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Phone: +44 (0) 20 7107 5400


Extension: 5300/5400 (for urgent support calls)


Location: ALD.3.01, 3rd Floor, Aldwych House


Opening Hours:
AV booking and service requests:
09:30 - 18:00 (Monday - Friday)
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Specialist Equipment

This page describes the specialist equipment available for hire to use during events.

More information will be added soon. Last updated: 3 May 2013

Wired Microphones

Gooseneck/table/lectern microphones are uni-directional and work best when the speaker ‘s mouth is no further than 2 feet/60cm from the microphone and the speaker won’t move significantly. Effectiveness is limited when using a low (coffee-style) table.


Wireless microphones

Lapel or Lavaliere wireless microphones are best where a low-coffee table is used or the speaker will move around a lot. They consistently produce very good sound, however some things should be taken into consideration.

  • The attaching of the lavaliere/lapel mic is critical for performance. Ideally this should be attached centrally and close to the mouth. The following locations are optimal:
    • No further than 1 inch/2.5 cm below the knot of a tie
    • Between the second and third from the top button on a shirt or blouse
  • A poorly attached mic can result in all sorts of problems including feedback and physical hitting of the mic as the speaker gesticulates
  • Some clothing makes the attachment of the mic or the concealment of the transmitter very difficult.
  • If multiple lapel mics are used, it is highly recommended that a technician is present. The microphones are very sensitive and should be live mixed to prevent noise interference from speakers that aren’t currently speaking.
  •  Multiple mics can also result in an increased possibility of feedback.
  • Unmuted microphones can amplify comments not intended for the audience to hear either on stage or even in the green room or after the event.

Handheld wireless microphones can also be used as table microphones or lectern microphones where wired microphones aren’t possible, but don’t have quite as good a pick-up as a gooseneck microphone. They should be mounted higher to allow the microphone to be closer to the speaker’s mouth.