Looking for USB headset microphone recommendations for Camtasia 9

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Hi, I am facilitating a small training for staff in my office on the usage of Camtasia 9 (Windows).  As an incentive for signing up for class, I want to give staff who attend a USB headset (w/ microphone) to use for Camtasia recordings.  Looking for a low-cost option that provides decent recording quality... Any recommendations? :)

TIA,
-Chris
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Mark W4CHL

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Have had excellent results with an old standby: Logitech USB250, especially on newer MacBook Pros. Just need that USBC to USB2 adapter or a hub.  We got ours for $25 when it was noticed on eBay.
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Oz du Soleil

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This is the USB mic that I use http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/blackwire-435

Often I wear a hat during videos and those over-the-head mics don't work with a hat. I wish there were more USB microphones like this.

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I've had good service from this Andrea Electronics headset.

You get what you pay for. I've been using the same headset for over 4 years now.
I recently replaced the earpiece foam pads because they wore out.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VW41G8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



I  wear glasses and there comfortable to use over long periods of time. It's a stereo headset with pretty good sound.
They have noise cancelling software that you download. I've  sat in a room with a window air conditioner running and it does a very good job of not picking up that noise.

 
Regards,Joe
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I have a Logitec  low-end wired model that I bought for approximately $30.00 in November 2013 and I have been using it constantly ever since for Skype, Camtasia, and Corel VisualStudio applications.  It is comfortable to wear for long periods and sounds great.
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My "good friend" the Captioning Fairy Godmother likes to share USB headset microphones, too! She even includes a list of her favorites in her presentations. A few of her top reasonably priced choices for newbies that she's tested and owns herself are:
Andrea NC181VM USB Mono headset/mic
Plantronics Audio 610 Mono USB headset/mic
Logitech 350 headset/mic
She and I (teehee) create a lot of videos and do a lot of captioning, so we've graduated to a Blue Yeti Mic on a boom with a shockmount /popper cover and Sony MDR 7508 Pro Headphones.
Have fun!
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I miss my Yeti. Actually, it's in a closet.
But I move around too much, and spent hours adjusting audio levels after recording each video. I had to give up the sound quality and go with the Plantronics Blackwire 435 so that I could move around.
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Thanks so much everyone for the helpful replies!  Looks like there are a lot of options.  Time to go shopping around :).  I will let you know which one I end up getting!
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Get all of them.
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I need a headset mounted, noise cancelling, USB microphone for narrating Camtasia videos but do not want headphones. I don't need them to hear the audio playback and have a big head and big ears and wearing most any kind of earphones over them starts hurting pretty soon. I need the area in front of me for scripts, etc., for the narrations so the headset approach works best. I could use a boom mounted mic but would prefer not to.

Any advice would be deeply appreciated.

Larry
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Tim Frost

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Larry,

Check out the Blue Nessie line.  This is the one I have and here is a link to the YouTube review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92QFCIen-68
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susannemistric

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I LOVE these reviews! Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks, Tim, but I need a headset mounted mic. I need my desktop clear in front of me. Don't want a boom either. I get in enough trouble with my wife over clutter.

Thanks for the idea, though.
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One of the mics I carry with me is an Andrea NC181VM USB Mono headset/mic . You might find a mono headset more comfortable, and this is a great microphone. ( I don't even use the software it comes with someone mentioned above because I use this particular headset primarily with Dragon Naturally Speaking.)
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I love the BLUE Nessie for desktop versatility...It's easy to carry and foolproof to set up. At home I also use a BLUE Yeti on a boom with a blue radius shock mount. I'm happy with USB with these mics. And yeah, the BLUE mics look cool, too.
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I've got a Blue Yeti ... in the closet.

A headset microphone allows a person to move around. It's not so easy with a desktop microphone--even when it's on a boom.
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Agreed. You've got the have a certain type of setup for a mic on a boom to be a good choice.
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Spring for a studio quality headset at some point. Mine are Sony.
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