How to Clean a Mic

You’ve finally invested in a high-quality vocal microphone, and your voice has never sounded better. Unfortunately, the keyboard player in your band decides he wants to use your mic during his featured rap. You cringe as he practically eats the microphone. You can barely watch as he encourages audience members to scream into the mic. Then someone drops it on the beer-soaked floor. Afterwards, he returns your mic, still operational but considerably wetter and well, gross.

Microphones are subject to an inordinate amount of abuse, especially in live music. Grilles and foam windscreens can become saturated with saliva, clogged with lipstick, and will even absorb the smell of smoke. Regular cleaning of your microphone will not only improve its performance, but is also good hygiene.

This video featuring Chris Lyons and John Born will give you a simple and effective technique for cleaning microphones.

Davida Rochman

A Shure associate since 1979, Davida Rochman graduated with a degree in Speech Communications and never imagined that her first post-college job would result in a life-long career that had her marketing microphones rather than speaking into them. Today, Davida is a Communications Manager, lending her skills to a wide spectrum of activities – from public relations and social media to content development and sponsorships.

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