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Small microphone recommendations that can fit into a headset?

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Thread Starter 

I'm not exactly sure if this belongs in this subforum so I apologize in advance if it's the wrong place to post.

 

I'm looking for a small 3.5mm microphone that can fit into a headset. This will be used to record air traffic control in an airplane along with the outside engine noise together. I am currently using this microphone from Radioshack.
 

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102927

 

My gripe with this microphone is that it's mono only and has absolutely nothing at all on how much battery I have left remaining.

 

Anyone have recommendations for a similar mic? Preferably under $50 but I'm open to raising the budget if it looks like it's worth it. Thanks in advance.

post #2 of 4
What are you looking to do here? Make a headphone into a headset? Or something more specialized? If you want the headphone->headset bit, the AntLion ModMic is a popular choice.

Mics are generally mono btw - unless they're array mics (which are usually only found with VoIP/telepresence hardware).
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I like to film my flights with my GoPro strapped to my head and including air traffic control is a nice touch. There's dedicated cables out there you could buy but then that leaves the audio to ATC only and it gets kind of boring at times when the frequency is dead. I like to have a bit of engine noise in the background in addition to ATC to make it more interesting.
 

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Originally Posted by Speedbird View Post

I like to film my flights with my GoPro strapped to my head and including air traffic control is a nice touch. There's dedicated cables out there you could buy but then that leaves the audio to ATC only and it gets kind of boring at times when the frequency is dead. I like to have a bit of engine noise in the background in addition to ATC to make it more interesting.

What you might do is feed the ATC line into both the headset and a recorder (it's mono too, yes? (I don't know anything about flight)), and then feed your mic as well (or multiple mics if you like); and mix it all down after the fact when you put the video together. That way you'd have ATC audio and whatever narration/voiceover you'd like to include, and the mic would probably pick up some background noise in the process (if it doesn't, you could put a third mic somewhere that does pick up such noise). The mic is mono, and you can either feed it into one channel (left or right) and ATC into the other (assuming it's also mono), or feed it into both channels. It's more natural in both channels (at least for headphone listening).
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