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Old July 11th, 2005, 10:46 AM   #16
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Steve, when you initially said you compared the two cams with AGC off, did that mean that you could turn off AGC in the 950 also and did so?
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Old July 11th, 2005, 05:13 PM   #17
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You can turn the mic level to manual in the menu and adjust the level with the knob. I assumed that is turning AGC off. This function is basically the same as on the PD170.

I think you hit it when you said the consumer cams had hotter mics and picked up a little more ambience. The Azden worked O.K. I just have had allot of positive comments about the audio I have been getting on my 950 and wanted to keep that level on the PD170. I am planning to get a super cardioid better matched to the PD170. Now to figure out which one.

Thanks for everyones help. It is appreciated. I am a complete newbie on this stuff.
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Old August 17th, 2005, 09:36 AM   #18
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I use the ME66/K6 setup with ATT ON. It works flawlessy for the stuff I do.. Here's some features of it.. I do documentary style shooting so it works in the case excellent..

Combination of supercardioid at low frequencies and shotgun above 2000Hz
Excellent mic for on-camera or interview for ENG/EFP use
Will increase gain-before-feedback by using as a podium mic in sound reinforcement
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Old August 17th, 2005, 05:09 PM   #19
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I ended up buying the ME66/K6 and it works great on the PD170. Thanks for the help.
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Old August 18th, 2005, 11:33 PM   #20
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The problem with shotguns is that they sound like, well, shotguns. Nothing like a good studio or cardiod. If your needs are to record, say, bird song (bouts) then you will not like a shotgun in that application.

Rent a few cardiods (not studio microphones, they are too delicate I think) but something along the lines of a AT SM81C or the stereo equivalents. I'm not pushing the AT, it just happens to be the microphone I have for faithfully recording engine exhaust and gunshots. AT claims it is designed as an overhead choir and a cymbal microphone. Cymbals (I'm told) have one of the most aggressive sound envelopes in music and this microphone can handle that type of impulse waveforms with little distortion.

I find it works very well at rock concerts too.
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