I am on the cusp of setting up an audio kit for film/t.v/corporate work. So basically I'm a sound handyman and I'm going to be as versatile as possible. I have read the great thread about setting up an audio kit here but I wanted to ask some further questions from the wonderful community here at CC.
So far this is what I think I'll get:
Sennheiser ME66/K6 *OR* Rode NTG-2 (I'd like opinions here)
SD 302 mixer
Marantz PMD670 or Fostex FR-2 LE solid state recorder (Again, I'd like opinions here)
In the thread I mentioned about you suggested a Audio Technica AT4053a for a small diaphragm condenser mic. But I was thinking of going for a Rode NT6 with detachable capsule. This feature would have been great on many shoots I've done in the past. But I don't know how it rates as a mic for video? Alternatively there is the NT5 which is more similar to the AT4053a. Does the NT5 (or NT6) have the Off-Axis Rejection that a AT4053a has?
In the thread you also talk of going for the Countryman B6 lavs. Is that just referring to the mic alone or does it come with a transmitter/receiver when you buy a Countryman B6?
Sorry for the long post, but please have a read and respond.
P.S. Ty I have found your comments very helpful. Also your video on mic choices and I have purchased your book Ty Ford’s Audio Bootcamp Field Guide which I'm eagerly awaiting!
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Between the ME66 and the R0DE NTG-2 I would get the NTG-2. The ME66 has a really hot output, which makes it more susceptible to vibration and wind noise. It's a noisy mic. I use an Audio Technica 4073a shotgun.
302 mixer is the best choice.
Between the Marantz PMD670 and the Fostex FR2, I would get the Fostex. I don't find the interface of the PDM670 to be intuitive. I've heard positive things from active field professionals about the FR2.
I don't know how the R0DE NT6 rates for video use either because I don't think many people use them. It seems more like a studio/installation system to me. You don't know how it will stand up to the elements, travel, and abuse of video work. I use the AT4053a because I couldn't afford a Schoeps, period. So far I'm happy with my decision, and I still can't afford a Schoeps ;) I own both the hyper-cardioid and the cardioid capsules for my 4053's (I have two). I may pick up a pair of omni capsules someday.
My advice would be to not be a guinea pig. Use gear that's tested and proven.