Interview setup for 300... at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

All Things Audio
Everything Audio, from acquisition to postproduction.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old May 29th, 2008, 04:43 AM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 8
Interview setup for 300...

Hi guys, this is very similar to the thread regarding concert audio, but budget's may differ...

Im using a VX2100 and i need to capture decent interview audio at a live music event. I hadnt planned on using anything other than the built in mic for the crowd and such, but the interview audio has to be as decent as possible.

Now i was going to rent a sennheiser G2 wireless setup for the event, but im worried about interference, and im wondering whether i should invest in a wired system as a back up.

I dont particualrly want to have to add a phantom power beachtek to my camera if i dont have to, but if its absolutely necessary then i guess ill have to.

Any suggestions? The people im working with have an abundance of SM58s, but im aware theyll need phantom power, which the VX2100 cannot give alone.

So, whats the best wired solution for a VX2100 in an interview situation with an abundance of background noise (ill be shooting alone, no sound man).

All for under 300... or close!

Cheers guys!

(Hope that was specific enough!)
James Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 29th, 2008, 07:21 AM   #2
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Posts: 34
James. This has been a frequent question here lately and it's interesting to see the variety of answers. My recommendation would be to pick up an Electro Voice 635 A/B. It's a dynamic, omnidirectional mic. The handling noise is low and the quality for interview work is very good. This is an industry standard microphone for ENG work. I did a recording job a couple of weeks ago down in DC and there were a couple of old, grizzled broadcasters. When I pulled out my 635s they gave me the nod like we were compatriots. The mics are very durable and even have the nickname "The Hammer" because if you need to pound a nail between interviews the mic will be non the worse for it. This could come in handy in case your interviewee happens to drop the mic. Finally, I think they would look decent on camera. It's a pretty small mic.

The best news? The mic is about $120 and will last forever. Don't know how much that is in british these days.

Good luck.
Mark Willey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 29th, 2008, 07:27 AM   #3
New Boot
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 8
Thanks for the quick reply Mark! Much appreciated!

I just did a quick google on the electro-voice and looks like it needs phantom power?

What would be the best solution for this? Seeing as the VX2100 doesnt supply phantom power.... (plus doesnt have an XLR port)

EDIT! Just read on BH that it doesnt require power?? How does that work??
James Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 29th, 2008, 07:52 AM   #4
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Silver Spring, MD
Posts: 34
James,

It doesn't require phantom power because it's a dynamic microphone, not a condenser. There are a bunch of sites out on the web explaining the difference. Here's one:

http://homerecording.about.com/od/mi.../mic_types.htm

All the many options can seem confusing but the good news is that you wouldn't need 48v phantom for the EV 635. I don't know your camera that well but I think I remember that it has a 1/8 stereo mini-plug for audio? You'll need a cable to go from XLR female to 1/8 mini.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...Mini_Male.html

I think you'd be very happy with the EV 635. The latest version of the mic looks very slick and would show well on camera I think.

Cheers.
Mark Willey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 29th, 2008, 07:55 AM   #5
New Boot
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 8
Thanks Mark! Ive been squirming over this issue for weeks now, and youve provioded me with a perfect solution (i hope!). My next event is on June 13th, ill try and report back my findings after then!
James Mulligan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 29th, 2008, 08:06 AM   #6
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Olney, Maryland
Posts: 197
Quote:
Originally Posted by James Mulligan View Post
...Any suggestions? The people im working with have an abundance of SM58s, but im aware theyll need phantom power, which the VX2100 cannot give alone....
SM 58's are also dynamic mics...which means that they do NOT require phantom power.

If your looking for a mic with a tighter pattern (less ambient sounds) than the suggested omni...then consider looking at a Sennheiser MD46 for the hand-held situations.
Jim Boda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old May 29th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #7
New Boot
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: UK
Posts: 8
Ok i bought the Electro Voice 635N/DB and an XLR to mini-jack adaptor. Will be using it all on the 13th of June, so will let you all know my findings!

Out of interest, does anyone have any experience with how long standard shipping typically takes from BHPhoto to the UK?

Well psyched about testing this stuff out! :)
James Mulligan is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > The Tools of DV and HD Production > All Things Audio

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:08 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network