I'm learning several unexpected lessons while recording my 1st violin part for my student ensemble (first time as first violin!) - I was provided the 2nd violin part and the music. It's easy (part of Handel's Water Music) as we are all learning the technology - including my teacher - and I've had some very unexpected recording issues. For whatever reason I simply cannot record using my bluetooth earbuds with my Blue Yeti as it sounds awful. I've all the right settings for both input and output, but there it is.
I've discovered my recording is far better if I use a headset that does not have a microphone and that I can't actually hear my teacher's recording well enough unless I use a full over-the ear headset. I do have a (very) old headset that does the trick nicely. But it has a cord which I hate.
Curious if anyone here uses a blue tooth over-the-ear headset for recording, and has suggestions. I've not yet decided if I really need noise canceling to tamp my sound back a bit so I can hear my teacher's recording. Trying not to spend more than I need to. A Bose headset WOULD be lovely :-)
Also curious if anyone has had issue with recording when two microphones are present even when the settings are correct.
I find that wireless headsets just don't cut it for real-time stuff, even when they're very high-end. I'd go with a wired headset.
The interesting thing is the actual quality of the sound recorded is different, almost like my laptop is picking up input from both microphones, the recorded sound is quite harsh. I also never had the chance to really relearn how to play with others before the lockdown so it's definitely a learning experience to need to play the 1st violin part while listening to the 2nd. Thankfully my teacher is moving me to alternating in-person/Zoom lessons starting next week.
I agree with Lydia. I would not use Bluetooth headphones. The lag is too high.
Paul, thanks, will check that model as well. My gain setting has been the same for a year (and it is turned up but will change that). I have to wonder if some system update is behind it as even Zoom lessons are impacted now. Regardless, my experiment proves I need to not use bluetooth for this.
My Bluetooth earbuds have a "headset" mode and a "headphone" mode. If you use headphone mode (the earbuds' mic is inactive) with the USB mic selected and it's still bad, I don't know. My laptop's built-in mic is also "present" so there are three in the vicinity, but as long as I have headphone mode plus USB mic, everything is fine.
I've a Blue Yeti microphone that does great, I think I just need a good wired headset and I'm addressing that today at a local store as I need to record tonight and they have the one Paul suggested. I appreciate all of the helpful comments, I think it all comes down to Bluetooth. I will reserve those buds for my phone :)
Catherine, I would be interested to get your review of the AKG K-240 headphones. Good luck with your recording.
Sennheiser HD58x through Drop:
Adalberto - thanks for your thoughts! My needs right now are quite basic and didn't want to spend that much at this time. If/when I outgrow my K-240 I will certainly keep the suggestions both you and Lydia made in mind. I also needed something today, literally. It was still a difficult decision to make. I was very curious about the Audio Technica MSR7 headphones Lydia recommended but it wasn't available locally to purchase today, or I might have.
John, I did purchase the AKG K-240 locally and I've some initial thoughts. Time will tell how my opinion might change. Please keep in mind that I am barely intermediate (Suzuki 4), and my needs simple. I just needed to be able to hear my teacher/director well enough while playing a part different from his provided track without the headphones tamping down or distorting my own sound while playing. I needed it TODAY. A few thoughts: