The holidays can be stressful for the friends and family of YouTube creators. Buying gifts for people with orthodox careers is hard enough as is; a YouTube creator’s career, on the other hand, is anything but typical and comes with a completely different set of gift giving dos and don’ts.
One of YouTube’s largest and fastest growing content demographics is game commentary. Besides a top-of-the-line computer, game commentators need something to record their, well, commentary. All the headshots in the world don’t mean a thing if your game commentary is inaudible.
A quality headset and mic is pivotal in gaming commentary, and like most consumer electronics, quality scales with price. However, there are dozens of commentary set-ups that will give you pro quality without breaking the bank. Below, we have compiled the very best in gaming headsets and microphones so you can make your YouTubers holiday or add something new onto your wish list.
Snowball Microphone & Turtle Beach X12 Headset -$140
This is the quintessential game commentary set up. The Snowball Mic offers versatile lightweight recording options with dual capsule design and a three-pattern switch perfect for every vocal level. X12’s are the gold standard for inexpensive gaming headphones. Built-in amplifiers boost gaming audio while the X12’s Mic monitoring allows gamers to hear their own audio feedback.
For a slightly higher price point, the Siberia v2 and AT2020 offer studio-quality voice recording. The Siberia headset supports 50mm driver units, which allow for ambient noise cancellation and surround sound performance. For excellent noise cancellation, the AT2020 is the perfect microphone for recording clear vocals with a cardioid pickup (fancy microphone pattern).
A40 Audio System ASTRO 2013 Ed. – $249.99
For an all-in-one set up, the A40 is the headset of choice for most professional gaming leagues. ASTRO MixAmps let users adjust the volume of their game-to-voice levels while Dolby Digital 7.1 provides state-of-the-art surround sound. The 6.0mm uni-directional noise-canceling mic also provides clear voice recording with little to no set up.
Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000– $29.00
For the YouTuber on a budget, the LifeChat headset will give you the bare essentials for recording game commentaries. LifeChat LX-3000 offers premium stereo sound and a USB 2.0 connection for good clarity. If you are just starting out on YouTube, this is probably your best bet.