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Georg Liigand May 19th, 2006 03:22 PM

Advice on new audio equipment please
 
Hello,

I have a Sony VX2100, Beachtek DXA-6, Sony MDR-7506 headphones and I want to complete the audio setup for my camera. I've now got the money for buying some new stuff and would like to ask your advice on this. Firstly, I want to get a good shotgun which can be attached to the camera and to a boom if necessary. I've had my eyes on the Rode NTG-2 which seems to be a pretty awesome tool. Do you recommend it and could you please tell me what are the necessary accessories in order to attach the mic to the boom? I believe that it needs some kind of a shock-mount and attaching unit?

Secondly I need a normal-class (not too expensive) wireless lavalier microphone system. Could you please suggest something in 200-400 USD price range?

Thanks a lot and I'm looking forward to your replies!

Guy Cochran May 19th, 2006 06:24 PM

The RODE NTG-2 is a nice mic for the price. It will work well with your BeachTek DXA-6.

The RODE SM3 is a shockmount that can be attached to the camera's cold shoe, but also has a 3/8" connection to attach it to a boom pole.

Sennheiser makes the MZSCAM shockmount for camera cold shoe too. A little more flimsy, and still in the $50 price range.

Then there is K-TEK that has a rather "burly" set-up at http://mklemme.com/pole/dvcam.html

For a wireless lav in the $200-$400 range....I'd have to say, save up for the Sennheiser Evolution G2 wireless at $499 or you may regret buying a $250 azden or something that will wind up in a drawer after it burns you on a gig.

Though if you must, there is a VHF Audio Technica. The Pro 88W that can work, if ya just gotta do it. But make sure you get the one with the MT830MW mic. Model should be W88-13-830. This is an "ok" system if you can afford redo's due to hits.

Hope this helps,

Georg Liigand May 20th, 2006 01:47 AM

Thank you very much for the tips, Guy. I will probably go with the NTG-2 or NTG-1 (this is probably enough as I already get power from the DXA). However, you really put me thinking about the Evolution G2! It seems to be a really neat setup at great quality. The price is pretty high for me, but I'll try to do my best. I have to get the shotgun as well, you know :)

Btw, does NTG come with some kind of shoe mount? I'm a bit afraid at those camera shock-mounts, because I tried Rode VideoMic on VX2100 and the mount totally blocked the buttons on the handle. Can the NTG placed so that it doesn't block them?

Steve House May 20th, 2006 04:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Georg Liigand
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Btw, does NTG come with some kind of shoe mount? I'm a bit afraid at those camera shock-mounts, because I tried Rode VideoMic on VX2100 and the mount totally blocked the buttons on the handle. Can the NTG placed so that it doesn't block them?

Looks like it's a conventional mic stand topper that comes with the mic. Take a look at the K-Tek camera mount suggested in another post

Guy Cochran May 20th, 2006 03:47 PM

Rycote makes a pretty groovy hot shoe extender for cheap. "Rycote Hot Shoe Multiplier and Extension Adapter "

Search for it over at http://www.markertek.com/

I just got one. That should solve your issue and work great with the RODE SM3 shockmount and RODE NTG-2.

I would suggest getting the NTG-2 even though you have phantom power.

Why?

Because if you ever get the Sennheiser Evolution G2 wireless ENG kit with the SKP-100 plug-on transmitter to make the shotgun wireless the NTG-2 will be able to run on it's own power. The SKP-100 does not supply phantom power.

If you have QuickTime, check out the example in the "theatre" called "Location Sound package to see what I mean. You can get there via the link below.


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