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Old February 28th, 2005, 10:07 PM   #1
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I need recommendations for a wireless MIC

Hey guys...

I am shooting with the Sony HDR-FX1 and the Sony VX2100.

I need a good/cheap solution for a quality wireless Handheld mic system.

I need at least 2 mics.

I also need to build something like a small box that goes right underneath the MIC itself... that will contain a logo for a TV show I am producing.


Please HELP!

and thanks for your time...
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Old February 28th, 2005, 10:14 PM   #2
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For whatever microphone Jay or Matt recommend to you, you can add a Mic Flag from B&H:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...*&shs=mic+flag
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Old March 1st, 2005, 09:44 AM   #3
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I think a couple of Sennheiser G2 100 series plug-on transmitters and camera-mount receivers would be the way to go.
Add a couple of hand-held dynamic mics and those flags.
Will this be interviews or stand-ups only, or a mixture of the two?
For stand-ups only it is beneficial to use a more directional mic. For interviews it's easier to use an omni mic. There are plenty of omni dynamic interview mics around. Some of the shorter ones don't give much handle after adding a flag.
What's your total budget and what kinds of stuff will you be shooting?
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Old March 1st, 2005, 11:17 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info!

It will mostly be for Interviews...

One host usually... Sometimes two...

I am trying to get in as cheap as possible to start....

I am having to fund the tv show myself... $1000 a week for just one half-hour. So you can see how I would want to save $ :)

So every penny right now I can save, I need too...

After 2-3 shows air... It will be so much easier for me to get advertisers on board.

Please give me a cheap option...In 1-2 months I will upgrade to a much better solution.

Thanks everyone!
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Old March 1st, 2005, 03:24 PM   #5
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You should probably rent the equipment to begin with. If you go any less expensive than buying the Sennheisers that I recommended, you run a much greater risk of having significant audio problems. Renting will allow you to use very good equipment for a low cost if you have your shooting days well planned.
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Old March 1st, 2005, 04:10 PM   #6
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Jay...
What the approx price on those Sennheisers..?

thanks
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 09:44 AM   #7
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There are several different ways to bundle these items to mix and match the total of parts you need.
Essentially you would spend between $800 and $1200 to get two complete sets. The higher figure would give you extra capabilities too, the lower would just be for two wireless handheld mics and two camera-mount receivers with no additional items.
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 01:36 PM   #8
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So Expensive just for sound... Might just have to do WIRED mics for now...

I have some good ones....


Any other options that could be cheaper than this?

I don't need the best right now


thanks for your time
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 02:18 PM   #9
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No options that are as reliable and good sounding as wired mics. If you have someone interested in helping out, let them wrangle cables.
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 04:30 PM   #10
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No wireless MIC options for <$200?
What about a BUTTPLUG?

Don't laugh, that is a suggestion a pro video guy I know gave me..


Any?
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 07:04 PM   #11
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wireless mike on the cheap

Hey Brent,

Jay's mikes are obviously the better choice, but I sympathize with the budget problems. I have a wireless sysem from Azden, the WMS-PRO system. The pro designation may be a stretch of the imagination, but I have used the hand held mike (EX-413) with decent results. The receiver mounts on the camera at the hot shoe location or you can tape it in any location close enough to plug in the 1/8 inch connector, about 24 inches. The kit also comes with a wireless lav mike (EX-503), but the quality of that mike is sub par. This kit is about $169.00 and I got them at B&H.

Hope this helps,

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Old March 2nd, 2005, 07:46 PM   #12
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Richard, thanks so much for that info!


I appreciate it!
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 07:50 PM   #13
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Brent,
Audio Technica makes a wireless VHF system the AT PRO 88W that can be found for about $112 (Google for it). It sounds pretty good if there is no interference. Only 2 channels but could be a solution for the price. Also, Sony has the WCS 999 for about $100. These are not top of the line, but may suffice if you are on a budget.
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Old March 2nd, 2005, 11:20 PM   #14
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Guy... those look like great starter systems!
Exactly what I need!

Do you happen to know one that is HANDHELD???
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Old March 3rd, 2005, 10:30 AM   #15
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The Audio Technica ATR-288W adds a hand mic.
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