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Old February 28th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #16
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There is no *guarantee* that you'll get noise, but the odds are much higher than if you used balanced audio.

Audio is an interesting thing. There is a huge range of audio qualities and an even huger range of opinions as to what is acceptable.

Here is mine: The rode videomic, pulled off the camera and stuck on a stick over the subject is better than your built in camera mic. As to whether that is good enough? If the project is important at all or for pay? then i'd say no way is that good enough. Its unfortunate, but the step up ranges from fairly expensive to really really expensive.

I started by buying cheapass gear and trying to prove the experts wrong. After one or two "lessons learned" by cheap gear, i actually learned my lesson. If you care about the audio, you buy a minimum quality of gear (this forum is riddled with people definining the minimum). The good gear holds its value and makes you more and more confident each time you record. Compromise gear lets you down, sounds disappointing, and makes you spend a bunch more money by perpetually upgrading it. Since its crappy gear, you never recoup any money from it. Buy an atr55 new? Good luck selling it.Buying one of every cheap mic and selling for a big loss is FAR more expensive than bending over and buying good stuff to start with.

I meant the rode on a stick as a bare minimum the same way that a bicycle is a minimum substitute for a commuter car. It'll get you there better than walking. If thats your only option, then take it. If you have a better option, take that.

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