Useful Hints & Tips
AKG LYRA’s Ultra-HD quality sound and simplicity make it easy enough to get a good sound. However, with a few extra bits of knowledge, you could really up your audio capture game! Some of these pointers maybe obvious, but you may find them helpful to get the best possible performance out of Lyra.
Keep AKG Lyra at the right distance
The behaviour of all microphones changes depending on their distance from a sound source. If that sound source is your voice, there are going to be a number of things you’ll want to consider.
If you want your voice to sound as clear and dry as possible, you’ll need the microphone closer to your face. However, as you get closer and speak into Lyra, you’ll notice plosive sounds (‘puh’s’ and ‘buh’s’) will begin to make a pop sound. Particularly if you talk into a microphone closer than 30cm. These can be reduced using a pop shield, or by talking across the microphone. We would recommend a combination of these. If you can't get a pop shield, try direct your speech slightly past Lyra, at a distance of 20-30cm.
Balance your Microphone Gain & Headphone Output
It’s very easy to get yourself into trouble when you have more than one volume control. For example, you could set your headphones so loud that when you set your microphone gain, its far to quiet when it’s played back.
We recommend that you ALWAYS set your microphone gain first. Don’t even worry about your headphone level to begin with. With LYRA plugged into your audio software, use the meters to monitor your level as you talk normally / play your instrument. Adjust the gain so that the loudest parts of your recording are safely below the red area. If you are too loud, your signal will distort. Anywhere between -3dB and -6dB should be sufficient. Once your signal looks healthy, adjust your headphone level so that you feel comfortable.
Trying Putting AKG LYRA on a Mic Stand
If the desktop stand doesn’t work for you, you can always mount LYRA to a standard microphone stand. Simply unscrew the base from the microphone and then attach it to a microphone stand with a ⅝” thread size. Mic stands usually come in two standard thread sizes - ⅝” is the ‘big’ one and ⅜" is the ‘small’ one. Adding a microphone stand to your setup makes positioning LYRA far more flexible, especially if you need to bring it closer to a sound source, or just save on desk space.
If you’re looking to capture high quality audio with minimal fuss, AKG LYRA certainly fits the bill. An all-in-one recording and monitoring device that delivers professional results for your content every time, whether you’re streaming, vlogging, podcasting or recording music or even video conferencing. From those aspiring creators, to those already at the top, AKG LYRA is an affordable solution for your audio needs.