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Old June 14th, 2007, 02:20 PM   #1
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Why not AT815ST?

I've searched the forum and seen a lot of posts mentioning Audio-Technica AT835ST as a good shotgun-style stereo mic. Why not a slightly longer AT815ST? It supposed to provide more directional pickup and with a longer tube, a better separation between the M and S pickups.

What are your thoughts?

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Old June 14th, 2007, 02:36 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with this specific mic, but generally a long shotgun is not good for tight shooting. It's more for outdoor use. A long time ago I used a Shure long shotgun mic. It was a great mic, but in a boomy room if I got it in tight enough to minimize the boominess, I'd get other problems. It always wanted to be 3 or 4 feet away, whereas normally you use a shotgun within 18" or less. They have their uses, for when you can't get in as close as you'd like, and for outdoor use.
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Old June 14th, 2007, 03:13 PM   #3
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Longer, therefore more likely to get into the image if mounted on the camcorder could be one reason.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 03:10 PM   #4
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Bill, Don:

Thank you for your input.

Having considered what you said and after reading several reviews on the web, I decided to go with AT835ST. I tested it out and it sounds very good to my ears. I will be recording with it tonight.
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Old June 15th, 2007, 09:00 PM   #5
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I know a couple of soundmen who really like the AT shotguns. I shot one show where sound from one was intercut with similar location interviews done with the MKH60 and nobody could tell the difference.
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Old June 16th, 2007, 10:28 AM   #6
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Just finished capturing the HDV footage and watched about 10 minutes of it. I am very satisfied with how the sound came out. For me, the AT835ST is a keeper.

On another note, I finally setup the workflow I wanted - no extra wires, no re-capture or re-encoding in order to watch the raw captured footage.

The video goes from the computer to Playstation 3 and then directly to 65" Mitsubishi HDTV via 1080i analog component connection. Just capture to the computer, and use the same source for raw footage preview and for editing.
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