We’ve had several requests to spend some time looking at pro-level lavalier microphones. In this episode we take a quick look at and listen to the omni-directional VT500 lavalier from Voice Technologies, a Swiss microphone company. For reference, we also have some sound clips from the Sanken COS-11D lavalier, one of the very common lavalier mics used by pro location mixers for film and video. And we include samples with male and female voice.
I was really impressed with the VT500 with it’s unusual front facing capsule and found it’s audio quality to be very good and its form factor easy to hide. The foam windscreen is thoughtfully designed with hard plastic backing to prevent noise from rubbing against clothing, and the RF shielding worked nicely to avoid those annoying interference issues. There’s also a waterproof model for those recording more exciting pieces in or near water.
You can find our previous review of the Countryman B6 lavalier microphone here:
Links to Gear Discussed and Used to Record This Session:
Voice Technologies VT500 Omni-directional Lavalier Microphone
Voice Technologies VT500 O Eco (same microphone without the waterproof case or extended accessories and lower price)
Blackmagic Ursa Mini Pro - for talking head shots. quite a lot of moire with this particular shirt
RODELink Wireless Lavalier Filmmaker Kit
Sennheiser EW 112p G3 Wireless Lavalier Kit (516-558 MHz)
Panasonic GH5 Camera - for product shots
Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Zoom Lens
Copyright 2017 by Curtis Judd
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