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Old Dec 10, 2008, 9:08 AM   #11
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Relatively good, low-cost shotgun microphone.

The $149.95 AZDEN SGM-1X:

http://www.azdencorp.com/shop/custom...&cat=22&page=1

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...otgun_Mic.html

http://www.azdencorp.com/pdf/SGM-1X-manual.pdf



I'll probably pay this price to get a bit better performance.
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Old Dec 10, 2008, 10:53 AM   #12
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Ok, I just got off the phone with Aiptek and they said to not use a adjustable mic when using the GVS.
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Old Dec 10, 2008, 12:54 PM   #13
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Relatively good, low-cost shotgun microphone.

The $149.95 AZDEN SGM-1X:

http://www.azdencorp.com/shop/custom...=22&page=1

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...otgun_Mic.html

http://www.azdencorp.com/pdf/SGM-1X-manual.pdf



I'll probably pay this price to get a bit better performance.
I like that shock mount. That's been a problem with my AudioTechnica, the shoe mount transmits a lot of noise from my Canon right onto the recording.

Good find, I hadn't heard of Azden before
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Old Dec 10, 2008, 4:11 PM   #14
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Relatively good, low-cost shotgun microphone.

The $149.95 AZDEN SGM-1X:



I'll probably pay this price to get a bit better performance.
If you want a dynamic range limited to 80dB from the 114dB of the Rode then by all means go for the Azden product, It looks pretty ordinary on the spec sheets.

I bought a Rode SVM, as I already had six cheap shotguns. Rode's low noise level is exemplary.

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Old Dec 10, 2008, 4:26 PM   #15
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I almost bought one of those until I read the following review:

http://transom.org/tools/recording_i...00711_zoom_h2/

"Sadly, external microphones do not sound especially good with the H2, even very high output condensers produce a soundfile with a lot of hiss. The internal mics do not suffer from this as much, but using even high-output professional external microphones generally gives a disappointing, noisy result."

So, it seems to be a device that gives you great sound with its own built-in mics, but kind-of-hissy sound if external microphones are utilized.
I own two Zoom Z2, and they work exceptionally well with external microphones. Anybody who knows what he/she is doing will find a -100 to -120db noise floor in this recorder.

I use the Zoom Z2 on all my important recording assignments. I use both 2 channel with external mic (often my Rode SVM) or the internal 4-channel mics, depending on environment.


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Relatively good, low-cost shotgun microphone.

The $149.95 AZDEN SGM-1X:



I'll probably pay this price to get a bit better performance.
If you want a dynamic range limited to 80dB from the 114dB of the Rode then by all means go for the Azden product, It looks pretty ordinary on the spec sheets.

I bought a Rode SVM, as I already had six cheap shotguns. Rode's low noise level is exemplary.

I was looking at that rode mics can't decide if I should get the svc or the videomic. I see the rode video mic has three step PAD - 0, -10, -20dB and I believe the svm doesnt. Heres a good test with using thethree step PAD - 0, -10, -20dB I found on youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEQ-Zynv88k&feature=related
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Another interesting page about the Olympus DS-40 recorder:

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/s.halda...audioindex.htm
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Trevmar,

As far as I know, SAMSON does not offer a "Zoom Z2." SAMSON *does* offer a ZOOM H2:

http://www.samsontech.com/products/p...&brandID=4


Transom.org is not the only review site to report the "hiss" problem associated with external microphones in connection with the SAMSON H2.

TRANSOM REVIEW:

http://transom.org/tools/recording_i...00711_zoom_h2/

There are numerous *other* complaints about this issue on multiple sites:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R34CX6BVBYQFL2

http://www.epinions.com/review/Samso...t_407953510020
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Of course, Sony MiniDisc recorders are still in use all over the world even though Sony only offers one model now... the MZM200:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-aud...roduct-MZM200/


I think instead of buying another shotgun, I might instead try a couple of stereo microphones designed for the MiniDisc recorders... the Sony ECM-DS70P:



And then just place the recorder close to the interview subjects and see how that sounds. The ECM-DS70Ps require "plug-in power," which is what the MiniDisc recorders offer. Better yet... these tiny Sony microphones cost less than $50. Reviews on Amazon seem fairly positive.

http://www.sonystyle.com/webapp/wcs/...uctId=11028763

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-ECM-DS70P...9010213&sr=8-1

EDIT: I BOUGHT TWO (2) OF THESE AND -- AFTER TESTING THEM -- I AM SENDING THEM BACK TO AMAZON. THE SONY MICS ARE TOO NOISY!!!
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Of course, Sony MiniDisc recorders are still in use all over the world even though Sony only offers one model now... the MZM200:

http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-aud...roduct-MZM200/


I think instead of buying another shotgun, I might instead try a couple of stereo microphones designed for the MiniDisc recorders... the Sony ECM-DS70P:



And then just place the recorder close to the interview subjects and see how that sounds. The ECM-DS70Ps require "plug-in power," which is what the MiniDisc recorders offer. Better yet... these tiny Sony microphones cost less than $50. Reviews on Amazon seem fairly positive.

Thanks Private Idaho,

I just remembered I have a old sony MD mz-r3 i could use with that mic.

Ithink i'llhave to try it. If it wasn't for your post. i'd forgot I still had a md recorder.

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