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Paul Jefferies January 17th, 2007 07:13 AM

Sony C74
Does anyone have any opinions/experience with using this mic? I may be offered one soon, and would like to find out if its any good, or any issues arising from using it...

Paul Jefferies January 20th, 2007 05:22 AM

Nobody uses this mic?

David W. Jones January 20th, 2007 06:40 AM

If I remember right, it was an OK ENG style shotgun, but it used a non-standard battery, which shouldn't be a problem if you have phantom power.

Bob Hart January 20th, 2007 07:33 AM

Nobody uses this mike??

I do. It's made of much heavier material than the Sennheisers which gives you the shakes after a while if you put it on a long pole. This is a bit of a downer for location work.

The last half of the "Crimson Cage" shoot was done with mine after the Sennheiser lay down and died. The sound recordist had no complaints about the Sony.

Two C74s or 76s don't like to be operated too nearer to each other than about 3 inches otherwise there is sometimes some interference between the two.

I also use a C76.

If you don't end up getting it, how much does your vendor want for it? Going by the lack of them on the used marketplace, Sony either didn't sell a lot or people are keeping them and using them.

In a pinch, a battery can be made up from a stack of watch or small lightmeter batteries in heatshrink to get the 9vdc.

That is all the branded battery is made from moreor less. You might have to put a metal spacer or a few small washers in the stack to add some length depending on the depth of the batteries.

The audio is not up to the Sennheiser but it is not to far short either.

I am not a sound engineer however so don't take too much heed of my comments.

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