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Old August 22nd, 2005, 06:13 AM   #1
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I am in need of an inexpensive boom mic, I saw on Ebay a ATR-55 for $180. It comes with the pole, mic, cables, shock mount, everything you need. Now I know that a more expensive mic would be better but I'm asking if this is decent and worth my money.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 06:16 AM   #2
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At the risk of sounding like a smart alec or a snob...
you're mostly paying for a boom, shockmount, and nothing else. As much as I love AT mics, you'd be better off with a Rode VideoMic and a broomstick than a cheap boom and an ATR 55, and the Rode with a broomstick would cost less. The ATR 55 is one of about 3-4 low end plastic mics that AT offers that aren't very impressive....but everyone needs a cheap mic, I guess.
My recommendation:
Pass on it.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 07:18 AM   #3
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I'll second Douglas' opinion. That was my first mic... and while the body of it is actually metal, there's way better choices out there. Don't let the appearance fool you into thinking it will perform like the Rode NTG-1 or an 897.

Unfortunately I don't know anything about the Rode VideoMic... If there's any way possible I think you'd be dramatically happier with something like the NTG-1 at $229.
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 07:47 AM   #4
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 09:19 PM   #5
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Actually, I have tested the RODE NTG-2 (same as NTG-1 but with battery), RODE Videomic, and AT897. I own the Videomic and AT897. There is very little difference in the audio characteristics of these mics. The Videomic is a definite value in this arena.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 01:51 PM   #6
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I'll chime in here too. I have an ATR-55 and tried it once and found the _only_ advantage is you don't pick up the motor noise from the camcorder, however it's only mono and the sound quality is no better than the built-in mic on my PV-DV953. Also, I found that the "shotgun pattern" was too noisey and I only liked the "cardioid pattern". Get the Videomic, best $150 you'll ever spend for audio. OR I'll be happy to sell you my 55 for $25 plus shipping... only used once. Mark
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