In this week's session we discussed choosing microphones for different types of shoots. Also answered a few questions regarding how shotgun microphones respond to off-axis sound (e.g., a car driving by) and using omni-directional mics when recording two people.
Here's my general approach to choosing a mic:
Will the shoot be outdoors or indoors?
- Indoors - cardioid microphone (super or hyper cardioid) like the Audio Technica AT4053b, AKG Blue Line, Audix SCX1HC, Schoeps CMC641, Sennheiser MKH50
- Outdoors - Shotgun microphone
Will the talent be stationary or moving while talking? Do I have someone to operate a boom mic?
- Moving and no boom op? Lavaliers
- Stationary or you have a boom op? Shotgun or cardioid
Does the microphone need to be hidden?
- Yes - Will the talent be in frame?
- No - voice-over mic - Electrovoice RE20 or large diaphragm condenser microphone (RODE NT1, Neumann U87)
- Yes - plant mic - hide a lavalier or cardioid in the set
- No - can work great for talk shows where it is ok for the mic to be seen
And here is the video example of a plant mic we discussed. Ty Ford is a talented sound mixer and musician. In this piece, see if you can see the plant mic.