Audio Technica Microphone: New Short External Mics
Before we talk about the Audio Technica microphone that might fit your needs, let’s talk about the shotgun mic and why and when you’d want to use them.
Shotgun microphones are characterized by a long, narrow tube design, not unlike the barrel of a shotgun. These are highly directional microphones that isolate the subject’s sound from unwanted ambient sound. Shotgun external mics are great for shooting in windy conditions and other situations where you’ll be dealing with a lot of competing background sound, like noisy stadiums or conference floors.
These are the types of microphones you see a lot during television taping, i.e., the guy extending a long pole (called boompole) with the mic at the end towards the actors. However, in a videography run-and-gun set up, shotguns are also mounted directly onto the camera.
Therein lies the problem with some of the standard shotgun mics.
Because high end-cameras are getting smaller, the longer shotgun mic may get in the way of your shot, especially if you have a wind muff on it and shoot wide angle. It also may throw an unwanted shadow in your shot.
While we were at the NAB Show 2011 last month, we stopped by the Audio-Technica booth to get an idea of the shorter external mics that are available today. Jeff Simcox, Executive Director of Marketing at Audio-Technica, went on camera to show us 3 options for you: the Pro 24C, the AT 2022 and the AT 8022.
These range in price from less than $100 to $400 retail.
The Pro 24 is a very good option for Z18 camera owners. If your shooting will take you into situations where you want more capability to choose the pickup angle of the microphone, i.e., the area that it will record, consider the AT 2022. Of all the mics Jeff discussed in the video, this new audio technica microphone gives you more flexibility and control. If the highest sound quality is your goal, consider the AT 8022.
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