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Need a quality headset for my video tutorials
      #1099151 - 23/04/14 09:41 AM
Up until now, I've been using an AT4033a (thanks Dave) and Camtasia to record my videos. The problem I always have is that of maintaining the right distance between me and the mic to prevent all the usual proximity problems and that of gains flying all over the place.

I have a crappy Microsoft headset I use for Skype and I tried a test run with Camtasia. It's perfect for my needs but not exactly studio quality.

I know there are a ton of you live dudes that use headsets, so any recommendations for a headset with a decent microphone? I am not too bothered about the headphone side of things, only the mic.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099157 - 23/04/14 09:51 AM
Are you going to be on the video yourself? ie does it need to be hidden, as on TV/musical/theatre etc with tiny beige models, or can it have a huge great black blob in front of your mouth? You want wired or wireless, or doesn't it matter? Have you a budget in mind? Maybe a good old-fashioned lavalier mic? More info please...


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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Mixedup]
      #1099159 - 23/04/14 09:55 AM
Quote Mixedup:

Are you going to be on the video yourself? ie does it need to be hidden, as on TV/musical/theatre etc with tiny beige models, or can it have a huge great black blob in front of your mouth? You want wired or wireless, or doesn't it matter? Have you a budget in mind? Maybe a good old-fashioned lavalier mic? More info please...




I won't be featured in any of the videos so it can be hidden, does not require wireless (usb is fine), happy with a big black blob in front of me, budget is preferably below £100 and closer to £50.
I have a lavalier but it wasn't the ideal solution. I prefer the headset option.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099168 - 23/04/14 10:27 AM
I've got one of these: http://www.countryman.com/isomax-headset if you want to try it.
It's XLR (and hypercardioid) though, oh, and it's a bit more than £100 (closer to £200), but you're welcome to borrow it if you want to try it.

I use it for backing vocals on the drums.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099200 - 23/04/14 11:05 AM
When I've needed to do this I've used an A-T or AKG head-worn mic with my normal closed-back cans 'over the top' as it were. Works well and not at all uncomfortable on the head.

Best of both worlds...


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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099203 - 23/04/14 11:09 AM
Quote Zukan:

I won't be featured in any of the videos so it can be hidden, does not require wireless (usb is fine), happy with a big black blob in front of me, budget is preferably below £100 and closer to £50.




Having tried a bunch of these £50-£100 headset mics, I can say that I've not found one yet that isn't garbage.*

I'd prefer a decent quality lav or a theatre-style quality headset system - it's more expensive of course, but it's an investment and it pays in terms of quality and there is *nothing* worse than audio professionals demoing or teaching audio concepts and they can't even be bothered to make their mic audio sound half decent - it would be like a "professional" photographer giving photographic advice while showing their horrible, out of focus, underexposed and poorly framed photos.

* That's not to say they don't exist, just that all the ones I've personally tried were dreadful.

As Neo says, the £200 price point is more realistic for something that is decent.


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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Neokoenig]
      #1099204 - 23/04/14 11:17 AM
Quote Neokoenig:

I've got one of these: http://www.countryman.com/isomax-headset if you want to try it.
It's XLR (and hypercardioid) though, oh, and it's a bit more than £100 (closer to £200), but you're welcome to borrow it if you want to try it.

I use it for backing vocals on the drums.




Thanks Noe, one to consider but alas the price.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1099205 - 23/04/14 11:18 AM
Quote Mike Stranks:

When I've needed to do this I've used an A-T or AKG head-worn mic with my normal closed-back cans 'over the top' as it were. Works well and not at all uncomfortable on the head.

Best of both worlds...




Mike, any recommendations on model etc?

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: desmond]
      #1099206 - 23/04/14 11:20 AM
Quote desmond:

Quote Zukan:

I won't be featured in any of the videos so it can be hidden, does not require wireless (usb is fine), happy with a big black blob in front of me, budget is preferably below £100 and closer to £50.




Having tried a bunch of these £50-£100 headset mics, I can say that I've not found one yet that isn't garbage.*

I'd prefer a decent quality lav or a theatre-style quality headset system - it's more expensive of course, but it's an investment and it pays in terms of quality and there is *nothing* worse than audio professionals demoing or teaching audio concepts and they can't even be bothered to make their mic audio sound half decent - it would be like a "professional" photographer giving photographic advice while showing their horrible, out of focus, underexposed and poorly framed photos.

* That's not to say they don't exist, just that all the ones I've personally tried were dreadful.

As Neo says, the £200 price point is more realistic for something that is decent.





Ok, thanks for the advice. Any recommendations on a model that uses USB. I say this because when working with Win 7 we lost the 'mix stereo' function in the CT and it's a convoluted process to get both internal PC sound and my soundcard to actually work together without me needing a baseball bat.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Neokoenig]
      #1099207 - 23/04/14 11:21 AM
Quote Neokoenig:

I've got one of these: http://www.countryman.com/isomax-headset if you want to try it.
It's XLR (and hypercardioid) though, oh, and it's a bit more than £100 (closer to £200), but you're welcome to borrow it if you want to try it.

I use it for backing vocals on the drums.




Great link. Made me moist. Might borrow it off you Noe and demo it if that's ok m8?

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099215 - 23/04/14 11:37 AM
Yep no worries; haven't got a gig for a little while so that will work.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099216 - 23/04/14 11:42 AM
Quote Zukan:

Any recommendations on a model that uses USB.




Sorry, I've only really been trying the low end analog headsets in conjunction with various radio/wireless systems, so nothing direct into a computer, so I have no definite recommendations for your purposes, just wanted to chuck in some input which may or may not be useful...


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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099221 - 23/04/14 11:53 AM
Thanks Des.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099232 - 23/04/14 12:49 PM
I think you'd be looking at a couple of hundred quid. AKG C520 would be good if you want a little warmth close proximity, or an omni, probable entry level would be Rode HS-1, for neutral. Wouldn't know about cheaper stuff.

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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Zukan]
      #1099247 - 23/04/14 02:44 PM
Quote Zukan:

Quote Mike Stranks:

When I've needed to do this I've used an A-T or AKG head-worn mic with my normal closed-back cans 'over the top' as it were. Works well and not at all uncomfortable on the head.

Best of both worlds...




Mike, any recommendations on model etc?




The AKG is a C444 (now discontinued);

the A-T was the ATM73a which I bought second-hand on EBay - and have subsequently sold. Probably out of your price-range new though...


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Re: Need a quality headset for my video tutorials new [Re: Mike Stranks]
      #1099255 - 23/04/14 03:18 PM
Quote Mike Stranks:

Quote Zukan:

Quote Mike Stranks:

When I've needed to do this I've used an A-T or AKG head-worn mic with my normal closed-back cans 'over the top' as it were. Works well and not at all uncomfortable on the head.

Best of both worlds...




Mike, any recommendations on model etc?




The AKG is a C444 (now discontinued);

the A-T was the ATM73a which I bought second-hand on EBay - and have subsequently sold. Probably out of your price-range new though...






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