Submitted July 3, 2012 by NICK A in BURBANK, CA
"First headset in years"
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In an effort to save my back and consolidate the amount of gear I take to live gigs, I've gone back to using a headset mic instead of a mic on a stand. My trusty SM58 took care of me for years, but it's time for a change.
The last time I used a headset mic, it was a crummy AKG that was difficult to maintain in position, weighed too much, and sounded like butt. So I had a bit of trepidation when I ordered this mic, even though the reviews I'd read were mostly favorable. Thankfully, the WH20 is a quality item, even though it's on a lower tier than, say, the Beta53. The mic is crisp and clean, and does an excellent job of picking up every nuance of my vocal. To the dismay of the rest of the band. This mic is light, sounds really good, and is comfortable enough to wear for hours at a time.
One thing you're gonna want to keep in mind if you go the headset route is that a headset will pick up EVERYTHING. Every sniffle, cough, grunt and squawk. i ended up getting a Rolls mic switch to kill the signal when I'm not singing. Will probably replace that with a Panic Button so I can have a direct line to my tech or monitor engineer.
My only issue with the mic is the gooseneck. It's a bit on the flimsy side, and could use a little beefing up. But all in all, this mic is a good quality, affordable entry into the world of headset mics. Recommended.
15 years recording and touring
Rock, country, blues, R&B
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