Sound Check Your Mouth and the Microphone
posted by November 1 at 12:27 PMon
Microphones are breeding grounds for germs. Rappers and singers sing and yell. Mouths and throats are opened. Saliva is sprayed and spread. Spit flies—right onto the mic. And there it festers. There it meets spit from the eight people who were on the mic before you. During your set, you unknowingly touch your very own mouth to that mic.
Meet Rick. Rick was on the mic before you and was coughing up a lung. Rick is the bass player for a Southern metal rock band called “Crowbar.” Rick enjoys methamphetamines, Budweiser, and nude women. Crowbar has been on the road for six weeks and Rickís not too prone to wash his hands, or himself. In a gas station bathroom on the way to the show, Rick peed, flushed, and picked his crotch. He bought Goobers and Doritos and after he ate them, he licked his fingers. Then he spat all over the mic that you touched your mouth to.
On a microscopic level, microphones are like the beaches in Brazil where itís legal to have sex at night. Anything goes. Your mouth and Rickís cells, all over each other.
A Dr. Smith at Swedish Medical Center spoke:
Cold and flu viruses can survive outside the body for up to 48 hours, depending on the specific virus and surface type. They survive longer on nonporous surfaces such as plastic and metal.
How can you guard against mic germs? You can bring your own mic or use a foam mic cover. But will you have time to hook your mic up? Will you remember it in the frenzy of breakdown? There are also sanitizer sprays, but I canít see sound engineers being too happy about having their mics sprayed.
Singer / songwriter, Daniel G. Harmann says:
My mouth always touches the mic. I donít like to think about the germs. I just think of it as a brotherhood of saliva. I try to eat right, take vitamins, and have a strong immune system. Those spray sanitizers make the mic taste terrible. Itís like drinking air freshener. Iíd almost rather have the germs.
The next time some slobbering drunk, or sick person hands you back the microphone, spray on SaniGuard and kill those harmful germs within 45 seconds, leaving your mic germ free and keeping you healthy for your next gig!
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Happy cold and flu season. Itís a fight—your immune system vs. Rickís germs. Heís not going to wash his hands, so you should get your own mic.