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Old May 29th, 2006, 09:04 PM   #1
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ME-64 vs Rode NTG-1/2 for outdoors. Need help pretty quick

What really is the overall advantage of the Rode mic outdoors? Or any outdoor mic for that matter? I have the ME-64 and do a lot of shooting indoors, but bbout 40% of what I shoot is outdoors...would I really notice that much of a difference by going with a different mic? I do not do anything professional, but love to get the best from what I have so I would really like to know what I would expect from an outdoor mic?

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Old May 30th, 2006, 10:31 AM   #2
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Well NTG1 isn't really de facto an outdoor mic. But i understand what you mean - there's better mics indoors for sure like your ME64.

NTG1 is much more directional and for certain subjects /situ's it should give better results outdoors. It will pickup less sound from the side than your ME64 and so bring the subject 'up in the mix'. Really i think you just gotta get one and see, or borrow one or something. Maybe someone's got some links to asound samples for ME64 and NTG1 in outdoors scenario?
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Old May 30th, 2006, 11:35 AM   #3
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What really is the overall advantage of the Rode mic outdoors? Or any outdoor mic for that matter? I have the ME-64 and do a lot of shooting indoors, but bbout 40% of what I shoot is outdoors...would I really notice that much of a difference by going with a different mic? I do not do anything professional, but love to get the best from what I have so I would really like to know what I would expect from an outdoor mic?

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What are you expecting from it?

Unless you are close to the subject (10-15 ft.), a shotgun mic will be useless outdoors and indoors (unless loud environment) as well.

Also shotgun mics are not good for indoor use, as they are too directional and record the bouncing soundwaves from the walls. A hypercardiod or stereo mic is best for this use.
Also, a shotgun mic is not totally directional, like some would be led to believe. It will pickup low level requqncies in the middles of the shaft element.

Anyway, the NTG1/2 or ME66 isn't bad for outdoors, but you must be close to the subect to work well. You can do this either by hiding teh mic somewhere up close and feed your camera or mixer via wireless or direct cable.

Or want good L/R outdoor ambiant sound, then go for a streo mic, like the AT822/825 or AT835ST (although more expensive, is a splendid stereo mic).
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Old May 30th, 2006, 11:08 PM   #4
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Was more of a general question of the difference. I do not have the option to borrow one in my neck of the woods or even purchase one locally. I guess I was just curious if it is better at blocking out certain surrounding noises than the ME64. I really like the ME-64, but would like to know the benefits of a shotgun outdoors. Samples would be great.

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Old May 31st, 2006, 10:01 AM   #5
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I guess I was just curious if it is better at blocking out certain surrounding noises than the ME64.
Answer to that should definitely be 'yes'. I agree Me64 / NTG1/NTG2 etc samples (not studio samples, but real world outdoor samples) would be good to hear it.
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