Microphone Guide Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser

Microphone Guide
Omni-Directional Lavalier Condenser Microphone
This is a miniature condenser microphone intended to be worn on clothing for unobtrusive sound pickup.
The wide range capability of the microphone ensures clean, accurate reproduction with high intelligibility
for interviews.
Item Check List
Clothing Clip
(AT8530) Power Module
(AA) Battery
Protective Carrying Case
What you need to connect it to a video camera:
Female XLR jack to male mini plug cable
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Omni-Directional Handheld Dynamic Microphone
The polar pattern on this mic prevents the user from sounding "off mic" and practically eliminates
plosives and other proximity effects thanks to it's built in shock mount and pop filter.
Item Check List
Protective Carrying Case
What you need to connect it to a video camera:
Female XLR jack to male mini plug cable
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Line/Gradient Shotgun Condenser Microphone
Pictured without windscreen (included when you loan it)
A wide range condenser microphone with specifically designed for long distance sound pickup. It was
created for use in professional recording, broadcasting, film/ TV/video production, and other applications
requiring excellent sound rejection from the sides and rear. It is also suited for both boom and handheld
use in TV and film production, outdoor nature recording and similar specialized applications.
Item Check List
Snap-in (Stand) Clamp
Windscreen
(AA) Battery
Protective Carrying Case
What you need to connect it to a video camera:
Female XLR jack to male mini plug cable
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Portable Stereo Condenser Microphone
Focuses on L and R channel sound originating in front of the microphone while minimizing surrounding
sounds.
What you need to connect it to a video camera:
Stereo Mini Male to Stereo Mini Female Cable
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Accessories
Shock Mount (Spring Loaded)
Designed to attenuate noise, shock, and vibration transmitted through microphone stands, booms and
fixed microphone mounts. The Shock Mount will be used if you are shooting video in an environment
prone to excessive vibration (such the back of a moving vehicle or on a train).
Tripod Microphone Stand with Boom
A lightweight tripod microphone stand and boom combo with height and length adjustable boom and
stand.
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Glossary
Condensor Microphone - A microphone that uses two charged plates of metal to translate sound waves
into changing electrical pulses. Condensor microphones tend to capture delicate nuances and percussion
much better than dynamic microphones. Condensor microphones require batteries to operate.
Directional Microphone - Directional microphones are specially designed to respond best to sound from
the front (and rear in the case of bidirectionals), while tending to reject sound that arrives from other
directions. Also included under the general heading of directional microphones is the line -- or "shotgun"
-- microphone, a more complex design that can provide considerably higher directionality than the four
basic directional types. Directional microphones can suppress unwanted noise, reduce the effects of
reverberation and increase gain-before-feedback. In good acoustic surroundings, omnidirectional
microphones, properly placed, can preserve the spatial sound of the recording location, and are often
preferred for their flatness of response and freedom from proximity effect.
Lavalier Microphone - Commonly referred to as lav mics, are tiny mics that you clip onto a shirt or lapel
for voice recording, e.g., for an interview. They screen out much ambient sound - traffic, wind or other
voices. You can almost hide the mic and not have it show on camera by having the subject run the mic
cable up the inside of their shirt to their chest area. Clip the lavalier on the inside of the shirt with the mic
facing out. Lavalier microphones require batteries to operate.
Line Microphones - When recording must be done from great distances, line or "shotgun" microphones
are often the best choice. Use when the microphone must be located outside the frame, that is, out of the
viewing angle of the camera. The line microphone uses an interference tube in front of the element to
ensure much greater cancellation of sound arriving from the sides.
Line + Gradient Microphone - The Audio-Technica line of microphones combine a directional
("gradient") element with the interference tube to increase cancellation at the rear as well.
Omnidirectional Microphone - Omnidirectional microphones pick up sound from just about every
direction equally. They work as well pointed away from the subject as pointed toward it, assuming the
distances are equal. However, even the best omni models tend to become directional at higher
frequencies, so sound arriving from the back may seem a bit "duller" than sound from the front, although
equally loud. Omnidirectional microphones are normally better at resisting wind noise and mechanical or
handling noise than directional microphones. Omnis are also less susceptible to "popping" caused by
some consonants in speech, such as "p," "b" and "t."
Shotgun Microphone - A directional microphone used to pick up distant sounds.
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