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Old February 12th, 2004, 01:09 PM   #1
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Quality Microphone suggestions?

Hello Everyone,
I am looking to purchase a microphone to mount on my PD-170.
I also have a Sennheiser (eW100 series) wireless transmitter that I would like to be a ble to use with the mike for interview events.
Any suggestions would really be appreciated
(I could also use a suggestion on a wind muffler? for the mike.)
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Old February 12th, 2004, 02:26 PM   #2
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If you want to save some money, you can get a Shure from Radio Shack and it will work fine.

Also there is another mic that escapes me now that sells for around $150 that is considered to me the must have and can double as a hammer.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 02:48 PM   #3
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The Shure SM58 is a mic you can use as a hammer. The Shure SM57 is similar and is designed for podium use whereas the SM58 is more for live music performances. B&H is one good place to get em (see the dvinfo.net sponsors page on why B&H is good, or the stickies).

You probably don't want to mount the SM58 on your camera. For handheld interviews, the SM58 would probably work well, except that it might need a pre-amp.

Maybe something like a Sennheiser MKE300 would be good? That's a shotgun mic with mini-plug output. One shooter uses it on top of the camera for ambience/background and pops it off for interviews. http://www.dv.com/features/features_...questid=525471 (search for MKE300)
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Old February 12th, 2004, 08:29 PM   #4
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Nah, you don't need a pre-amp for a dynamic microphone like the Shure. I use a Beta58 all the time with my PD150 for interviews in noisy situations. Works very well.

Sometimes it is wired to the camera and sometimes I use the Sennheiser plug-on transmitter.

After experience with the MKE-300 at the local college, I'd not buy one for any reason. It is made all of plastic, the shoe loosens on a regular basis (one small screw holds it to the microphone body) and they eat the little button batteries at a fairly high rate.

They also don't lend themselves to hand-holding as they only have a shoe mount and the sound capsule is not shock-mounted so they have a fair amount of handling noise.
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Old February 12th, 2004, 11:56 PM   #5
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The thread asked for a quality camera mounted microphones. Nothing wrong with an SM58, but that's not it's best use.

I would say there are several worth looking into, in a range of prices. They all have pros and cons. For some the con is the price.

You may want to start here, they are all upgrades to the mic Sony ships with the camera:

Sennheiser mkh416
Sennheiser mkh50
Sennheiser me66
audio technica 897
audio technica 4073
Nuemann km81
Sanken CS-1
AKG Blueline w/short shot
Schoeps mk41
Oktava mc012 w/hyper capsule

If I had my druthers, I'd use the mkh50. I don't, so I use the Oktava mc012. I have a Baby Ball Gag and windjammer for windprotection.
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