A microphone question...

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Cory, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. Cory

    Cory Guest

    When it comes to shooting video, I know absolutely nothing about sound. I've
    always just used the microphone on my GL2. But now I will be doing some
    interviews in front of the green screen and I'm going to need a mic
    solution. I don't want a lapel. I'd rather have one hanging a few feet above
    the person. (Sad, I don't even know what it's called!) So if anyone could
    advise me on what to look for and a price range for it, I'd really
    appreciate it. Thanks!!

    //cory
     
    Cory, Apr 20, 2004
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  2. What is your budget? What quality level are you expecting?
    Do you have a dedicated and experienced crew person to
    boom the mic? WHY do you think you dont want a lapel?

    It will cost you significantly (>2~3x) more to get similar
    quality from a boom mic than you would from a lapel mic.
    Note that professionals with unlimited budgets and plenty
    of experienced crew still prefer lapel over boom micing
    wherever they have the choice. And shooting interviews
    is vitually the exclusive domain of lapel micing.

    You could get good quality audio from a <$50 lapel, but
    you would need to spend AT LEAST $200-300 AND have
    an experienced crew person to get similar (but still not as
    good) from a boom mic. The pro's will scoff at a $200-300
    budget for a boom mic and boom pole.
     
    Richard Crowley, Apr 20, 2004
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  3. Cory

    Ty Ford Guest

    You can use a Countryman B6 lav in plain view and never see it most of the
    time. It's that small.

    A GOOD boom mic will always sound better. If you're shooting in a typical
    office or domestic interior, don't use a shotgun, use a good hypercardioid.

    If you are shooting in front of a green screen and have a TALL ceiling and no
    parallel walls, a shotgun will work. You can strap a mic to a C-stand with an
    arm.

    How much you pay depends on the quality you want. Also think about your
    future use. You gonnna be in offices and homes? Get the hyper instead.

    The best hyper is a Schoeps cmc641. THAT'S about $1200 these days, but
    yoou'll use it for the rest of your life and always come home with quality
    audio.

    Want a shotgun? the Sennheiser MKH416, AT 4073, Sanken CS3 will do the job.

    Regards,

    Ty Ford
     
    Ty Ford, Apr 23, 2004
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  4. Cory

    FTR Guest

    I do some pro work and use lapel mics from Maplin £9.99..sound quality
    for voice work is great, ofcourse you could buy into the expensive mic
    thing, depends what you are doing though. If you bang your audio into
    Sound Forge you cam appy EQ etc in there if you need it.
    I use Sennheiser gear too, so Im not a heathen. :)
     
    FTR, May 8, 2004
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