We have a few recommendations for getting the most out of your Mevo's audio options depending on your venue and setup.
If you have a group of speakers sitting at a table or standing on a stage, your best solution would be to use small microphones that clip-on to the speaker’s shirt. These mics are called lavalier microphones and come in a variety of types, including wireless.
In this scenario, you would need one lavalier microphone (commonly referred to as a “lav mic”) per speaker. This audio is short range and focused on picking up only the audio of the speaker it’s attached to. This setup is common for all television interviews, as the lav mic is high quality, filters out most room chatter and noise, and is inconspicuous.
These microphones would then be added to a mixer, which is ideally run by a separate person. This way, the mixer can be used to bring different mics up or down, depending on who is speaking. Mixers have an output, from which you can run a stereo cable into your iPhone so that your Mevo gets this clear, mixed audio feed.
When buying lav mics, check to see if they run on battery power or phantom power. If phantom power, you will need a mixer that will provide the power to the mics.
Generally, most mixers have a quarter-inch stereo output, so you will likely need an adapter that can connect to your mobile device directly. Check our list of supported devices.
Most live event venues have a soundboard. If you have access to this board, the best solution would be output directly from the sound bought into your mobile device to mix into your Mevo’s audio recording.
If you do not have access to the board's audio output, you should consider a shotgun microphone. This is a long microphone, usually covered with a windscreen, that can be more or less directional depending on the mic. It generally covers a room’s sound with a focus toward what it’s pointed at.
In the scenario with a shotgun mic, you would try to center yourself in the room, and point the mic toward the stage. The advantage of a shotgun mic is that you typically just need one, as it will cover a wider area while still filtering outside and background noise.
When buying a shotgun mic, check to see if they run on battery power or phantom power. If phantom power, you will need to provide the power to the mic.
Many shotgun mics use XLR connections so you will likely need to use an adapter.
You can find a variety of both lavalier and shotgun microphones retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and BH. Your audio setup can get as complicated as you have the time and budget for, but the solutions described above should provide clear audio and a simple workflow for your event.