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Old June 23rd, 2007, 08:31 PM   #1
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I am looking for a good multi-purpose field audio setup for less than $500. Mainly I shoot wedding videos, but I also occasionally do other types of work. Almost everything I do is run and gun type production. BTW- I'm using the JVC-HD110 camera.
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Old June 24th, 2007, 06:43 AM   #2
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I'm afraid that $500 doesn't get you into the realm of a "good multi-purpose field audio setup." But if that's all I had to spend, I think I'd get a Rode VideoMic, an AT Pro 88W wireless set, and an XLR adapter ala Beachtek, Studio 1 or Sign Video.
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Old June 24th, 2007, 01:59 PM   #3
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Hi David,

Thank you for your input. However I should mention that I already replaced the shotgun mic that comes with the camera with a higher quality one. Also I do not think I need the XLR adapter as my camera already has XLR inputs.

I kind of have my eye on this combo system from Sampson-
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...2_Series_.html

Please let me know what you think or if you have any other suggestions.
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Old June 24th, 2007, 05:21 PM   #4
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Sorry Adam--it didn't occur to me to look and see if the JVC had xlr connectors. So with an external mic already purchased and no need for an xlr adapter you have some more lattitude.

If you do a search here on Sampson equipment you'll probably find that it's not considered top notch, but I have no experience with the brand myself. The concept of that particular kit looks nice.
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Old June 25th, 2007, 11:47 AM   #5
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might want to look into a wireless boundry mic
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Old June 25th, 2007, 12:02 PM   #6
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Hi Adam,

My basic field audio set up includes:
- Sound Devices Premix (and a Petrol audio bag)
- AT897 and Rode NTG2 mics
- two sets of Sennheiser G2 wireless lav mics.
- Sony MDR 700 headphones.
- plus a few cables etc.

Over your 500 $ budget I know but gives me pretty decent audio. As you have a quality camera would seem a shame to use too lower spec audio equipment with it.

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