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Old Dec 20, 2008, 10:36 AM   #31
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Just finished testing the Olympus DS-40 recorder. It's unbelievably small with great quality audio. The built-in stereo microphone is reasonably quiet and you can choose from three microphone sensitivity settings:

1. Dictation (very quiet; microphone must be close)
2. Conference (medium quiet; very audible)
3. Lecture (some hiss; but very loud)

For use with low-cost video recording devices, it works to overcome the horrible quality of onboard camcorder sound.

I still prefer Sony MiniDisc recorders for a bit higher quality sound, but this Olympus is so close it's not even worth the difference because the Olympus is so much more convenient with drag-and-drop simplicity via USB (PC & Mac, too!).

This device is smaller than a Sanyo VPC-CG6.
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Old Dec 20, 2008, 11:15 AM   #32
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The AT8035 looks like a good microphone. I wasn't impressed with the front-back ratio on the Rode Videomic, which is why I chose the Rode SVM (Stereo Video Microphone) which actually had a better front-back ratio, and nulls to the rear sides as well (to cover up a flub by editing to mono...)

Couldn't find an IEC spec on the intrinsic noise level for the AT8035, however, so please let us know how it works out for you

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Old Dec 20, 2008, 2:53 PM   #33
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I think -- based on how the AT8025's photo appears -- this is the successor to the AT835b, which I already have. If the performance is similar, then I'll be quite happy. My AT835b is very quiet, yet the pickup is excellent. I bought a Rycote "softie" for it and a boom pole and an XLR adapter from www.studio1productions.com:

http://studio1productions.com/xlr-bp.htm



Beachtek makes similar adapters:

http://beachtek.com/prod.html

The adapter makes it possible to mount my Audio-Technica AT835b on a boom pole and then run an XLR cable -- without picking up noise -- to the adapter, which then plugs into either my MiniDisc recorder or, now, my Olympus DS-40.

I tested with the DS-40 this morning and it works just fine with my adapter so I'm a happy camper. :-)
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Old Dec 20, 2008, 3:40 PM   #34
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Another item I've tested with good results is the Logitech FreePulse wireless Bluetooth stereo headphones:

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/sp...s/212&cl=us,en



That little cube is a transmitter that plugs into a standard headphone jack. It works with the iPod Touch's headphone jack and it works with the Olympus DS-40 headphone jack. You just plug it in and it transmits the audio to the headphones using Bluetooth 2.0.

The plug slides back and forth so that you can easily position the transmitter in relation to your specific device. It also comes with a short extension audio cable.

The only drawback of the device is that it comes with a proprietary Logitech charger -- which has proprietary plastic plugs that plug into the small charging slots in the headphones and in the transmitter -- and it takes about two (2) hours for me to recharge the headphones and the transmitter. And the charge lasts only about four (4) hours.

So if your shoot lasts longer than four (4) hours, then you'll need to either recharge the headphones or buy a second pair to have as a backup.

But the great thing about these headphones is they eliminate the hassle of a cable. You can walk all over creation and as long as you stay within 50 yards of your recorder, you can count on really accurate sound with no drop-out.
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Old Dec 22, 2008, 9:20 PM   #35
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The Nady SGM-12 arrived today and I'm sending it back. Either this is defective or it's just a very, very poor shotgun microphone. Can't recommend this. I suppose one gets what one pays for when it comes to microphones. This is definitely no bargain.
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Old Dec 23, 2008, 12:29 AM   #36
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Found some new AFFORDABLE wind screens for shotgun microphones from a company called WindTech:

http://www.olsenaudio.com/index.html
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Old Dec 23, 2008, 10:30 AM   #37
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Private Idaho wrote:
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The Nady SGM-12 arrived today and I'm sending it back. Either this is defective or it's just a very, very poor shotgun microphone. Can't recommend this. I suppose one gets what one pays for when it comes to microphones. This is definitely no bargain.
I bought a whole string of mikes over the last few years, including Sony, and all were too noisy for my taste. After I bought the amazing Rode SVM I made a resolution to NEVER buy another microphone unless it had a noise floor specification (to IEC standards) on its data sheet.

The SVM is
"Equivalent Noise: 20 dBA SPL (A - weighted per IEC651)"
but anything in the range of 14-25 dbA sounds fine to me.

http://www.rode.com.au/microphone.ph...StereoVideoMic
http://www.rode.com.au/images/mics/s...omic_polar.jpg

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Old Dec 23, 2008, 11:26 AM   #38
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I'm going to get the Rode VideoMic. The Rode Stereo VideoMic is a great microphone, I agree. But I prefer a mono microphone for dialogue -- and -- I've just figured out that I can get around the problem of no XLR output. I can mount the Rode VideoMic on a boom *with* a mini recorder and just cable directly into the recorder using the short 1/8" mini plug. If the distance is kept short, it should work without picking up too much noise from the lack of a balanced XLR cable.

This should save me quite a bit of money over the AudioTechnica AT8035, which -- although a very good microphone -- is expensive for me due to the need to add a wind muff and a shock mount, etc.
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Old Dec 23, 2008, 11:33 AM   #39
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The Guitar Center Web page here:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Rode-Mic...98-i1126930.gc

It features an outstanding video from Rode about the accessories available for the VideoMic, including a 1/8" to XLR adapter. The Rode wind muff is very affordable, too.

Case closed. This is the one I'm getting.
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Old Dec 23, 2008, 11:47 AM   #40
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Yes... Full Compass offers the Rode 1/8" - to - XLR adapter:

http://www.fullcompass.com/product/235523.html

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