When Should You Use Gooseneck Microphones?


There are a wide variety of microphone types in the conferencing world, and each type has a specific use case. Perhaps the most conspicuous type is the gooseneck microphone, which has a long and slender neck like the graceful animal. In this quick walkthrough, we've shared the basics of gooseneck mics, including the key benefits of this useful microphone type.

What is a Gooseneck Microphone?

Designed for close-up vocal capture, gooseneck microphones have a directional pickup pattern called cardioid. This mainly picks up sound from the front, with some capture from the sides as well. Depending on the mic design, goosenecks can range from 5" to 24" long. For instance, Yamaha offers a 6" and 12" version of its gooseneck mic.

When should you use a Gooseneck Microphone

Typically, this microphone style is designed for spaces with one person speaking at a time, like a boardroom or an auditorium with a panel set up. They may also be installed on a podium, where a presenter is addressing an audience, like in a classroom or lecture hall.

Benefits of Gooseneck Microphones

Gooseneck microphones provide a tight pickup pattern and can be a great choice for picking up individual voices. They also provide the freedom that a handheld microphone might not. If a speaker wants to be able to set notes down or not have to hold on to something for a long speech, the gooseneck can be a great option. Unlike handheld mics, goosenecks are designed to be placed on the table in front of the speaker and can be positioned based on distance and the height of the speaker.

Another benefit of a gooseneck microphone is they’re also designed with protection against RF interference.

Wired vs. Wireless

At Yamaha, our gooseneck mics are available in wired and wireless versions. For instance, the Executive Elite wireless microphone system relies on a distributed signal from a remote antenna receiver. This advanced design can support up to 76 wireless microphones simultaneously, while still providing 256-bit encryption.

Meanwhile, our wired gooseneck mics offer the same great audio quality at a lower price, without the wireless functionality. Depending on your conferencing space, you may prefer a wireless system for its streamlined design, especially in a larger room where your set up changes frequently. On the other hand, a wired gooseneck is the more affordable option if your space is set and you don't mind hiding the wires.

Ready to test a gooseneck microphone for yourself? At Yamaha, we have a wide variety of microphone systems that can support wired and wireless models. Use our Product Finder to discover the best unified communications technology for your needs.

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