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  • Recommendation for shot gun mic

    Posted by Suzin Daly on August 26, 2021 at 6:13 pm

    I would like to get recommendations for a battery powered mic. [I have a mic that is phantom power only] It’s to be used for interviews, or when filming independent short or documentaries.

    Suzin Daly replied 2 years, 9 months ago 2 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Ty Ford

    August 26, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Hello Suzin and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum,

    Before I make some suggestions, can you please tell me what mic you’re currently using?
    Ty Ford Cow Audio Forum Leader

  • Suzin Daly

    August 27, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    I currently have a Rode III Phantom power shot gun mic . Lately I have been using a Kopul X3 pin XLR female to 3.5 RA stero Mini Plug Cable with my Canon Mark III with Lav mic, which has worked very well [surprisingly – sound is excellent]. So I thought it would like to try an shot gun battery powered with the Kopul cable.

  • Ty Ford

    August 28, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    OK, so you have a Rode NTG3?
    Nice mic. Pattern is a little wider than the Sennheiser MHK416, but if you’re doing a two shot, that can be a benefit. The Rode NTG4+ (don’t forget the (+)!! is both phantom powered and battery powered.

    You could also just get a battery powered phantom supply for your NTG3. This Mackie is both AC and 9 V DC battery powered.

    Or, maybe you’ll be doing interviews and need two condenser mics. This box run on 9V DC batteries or an included converter.

    BUT!!!! Would it be better to get a good hyper-cardioid? Nine out of ten times, I’ll use my hyper-cardioid for dialog. It has a tighter pattern, so it doesn’t hear as much of the surrounding noise.

    Unless you’re ready to put some real money down for a Schoeps CMC641 or Sennheiser MKH 50, the Audio-Technica AT4053 is a good mid-market solution.
    They are also phantom powered, but do not have battery powering. These will need additional windscreens.

    As you may have guessed. You’re inching up to getting a mixer. Most good location mixers have phantom power.

    Sorry if this seems a lot. Just wanted to give you a look at the landscape.


    Ty Ford

    Cow Audio Forum Leader

  • Suzin Daly

    August 28, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks for the input. Not a lot, gives options to investigate.

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