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AZDEN ECZ-990 Super Cardioid Zoom Camcorder Microphone
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- 6" Long, Directional Zoom Microphone With A Super-
- Cardioid Pattern - Ellipse Shaped
- Picks Up Subject Sound More Clearly, Reducing Side Noises
- 2 Positions—Narrow & Wider
- Range: 35 Ft
- Allows you to focus on subjects, reducing side noises
- 35-Inch range
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|Package Height||2.7 x 3.2 x 11 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.35 pounds|
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The pick-up pattern of the built-in microphone on camcorders is omni-directional, meaning that it picks up all sounds in every direction equally, no matter which direction you point the camcorder. The ECZ-990 is a 6" long directional, or "zoom" microphone with a super-cardioid pattern (ellipse shaped). It will pick up your subject's sound more clearly, reducing side noises. With 2 positions, narrow and wider, the ECZ-990 has a range of 35 feet, uses 1 "AAA" battery, and comes with a windscreen, shoe mount and hook-and-loop mounting tape.
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Anyway, it was obvious to me that if I was going to be able to record clear voice over game reviews, I needed to find a solution that didn't rely on software filtering to accomplish the lions share of the background noise filtering. After some googlefoo I settled on shotgun mics, the cheapest of which tend to be camcorder models. (Its why I didn't just spring for a yeti or comparable mic)
I checked some live reviews on YouTube, and felt that this mic was a reasonable purchase. Especially considering Amazon had an open box refurbished unit for about 20% off its current 70 something price. And I can honestly say I was not disappointed. Actually I am pleasantly surprised.
Without any fancy software, I simply plug this into my PC (utilizing a 3.5mm extension) and enable the default motherboard drivers noise suppression. The result is surprising enough that I have a hard time saying that, at least to my ears, I can't hear the AC unit at all on my recordings.
Keep in mind I am recording at 41K Mono, so its not the best quality in the world. But its clear and it gets the job done. And now I don't need to worry about the AC unit next to my head while I record my work.
Note: I use the SHORT setting exclusively.
But It does have a little bit of hum that can be taken out with final cut express filters and has a bit of echo witch is not to bad. Over all it is not bad for the money and is hard to beet.