Marshal Electronics MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Microphone Review

Marshal Electronics MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Microphone Review
Marshal Electronics MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Microphone Review
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Marshal Electronics MXL FR-310 Hot
Shoe Microphone Review
December 12, 2012 By Kien Tran
The Marshal Electronics MXL FR-310 is
Review Info:
another quality external microphone
alternative to the weak on-board camera
Company: Marshall
microphones that are common on DSLRs
and camcorders.
The FR-310 from Marshal Electronics is a
Product: FR-310
cost effective super-cardioid shotguntype microphone that mounts directly
Product Type: Microphones
into the hot shoe of a camera. Weighing
4.8oz (136g) and coming in at 2.5 inches
Industry: Audio Video
tall and 5.3 inches long, the solid
aluminum FR-310 adds minimal weight
and size to the camera while infinitely improving the audio of your video
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The FR-310 is an electret condenser and uses a single 1.5V AAA battery
which can last up to 500 hours, which is far and above the longest of
any of the current hot shoe microphones. The microphone has controls
for three gain levels (corresponding to about -5 dB, 0 dB, and +5 dB)
which I found to be adequate enough, but not as far ranging as I’d like.
Furthermore, at all gain levels there was a slightly higher noise floor
than I’d have liked to see.
The MXL features 3 gain levels and both a normal and high-pass filter mode.
From an interface standpoint, the microphone contains a single 1/8″
3.5mm stereo mini plug to attach to standard cameras with a coiled
cable that can stretch out to about 2 feet. This is very handy if you
want to mount the microphone a bit further away from the camera or on
some type of larger rigging. The microphone also includes a high-pass
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Marshal Electronics MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Microphone Review
As a supercardioid, the FR-310 does a decent job at rejecting off axis
sound, which is extremely important for getting clear audio from your
subjects. The included windscreen does a decent job of cutting down
wind noise as well. Without an integrated shock mount, though, the FR310 is fairly sensitive to handling noise and easily picks up camera
movements when not placed on a tripod.
The MXL FR-310 fits well on any camera.
Overall, the MXL FR-310 is a good microphone and a good competitor to
the other hot shoe-mounted microphone competitors. I would have liked
to see a better gain range and I found that the audio itself was slightly
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Marshal Electronics MXL FR-310 Hot Shoe Microphone Review
battery and incredible battery life are huge advantages of it though, and
at nearly half the cost of some of its competitors, it makes for a good
alternative for the low-budget filmmaker.
The MXL FR-310 includes a handy Aluminum flight case.
You can find the Marshal Electronics FR-310 at various pro retailers for
$134.95 and includes a handy aluminum flight case.
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Tagged With: audio, microphones, MXL, video production
Kien Tran
Based out of of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Kien is a long
time technology and internet enthusiast. With a background in
corporate IT and software development, he spends much of his time
freelancing as an IT consultant and is currently the studio engineer for Livid
Lobster. You can reach him via twitter at @kientran where he rants about
television shows.
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