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Old April 11th, 2010, 03:11 AM   #1
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Need external mic recommendation for HC1

Hi all,

I need advice on external mics for the HC1.

I'm shooting a low budget documentary and need good sound, which is the last piece of the project I need to sort out.

The shoot will be indoors, talking heads, typically one person at a time. Delivery will be the web.

I have tried a lav (AT3350) but wasn't happy with the amount of background hiss. So I'm open to suggestions for either a lav or a shotgun or anything else!

Whilst I'd love to get a pre-amp, XLR mic and boom it, I don't have the budget for it. My budget for any audio gear is 150 ($230). I want as low noise as possible given the limitations of the camera and budget; I'd rather try and get good audio to start with to reduce time in post.

As a reminder, the HC1 has a 3.5 minijack with plug-in power and an Active Interface shoe.

The HC1 is a loaner, so no wild mod suggestions please! :-)

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

All help is appreciated!

Elliot.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 02:05 AM   #2
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Er, Elliot..................

Newbie post and fundamental newbie mis - think.

Microphones are universal, doesn't matter what you're encoding that sound too, you still need good audio equipment.

Why do you think you'll find decent audio advice here?

No chance, unless you're "win the lottery" lucky.

Try here:

All Things Audio Forum at DVinfo.net

Think it through.


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Old April 12th, 2010, 02:31 AM   #3
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Sorry you think that Chris, but I since this is a video forum I would expect to ask audio related questions here too since it's all being recorded on camera. It makes perfect sense to me, sorry if it doesn't to you.

I don't need to be chided since you clearly see I'm a new poster; I still don't know my way around these forums so a little more guidance would be more appreciated.

Think it through from my point of view and please don't make assumptions.

Cheers,

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Old April 20th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #4
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I use the Rode video mic on my HC1. works great for what I use it for.
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Old April 21st, 2010, 01:53 AM   #5
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Thanks Michael, this is a mic I'm leaning towards.

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Old April 21st, 2010, 07:06 AM   #6
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I use a Rode Stereo Video Mic on a Sony HDR-HC9 and have been very happy with the results.

Moving up, I recently used a pair of Rode M3 mics plugged into a Beachtek DXA-6A Pro Audio Adapter, which in turn plugged into a Sony PCM-D50 Audio Recorder. Oh yeah...there was 75 feet of XLR mic cable between the mics and the Beachtek. Very happy with the results but the price point for all that is much, much higher.
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Old April 25th, 2010, 03:52 AM   #7
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Thanks Bill, it's always good to know what people are using.

A pre-amp certainly seems the way to go for quality, so I've decided to save some cash for a JuicedLink and put the start date of the project back a little.

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