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Posted by Megan Rowe @MeganRowe, Tue, Jul 9 2:38pm

Has anyone found a wireless mic that works well with your phone for a Facebook Live? Or tried to mic multiple people? We're looking to do a live tour of our hospital expansion. In the past, we haven't used any kind of mic and got complaints that it was too hard to hear.

We use the Sennheiser EW 112P G4 (https://bhpho.to/30xJ2wJ) and the audio is perfect. It is considered broadcast-grade equipment, however, so the price point is steep at $600 for the mic and receiver. If you're looking at micing up multiple people though, it's going to be more complicated to put that audio directly into your phone.

Alternatively, you could look at wired options. Rode makes an iPhone adaptor, which can accomodate two wired lavalier mics – https://bhpho.to/2XArYUN

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Thanks for your reply @rplattmmc. Great suggestions. Also – here is a link to a thread a while ago with specific recommendations from @audreylaine and @shawnbishop from our Mayo social and digital innovation team. Audrey Laine – do you have any updated tips or suggestions? https://socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/discussion/notes-from-todays-member-conference-call-on-facebook-live-equipment/?utm_campaign=search

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Hmm… I haven't tried a wireless mic before. I still use the rode shotgun mic that is linked in the article @DanHinmon shared above. @MeganRowe have you considered doing a pre-produced walkthrough video with one person talking at a time, and then playing that at the beginning of a live broadcast? After the video plays, you could have a panel Q&A. I did that last year and it turned out really well. I created a video with voiceovers and then had everyone in the video in the Q&A panel at the end.

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We are looking into getting a few wireless mics that will feed into a mixer, which will plug into my iPhone via an adapter. We haven't ordered them yet though, but when they come in, I'll update! For now, most of our FB Lives are panel discussions, and we have one person in the middle wearing a lav mic with the wind guard off, and they just kind of face whoever is talking. That's worked better than a directional mic, or no mic. We tried using a boom mic, but it was hard to keep it out of the shot and still pick up everyone's voices clearly. On that note, we're also likely getting a subscription to Switcher Studio, so we can have multiple camera angles as well. I am not sure if Switcher also can switch microphones. A little bit of budget reorganization for the new fiscal year has led to some new toys!

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@audreylaine

Hmm… I haven't tried a wireless mic before. I still use the rode shotgun mic that is linked in the article @DanHinmon shared above. @MeganRowe have you considered doing a pre-produced walkthrough video with one person talking at a time, and then playing that at the beginning of a live broadcast? After the video plays, you could have a panel Q&A. I did that last year and it turned out really well. I created a video with voiceovers and then had everyone in the video in the Q&A panel at the end.

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Great idea. How do you play the video before starting the live Q&A, though? We're just using our phones, and I haven't seen the ability to broadcast a pre-recorded video as part of the live broadcast.

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You could try a lavalier mic that connects to your phone. I've used it for a few recorded videos. I ordered one similar to this off of Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YKMe7G.

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@jesslewis422 – I've been looking into Switcher Studio as well. I'd love to hear what you think of it! One possible setup I imagined was using an iPad as the 'hub', and that has the audio mixer/microphones attached, while a separate iOS device becomes the main camera. This would make it much easier to use with a stabilizer, as there would be no cables hanging off the phone…

@MeganRowe – I'm not sure if this is what @audreylaine was referring to, but you can pre-produce a video and then publish it at a specific time as a 'Premiere' video on Facebook. This will still deploy similarly to a Live video, in that people can tune in as it happens. Not so good for a panel, where people expect to be able to ask questions and have them answered live but for a tour of facilities it might work.

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@MeganRowe

Great idea. How do you play the video before starting the live Q&A, though? We're just using our phones, and I haven't seen the ability to broadcast a pre-recorded video as part of the live broadcast.

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You can do it through OBS… not your phone. I use a Sony video camera for broadcasts, but I've also used a standard Logitech webcam. Either connects to your laptop, which runs OBS.

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@Margaret_Marie

You could try a lavalier mic that connects to your phone. I've used it for a few recorded videos. I ordered one similar to this off of Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YKMe7G.

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Love the price of this but most of our interviews are with children. Has anyone found a budget friendly traditional mic that works with an iPhone?

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@kellybussanich

Love the price of this but most of our interviews are with children. Has anyone found a budget friendly traditional mic that works with an iPhone?

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Depends on your budget, and how important sound quality is. You should look at the Rode Video Mic Me (they have a standard 3.5mm connector version and a Lightning version too) for something small, under $100 and much better than the internal microphone. It's a directional microphone, so it works as long as you're pointing at the subjects of the interview.

For something handheld, maybe look at the iRig microphone (https://amzn.to/2LYkdGj). Reviews are mixed, but it will just plug directly into your phone and work.

Another option is just to search "handheld microphone iphone" in Amazon and see what you find!

Best of luck

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