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Old March 14th, 2004, 11:26 PM   #1
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What do you do with one good mic?

A man walks into his doctors office with a frog on his head.
The Dr says "How did this happen"
To which the frog replies "It all started with a wart on my _ss"

2 1/2 years ago I bought a TRV20.

Last week I bought a Schoeps MK41 to use with my 302 mixer and VX2000. The Mic sounds great through the 302 into my marantz recorder but sounded like hell through the camera.

This week, my VX2000 has been modified do the audio in is input directly into the cameras analog to digital converter, through the VTR RCA input terminals. It's on it's way back to me as of monday.

Now i have a really fine audio chain and one really good mic, I could use the Oktavas with it but never the ME66. (shudder)

For the time being, that's the way it will work but i'll need either a short shotgun or another Schoeps to round out the system.

Any thoughts from the group, I'm all ears. I'm mainly into dialog between 2 to 4 people in a documentary setting. I also get involved with social events and military reneactment and cerimony.

I make full use of my PMD670 recorder as well, so that's usually got the oktavas tied up.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 05:25 AM   #2
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Re: What do you do with one good mic?

<<<-- Originally posted by Bryan Beasleigh :
Last week I bought a Schoeps MK41. The Mic sounded like hell through the camera.-->>

I have not yet been in hell. What was the problem??
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Old March 15th, 2004, 05:50 AM   #3
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Good joke, Bryan. I think I heard that one before in another lifetime. Frog jokes are always good.

How much did you pay for the Schoeps MK41?

Now for the stupid question: which mic is better, the Schoeps MK41 or the Apex 191?

Here's another question: what's the difference between a hyper-cardioid and a super-cardioid?
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Old March 15th, 2004, 10:07 AM   #4
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The MK41 has a tighter pattern than a hypercardoid. The Schoeps is 1180US with a 15% increase due apr 1.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 10:33 AM   #5
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Have to go with the obvious joke...

What to do with one good mic?

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Old March 15th, 2004, 04:57 PM   #6
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I have another question:
  • which do you switch on first, the mic or the cam?
I'm still waiting for answers for my other 2 questions:[list=1][*]which mic is better, the Schoeps MK41 or the Apex 191?[*]what's the difference between a hyper-cardioid and a super-cardioid?[/list=1]Bryan? :-))
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Old March 15th, 2004, 05:54 PM   #7
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I answered question 2 already.
So far as question 1 it would depend on what your needs are. The MK41 requires phantom , the Apex can operate on an AA battery <; )

Actually I turn my mixer on first , then the camera. The schoeps doesn't have a switch, either do the oktavas
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Old March 15th, 2004, 06:13 PM   #8
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<<<-- Originally posted by Bryan Beasleigh :
Last week I bought a Schoeps MK41. The Mic sounded like hell through the camera.-->>

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I have not yet been in hell. What was the problem??

The Schoeps, oktava or any other decent mic I own sounds great through my mixer or flash recorder. Run it through the VX2000 and it's enough to make a grown man cry.

Lousy freq response, dynamic range and far too much noise. The limitations of the Sony preamp aren't that noticeable with the ME66 or a dynamic.
http://www.gregjwinter.com/modification2.htm
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Old March 15th, 2004, 06:28 PM   #9
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Hi Bryan,

A little bird told me that using a Beachtek DXA-8 would probably help improve your situation ;) Mine is on the way from the West Coast.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 06:47 PM   #10
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Looking at Greg's site, it looks like the mod makes your VX2000 have equal and in some cases better stats than your PMD670. That's impressive...I wonder if he can do XM2 mods.. ;)

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Old March 15th, 2004, 08:03 PM   #11
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I've become obsessed with audio.

The Beach is a good option to supply phantom, limiters and allow the best throughput but it won't make a bad preamp better.

None of the higher end equipment is that much of a gamble. I paid about $1150 for my Schoeps. In April the price is up 15%. In 5 years it'll still be worth what i paid, provided i don't slam the car door on it or drop it off of the CN Tower.

Good audio has incredible impact.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 08:46 PM   #12
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So is that mic an investment?

I wanted to drop a penny from "the cage" once, but decided against it. Nothing like being up on the CN Tower! It's so windy up there, your mic would need one of those muffy covers.
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Old March 15th, 2004, 10:29 PM   #13
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It is an investment in quality audio. The plus is that it won't depreciate that much. It's good German technology Frank ; 0
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Old March 16th, 2004, 12:18 AM   #14
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Nothing like have a bit of Chutzpah, Herr Meister Fotograf. Guten Abend! :-))
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Old March 16th, 2004, 11:12 AM   #15
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This talk of the Shoeps MK41 is really intriguing. Where's the best place to get one before the price increase? Is the Shoeps as good at recording music as it is dialogue? I have a DVX100 by the way--how would a Shoeps fare with it?
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