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Old April 30th, 2007, 01:24 PM   #1
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ATR 55(25) Versus AT897

I'm buying some video equipment for making a few short films, maybe my first feature, who knows...
I want to know if there's a real big difference between ATR55 and AT897 (that worth the 250US$ on the 897) and which is best, using a zoom H4 external recorder, using a beachtek adapter for my hdv camera or using what? I'm on somewhat small budget, so, my whole cash for sound is something like 600US$.

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Old April 30th, 2007, 02:03 PM   #2
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I think you'll be much happier with the AT897. Pickup pattern, color, noise . . it's an all-around better mic.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 06:39 PM   #3
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I know, it's sort of obvious that the AT897 costs 200 bucks more, because it's better, but in a scale from 0 to 100, where's ATR55 and where's AT897?
Does anybody know anything about Rode Videomic(the one with the shockmount) seems a bargain, but it's all about quality, right?
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Old May 1st, 2007, 09:16 AM   #4
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I have an ATR55, I just replaced it with a bigger better mic...I've got audio sample on my website, if you're considering the more expensive mic as an option, get it! The ATR55 does a great job if you have absolutely no possibilities of RF interference. The sound reproduction is really quite good for a $50 mic. As soon as you add an electronic device running off of wall power, your post time goes up exponentially scrubbing audio.

Spend the money on the microphone, save it elsewhere.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 10:51 AM   #5
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Again, it's a tough question, as so much about mic selection is subjective. For the sake of conversation, I'd put 0 as a Radio Shack cardioid mic, and 100 as a Schoeps CMC641 (which seems to be Hollywood standard at the moment). The ATR55 I'd put at 20, and the AT897 at, say, 40.

I don't mean to sound disparaging . . I own two AT897s. Compared to more expensive mics, they're unsatisfying, but for the price, they're very good. They'll give you a much better SNR than the R55s. Also, I've found that some people really like their bassy sound . . makes them feel like it's been sort of mastered already!
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