Mics for Rooms with Echo: Cardioid vs Hypercardioid Microphones

Conventional thought among indie filmmakers is that a shotgun mic is the mic that will get you the cleanest dialogue audio when shooting indoors. But if you talk to most audio engineers, they’ll say that shotgun mics have some pretty serious problems in rooms with echo and that a hypercardioid mic is usually a better choice. And now I’ve recently heard one filmmaker suggest that a cardioid condenser mic may be better than a hyper cardioid in rooms with echo because it picks up less of the echo from behind the mic. In this episode, we put that idea to the test in my own nightmare of an echo chamber! http://youtu.be/p1WOtGJk4YE