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Old January 15th, 2009, 01:19 PM   #1
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Which Shotgun

I've been using a AT897 for my weddings and am in need of purchasing a new mic. I haven't really used anything else. Do you guys have any suggestions on which shotgun might be the best bang for the buck? (I wouldn't mind if it was a bit cheeper in price)

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Old January 15th, 2009, 02:16 PM   #2
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I have two for you...

As I Hear It - Choosing the Right Microphone
Low Cost Shotgun Microphone Comparison

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Old January 15th, 2009, 03:36 PM   #3
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Dan,

thanks for the links.

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Old January 15th, 2009, 03:58 PM   #4
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I've been using a AT897 for my weddings and am in need of purchasing a new mic. I haven't really used anything else. Do you guys have any suggestions on which shotgun might be the best bang for the buck? (I wouldn't mind if it was a bit cheeper in price)

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Why do you want new shotgun mic?

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Old January 16th, 2009, 11:10 AM   #5
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A great resource, thanks!

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Old January 16th, 2009, 12:52 PM   #6
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You are welcome guys.

I am thinking I will need to review/test the Rode Mics sometime this year because they seem to have just grown in popularity over the past year or so. When I wrote the last mic article, the Rodes were still kind of "underground". Also, Ty recommended the Audix SC-1 that I would like to try as well. Did try to obtain the AKG Blueline mics but they would not cooperate.

I shot at a movie premier last night with my HPX170 with the Audio Technica AT875r mounted on camera. I was working alone and managed to shoot red carpet interviews. I had the camera about a foot from the actors and the audio was totally usable. Didn't sound as good as it would from a boom, but for a noisy, crazy situation like a typical red carpet setup, it worked out really well.

This cheap little mic continues to impress me every time I use it.

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Dan, the NTG-3 will be a VERY pleasant surprise!
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Old January 16th, 2009, 03:11 PM   #8
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At897

The AT897 was a friends of mine, he let me borrow it for a while. I am purchasing a mic so I didn't know if you guys had any thoughts on different ones.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 03:44 PM   #9
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You are welcome guys.

I am thinking I will need to review/test the Rode Mics sometime this year because they seem to have just grown in popularity over the past year or so. When I wrote the last mic article, the Rodes were still kind of "underground". Also, Ty recommended the Audix SC-1 that I would like to try as well. Did try to obtain the AKG Blueline mics but they would not cooperate.

I shot at a movie premier last night with my HPX170 with the Audio Technica AT875r mounted on camera. I was working alone and managed to shoot red carpet interviews. I had the camera about a foot from the actors and the audio was totally usable. Didn't sound as good as it would from a boom, but for a noisy, crazy situation like a typical red carpet setup, it worked out really well.

This cheap little mic continues to impress me every time I use it.

Dan
I got the AT875 last year - initially as a small 'travel' option for my remote shoots where taking tons of gear is not an option. I also take along the AT4035a.
These two mics are amazing - especially the AT875 for the money. I find myself using these all the time.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 03:50 PM   #10
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You are welcome guys.

cooperate.

I shot at a movie premier last night with my HPX170 with the Audio Technica AT875r mounted on camera....

This cheap little mic continues to impress me every time I use it.

Dan
After reading Dan's review, and wanting a small, good quality shotgun, I bought an AT875R.

For on camera, travel, impromptu boom/clip and other uses, this mic is great.

There is nothing like it considering size, price, sound, low-handling noise, and versatility:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...r_Shotgun.html
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Old January 16th, 2009, 05:22 PM   #11
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Slightly off topic but, How good is the schoeps cmit 5u? The clips that i have heard of it sound really good. Is there anything better in the similar pricerange?
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Old January 16th, 2009, 06:20 PM   #12
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Slightly off topic but, How good is the schoeps cmit 5u? The clips that i have heard of it sound really good. Is there anything better in the similar pricerange?
Here's a review in Mix Magazine:
Schoeps CMIT 5 U shotgun mic in Mix magazine product review of the Schoeps CMIT 5U shotgun microphone

It has been very popular in Hollywood.
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Old January 16th, 2009, 11:41 PM   #13
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If I did sound for a living, the CMIT5u and the CMC641 would be the basis of my audio kit, period. CMIT5u is amazing, there are lots of samples I recorded with it in the article if you want to hear how it sounds.

A good old sales adage, "you will never regret buying the best."

I am seeing the CMIT5u on lots of features and television shows that I shoot on. Good stuff.

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Old January 18th, 2009, 05:54 AM   #14
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I've always had excellent results with my AT 897. I've used it for 4 years, in all kinds of situations, and it has never let me down.
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Old January 19th, 2009, 10:29 PM   #15
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CMIT5u is awesome, but I don't know if it's really directional enough to be your only shotgun. I worked on a feature in which the CMIT5u and the Sanken CS3e were both available, and I used the Sanken most of the time.
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