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Allen Zagel
Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 25, 2006 at 11:55:34 am

I'm looking for suggestions on mic's good for ambient recording.

I have my Audio Technia AT897's but need 2 mics for ambient recording from my Marantz PDM660. Also have the AT2020 for voice overs and 2 Shure SM11's.

For example I have my AT897 on a boom pole to capture a dedication at a Church but would also like 2 stand mounted (I guess, figure-8) mics, one pointed at the choir and another at the congregation.

This is the best example I can give. I'm still learning the various microphones (dynamic vs condenser) so I'd appreciate any help or suggestions.
Thanks
Allen



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Will Salley
Re: Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 27, 2006 at 1:33:55 am

The top of the food chain starts here...

http://www.schoeps.de/E-2004/clamps-cmc.html#sg22


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Will Salley
Re: Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 27, 2006 at 1:38:21 am

Sorry, I meant to send you to this page...

http://www.schoeps.de/E-2004/ms-stereo.html




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Allen Zagel
Re: Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 27, 2006 at 1:54:53 am

Hi Will
Thanks for your reply. I can only say WOW! Never heard of these before. A little too pricey for my wallet though. What's toward the bottom of the food chain then?

What about a Samson CO-3 or Beyer M130? I'm trying to gather information and somewhere I heard about these.

Allen

My web site features;
China, China Railways and music.
http://www.azagel.com

Video site;
http://www.asxvideo.com
NEW! Shanghai MagLev DVD.


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Will Salley
Re: Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 27, 2006 at 2:06:39 am

Not familiar with the Samson but the M130 is an excellent stereo mic for your purposes.


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Allen Zagel
Re: Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 27, 2006 at 10:43:09 am

Haven't studied the mic's but if the Beyer M130 is stereo, then I should need only 1? I'd plan to connect the auxiliary mic's to my Marantz PDM 660 which has 2 XLR connections plus phantom power. I have 2 stage stands with short booms. For the main subject, I'd use either my wireless system or the AT897 on a boom pole to the camera. Currently I have the Sony VX2000 with the Sign Video XLR adapter.

I noticed on eBay a while ago that someone was selling a new PDM670 with a free Rode NT3. I didn't purchase it because I got a better deal on the 660 that came with 2 boundry mics. Quite a savings as I didn't need all the features of the 670. PCM/WAV and MP3 mono/stereo is all I needed. Sometimes for my video work, I convert the Wav to OGG for use in Vegas Video.

When I do my technical railway video work, I use the Shure SM11's taped with gaffer's tape outside the window to pick up the ambient sounds.
Thanks for your help.
Allen

My web site features;
China, China Railways and music.
http://www.azagel.com

Video site;
http://www.asxvideo.com
NEW! Shanghai MagLev DVD.


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John Hartney
Re: Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 27, 2006 at 11:57:02 pm

When I worked news, an ev635 served well as a presence mic, but now that I freelance I use a schoeps mk41 or mk5 which switches between cardiod and omni.

John Hartney
werks.tv
Elgin, Illinois - Chicago Metro
847.608.1357


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Allen Zagel
Re: Mic's for ambient recording
on Feb 28, 2006 at 12:10:22 am

Thanks John
By the way, are you going to NAB? We got to meet up sometime. We're both in the same town.
Allen

My web site features;
China, China Railways and music.
http://www.azagel.com

Video site;
http://www.asxvideo.com
NEW! Shanghai MagLev DVD.


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Allen Zagel
Re: Mic's - Update
on Mar 3, 2006 at 1:58:41 am

Thanks all who offered suggestions.

I wound up purchasing 2 Rode NT3 mics. Got a good deal on them and I think they're well suited for my purpose.

Thanks again
Allen

My web site features;
China, China Railways and music.
http://www.azagel.com

Video site;
http://www.asxvideo.com
NEW! Shanghai MagLev DVD.


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