I'm looking to start recording a podcast and thought I had a setup which would work, but I'm having trouble.
I'm looking to record on a Microsoft Surface Pro 3 and I have two Turtle Bay Earforce X12 headsets. I did some Googling and thought I'd found a way to record from both headsets simultaneously using only the single 3.5mm jack on the Surface. I have a splitter which allows me to plug the mic and headphone jacks from a single X12 into the headphone jack on my Surface without issue, but in order to be able to record from two X12s at the same time I obtained a further two splitters - one Hosa YMM-261 to split the mic jack on the original splitter allowing both X12 mics to be plugged in at once (and was also led to believe online that this would allow me to isolate the mics so I can set levels independently) and one Cable-Tek splitter to do the same for the headphone jacks on the X12s.
I set all of this up, with both headsets plugged into USB ports on my Surface docking block as follows:
However (perhaps unsurprisingly), this setup did not work - when I tried to record in Audacity, neither of our mics were recorded and there was a lot of static/noise both in our headphones and on the resulting recording.
I tried the X12s in a variety of USB ports, both on the docking block and the one USB port on the Surface itself, but without success, same result each time. Plugging in just a single X12 with the Headphone/Mic Combiner worked fine.
So, is it possible to achieve a dual headset recording setup with the equipment I already have and if not, what would be the cheapest way to get a dual headset recording setup in place?
I'm not set on needing separate channels for each mic - we can sort out levels before recording for now. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!