• This question may not be relevant, however since the forum is Beta, I will try anyway.

Most small to medium companies use Skype, Gotomeeting, Link, Google talk, etc... to communicate remotely. Our problem, is that often the mic and speaker setup results in too much feedback (even with noise reducing mics...etc)

I have read that the best solution is to have headsets for each member.

Is there any software or hardware which can act as a "Hub" which can control multiple concurrent headsets,ether via jack, wireless or bluetooth? that way we can allocate a headset/bluetooth earpiece to all employees, whereby they could simply walk into the meeting and have connectivity to the call.


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There are many systems and solutions for this kind of problem, though I don't know of any exactly as you describe (and they would be unnecessarily complex). The main options I've seen used well include devices such as Microsoft's RoundTable which selectively uses directional mics to key in on the speaker without causing feedback. This however only works for groups of up to about 12 or 15. Another nice feature of the RoundTable is that it can support video that will automatically follow the speaker and also provide a full room panoramic shot.

Beyond that, you move in to the realm of boundary mics. Boundary mics are microphones that can be placed on each table or even in front of each speaker. A well designed conference system using boundary mics should key in only on the mics of speakers and should avoid feedback problems. The mics can either be permanently installed or rechargeable wireless units that sit in a charger at the door. Good systems also have an individual mute switch on each mic.

Theoretically, a similar setup could be done with headset mics, but then you have to worry about a variety of issues including sanitary concerns, proper fitting, noise from motion, more difficulty in muting/checking mute status, etc. You can't really have everyone in the organization have their own dedicated headset since it would be difficult for the system to tell if someone is in the room or simply next door. Most such systems use a similar (to the boundary mics) charging station that activates the headsets when they are removed.

  • Ok, below is a forum where they talk about a software solution with mics.. I am looking for the ability to have multiple headsets on a shared sound card. community.gotomeeting.com/gotomeeting/topics/…
    – Hightower
    Aug 28, 2013 at 9:01
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    @Hightower - you will NOT find a software solution allowing multiple mics to be used with one sound card. Period. It isn't physically possible (well not with any kind of quality.) A sound card only has one, maybe two inputs and each mic will take up one input. You need a hardware device that is capable of mixing the audio together in to a single feed and doing so intelligently. Look in to the categories of devices I mentioned. Those are your realistic options since they take care of combining the audio for you.
    – AJ Henderson
    Aug 28, 2013 at 13:43

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