Headset mic for death metal?

Goreliscious

Senior Member
Hey, can anyone recommend a headset mic for a death metal drummer doing backing screams/shouts? I don't want to get something naff and waste my money, but on the other hand I can't imagine I need something too posh cos I'm not "singing" into it.

I've tried a mic on a stand next to me but it doesn't work for me because half the time my head's pointing the wrong way as most of my vocal parts come in on fills/rolls and I'd rather be looking at what I'm doing to make sure I don't miss a cymbal etc.
 

Goreliscious

Senior Member
Eh? I don't get it.

I've tried the DIY route if that's what you're implying - I adapted a gas mask to take a small mic but it's too distracting wearing it.
 
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audiotech

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I adapted a gas mask to take a small mic but it's too distracting wearing it.
This made me chuckle, lol. In a costume sort of way, it seems like it would be right at home in certain venues.

More seriously now, a lot will depend on the amount you want to spend. You can get them from anywhere from $100 to $700 USD. Some names to look for are Audio-technica, Sennheiser, Shure, AKG, Samson and the top of the line, DPA. I really have no experience with someone really shouting into these tiny microphones for how well they will hold up to that type of punishment. I'm thinking death metal here although I could be wrong since I don't listen to or play it.

Dennis
 
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audiotech

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Think this one will be ok? http://www.dv247.com/microphones/shure-wh20-xlr-dynamic-headset-microphone--28803

It's a wired XLR model. I really don't want to mess about with a wireless system. I started looking into throat mics, (laryngophones), but I can't imagine they'd have as good a sound quality.
I'm not quite sure. I was looking for the SPL (sound pressure level) before distortion but the specs didn't mention it. Everything else looks good though.

Dennis
 

Goreliscious

Senior Member
Cheers. The drummer from Absu has a headset mic, but I can't for the life of me find out which make/model it is. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLEYvjUyixc

I played around with a SM57 on a boom yesterday, found a more comfortable position than I did before...now it's a toss up between a headset mic or a mini mic installed in the barrell of a replica gun. Decisions decisions.
 
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