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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?
    Thanks,
    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. https://bhpho.to/3jq8ZdM

    Or, maybe you’ll be doing interviews and need two condenser mics. This box run on 9V DC batteries or an included converter. https://bhpho.to/3mCBK9i

    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. https://bhpho.to/3kBF69R
    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.

    Regards,

    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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