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Mark Adams
Indoor Location Mic
on Aug 12, 2009 at 12:03:09 am

I've been shooting stock video with out sound for a few years. I'm going to try to hustle some assignment work and I'm building a sound kit. I've settled on a Rode NTG-3 shotgun for outdoor location (thanks to this forum) and I am undecided on an indoor location mic. The Schoeps 641 would be my choice but... 2k is more than I want to spend. Are there some suggestions in the sub $500 range? I've seen posts by Ty Ford recommending the AT 4053A or the Audix SCX-1HC. Any others to consider or which of these 2 would be best all around. Mic's will be on a boom to a digital recorder.

Thanks, Mark Adams
http://www.rocketclips.com


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Sam Mallery
Re: Indoor Location Mic
on Aug 12, 2009 at 3:20:37 pm

I bought the AT4053 because I couldn't afford the Schoeps. For indoor booming work, I love it. It sounds very natural. I will likely buy another 4053 in the future to have a back-up, and I may buy a pair of cardioid capsules to use them for stereo recording + music production.

Also, if it's not too late, you may want to consider the 4073 shotgun from Audio Technica. It's a great sounding mic that will match the 4053 a little better. If you already bought the Rode, it's no biggie. That's a nice mic too.



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Mark Adams
Re: Indoor Location Mic
on Aug 12, 2009 at 3:56:22 pm

Sam thanks for the input. The 4073 was on my list and I read so many praises of the Rode NTG-3 that I am leaning in that direction. I'll take another look. Thanks for the endorsement for the 4053.

Mark Adams
http://www.rocketclips.com


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John Moore
Re: Indoor Location Mic
on Aug 12, 2009 at 4:10:02 pm

I've picked up a couple of used AKG SE300B bodies & then bought the CK93 Hypercardioid & CK91 Cardioid capsules so that I could have the option of subtle differences depending on the need. The CK93/SE300B combo is often mentioned as a very good, low-cost, option to the Schoeps 641 or the Sanken CS1... I'm pleased with the sound, and the accuracy of this combo.

Even brand new, the cost is half of either Shoeps or Sanken:
AKG SE300B Preamp unit $235
http://www.fullcompass.com/product/295288.html
AKG CK93 Hypercardioid Microphone Capsule, Blue Line Series $165
http://www.fullcompass.com/product/302962.html

You could then add the CK91 Cardioid Capsule ($172) for more options
http://www.fullcompass.com/product/302960.html

Granted- these are not the same sound & quality of the Shoeps or Sanken mics- but they're no slouches, especially for the money... Let's face it- we gotta start somewhere!

John Moore
sound.flyingmonkeystudio.com


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Mark Adams
Re: Indoor Location Mic
on Aug 12, 2009 at 8:46:53 pm

As a beginner with audio it's great to have a forum like this. I'm smart enough to know what I don't know and I appreciate the knowledge here and the willingness to share.

Mark Adams
http://www.rocketclips.com


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