Microphone Needed...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mrcowdude20, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. mrcowdude20 macrumors regular

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    So, I am going to buy a DSLR, but I have heard that the microphone is not good on it, so I will need to buy an external microphone. I am looking for one that clips onto your shirt, like the news people have. Heres what I need:
    • lower than $300
    • wireless
    • recorder/computer recording program
     
  2. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Are you talking about a lavalier system or a wireless shotgun?

    For "wireless" lavalier, the cheapest option would be an Audio Technica ATR3350 lav (~$25) + Zoom H1 recorder ($99).
    That'll leave you enough money for an Azden SGM 2x shotgun + a Pearstone transformer to connect it to your H1.
    You'll need a boom pole, some cable and a good pair of headphones too.

    For 300 bucks, you won't get a wireless system that is worth its money. Maybe from Azden, but that seems to cause diverse opinions. I have a Sony UWP for now $450 (I paid $525 three years ago). Was my personal preference over Sennheiser or Audio Technica.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You might be able to get an older Sennheiser Evolution G2 for that price.

    Excellent wireless lav mic.
     
  4. julesw macrumors member

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    agree with above, I like the sennheisers, uses them a tonne filming/directing tv shows
     
  5. mrcowdude20 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay, thanks to all of you, and yes, now that I have looked into this more, it is the laveir things. I'm driving home from a vacation, and internet on the iPhone is slow. Will look into when I am home from my five hour trip. Another question has popped into me. How can I record this?
     
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    agreed, I have the G3 awesome piece of equipment.
     
  8. jdesign macrumors member

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    Just get an Olympus dm-520 recorder + lav .. you can get 2 of that system for $300.

    i've also have h4n + sonny wireless lav $800 all together. but depends of what area you are on, i think the olympus recorder does it job.

    i'm liking the olympus recorder more as its small and lightweight and lot cheaper.

    i'm in wedding industry, and i know lot of wedding videographers uses olympus recorder to record the audio.
     
  9. tmagman macrumors 6502

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    +1 on the Zoom X1. Add a senheiser Lavalier and you're golden!
     
  10. chiefroastbeef, Dec 8, 2011
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    If you plan on doing this long term, and perhaps will make money off your work, I would heed the suggestion of purchasing a Sennheiser wireless lav. Get a used one or pay more money and get a new unit.

    If you really don't want to spend much money, look into the Azden LAV. It has gotten great reviews, I have one and it works great, the sound is good for the money ($100). The Azden will get you by if you are just doing amateur stuff, and you can then decide if you want to spend more money on a Sennheiser lav system, or something even better.
     
  11. superdudebt macrumors newbie

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    I was in your same position. I didn't have the $500+ budget to get a decent wireless system, but needed good quality lav mic.

    I ended up getting this wired lav mic. It's got a 10 ft. length, which is long enough to stretch out to get a medium shot interview style (like top half of abdomen up) at 35mm on my GH2.. which equals just under 50mm on a 7D.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/266176-REG/Audio_Technica_AT899_AT899_Condenser_Lavalier.html

    For longer focal lengths, I just plug the mic into a long XLR cable extender (I think mine is like 25 feet) and as long as it's a sit down interview (not walking around)-- it works out as the same functionality as a wireless system for a few hundred dollars less.

    I use a Zoom H4n, which is able to provide phantom power to the mic. I highly recommend it. The Tascam DR100 gets raving reviews, too. I might have considered it instead of the H4n, but I was already accustomed to it from working with other folks.

    I also HIGHLY recommend getting one of Sescom's cables. This lets you plug the cable into the headphone jack of your audio recorder. Then that cable has a Y split (two cables off of it). One goes into your camera, so that the audio gets recorded onto the video without having to sync it in post. The other has a headphone jack to plug in your headphones. NOTE: The Tascam I spoke of has both a line out jack AND a headphone jack, but most of the others just have the one output for headphones. The cables also come with a 25dB Attenuator Pad if that model camera needs it. The GH2 does, and I think Canon's offerings do as well.

    Let me know if I can help otherwise. Myself, I'm looking for a decent, cheap boom system for around $300 ($200 would be nice, but I don't think that's going to happen). Any suggestions anyone?
     
  12. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    The Azden 2X I mentioned further up should keep it under 300. Buy it second hand, DIY'ing your boompole and shock mount could keep it at 200.

    A dead cat can be made from fake fur (use the longest "hair" you can find) for a couple of dollars. It is not perfect, but works to 90%.
     

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