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Don Kimball
What kind of microphone set up for Sony VX2100?
on Aug 14, 2009 at 5:59:44 pm

Okay I am completing a free-lance project on the Parrots of Australia. I shot 6 months worth of footage and now am editing it in Sony Vegas.

I have done 2 voice-over narrations of my first chunk of film.

1. I used the cam and simply recorded my voice with the cam's microphone on a tripod in the bedroom. The results were that it sounded like I was in a strange muffled closet and the results were very poor. Imagine Australian landscapes and you get this muffled in-the-closet type narration. Not very appealing!

2. I took the cam outside in a totally quiet wild place with no sounds whatsoever except a bit of breeze and my voice. Camera microphone about 10 inches from my mouth. The result: varying degrees with the results. Sometimes a bit muffled, other times a bit too harsh sounding but I feel it still doesnt sound like the clear crisp and smooth narration you get on nature videos.

I am real new at sound here so I would sure appreciate some imput especially from someone that knows the Sony VX-2100 mini DV cam personally and has set it up for quality sound/narration.

Thanks! Very much appreciate the help I get here!

Don Kimball

New to Vegas... excited and intimidated at the same time!



New to Vegas... excited and intimidated at the same time!


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Ty Ford
Re: What kind of microphone set up for Sony VX2100?
on Aug 15, 2009 at 6:35:26 am

Hello Don and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum version of "How'd They Do That."

That you can tell by your experiments that you're not getting what you want is a GOOD thing.

Technically-good narration is normally done in a studio with a proper acoustics, using a variety of mics and a right that costs a lot more than your camcorder. I do narration for a living (such as it is) My mics cost a couple thousand dollars each, my preamps cost over $1k each, my DA converter.....well you get the idea.

A quick look at your camera indicates it doesn't seem to have a separate mic or audio input. If that's the case, you're hosed.

Since you don't need to read to picture, and for not much money, get a Zoom or Iriver recorder and try recording a walk-in closet.

Don't under estimate your lack of performing talent. Professional narrators bring a lot more than a nice voice to a project. If you're interested, reach out with specifics and I'll send you a quote.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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