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Nick Karner
Sony ECM-674 Shotgun Mic Replacement
on Apr 15, 2017 at 11:44:32 am

Hi everyone! My trusty ECM-674 broke last night and I'm looking for a replacement. It lasted me 10 years(maybe more, can't remember when I bought it) and I've seen them available for very low prices online, but it seems a little silly to me that I'd buy the same mic I got 10 years ago when I'm sure there have been huge strides in shotgun mic builds. Can you suggest a comparable replacement? I do use phantom power, so that's important.
I shoot a lot of theatre and dance shows. Sometimes I can get a feed, but more often it's small, fringe-type theatre so I have to rely on the shotgun mics getting all of the sound and I can be as far as 20-50 feet away from the stage. Although there's some background noise(A/C, audience chatter, etc.), I found my ECM's recordings to be acceptable considering my shooting situations and clients rarely complained. So I'd love something that has a similar capacity. Thanks very much.


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Ty Ford
Re: Sony ECM-674 Shotgun Mic Replacement
on Apr 16, 2017 at 8:02:01 pm

Hello Nick and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

Looking at the price, specs and dimensions of your existing gear, I'd suggest this mic.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/712260-REG/Audio_Technica_BP4073_Sho...

Slightly more sensitive than your existing mic, but with built in pad and LF roll off. It will NOT run on batteries and does require phantom power.

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Richard Crowley
Re: Sony ECM-674 Shotgun Mic Replacement
on Apr 17, 2017 at 5:33:49 am

The Sony ECM-674 is rather a "lower-end" product they seem to offer mostly as an on-camera mic. There probably aren't as many "huge strides in shotgun mic builds" as you would think. Most of the effort seems to have been in lower-end products, i.e. 3.5mm, non P48 phantom power models. (Like all those little plastic Rode things, etc.)

As Ty Ford suggests, you could "up-scale" with something higher-end. But, if you got satisfactory performance from your ECM-674, perhaps just replacing it with the same model seems like a logical solution. There are currently a B-stock ECM-674s on Ebay for $180. That's what I would do if it were me.

Ref: http://www.ebay.com/itm/161756119639

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