sound from the soundbar speakers. Just put the microphone aside and the noise stops.
Enjoy your karaoke!