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Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Video Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone

3.6 out of 5 stars 531 customer reviews
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  • 2-range settings: normal and tele
  • 3.5mm connector plugs into video camera
  • Designed especially for use with video cameras
  • Freq resp: 70 Hz-18,000 Hz
  • Imp: Normal 1000 ohm +/- 30% and tele 2200 ohm +/- 30%
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Product Description

Crisp & intelligible pickup far away or up close. In its “Tele” range setting, this cardioid condenser is engineered to pick up dialogue and sound effects at a distance, while bypassing ambient noise such as traffic, air-handling systems, room reverberation and mechanically coupled vibrations. Designed especially for use with video cameras.

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Item Weight 4 ounces
Product Dimensions 0.7 x 0.9 x 0.2 inches
Shipping Weight 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B002GYPS3M
Item model number ATR-6550
Batteries CR123A batteries required. (included)
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3.6 out of 5 stars 531 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,234 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#18 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Camera & Photo Accessories > Professional Video Accessories > Microphones
#27 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment > Microphones > Condenser Microphones > Multipurpose
#632 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Video
Date first available at Amazon.com July 10, 2009

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The ATR6550 is a GREAT $50 mic. If you are going to interview others, or recording in a room with echo, USE THIS MIC! The video explains my reasons for choosing this one...
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The Audio Technica ATR-6550 is a Great Mic to Record Vocal and Guitar for Youtube. I bought 2 ATR-6550's, a stereo "Y" and the 12' extension cord because the mic only has a 3' coil cord. I set the camera on auto, plug directly into the camera and record. The mic also cuts out the echo in the room. See for yourself. Search Youtube for "A Country Boy Can Survive the on crack version". (it just means it's really jacked up lol)
For a $50.00ish mic with a lifetime warranty, you can't go wrong.
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I try my best to let the product speak for itself.
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I've used this mic on three different types of shoots so far and it's performance is pretty impressive for the price. Of course if you are an audiophile and you are comparing this to a top of the line $1600 sennheiser I'm sure you will find plenty of things to gripe about, but if you are looking for an affordable, immediate step up from your on camera mic, this works great.

I shot a scene in front of a courthouse a few days ago, and there were so many buses going by that I ended up screaming out most of the dialogue - it was a little bit deafening. The performance of the mic on its regular mode was OK, but on telephoto mode it completely blocked out the sound of the buses (which were behind the camera).

Later that same day I followed a guy around on a busy street at night while he was performing some magic, and the sound (also on telephoto) was really good. I was far enough back with the camera that I couldn't hear a lot of what he was saying, but the mic picked it up - clean, good volume, and intelligible.

Two warnings, make sure the mic wire is not touching anything or bumps into anything because it will get picked up on your audio. And if you are in a slightly loud environment use the telephoto. In fact, I'm sticking with the telephoto permanently for now on. I'm leaving 4 stars because I have only used the mic a few times and I don't know how it will hold up, but so far I am very happy with my purchase.
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I wanted a shotgun mic to work with dSLRs like my 5D mark II. I also wanted to test the water and see what I liked before getting into the higher $$ microphones. I've been using a Rode Video Mic Pro for about a year now and it works fine. With some careful mounting and a little hiss reduction in Adobe SoundBooth, I've gotten results that have worked for me and various lower-level client projects. Well... that mic was from a friend's work and he no longer has access to it anymore. So, I purchased this mic and have done a few tests with it. Here are my thoughts:

PROS:
- Decent build quality - the mic feels solid and looks good. It has a metal exterior and has a nice, smooth feeling finish on it.
- Clearly marked switch: Tele, Normal & Off
- Switch moves back & forth nicely and has definitive stops for each setting.
- The permanently attached cord is about 20" (50 cm), including a 4" (10 cm) coiled portion. If you stretch the coiled portion out, the entire cord is now about 35" (90 cm), but I wouldn't suggest ever stretching it to that length.
- AA battery is included.
- Mic stand mount & hot-shoe mount are included.
- Foam windscreen is included.

CONS:
- NO indicator light to show that the mic is on or which mode it's in (i.e. tele, normal or off) - this is really my ONLY complaint about this mic

CRACK PIPE FANTASY LIST:
- Shock-mount
- Dead-cat windscreen
- Case or sleeve to put it in
- Non hard-wired cord (meaning I could swap the connected cord with a different one)
- Free date with Natalie Portman
- Free pair of Canon C300s
- Box of Junior Mints

I've tested this now with my own voice, both inside and also outside.
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This is a good option if you want to use shotgun techniques with a consumer video camera. It gives sound that, after compression for youtube-level playback, would be difficult to distinguish from a professional mic. The sound is comparatively thin, it generates a small amount of internal noise, and its cabling is subject to indoor electrical noise, so it would knock a project out of contention for broadcast quality. But it pairs well with inexpensive camcorders and is an improvement over on-camera mics, especially if you don't mount it on the camera. It balances in a shock mount better than others in this price range.

Its cable is 3 feet long and coiled, and it's hardwired to the mic, so it picks up more electrical interference than a straight cable of the same effective reach. Simply having a jack would allow the option boosting the signal closer to the mic before a long cable run from a boom, for example.

But its biggest flaw is that it's unreliable. Mine had a bad internal wire connection and failed in its first hour of use. I've seen this happen with other sub-$100 shotguns. Audio-Technica has a generous lifetime warranty, and it's great to be able to trust the manufacturer to make it right; but one needs to be able to trust the gear itself. I wouldn't take this mic on a shoot without a backup, and then it's not such inexpensive option.
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