Last week I posted about some wireless mic options teachers can use when recording screencasts. Dr. Andy Brovey, from Valdosta State, shared in his comment about USB wireless mics (which I had never even heard of before) the xTag by revolabs. I was so curious about this little device, I ordered one. It arrived last Friday, and I used it today when I presented to a group of educators gathered in Orange County, California.
Not much larger than a tube of lipstick, the microphone has a clip on the back which is used to easily attach it to your shirt pocket or a supplied lanyard. Today I attached it to my shirt pocket. It's really small.
The base station is used to charge the mic. Simply place it into the base station, which is attached to your computer through a supplied USB cord. It's small. It's very portable.
After first charging the mic for 8 hours, you must pair the microphone to the base station before your first use. Revolabs says this is a one time event. However, in my experience today, I had to repair the mic with the base station again, after having already done the "one time only" pairing after the initial charge.
I had left the directions for pairing at home--big mistake. Pairing is not at all an intuitive process! It's not a difficult or time consuming process. The procedure just is not something you would ever figure out on your own! We downloaded the manual from the Revolabs website and followed the steps. Done!
I like to walk around a lot when I speak. This wireless system has a range of 65 feet. It worked flawlessly without noise, dropped areas, or interferance. Listen to a small section of the audio recorded in the screencast of the presentation presented below. It sounds really good! For portability, price, size, ease of use (just plug it into your USB jack–no drivers with which to worry), cost, range, and audio quality, this little wireless mic is a winner!
I have a new friend!