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Chill Will
Best inexpensive sound for the DVX100A
on Aug 27, 2010 at 6:17:19 pm

Hello all,

I am recording segments for the web of me addressing the camera (my DVX10A).

I will be standing prob. about 3-10 feet from the camera.

What is the most inexpensive way to get good sound.

I've been thinking of ordering the Audio Technica at803b wired lavaier from B & H for $130.

Any tips about using this mic, or alternate suggestions for sound would be appreciated.

Be well,
Chill Will

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Noah Kadner
Re: Best inexpensive sound for the DVX100A
on Aug 30, 2010 at 3:23:23 pm

I personally find wired lavs to have a muffled quality and limiting in terms of shot type, camera placement. They have their use but only after more traditional shotgun mics- either boomed manually or from a stand are ruled out. I'd search in that direction. You'll likely find something AKG or Sennheiser somewhere near your price range. You'll ultimately get much more natural sound that way.


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Guy McLoughlin
Re: Best inexpensive sound for the DVX100A
on Sep 1, 2010 at 9:56:20 pm

Ideally for indoor work you want to use a good cardioid or hyper-cardioid pencil mic on a boom just out of the shot. Most shotgun mics under $1,000 do not work well indoors because they have poor off-axis sound rejection, thus they pick up almost as much sound from behind the mic as they do in front of the mic. Cardioid / Hyper-cardioid mics have very good off-axis sound rejection, making them the best choice for average to small rooms.

AKG Perception 170 - Small Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Audio-Technica AT4021 Small-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

AKG Blue Line Series Microphone Kit

Audio-Technica AT4053b Hypercardioid Condenser Microphone

The more expensive lav mics sound very good, and some of them like the Sanken Cos-11D sound as good as a condenser pencil mic.

Sanken COS-11D Miniature Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone with XLR Outpu...

...While I own a COS-11 lav, I don't use it very often because it picks up audio from almost everywhere. ( it requires a quiet room to use it effectively )

My favorite general purpose lav mic is the TRAM 50, which has pretty good sound, and very good off-axis sound rejection if you face the mic towards the vampire-clip.

Tram TR50 - Omnidirectional Lavalier Condenser Microphone (Black) : Sennhei...

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