Using L1 Compact + T1 for online teaching
I'm working on solutions to vocal fatigue now that I'm in my 5th week of teaching private and group piano lessons online. So far, I'm resisting the idea of having to wear headphones or a headset all day long - the only headphones I have are wired, and I'm trying to be as "free" as possible while teaching because I do a lot of off-piano movement-based activities with my students when I'm teaching. I also just don't love having something on my head for hours every day. So today I started using my L1 compact + T1 (as audio interface with my Macbook Pro) with Audix OM3 mics (hypercardioid) on my voice and the acoustic piano so I can be better heard (and also hear myself) when teaching. It accomplished what I wanted: it amplified my voice so that I could speak at a normal volume instead of the elevated volume that we tend to create when talking to people online.
However, this setup doesn't feel sustainable to me. The main problem is that I'm now bound by a mic at the end of a boom stand all day long that I have to speak straight into to be heard, and it's nowhere near as easy for me to move around; I find that I'm moving in much more confined ways than I need to for my style of teaching, and so I definitely need a better solution. Here are options I've considered; I'm looking for feedback on these ideas (or other suggestions if you have them):
OPTION A) Replace my 2 Audix mics with ONE mic that has options for stereo, unidirectional, cardioid, etc. (something like a Yeti), with the thought that it could pick up both my voice and acoustic piano. This is currently my preferred choice because I can also use the Yeti for recording projects in the future.
-Would this just lead to a bunch of feedback if I'm using my L1 as an amp, or might it effectively amplify my voice and piano through the L1 (while also allowing my students to hear me well)?
-Can I get a Yeti X (USB only), run it through my laptop, and just use the L1 as output, or do I need to get a Yeti Pro (USB and XLR) so I can run it through the T1?
OPTION B) Replace my vocal mic with a lavalier mic and keep the 2nd Audix amplifying the piano.
-If this is the preferred solution, can anyone recommend a good lavalier mic? I'm thinking it would have to be an XLR connection so I can run both it and the Audix through the T1.
OPTION C) Something else altogether?
Thanks for your suggestions!