What to look for in a Gaming Microphone?
Most of us would think that gamers would need a really good microphone like the ones you see in a recording studio. But in reality, most gamers would just need at least something that is better than an ordinary microphone in an ordinary headset. Some people thing they need a top of the range model, but in actual fact a cheap microphone for gaming is recommended in most cases.
Here are some tips to guide you in searching for a gaming microphone:
- Decide if Built-in or Stand Alone
Each gamer has its own preference. Most headsets come with a built-in microphone and using them for a couple of minutes presents no problem. But if you are a serious gamer, then you would prefer headsets that are comfortable to wear even in an extended period of time. You may also need to consider the size of the headset where a medium-sized unit may give you a comfortable lightweight feel on the ear while large sets are heavier to wear.
The good thing with standalone microphone is that you are freed from the problems that goes with a headset. Also called as a dedicated microphone, standalone units gives better audio quality as compared to their compact headset counterparts. However, since gaming needs at least an audio outlet, using a standalone microphone may require you to install a separate unit, like a speaker or an earphone.
- Can function in different platforms
Common gaming microphones, especially those that are built-in with a headset, has a stereo jack on the end. While these connections can go with most traditional audio plug-in, new platforms may not work with them.
Most units have a separate jack for the earphones and another one for the microphone. Some recent units are incorporated in to a single jack. So, we highly advise you to look for units that has an audio/mic adaptor (like USB and XLR) for it to be functional regardless of platform. In other words, just plug it then play.
- Noise Reduction Capability
Most common microphones feature a foam pad (also called as pop filters) that screens- out unwanted audio. However, the disadvantage of common microphones is their inability to filter out these chatters like the clicking of a mouse or the typing in a keyboard. These unwanted chatters will be intensified especially if you have a noisy background.
However, gaming microphones have a noise reduction capability where it only records sound, like your voice, within a couple of inches away from the microphone unit. This means that any sound outside the perimeter will not be recorded and heard. So, you have to choose a gaming microphone that has a high noise reduction capability.
- Has a Multiple Recording Mode
A good indication for a quality microphone is the Multiple Recording Mode. You must take note that each sound recording requires a specific mode. For example, the most common type of multiple recording modes is pod cast, voice over and simple audio recording.
- Your budget vs the Price
Take note that gaming microphones has a wide price range. Of course, the cheapest are the ordinary headset with a built-in microphone that only cost a few dollars. Mid-range headsets with good microphones may run up to a hundred dollars. High-end quality standalone microphones may also cost up to a hundred dollars but you need to invest on a separate audio system, like an earphone or headset, to hear the audio output. The best headsets with good quality microphones out in the market may cost you up to half a thousand dollars. So, we highly advice to work on your budget and get the best deal out of it.