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Re: Shotgun microphone recommendations or used mic for sale

Subject: Re: Shotgun microphone recommendations or used mic for sale
From: "Scott Hughes" shooze53
Date: Sun Dec 14, 2014 2:52 pm ((PST))
Great advice=85  How much money will the Wildtronics All Purpose Parabolic =
Microphone be Bruce?

On 2014-12-14, at 5:32 PM, " [naturerecordists]" <nat=
> wrote:

> Hi Dan,
> If you are getting serious into nature recording, a shotgun microphone wi=
ll be extremely limiting. A shotgun mic will only be good for reaching bird=
s that are within 30 feet, and won't be the greatest for interviews either.=
 For interviews, and cardioid or omnidirectional microphone is better, plac=
ed closer to the subject. An omnidirectional can also be useful if you ever=
 get into recording ambient background sounds. Realistically, you would nee=
d a parabolic microphone to capture birds and animals since they will norma=
lly be more like 50-400 feet away from the microphone. Parabolic microphone=
s have mechanical audio gain that will be able to make a subject appear 10 =
times closer than a regular microphone, plus have a greater degree of subje=
ct isolation. Wildtronics will be releasing a new All Purpose Parabolic Mic=
rophone within a couple of weeks that is the least expensive parabolic micr=
ophone system available, and is modular, allowing you to add your own omnid=
irectional microphone, one of our inexpensive, low noise PIP microphones, o=
r one of our amplified microphones depending on your budget.
> The DR-05 recorder is a good unit, but it's microphone input noise is pre=
tty high, for nature recording, at -109dB. The DR-05 only works well with a=
mplified microphones or high level sounds. Unless you use an amplified micr=
ophone or very good preamp, I would try to step up into the $200 range reco=
rders like a Sony PCM-M10, which has a low noise 3.5mm input, 13dB lower no=
ise than the DR-05. A Tascam DR-100mkII is another economical choice in the=
 $200 range that has XLR inputs available, and is just 2-3 dB noisier than =
the Sony PCM-M10. An XRL input, with phantom power, will expand the number =
of microphones available. Other than our inexpensive, low noise PIP microph=
one available shortly, an AT3032 or an AT4022 might be your lowest price om=
nidirectional microphone which have lower noise than a ME62. AT3032's can b=
e found used since they are no longer in production.
> Sincerely,
> Bruce Rutkoski
> Owner
> professional parabolic microphones

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