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Old July 22nd, 2005, 10:12 AM   #1
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Boom Mic for DVX100A

Can someone help me? I'm trying to buy sound equipment for a documentary shoot, I'd like to spend between $400 and $800.

Is the Sennheiser ME-66 a smart choice? It seems like a solid buy at $400. How about the Audio-Technica AT897? Audio-Technica AT835b? Azden SGM-2X? And what does phantom-powered mean? K-6? Does that mean it steals power from the camera battery instead of from a separate battery?

I'm also wondering if it makes sense to buy some sort of Cardioid camera? Sennheiser ME-64? In what situations would this mic be useful?

Thank you.

Victoria.
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 03:42 PM   #2
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Hello,

I did pretty extensive research and chose the Audio-Technica AT897.
AT8415 shock mount and K-TEK KE-69 boom pole with internal cable.

Good Luck!

Stephanie
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 04:26 PM   #3
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Thanks

Thanks.
A lot of people say that's a good value.
Do you have a recommendation for a good, cheap wired lavalier mic?
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Old July 22nd, 2005, 05:33 PM   #4
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Hi Rudy,

I don't what you consider cheap but I wouldn't scrimp on audio. It's a pretty important component of your package. I found a great price (I think); $175 for a Sony ECM-44B lav at Etronics.com

Oh, and YES phantom powered mics can run on their own internal batteries or draw power from an external souce such a mixer or camera.

Bye.

Stephanie

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Old July 23rd, 2005, 12:24 PM   #5
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lightwave make some good poles with internal cabling, however i think a pair of lavs (Senny G2's) an ME66 and K6 shotgun, and a rycote pistol grip would suffice. I use an ME64 and i cant fault it for what i do (vox poppish on the street stuff, but more within controlled environments.

I usually run a wireless boom seup, by conncting the K6 to the transmitter. This allows my sound guy to run around with the talent. Also lapels allow u to use lapels for controled interviews and anything else really.. theyre a great invention i have to say..

anyways, if u go shotgun, dont forget to get a softie...
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Old July 26th, 2005, 07:58 AM   #6
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I use the AT 835B and am happy with it. Like Stephanie I also have the AT8415 shock mount and a Lightwave boom pole if I remember correctly...

You have the DVX, go with a phantom powered mic, one less thing to worry about with juicing your devices...
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Old July 26th, 2005, 12:14 PM   #7
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Yeah, since you have phantom power, skip the ME series and the AT897 altogether. The sole reason to buy those mics is because they have their own power supplies. Do a search. There are lots of recommendations in here in your price range. Will you be shooting exteriors and interiors? If you will be shooting in primarily one environment or the other it will make a great difference on your choice of mic. Personally, I'd probably blow the whole wad on a Sanken CS1.
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Old July 26th, 2005, 09:45 PM   #8
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Yeah, since you have phantom power, skip the ME series and the AT897 altogether. The sole reason to buy those mics is because they have their own power supplies. Do a search. There are lots of recommendations in here in your price range. Will you be shooting exteriors and interiors? If you will be shooting in primarily one environment or the other it will make a great difference on your choice of mic. Personally, I'd probably blow the whole wad on a Sanken CS1.
Dear Marco,

Beg to disagree with you. The main reason for buying this mic should be the quality and the pick up pattern. I choose to power my mic with a $1 AA battery than put extra draw hours on my $50 camera battery. Get a battery tester and check your AA before your shoot and then replace them when needed.

BTW: Exteriors, interiors, etc. As long as you have a GOOD shotgun mic and know how to manipulate the filters, it should be useable, (with a Softie of course for ext.) in either application.


Unfortunately the AT-897 that I purchased doesn't have all the filters I mentioned, (due to budget restrictions). But I used a Senn ? for 11 years as a network photographer both inside and out and was able to record acceptable audio in a multitude of different scenarios. Work the mic man!

Sincerely,

Stephanie
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