A desperate request from a sound tech

When using a microphone, PLEASE test it by speaking into it, NOT tapping it.

The part of a microphone that makes it work is a very very thin, fragile skin stretched tight inside the microphone. When you hit your hand against the top (or snap or clap into it), there’s a sharp, strong burst of air that hits this fragile skin. Every time that happens, the vital part of the microphone is weakened and will eventually lead to its breaking.
Also it’s really loud and makes people jump. And it makes me cringe and then start crying inside.

When I played Audrey in Little Shop, I had one of the girls in the cast help me with a quick change and she was bitter she didn’t get the lead so she literally TURNED OFF MY MIC during the quick change without me knowing!! Luckily I have a very loud belt and it was a pretty small theater…moral of the story, be careful who ya trust with your quick changes 😬 - @benstupid

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So my boyfriend and I were talking today and we were discussing how it seems as though Phil prefers to have his microphone pretty high:

And I had this silly, cute thought that maybe when Phil first started singing for Genesis he was really nervous about it and was trying to figure out how he should have his microphone. He figured, “Well, Peter used to set it up like this, and he probably knew what he was doing.” So he set up his mic like Peter’s, not taking into account the height difference, and eventually got used to having it that way. 

There could be microphones all over city buses and subways listening to your conversations

There’s a growing trend of placing microphones in public places — particularly on trains and buses to overhear private conversations. New Jersey, Maryland, San Francisco and more have some form of wiretapping on public transportation. Even worse, they give police even wider access to groups they’ve been historically interested in.

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