What mic should I use?
Let’s talk microphones… There’s loads, LOADS! It’s a minefield, with condenser mics, cardoid, hyper cardoid mics, which mic is going to best suit your commentary without breaking the bank? And where do you start??
Well thankfully you don’t need to fork out fortunes to get a good sound for your listeners, and in this article we will look at some of the options our current pundits are using, you can have a listen for yourself, see what you like the sound of, and we’ve included prices and links to where you can get them.
Remember, if you have an iPhone 7 or above, there is no headphone socket so you will need to use an adaptor.. either around £10 for the official one or Amazon do some cheaper ones.
So let’s begin…
1. Turtle Beach Recon Chat Headset
This is a great starter headset and the cheapest of the bunch. It comes with a nice long cable and a little volume control for when you take it home and the kids nick it to play call of duty. We have tested both PS4 and XBOX versions with the iPhone and Android and both have great results. Nice and comfortable over-the-ear on one side and an adjustable mic which comes with a handy little foam pop/wind filter.
Amazon : http://amzn.eu/dpzZRKa
2. Wantek Cell Phone Headset
A little more expensive than the Turtle Beach but this headset has a bit more quality on the mic side, once again this headset comes with a volume control for the earphone but that won’t be needed while you’re commentating. Slightly dodgy company name but the headset is a bargain and offers great comfort and quality.
Amazon : http://amzn.eu/fHoBTff
3. Your smartphone’s built in mic
Believe it or not, you can actually get great results from the mic in your phone, these results do vary from phone to phone but the rule of thumb is that Apple and Samsung phones have the best quality. Modern smartphones actually have more than one mic built in, the second (and sometimes third) mic picks up background noise and cancels it out which means you end up with a pretty darn good sound… Here’s the lads over at Frickley Athletic, who pass an iPhone 6S around between them, sharing the punditry and getting a great result.
You may also decide to use a LAV mic, these are the clip on mics you see on TV… these can be picked up pretty cheap too, our recommendation is the Tonor Omnidirectional which can be picked up here : http://amzn.eu/jb3SHSv
Let us know what mic you are using and how you get on.