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Old November 7th, 2011, 11:58 AM   #1
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Good indoor/outdoor mic for interviews

Hi,

Can anyone recommend a good microphone for interviews.

It will be positioned above the interviewee (out of shot) and used in both outdoor and indoor environments.

I've already got an NGT2 & NGT3.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 12:22 PM   #2
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Re: Good indoor/outdoor mic for interviews

Have you considered using lav mic on the person to a voice recorder? Otherwise, I have seen people using RODE VideoMic on a boom pole.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 12:37 PM   #3
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Hi Taky,

I've got a pair of Sennheiser lavs, but I'm looking for a better quality sound. Plus I don't want the mic to be visible.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 12:40 PM   #4
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Old November 7th, 2011, 01:01 PM   #5
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Re: Good indoor/outdoor mic for interviews

you don't need a new microphone , you need a boom and a boom operator. both of your microphones are very capable of doing what you are asking. perhaps adding a Hypercardioid to your kit, like an Audio technica AT4053 or a Oktava MIK012, and some wind protection for your rodes when outdoors.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 01:34 PM   #6
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For a one size fits all mic for inddor and outdoor booming, consider the Sanken CS3. It looks like a shotgun, has the directivity of a shotgun, but isn't really a 'gun at all so it's much better behaved indoors.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 06:31 PM   #7
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Re: Good indoor/outdoor mic for interviews

+1 for the Sanken CS-3e. As Steve said, it has the pattern of a shotgun but doesn't act like one when it comes to reflective sounds. It's the only "shotgun" I've used that can do duel duty.

But, since you already have an NTG-3 (assuming that you have a Rode NTG-3) I agree with Gerry and would recommend get a cardioid or hypercardioid for your indoor shoots, use your NTG-3 for your outdoor shoots, and also invest in a good boom stand, isolation mount, and wind protection.

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Old November 7th, 2011, 07:08 PM   #8
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Re: Good indoor/outdoor mic for interviews

You might like the Sennheiser ME64/K6 cardioid/power supply combo. I have used it indoors and outdoors on a short (3 ft) boom held just out of the frame for one-man-band news interviews both indoors and outdoors with good results. If you have your camera on sticks it's not too hard to hold the mike on a short boom and do a head-and-shoulders standup with this rig, it's pretty sensitive and with a good wind muff it works a treat.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 07:41 PM   #9
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Re: Good indoor/outdoor mic for interviews

If the mic will be on a fixed boom, you can use a cardioid like a Rode NT-1A on the cheap. It's too heavy to hold on a boom, but weight doesn't matter on a stand.

For a hypercardioid that is light enough to be hand (boom) held, you're looking at the AT4053b or the AKG Blue Line CK93 combo for around $500 as the price of entry. Yeah, there's the Oktava, but the examples I've heard have sounded extremely thin to my ears. They are said to vary, so maybe I heard bad copies. I also don't want to risk buying a bad copy.

The CS-3e is freakin' amazing, but not cheap.

If you can deaden the room (not a bad idea in any case), the NTG-3 can be used indoors. In fact, having C-stands and moving blankets are often a better investment than a better mic. You can use it to control light from windows as well as unwanted audio reflections.
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Old November 8th, 2011, 12:56 PM   #10
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Re: Good indoor/outdoor mic for interviews

Thanks everyone.

I'm going to take the advice and stick with the mics I already have and instead get some extra equipment. A Rycote Blimp and a better mic stand.

Will also check out the other microphones mentioned.

Thanks again.
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