[bct] inexpensive microphones part 2

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Bct" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Nov 2005 11:35:09 -0600

There are other places that also sell both kinds of headphone mikes.
Best buy is another option.  They too have a money back guarantee.
Hello all.  In the quest to help people find inexpensive microphones,
let me offer one suggestion.  This will not work for everyone, but it
may work for some.
Radio Shack sells a variety of combination headset and microphones.
They are around $20 to probably $50.  There are two different kinds
and depending on the recorder you have, some may work and some may
not.  However, Radio Shack has a $30 day money back guarantee, so you
can buy them and try them.
1.  They have a lot of headset mikes one can use for cell phones.  In
fact. some of you who have cell phones may have such microphones
already.  Both the head set and microphone combination end in one sub
mini stereo plug, one side of the stereo plug connects the headphone
and the other connects the mike.  If you have a 1 eighth inch mini
plug on your recorder, you will need to get two additional things from
Radio Shack.  First, you will need a stereo adapter that has a sub
mini jack on one end and an eighth inch mini plug on the other.  You
will plug your cell phone mike into the sub mini jack of this adapter.
Next, you will need a y cable that has a 1 eighth mini jack on one end
and two one eighth mini plugs on the other end.  You will plug the
adapter into the eighth inch mini jack of the y cable.  One of the two
plugs on the other end of the cable will go into the mike input jack
of your recorder and the other will go into the headphone jack.  You
can then speak into the microphone and hear it through the headphone.
Now, here is the thing.  You have to first figure out which plug goes
where.  So, plug one of them into the headphone jack of the recorder
and begin playing something you know is there.  If you can hear it
through the headphones, you are using the correct plug for the
headphone.  Plug the other plug into the microphone jack and you are
good to go.  If you do not hear the playback through the headphone,
unplug the plug from the head phone jack and plug in the other one.
You should then hear sound and can then plug the other one in to the
input of the recorder.  You can then somehow mark one of the two
cables, whichever one you want, with something so you will always know
one from the other.
I would suggest that you get one of the units that has the mike
reasonably close to your mouth to block out as much noise as you can.
Some of the mike headsets simply have a very short mike that reaches
half way to your mouth.  If you want more ambient noise, these will
work.  If not, you may want to get one that actually fits over your
head and has a mike that sticks out closer to your mouth.
The next thing you will have to do is to make some recordings and
figure out where to place the mike which normally can be moved around
a bit.  Too close to your mouth and you pick up your blowing into the
mike as you speak.  So try moving it away from your mouth and also up
and down to find the best place.
The other thing you need to know is that some recorders will not
tolerate this setup.  If you hear a whine or lots of static in your
recording, you may need to go the second route.
2.  Radio Shack also sells similar microphone headsets for use with
computers.  The only difference is that they have two separate one
eighth mini plugs instead of one sub mini plug.  So, there is no need
for an adaptor or a y cable.  You simply use the above strategy to
figure out which is which and you are on your way.
Some of these microphones have remarkably good sound and because they
are closer to your mouth than a stand alone mike might be, you don't
hear the noise in the mike as much.
Obviously, some people would rather have a stand alone mike or two so
this may not work for them, but it is about as inexpensive a way to
get a voice mike as I know.
I hope this helps.  Again, any questions are welcome.

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