From the large number of reviews I read comparing the Rode to the Sennheiser, I believe it is very good, most reviews said it was better than the MKE400. So why did I buy the Sennheiser I hear you ask......size, the Rode is much bigger, and for me that was a deal breaker, if it's not for you I'd go for the Rode.
External Microphone(29 posts) (20 voices)
I'm starting to experiment with video, recently learned final cut pro and am incorporating video and audio in my social documentary work. In regards to audio, I refuse to use anything w/out XLR inputs; I will not sacrifice audio quality. Like others here, I've been using the Tascam DR-100. Fantastic device, with one major major caveat: although it has XLR inputs and provides phantom power, phantom will drain your battery within 10-15 minutes, which renders the entire set up useless if, like me, you have no desire to use the mics on the tascam (which aren't broadcast quality by any means).
I use a Rode NTG-3 shotgun mic, very durable and exceptional quality, albeit pricey. It's a true condensor shotgun mic, meaning it has no available power and needs phantom power to run. To get around this, I'm using a cheap portable phantom power unit (powered via a 9V battery, lasts for hours), which is bulkier than my Tascam. An XLR cable runs from my shotgun mic, into the phantom unit, and another xlr cable connects the phantom unit with the Tascam. The mic is attached to the hotshoe of my camera. The whole set up is bulky and heavy, it's not ideal, but it's what we have to work with given the lack of an XLR cable input on camera (in addition to this audio/video set up, I have a second bag that's my still photos set up, multiple primes and a flash...it's horribly heavy).
With this set up, you're getting the best possible audio and video, guerrilla style, in true documentary form, a one man audio/video/photography team. It's dizzying really in regards to all the stuff we're doing now with this new technology.
Any thoughts on the Rode NTG-2 anybody?
Shot some head and shoulder short duration interviews with my d7000 and Sennheiser lapel mike, worked great, now I've been asked to shoot some customer interviews at a trade fair, is there a way I can use two lapel mikes (interviewer/interviewee) into the one d7000 socket to cut down on some of the background noise?
Or should I be looking at doing this different ( want to keep as light and simple as poss)
Any tips would be appreciated
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