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Old July 3rd, 2011, 09:34 AM   #1
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Indoor recording solutions?

What do you use to record indoor dialogue and sounds?

I used a rode ntg 2 yesterday. The voice sounded fine but I also picked up a unwanted reverb.

I will be purchasing a lavalier Sennheiser Ew 112p G3. It would be interesting to see what results i get.

But i would love to know how others handle the downsides of indoor situations.

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Old July 3rd, 2011, 12:51 PM   #2
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Re: Indoor recording solutions?

The general rule of thumb is a shotgun for outdoor, non-reflective, scenarios and a small diaphram hypercardioid "pencil mic" for interiors or reflective environments. Because of the way interference tube / line gradient mics (the typical shotgun) achieve their directivity they are not particuarly well behaved when there is a high proportion of indirect reflected sound hitting the mic along with the desired direct sound coming from the subject. Hypers use a different physical princple to achive their directivity and are not as seriously degraded by reverberent sound mixing with the desired direct sound. They can be almost as directional as a 'gun but are much better behaved. Typical examples might be the AKG Blue Line SE300/CK93, AKG ULS Series C480B/CK63, Audio Technica AT4053b, or if you want to go top-shelf and have a top-shelf budget to match, the Schoeps CMC641. Another widely favoured mic that serves well both indoors and out in the Sanken CS3 - looks like a shotgun but uses a different acoustic principle.
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 12:58 PM   #3
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Re: Indoor recording solutions?

"The downsides of indoor situations"
-- Lots of variables, but in general, avoid interference-tube shotguns.
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