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Old May 14th, 2004, 09:10 PM   #1
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New mics and stuff, a search for a new shotgun

In an effort to share my discoveries and trials I have the new sequel to "As the wallet empties".

I really need a shotgun. My Schoeps and Oktavas won't cut it for every situation. I should have a mic that has more reach and that will operate outdoors in all weather. Part of more reach is greater rejection and a presence boost.

I'm very lucky that I wandered into Trew Audio in Toronto and met Glen Trew. Glen is an institution on the RAMPS user group and very much on the bleeding edge of audio technology. His latest projects include Jersey Girl.

I recorded the various mics on my PMD670 and on the clips Glen rotated the mics while counting to indicate off axis responses. I'm amazed that this man went to those extaordinary lengths.


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The sanken CS-3. The sanken has great side rejection on all frequencies, even the lows. The rear lobe usually found on shotguns just isn't there, which is a major bonus. Problem is, the mic sounds way too thick and rich, I just don't like it. it's also very expensive.

The CS1 is a damn fine little mic and at 19mm by about 7 inches is tiny. The side and rear rejection is as good as the CS-3 without the honey thick fog that permiates the sound (JMHO) It's a nice sounding mic with crisp voice reproduction and very neutral.

Some have said it's flat on the bottom end, but in fairness, that's just because the mic rejects all frequencies even the lows. usually even a shotgun is almost omnidirectional at low frequencies.

The CS1 is worthy of consideration and it sells for around 780 US. Don't look for bargains as this mic is rarely discounted.

The MKH60 is a very low noise short shotgun. It's sound is crisp and has the sennheiser richness. It's similar to the MKH416 but it defaults to a totally flat output. It does have a switchable high pass (low cut) filter, a switchable mid range presence peak (to make it sound like the 416) and a 10 db pad.

This mic sells for $1450US new. If I buy it will be used. This mic is in the running.

The MKH416 is everything the MKH60 is with it's presence boost switched on. I was partial to the flat setup on the MKH60. The 416 can be bought for $1000 - 1050.



What i have now is a clip with the 416, MKH60 , cs1 AND cs3 alternating several times. The time line on vegas has marker flags set with the mic model. My wife has threaten to leave home if i don't stop playing that clip.

I usually try and make a demo clip with a voice other than mine. Glen has a southern drawl and a somewhat sibilent voice while I have a very deep voice. This is a perfect trial

if your interested i could email some of the clips.

On a side note i did listen to the AKG SE300B and the CK93 (Hyper) capsule and the sennheiser MKH50 (also a hypercardoid). The CK93 has some of the qualities of the schoeps but at a fraction of the price (350)

The MKH50 was very clean and crisp. it's in the same league as the Shoeps but with it's own unique sound. (1160 US).
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Old May 14th, 2004, 09:20 PM   #2
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The ME66 just didn't cut it?

What does your wife think of all this spending?

Did you ever buy a Apex 191? (Pokey's mic choice.) I'd be interested to know which one you end up with.

Thanks, Bryan!
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Old May 14th, 2004, 09:53 PM   #3
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It will most likely be a used MKH60 or a gnu CS1.

When I do retire or get put on disability (whichever come first) i'll have my gear. Cameras do change but not audio.

Serously though. You or I could most likely do a bang up job with the little Apex. We sometimes lose sight of the goal and what we can acomplish with basic but quality tools.


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Brian, I'd be interested in hearing what you've got, and would host it on the VASST site if you'd like.

I just picked up an AT 3060 tube mic, and REALLY lovin' it. We've done several v/o pieces with it, and it's got a fat sound.
I'm a gear whore too, but haven't got any Sankens. I'm in to BK stuff more than Sanken, but each of us has our loves.
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Old May 14th, 2004, 10:50 PM   #5
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DSE... I'm sure it's not your first experience with one, but I love to see people joining in on the love of a tube mic. I had several professionals try to convince me that the fat-magic of the tube mic was a flaw that I should loath rather then love. I loved it... tubes make anybody sound good and they make good voices sound great.

The great thing about GSA is we all take joy in the spending of other members. The only thing I ever want to know when somebody gets a new mic is... the VERDICT...

I'm anxiously waiting to see what Beas goes with.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 09:12 PM   #6
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Okay, "silly questions" time. In a given recording--voice, music, or combination thereof, would a tube mic work in conjunction with a stereo mic? That is, what goes into one mic can also be supplemented by another mic concentrating on something else? Are multi-mic setups a good idea to cover all contingencies? Or am I making trouble? :D How versatile is a tube mic?

As with many on this board, I see mics as akin to paintbrushes--each one having their own strengths and purposes.

My inventory so far:

Sennheiser ME66
Oktavia kit
Rode NT4
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Old May 16th, 2004, 09:55 PM   #7
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This thread is/was on shotguns. Why not start a separate thread on tube mics.
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Old May 17th, 2004, 07:56 AM   #8
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I think I will! :)
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Old May 17th, 2004, 11:27 PM   #9
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Bryan,

I would love to hear what you've got. I've been susing out this shotgun thing for quite a while. I've been using the MKH50 for most of my interview stuff, but I want something that will mount on a Panasonic dvx100a.

Could you email that clip?

milt@manykites.com

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