Guide to Gooseneck Microphones

Author: Gina Cunsolo

Yamaha UC Gooseneck Microphones
Guide to Gooseneck Microphones

When you think of gooseneck microphones, what do you picture? Maybe you picture a gameshow, like Family Feud, where gooseneck microphones rest on the podiums where the contestants stand. Or, maybe you’ve seen them in a courtroom show, like Judge Judy, where gooseneck microphones capture a variety of gripes and accusations from all parties involved. Even still, gooseneck microphones are also seen in political debates, as candidates make their case for presidency and elicit public support. 

Wherever you’ve seen them, gooseneck microphones are useful in many different workplace environments. In this article, we’ll cover what exactly a gooseneck microphone is, what gooseneck microphones are good for, the different types of gooseneck microphones and what gooseneck microphones Yamaha UC offers.

What is a gooseneck microphone?

Plain and simple, a gooseneck microphone is a microphone mounted on a flexible gooseneck, rather than a cable. The gooseneck microphone is attached to a wide, square or circle base, and rests on the table or the podium. Some speakers can even choose to hold their gooseneck microphones in order to get it closest to their mouth and thereby amplify their speaking voice. The gooseneck itself is a bendable, thin, neck that can be used to wind the microphone towards or away from the speaker.

Gooseneck microphones come in a variety of sizes and lengths. Yamaha UC, for example, features a 6 inch and a 12 inch gooseneck, while other manufacturers offer goosenecks as long as 18 inches. The ideal size of the gooseneck depends on the use case. For meeting participants sitting around a table without a laptop in front of them, a shorter gooseneck will capture their voices sufficiently. Those with a laptop however, would benefit from a longer gooseneck microphone that could possibly reach over the laptop screen. 

When talking about the actual microphone component of a gooseneck microphone, there are a few important terms to know: cardioid and condenser. In order to understand which type of gooseneck to use for your specific use case, it’ll be helpful to know the definitions of these two terms.gooseneck RM-W Yamaha UC

Cardioid or condenser?

Though often referred to as opposite sides of the same coin, these two terms are actually completely different concepts. Condenser refers to the type of microphone, while cardioid refers to the mic pattern. A gooseneck microphone often encompasses both - it is a condenser microphone, which is a very sensitive microphone, and it also features a cardioid pattern.

The cardioid polar pattern is the most popular polar pattern because it is optimized for direct sound pick up. Shaped like a heart, the cardioid pattern, unlike other directional microphones like bidirectional and omnidirectional, is best for localized sound capture. This makes it the perfect polar pattern for gooseneck microphones.

What are gooseneck microphones good for?

Gooseneck microphones are good for one thing: amplifying individual speakers. While they will not capture sound from a group of speakers, their incredibly localized sound ensures crystal-clear audio for speakers in a variety of settings.

RM-W Gooseneck YamahaGooseneck microphones are commonly used in the following settings:

  • Setting 1: Boardrooms. Picture a long, round table in a boardroom, with a gooseneck microphone placed in front of each chair. Because these meetings require participants to stay seated at the table, where they can speak directly into the microphone, goosenecks are the most popular microphone typically seen in this setting. Plus, the gooseneck microphone embodies a specific sophistication that is fitting for high-stakes meetings in boardrooms.

Boardrooms also may include acoustical issues because of their architectural design: glass walls, wood, high ceilings. By isolating sound capture, gooseneck microphones contribute to echo cancellation and dereverberation, helping the sound quality for remote participants.

  • Setting 2: Courtrooms. Turn on any courtroom show and you’ll find gooseneck microphones in multiple locations: on the judge’s podium, at the witness stand, and at the podiums for the prosecutor and the defendant. Gooseneck microphones set the tone for the serious kind of discussion occurring in court hearings - both in-person and virtual court hearings. In fact, as government agencies continue to conduct business virtually, gooseneck microphones will remain relevant in the virtual space. 

  • Setting 3: Classrooms. You’ll typically find a gooseneck microphone atop a podium at the front of the classroom. This positioning is ideal for capturing the professor as he or she delivers the lecture, recording the lecture, managing background noise in the classroom, and improving classroom acoustics by isolating the sound pick up. When considering how to choose the right microphone system for lecture halls and auditoriums, gooseneck microphones must be considered. However, if the professor begins walking around the room, a smaller, handheld gooseneck mic will be required in order to continue to pick up sound.

  • Setting 4: Flex Office Spaces. Though there are many different microphone options for conference tables, gooseneck microphones, especially wireless microphones, make an excellent choice for offices that need to offer a quick and easy solution to an impromptu meeting. Yamaha’s RM-W Wireless microphones, for example, rest on the charging base and can be effortlessly set up in almost any room - which can help ensure a smooth transition back to the office for those who worry about lack of updated technology.

  • Setting 5: House of Worship. In many houses of worship, especially traditional churches, the preacher or scripture reader usually stands at a podium and speaks into a gooseneck microphone. This amplifies his or her voice in the sanctuary.

In sum, gooseneck microphones are typically found in professional settings where the microphone needs to be close to the speaker.

Different types of gooseneck microphonesgooseneck wireless Yamaha

Wireless

One of the versatile audio solutions is a wireless gooseneck microphone, featuring the latest advancements in wireless microphone technology. The wireless functionality allows for impromptu meetings, and enables ultimate flexibility in all meeting spaces. Yamaha’s RM-W Wireless gooseneck microphone, for example, comes in two sizes: a 6 inch and a 12 inch. Both gooseneck microphones are sized appropriately to go behind the laptop, so users can speak into them clearly. These wireless microphones come with both a charging station and a USB charging port in case employees forget to put them back on the charging base before they leave the office for the day.

Learn more about the RM-W Wireless Microphones.

Wired

Similar to Yamaha’s wireless gooseneck microphones, wired gooseneck microphones also offer the flexibility and localized mic pick up necessary for many applications.

Gooseneck microphone alternatives

Like the idea of a gooseneck microphone, but not sure if it works for your use case? Thankfully, there are a plethora of other microphone options to consider.

Some alternatives to gooseneck microphones include:

  • Ceiling Microphone: Dante-enabled ceiling microphones are an excellent alternative to gooseneck microphones in a variety of settings, including: boardrooms, classrooms, and flex office spaces. Yamaha’s RM-CG Ceiling microphone includes dynamic beamforming technology, acoustic echo cancellation, and human voice activity detection, so conversation is delivered clearly to the far end. Ceiling microphones allow for the 

  • Tabletop Microphone: Wired tabletop microphones are also a great alternative to gooseneck microphones. While both rest on a table or podium, tabletop microphones will pick up others at the table as well. Rather than requiring a gooseneck microphone for each speaker, one long boardroom table can be outfitted with only two microphones and still pick up around 8-10 people. Yamaha’s RM-TT Tabletop Microphone is a great option to consider. 

In addition to ceiling microphones and tabletop microphones, wireless microphones also come in a variety of shapes and directional options - Yamaha’s ADECIA Wireless features two tabletop wireless microphones: omnidirectional and unidirectional.

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