Keep Your Microphones Clean

Posted by Deity Microphones on

With video production coming back and people trying to be safe while doing their jobs, it is more important now than ever to keep your gear clean.

We produced a video not too long ago about this very topic.

 

 

Items you might want to add to your gear list:

 

70% Isopropyl Alcohol Spray:

In order to make sure your gear is sterile, you need to ensure the surface is wet for at least 1 minute. The higher 91% rated isopropyl alcohols will evaporate too quickly. That is why it is key to use 70% isopropyl alcohol. If you are spraying your lavaliers, the isopropyl alcohol can damage the wire over time. Make sure to use a natural oil to condition the rubber sleeve on your lavalier cable after using isopropyl alcohol.

 

Olive Oil:

In order to make sure your gear is sterile, you need to ensure the surface is wet for at least 1 minute. The higher 91% rated isopropyl alcohols will evaporate too quickly. That is why it is key to use 70% isopropyl alcohol. If you are spraying your lavaliers, the isopropyl alcohol can damage the wire over time. Make sure to use a natural oil to condition the rubber sleeve on your lavalier cable after using isopropyl alcohol.

 

Non-lubricated Condoms:

Of course this is a great trick for keeping your transmitters dry when you are shooting around water but it is also a good method of keeping things clean. If you are on a shoot where you may have to transfer a wireless pack between two or more actors in a single day, all you have to do is remove the condom and pop on another one. This will prevent the transfer of body sweat between actors. If you need to buy these in bulk your best bet is to buy “Disposable Microphone Covers” also called “Audio Condoms.” These are dry rubber covers that are not FDA approved.

 

Disposable Bandage Wraps:

Professional sound straps are awesome but if you are on a shoot where cleaning the straps nightly with soapy water and drying them in the sun isn’t possible, then you should look at one-time use bandage wraps. They work nearly as well and only cost $1, so tossing them won’t break the bank or the production’s budget.

 

 


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