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My New Podcasting Headset

Posted by JenThorpe at 10:39 PM on June 10, 2012

I recently celebrated a birthday and received some new podcasting gear as a gift. What better place to geek-out over the new gear than here? I’m very excited about it!

Before I get too far into this, I should back up a bit. I started podcasting with my husband in 2005. In 2007, I decided that it was time for me to try my hand at producing a podcast by myself (in addition to the podcast that my husband and I did together). To make a long story short, the new podcast was being done for a collaborative project. I had no idea, at the time, if I would like solo podcasting enough to continue my show after the project ended.

So, in 2007, we purchased a Logitech USB headset from the local office supply store. I’ve been using it for podcasting ever since. It was inexpensive, and wasn’t fancy, but it worked for what I needed at the time. Now, in 2012, it is clear that this headset is done. It has started to make the infamous creaking sound that signals that the microphone connection to the headset is on it’s way out.

My brand new podcasting gear is a beyerdynamic MMX 2 headset. It is designed to be used for podcasting as well as gaming. Today, some of my podcasting involves gaming, so this is perfect for me. The microphone arm on this headset is flexible and bendable which will allow me to have more control over the quality of my sound. The way this microphone is attached to the headset will diminish the potential for that creaky sound to occur.

The other cool thing about the beyerdynamic MMX 2 headset is that it comes with standard audio mini plugs for direct connection to standard audio ports. It also comes with a USB adapter. This means I can use my new headset to record a solo podcast, to record a “game night”, and to record a podcast with my husband through our mixer. My old headset only could be plugged into a USB port.

3 Comments

  1. From Byron @akaTGIF on Twitter at 12:40 pm on June 12, 2012

    Thanks for the review. Can I ask about your additional set up?
    a) Do you use a Mac or PC
    b) Do you use a Mixer or plug the USB directly into your computer?

    Thanks,

    Byron

  2. From Byron @akaTGIF on Twitter at 12:41 pm on June 12, 2012

    Thanks for the review. Can I ask about your additional set up?
    a) Do you use a Mac or PC
    b) Do you use a Mixer or plug the USB directly into your computer?

    What is your Podcast URL ?

    Thanks,

    Byron

  3. From JenThorpe at 3:44 pm on June 12, 2012

    Byron,
    I am using a Mac. I’ve been using Mac computers for my podcasting, and everything else, since 2007.

    Right now, I have plugged the USB directly into my computer. However, there is the potential that I could plug the headset into my mixer if I wanted to. My husband and I do a podcast together, and we always use a mixer for that one. Previously, I’d been using a stand up microphone and regular headphones when I record with him. This new headset will allow me to use it, instead of the previous set up.

    I have a laptop that is a PC. I think there is potential that I could plug my new headset into that, if I wanted to take the laptop and record something when while traveling, someday.