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Author Topic: Pro XLR mic for the XA10?  (Read 11491 times)
BriarNeko
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« on: February 16, 2011, 08:01:51 AM »

I'm not really an audio guy, so its hard for me to understand a lot of the concepts revolving around mics... I probably get a lot more than the average person but to be honest, there's so much there it's pretty daunting. And my clients are trusting me to know what's best for their projects equipment wise... otherwise they could do it themselves, lol. But I am trying to learn audio... it just goes slowly.

With the HV20 I always just was restricted to the 1/8" mini-jack so I had a limited selection... couldn't really use any "pro audio" equipment. I never got into the Beachtek adapters because I have enough to worry about, lol.

So I was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for a good low-cost ($100-$300) XLR mic (Canon-compatible) to use when I get the XA10 since it has the pro inputs. I am looking for a shotgun mic mainly (perferably one I could mount on top of the Canon while on a tripod) but willing to hear about other types since I now so little about it and maybe I don't know what I need in the audio field.

With the HV20 I always heard a lot about Azdens as being a good choice... but are they the best for  that price range?
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2011, 04:36:37 AM »

Hi,

I'm sorry to say that $100 to $300 for a shotgun or stereo mic with XLR outputs is hitting the bottom of the barrel but there are probably some decent mics to be had.  Probably best to look up the few mics that meet your specs and then do searches on those specific ones.

Try http://www.bhphotovideo.com/ (BH has a couple Panasonic ones that should work for you) and  http://www.fullcompass.com/ (Full Compass has a couple pages worth of mics in your price range)
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« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2011, 06:13:03 AM »

Thanks John, I'll look at the places you mentioned. Perhaps if I bump my mic budget up to $500-$600 I'd be getting somewhere? I just know people were using things like the RODE and the Azden Videomic with the older HV20 that seemed to be more around $200 options and worked pretty well, but now that I'll have XLR ports I'd really rather go with something that can take advantage of it. I'll do some research and update if I find any options that look good for the XA10 for other people looking.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2011, 04:50:53 PM »

I am intersted in the same thing... Any ideas?


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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2011, 06:31:39 PM »

OK guys, The Azden line is quite decent and gives you good sound. We have nearly everything Azden makes, some are great some are not so good.

Check this one out: http://www.amazon.com/Azden-Barrell-Shotgun-Mic-Outputs/dp/B0000ARKW3/ref=pd_cp_p_0
We still use this cheap mic for XA10 recordings and it works just fine http://www.amazon.com/Azden-High-performance-SMX-10-Condenser-Microphone/dp/B000GE403I/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323473046&sr=8-2

Some of the mics sound very muddy and some of them like you're in the echo chamber or in a tin-can. Go to vimeo.com and search for mic test of Rodie, Azden and Canon. You'll hear the difference and how good Azden is with 'true' sound. Then again it depends what pleases your ears, and this is one of those subjective decisions there are no right and wrong.
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« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 12:13:01 AM »

What will be your most common recording situation: On camera, boom pole, indoors, large auditorium, small confrence room, interviews? It would help to know this because you may not want/need a shotgun mic for all the above recording scenarios.

In general terms, most people recommend the Rode NTG1 or NTG2 mics a lot. The NTG1 is shorter at 8.5" and seems like it would make a better mic for the XA10 becuase it is compact and allows great audio. It has good low end. I personally like the Sennheiser ME series mics with K6 module. The trouble is, the ME66 shotgun is a little long to be mounting on a small cam like the XA10, but the ME64 isn't a bad choice. It produces great audio. You can hear these mics compared on youtube. The ME64 isn't a true shotgun, it is a cardioid mic which is directional, but not as much as a hyper-cardioid (shotgun) mic. I use the ME64/K6 combo. You can pick up the Rode mic at Full Compass for about $200 if I remember right. The Sennheiser combo is going to cost you more, close to $375 if I recall.

For family situations and less formal use, I use the Sennheiser MKE400 mic with a wind sock. It's a little guy but sounds great. But it's not a substitute for any of the mics listed above.

Well, good luck..

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