The question we probably get most often is which Voice Tracker model should we purchase?
Some people think that because the Voice Tracker™ II is newer and more expensive it is “better”. But actually, which one is better depends on the application.
Taking A Look At The New Voice Tracker II, Compared To Voice Tracker I
Here’s a closer look at the new Voice Tracker II, compared to the Voice Tracker I:
Voice Tracker I
The Voice Tracker I is targeted at meeting and lecture recording applications. It has more microphone elements in its array and a wider aperture than the Voice Tracker™ II, therefore, it has longer pickup range. It is a little easier to use than the Voice Tracker™ II (it only has one connection into the PC, which is the analog audio cable to the soundcard) so it requires less IT support.
This is important to schools that may have 50 or more Voice Tracker’s in various classrooms but not a large IT support team. It is also less expensive than the Voice Tracker™ II, which is important to schools with tight budgets and a lot of classrooms to “mic”. It is easy to combine several Voice Tracker I models using a simple mixer or 3.5 mm Y’s.
For Mac’s or computers that don’t have a soundcard looking for mic level audio thru a 3.5mm jack, a USB adapter like our part 102A must be used.
Voice Tracker II
The Voice Tracker™ II is targeted at VoIP conferencing and distance-learning applications. It has a built-in acoustic echo canceler for those situations where there is not an echo canceler available in the system the Voice Tracker is connected to (or the AEC in the system is not robust). But the Voice Tracker™ II’s pickup range is a little less than the Voice Tracker I, 20 feet in front rather than 30 feet.
Additional Factors To Consider When Deciding Which Voice Tracker You Should Get
There are other considerations that may lead you to choose one model versus the other:
- The Voice Tracker I can be used for conferencing if it is connected to a system that has a good built-in acoustic echo canceler (AEC). Voice Tracker I’s have been connected to conventional conferencing systems like LifeSize, Polycom, ClearOne, etc. or can be connected to a VoIP systems with good AEC’s like Zoom and Skype.
- The Voice Tracker™ II is more portable. It is powered by USB. This (combined with its smaller size) improves its portability since it can be powered from a laptop. The Voice Tracker I must be powered from its wall power supply.
- The Voice Tracker™ II has both a USB audio output and an analog audio output. Consequently, several Voice Tracker™ II’s can be combined (like the Voice Tracker I) using the analog outputs connected to a simple mixer or a combination of Y’s. But if the acoustic Echo cancellation feature is being used, each Voice Tracker II must receive a reference sample of the signal going to the loudspeaker. This makes the wiring connections a little more complicated.
How To Choose The Right Voice Tracker Array Microphone
Using the above comparison and factors will help you choose the right Voice Tracker array microphone for you or your company’s needs. Both Voice Trackers are multipurpose microphones. Besides meeting recording or conferencing applications they can be used for hands-free/headset free automatic speech recognition with products like Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The Voice Tracker™ II actually is a little better for this application because its smaller pickup range minimizes spurious words from talkers across the room (if there are any).
Compare Voice Tracker I and Voice Tracker II for yourself with our easy ! When you are ready, go here to buy the array microphone that best fits you and your company’s needs.