Aspen Lavalier Microphone Mono vs. Stereo

Posted on Aug 11, 2014. 0 comments

When choosing an Aspen Lavalier Microphone it is important to understand the difference between our Mono versus Stereo options. Most lavalieres on the market are mono and will record audio to only one channel (left or right side). Since you will only be recording one track as opposed to two tracks, some audio recorders can be set to mono mode and double it's recording time.


The main sought after benefit our Aspen Mono Lav mics is that it requires the least amount of gain from your audio recorder (or camera's) internal preamp allowing for a cleaner recording with minimal floor noise. As with most mono microphones you will need to duplicate the audio track in post video editing to both channels prior to exporting.


If you are working with FCPX as your video editor, here's a great tutorial from Geek with Glasses on how to create a Dual Mono track.

Here's a great tutorial from howtechmultimedia showing you how to duplicate your channel / convert mono to stereo in Adobe.



For time sensitive projects in which the audio recordings must be sent to both Left and Right audio channels, Aspen Mics also offers the same omni-directional Lavalier microphones in a Stereo plug. There is no post editing involved to duplicate the audio to a second channel, but the disadvantage is the Stereo Lav will require slightly higher gain from your audio recorder or camera.


Mono Lavalier

[Identified with One Ring on Tip]

Requiring 'less gain' on your audio recorder typically a cleaner recording

Requires sound to be duplicated to second channel in post editing

Stereo Lavalier

[Identified with Two Rings on Tip]

Requires 'more gain' from your audio recorder typically boosting preamp noise

Does not require sound to be duplicated to second channel in post editing


Both Aspen Mono and Stereo high quality lavalier microphones are also available in a light Beige Color that offers less contrast when clipped to light colored fabric.


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