Microphone Hire 101

Hiring a microphone for your party or event is a very important consideration and one that is often overlooked! The right microphone and audio setup is integral in ensuring that your event runs smoothly and that no important speeches or announcements are missed. To help you make sure you’re prepared for your special event, we’ve prepared a list of all of the important things you should know!

Will my event need a microphone?

If you’re hosting an event that includes speeches, presentations or important announcements, a microphone would be necessary. As a guide, we recommend investing in a microphone for any event with around 20 guests or more. However, even for more intimate events, if you’re concerned that anyone presenting or giving a speech is soft-spoken, or if there is a lot of background noice, like music, or side chatter, you may find a microphone may be helpful to cut through the crowd.

man making a speech with a cordless mic

What is the best type of microphone to hire for events?

At Event Hire Sydney, we have two type of microphone options – corded and wireless microphones. Our Corded microphone are cheaper to hire but are great if you have a designated area for speakers to present such as a stage or podium. With corded microphones, you don’t have to worry about charging them, and whilst the cords restrict your movement, there is typically less interference with feedback so it makes the sound more reliable.

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Unlike our corded microphones, our Wireless Microphone gives you the freedom to move or walk around during presentations or speeches which can help to make them more interactive and relaxed. The flexibility of a wireless microphone allows for speeches to be given in different locations and are great for outdoor functions. At Event Hire Sydney, our wireless microphone comes with a receiver so they can be connected directly to your speaker and the battery life lasts around 8-10 hours. Our wireless microphone are a popular choice for birthday and wedding events.

If your event is outdoors, or you don’t require the microphone for too long, at Event Hire Sydney we have battery-powered speakers and cordless microphones available for hire. This is an all in one portable system that comes pre-charged and with a battery life that can last up to 10 hours. You can also stream your music through bluetooth or the USB or AUX cord port making it an easy and popular choice for outdoor events or smaller functions.

microphone on stand

Tips for using a microphone:

  1. When using the microphone, never stand directly in front of the speaker. Standing in front of the speaker will pick up feedback which can create loud screeching noises..
  2. If you are using multiple microphones, it is best to keep the microphones and guests using them at least 1.5m apart, as standing too close together can also cause feedback.
  3. For those using a wireless microphone at your event, be sure to remember to turn it off when it is not in use to avoid prematurely running out of battery.
  4. If you are hiring a microphone for an event with speakers or presenters who do not have experience using a microphone before, it is a good idea to practice with them beforehand. This will help them to get a feel for how close they should be speaking into the microphone, how loud they should be talking and how loud the volume should be so that everyone will be able to hear them.

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