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Audio-Technica ATR-6250 Stereo Condenser Vocal/Recording Microphone
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- High-quality stereo pickup in a single mic
- Plugs into your video camera or audio recorder
- Includes short camera cable & long recording cable
- Generously equipped with accessories
- This price/performance leader is ruggedly built to endure the realities of day-to-day use
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Capture the realism of live sound with two microphones in one. The Audio Technica Stereo Condenser Vocal/Recording Microphone provides extremely affordable, high-quality stereo pickup in a single microphone. Its compact design is ideal for your customers who use video cameras and portable audio recorders. Provided with a range of professional accessories, this price/performance leader is ruggedly built to endure the realities of day-to-day use.
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I know, I know... Yes, I'm still using tapes...
Sound quality, sensitivity, and directionality are quite good, actually. Some bass loss, but pretty good for voice, and pretty clear treble response. Left-right isolation, direction, and balance are good, contrary to someone else's complaint. Sound level is consistent with other condensers, louder than dynamic.
Handling noise is not perfect, but good enough. A little bit of the motor noise does get transmitted through the socket, but not much. Tapping and rubbing on the handle gets picked up, but it sounds like you are making the noise right by the mic, rather than like you are tapping on the mic; i.e., there is some isolation. The real bugger is the cord. Every little noise you make on the cable gets transmitted right to the signal. So, don't touch it.
One complaint I have is that there is no power indicator light. Remember to turn it off. Still, the battery was fine after being left on a couple of days. Another complaint is that the pick-up pattern of the mic is such that it still picks up the motor noise, but that's not its fault. It makes sense, since the motor is within the cardoid, right below and behind the elements. I am going to experiment with a mount extender or a shock mount, but putting a piece of foam or cardboard under the microphone did the trick; this, incidentally, proves that it is actually picking up the motor noise (mostly) through the air, rather than through the mount. Even with a shock mount, of course, you shouldn't touch the cord.
I purchased this microphone to use with a new HD camcorder that I recently purchased. I wanted something better than the built in microphones, but not something so expensive that I would be worried about it more than the camcorder. This microphone delivers everything I expected. It gives good sound quality without costing very much. I was actually quite surprised at how much better this microphone sounds than the on camera microphones. Voices sound more present, and the frequency response is a lot better. The dynamic range also is greatly improved.
Now, I do have a couple of complaints.
1. The self noise is pretty high. It's not any worse than the self noise of the camera's built in microphones, but it's still pretty noticable. However, it's not so bad that a good noise reduction plug-in inside your NLE program can't fix it.
2. The right channel is about 3-4 db lower than the left channel. Again, nothing that can't be fixed in pretty much any NLE, but kind of annoying to have to do that.
For fun, I also compared it to my Sennheiser ME66/K6 which makes this microphone sound like a child's toy, but again, compared to the on camera mics, this one is a vast improvement. For the price, I highly recommend it.
First, many complained about the microphone making a lot of white noise. I must address this issue first. Microphones do NOT produce white noise, a microphone pre-amp is what makes white noise. Some microphones require a lot of gain to pick up sound, and with high gain comes noise. I used this microphone on my AG-DVC30 Panasonic, and a cheap $5.00 karaoke machine I bought second hand. Neither preamp produces ANY noise with this mic. Perhaps many DSLR owners won't like to admit their thousand-dollar camera's preamp makes noise but that is the bottom of it. Microphones don't produce white noise.
Secondly, many complained that the mic was too quiet. In the reviews I searched on Youtube, ALL camera operators stood 6 feet or more away from the camera and mic. This is not a shotgun mic, it is a stereo mic and is used for differing purposes. This microphone is more for picking up ambient room noises and things, not for long range pickup. At most I'd use this microphone no more than 5 feet from the talent and it captures wonderful sound, while recording the room environment. I also use this mic to record at my desktop, with the camera about 6 inches from my mouth it records great sound that would make a webcam or stock laptop mic sound pitiful.
In short, giving bad reviews on this microphone because it doesn't do what it was never designed to do is like complaining about you Toyota sedan not towing your 32 foot travel trailer up a mountain well. It does what it was designed to do and does it well enough to keep it in use in my kit bag.
Some things to look out for if you purchase this mic. First, discard the given battery, and replace it with something like the Sanyo rechargeables. Second, the mic doesn't have a light to indicate that it is on, so triple check to ensure it is off, or remove the battery for storage. Also, constantly monitor your audio quality to ensure the battery isn't failing. Third, use the wind filter at all times, even inside. I have found that the mics are on the side, facing out, not forward. This allows them to pick up some reverberation on walls in small settings like a bedroom. The foam helps reduce that. All in all, for $20.00 I feel I have gained a great entry level mic to my kit. It is superior than my cameras stereo mic, and can even be used for different purposes like Skype, and narrating my videos.