Help please

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Paddo, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. Paddo

    Paddo Guest

    I know absolutely nothing about mics and I'm hoping someone can help me. I have to take a short video clip of kids (one at a time) and each tells his/her name and interests very briefly – about 15 secs. The only trouble is it’s in a school situation which is always pretty noisy. Can anyone suggest a good cheap uni-directional mic to pick up the kid’s voice (some are pretty softly spoken) and block out side sounds. Each kid sits about 3 metres (max 5m) from the video camera which is a PanasonicAG DVC 62.

    Not too technical please. Thank you.
  2. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Shotgun mic might work.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    If you don't have a shotgun directional microphone, I recommend the Shure SM57. Being a dynamic microphone, the SM57 has some natural bandwidth limiting that eliminates extremely high and extremely low frequencies which contribute nothing except problems. It's quite the workhorse in these situations. A wonderful go to microphone for just about any purpose.

    SM 56/57/58 my favorites
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. Paddo

    Paddo Guest

    I will check out a shotgun mic and the SM57. Thanks for your input.
  5. MediaMurder

    MediaMurder Guest

    Yay for those 57s...
  6. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
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    ... They double as a hammer!
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    We all agree that a 57 is a great mic, and can double as a tool or even as a formidable weapon (in the right hands). But using it to mic up some little kids' mumbling at TEN FEET (3.3 meters)?!?!? In a noisey environment, to boot? I dunno...
    I have to mic up little kids every Sunday. They are a total PIA even when they're cute. I have to clip 'em with a wireless lav (Sennheiser) to get enough gain. But that's probably too much money and trouble in your situation.
    One of the kids' dads just got the Rode VideoMic to use with his Sony digital camera. The recordings that thing makes are unreal, especially on distant vocals. And it's designed to plug'n'play with that type of gear. With the 57, which is a low-impedance, balanced XLR connection, designed to plug into a suitable mixer (got one of those?), you'd have to pop for a line-matching transformer and a suitable adapter plug to interface the mic to the camera. By the time you spend the money on all that, you could have bought the Rode (or pretty close), and I'll bet you that the Rode would work YOUR situation. Check it out.
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