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Old February 1st, 2004, 11:56 PM   #1
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Mic for MiniDisc field recordings

Hi there

I've just bought a secondhand Sony MZ-R90 minidisc recorder for doing field recording and then syncing to video in the editor.
I have a very tight budget and was wondering on what sort of mic I could buy for voice recordings on a boom pole and for ambience recording? Which one would be good for both?

Thanks for your help
Tim
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 01:07 AM   #2
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I use an Audio Technica AT822 stereo mic plugged directly into a Sony MD. Works well for ambient sound. Have recorded some concerts as well with excellent results.Get a good wind cover if using outdoors.
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 11:55 PM   #3
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Thanks Matt

Looks great! seems like a good price too. Thanks for your help.

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Old February 5th, 2004, 04:57 AM   #4
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Iīve used the 825, the XLR version. Itīs indeed a fine stereo mic. Another mic thatīs not quite as good (IMHO), but less expensive and smaller, is the Sony ECM-MS907. Thereīs a camera shoe version of it, too.
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Old February 5th, 2004, 04:00 PM   #5
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There's the MS907 and 908. One of them is the camcorder mount version. The sound quality from that mic would be good enough for me.

The MS907/908 would be good for ambient recordings, but I'm not so sure about boom work. You might want to go for a hypercardioid mic like the Oktava MC012 or a shotgun mic (more expensive) but those XLR mics have other costs. All the accessories for the Oktava can cost more than the mic. For example, Guitar Center has/had a $50 special on that mic with the cardioid capsule, but if you want the hypercardioid cap then it's like $64 from soundroom.com. Then you need to give the mic phantom power and probably pre-amp it.
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