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John M
Boom mic for warehouse, outside shooting
on Jun 22, 2005 at 1:37:40 pm

Up until now, we have been using Lectosonics lavalier mics connected to our camcorder for all of our audio recording.

I would like to convince the boss that is would be worth the money to purchase a boom mic for audio. We produce 5-6 videos per year for in-house use. Mostly managers meetings and training. We have one meeting a year that's very important.

Most of the time we record interview-type footage. One person asking questions and one person answering. However there are times, say 20%, when we record outdoors or inside a busy warehouse. Forklifts are operating and conveyors are moving. Lots of background noise. To be honest, that's not a bad thing (in moderation), but we don't want the background to overwhelm the speaker.

So what I'm asking for is recommendations on a field setup. Let me know what the professionals (and the semi-pros) would use and how much it would cost. Do I need a mixer for this much shooting? I would appreciate any advice you folks are willing to give.


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Peter Perry
Re: Boom mic for warehouse, outside shooting
on Jun 22, 2005 at 2:18:07 pm

Hi John,

[John M] "Forklifts are operating and conveyors are moving. Lots of background noise."

Under these conditions, I would stick with the Lectrosonics. Unless you have an experienced audio crew, you will get more background noise with a boom than with the lav.
Also remember, when you use a boom for a two person interview, you need someone to operate the boom. It is not a "set it and forget it" thing unless it is an interview of a single stationary subject. I'm sure you know this, but I am a master of the obvious.
A mixer on the lines of a Sound Devices 302 or a Shure FP33 are always going to help matters if only in terms of setting your gain structure correctly, which is important in noisy environments.
Peter


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David Jones
Re: Boom mic for warehouse, outside shooting
on Jun 22, 2005 at 3:54:44 pm

I'm with Peter on this, I'd use a nice Lav with the Lectrosonics.
In setups where there is a little more background noise,
just move the Lav closer the the mouth and adjust the audio accordingly.
I wouldn't worry about the sight of a lapel mic, it's not a movie.


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John M
Re: Boom mic for warehouse, outside shooting
on Jun 22, 2005 at 4:22:49 pm

Thank you both for your input. I appreciate your time.


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