If you are a beginner musician looking to go on stage or if you ever have been backstage of a music concert at some point, you may have heard the term “mic up”.
It might sound puzzling at first but mic up is simply attaching a microphone to a musician or an instrument, so their audience can hear them better.
But there are also some other definitions of mic up that may surprise you. We take a closer look at what mic up means, and how you can mic up a band in a few steps.
The Meaning Of “Mic Up”
The term “mic up” has a number of different meanings, and they are not all related to music.
However, each definition refers to a microphone and improving the sound quality of music or voice.
Mic Up A Person Or Band
One of the most common uses of mic up can be found wherever a person needs a microphone.
It refers to giving someone a microphone or also attaching a small microphone to someone’s clothing.
This can mean that you can mic up band members, comedians or politicians who are giving a speech.
Even news presenters need to be mic-ed up to ensure that the audience can hear them.
Mic Up An Instrument
If you are playing an instrument on a stage of whatever size, it’s not only vocalists and singers who need a microphone.
Also the band’s instruments need to be connected to amplifiers or mixers to ensure that your audience can hear you properly.
Mic up is also used for connecting an instrument to a mixer or amplifier in a recording session or at a concert.
This could be almost any instrument that has the appropriate connections.
Adjusting The Position Of The Microphone
Mic up can also describe the process of adjusting the position of the microphone.
Usually a microphone has to be moved closer to the mouth of the singer or vocalist to improve the sound quality.
This reduces background noise and it makes the voice easier to hear even in the distant corners of a large auditorium.
Mic Up In A Game
But mic up also has another meaning that isn’t related to music.
The term mic up in the popular children’s game Roblox indicates that a user should use voice chat with a microphone.
Roblox itself doesn’t offer a vocal chat option, so users usually use a third-party chat app, such as Discord.
If one Roblox user suggests a voice call, then he usually asks the other user for a mic up to indicate that they can chat with a microphone.
This is not always safe as this means that young Roblox users will leave the platform to have a voice call through another application.
How To Mic Up A Band
One of the main meanings of the term “mic up” is to give each band member a microphone, and connect amplifiers, mixers and other sound enhancing gear to each instrument.
If you are a musician who plays on stage or even as an audio engineer, one of the basic things to learn is how to mic up a band or presenters.
You will need to understand what type of microphones are used for live bands, where to put the microphones on different amplifies, mixers and instruments, as well as how to set up the entire performance area, so the sound reaches into the far corners of the auditorium.
There are no specific rules on setting up a band or a performance space, and much depends on the equipment you have available.
However, there are a few microphone techniques that you will pick up over time which will improve the sound quality of the performance.
Plug The Microphone Into The Right Port
The right connections between instruments, microphones, amplifiers and speakers are essential.
You may also want to connect other audio devices and a computer to control the sound remotely.
Check Volume Levels
Sound can quickly damage our ear drums if the volume is too high, so make sure that the microphones are at a good distance and your volume levels are set correctly.
Test The Microphones
There is nothing more disastrous than a microphone not working properly during the performance, so make sure that you test the microphones upfront.
It’s also important to get a good feel for the type of microphones you are using.
Treat Your Equipment With Care
Audio gear is sensitive, so make sure that you handle your equipment with care.
Try Different Settings
Each stage, each band, each instrument and each performer is different. This means there are no rules how to set your mics up.
Try a few different settings to find out what works best for the overall sound quality. Adjust the position of the different microphones to find out what improves the sound.
Changing the microphone position can have a big effect on the background noise and it can also get you a better signal.
Provide A Mic Introduction To The Musicians
If you are an audio engineer, it can be very useful for your band members to understand the basics of the microphone.
Many experienced bands already know how to use a microphone in the right way, but with new bands, you may need to explain some of the basics.
For example, don’t shout into the microphone.
Mic up has a range of different meanings in the music industry.
It can mean that a presenter or musician needs a microphone, or even that the microphone should be moved closer to the mouth of the vocalist.
A good microphone positioning and setup for band members and instruments is essential for a great sound quality during a performance.
But it’s not just useful for concert spaces. You will also need a microphone in many other situations with an audience.
Comedians and politicians on stage also need a microphone, as well as TV presenters.
They all have to bring their message across through a mic to ensure that their audience can hear them.