Audio-Technica PRO 88W-R35 Wireless Lavalier System with ATR3350mW Omnidirectional Microphone
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- Provides freedom of movement for video production, computer applications and business presentations
- Two switchable frequencies for interference-free operation
- High-band VHF operation for superior sound
- Normal operating range 100'; up to 300' under optimum conditions
- Durable, flexible antenna can be positioned for best reception
- Real-time monitoring capability with included earphone
- Rugged design and construction with handsome non-reflective finish
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You might need to play around with the antennas to get the sound clear but once it's done there's no prob. Can't say much on it's long distance performance but for my use it's great.
You can plug in any kind of mic with a mini plug on the transimitter. This way you can turn any mic into a wireless mic.
There are two outputs on the reciever. One for mic output to be used for connecting to your mixer,camera etc. And an additional output for monitoring sound through a headphone (small earpice headphone comes with the kit) or to be used as a line level output for non powered devices.
If you need more range and have high possibility of interference go for a UHF mic. But for regular interviews and on site shooting this is up to the job.
Caveat: I've never had static or interference problems with the xmtrs within 25' of the cam. Beyond that, you take your chances. I have a $400 UHF mic for that kind of situation -- but I rarely use it.
If you regularly need much more range than 25' or so, spend the extra $$ for UHF, because all VHF units have the same interference problem. Otherwise, get two Pro88s, a spare mic or two (almost any mini-plug condenser mic works, lav or handheld), extra clips and LOTS of windscreens (Radio Shack has super-cheap lavalier windscreens), because these little parts will eventually break or get lost even if you secure them with tape (as I do).
Another thing to get = rechargeable 9V batteries & charger. These things don't chew up batteries quickly, but I like to start every shoot with everything fully charged "just in case." With fresh charges all the time, if someone leaves a unit on all day by mistake, no problem.
Even with a handheld mic, wireless is convenient *and* eliminates the possibility of your "talent" tugging a cord and knocking a tripod over. And the (somewhat arbitrary and perhaps too conservative) 25' range restriction should only rarely be a problem; almost the only times I find myself farther than 20' from subjects is at live concerts and other events, in which case I'm usually either pulling sound directly from a PA or working with a pair of heavy-duty, "music quality," phantom-powered, wired mics on stands that feed directly into my XLR inputs.
Its TVHF with 2 channels to choose from, the first I tried picked up minor interference, so I switched over to the 2nd channel and all was well. My indoor tests were leaving the camera/receiver on a table in my living room and walking into bedrooms and a bathroom, actually closing the doors, talking constantly and I could not tell the difference when I played the tape back from anyplace I had stood, regardless of the distance. Top quality sound. I also walked onto a balcony where I get heavy freeway traffic noise and of course it picked up the traffic but my voice had predominance!
The included hot shoe clamp slides easily onto the hotshoe of my camera, & the coiled wire from mic input to receiver does not get in the way of anything. The adjustable antennae is a plus because its rubber and can't break or bend like a regular telescopic one. Lastly the mic...the ATR_35. It's the same I have in wired version so I had a built in trust that it would sound just as good. And I mean TV commercial quality sound!
This wireless system is a must if your subject will be moving, like walking in a home showcasing real estate, or maybe outdoor recreations. Wired Mic's are for interviews only!
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Field recorders do a great job but they can be hard to hide in frame, adding a boom microphone helps, but if you're working by yourself it might be hard to get the microphone positioned correctly. That's where a wireless microphones really comes in handy. You can place them in the sweet spot right in middle of the chest and even with a lower end system you can get much better audio then a microphone that's placed 4 or 5 feet away.
The Audio-Technica pro 88w is one of the lowest priced usable wireless systems on the market. At around $100 to $120 you get a VHF wireless system with a cold shoe adapter and a lav mic. Audio quality isn't amazing right out of the box but if you follow the post production tips in this video you can change sub par audio into very usable audio with only a few extra steps. It is VHF so you might run in the signal issues in crowded areas, keep that in mind if you plan to shoot at a festival or a crowded downtown, if someone else is using the VHF band you might end up with interference.
Just remember the microphone output of the receiver included with the pro 88w doesn't produce a very strong signal, so you'll need to use a preamp or crank up the audio inputs on your camera. It's a little more work than other systems but if you're willing to put up with the extra hassle it's definitely worth taking a look at.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've found that this wireless mic works really well. I use it to capture audio on a DSLR through a mini hot shoe mounted audio mixer. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Paul Topp
I love these, use them from scripted short films, to filming live event. Just wish there was a way to attach them more discreetly.Published 2 months ago by Timothy Swens
I love these, use them from scripted short films, to filming live event. Just wish there was a way to attach them more discreetly.Published 3 months ago by Zane Thomas
I have 3 of these. The first2 sets a co-worker purchased many years ago and have worked so well. We needed a third lav mic and this one generates a little bit of static that has... Read morePublished 4 months ago by ladybug713
I recently started my own Field Audio mixing business and I knew one of the things people will ask for is Wireless Lavalier Mics, so i bought 2 of these since they were well priced... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ben
You get what you pay for. DO NOT use these if you are doing anything professional very unreliable and static abound.Published 6 months ago by BrandoCalrysian
I original bought a cheap lavaliere mic on ebay....I then bought this one. There is no compraison on how well this one works, if your looking for a lavaliere mic on a budget this... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
After several product sales video and various other video production I can say that this mike does a great job. I've been using it with Adobe Premiere Pro + iZotope RX. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jamie
I returned my set. The audio quality was very poor and I upgraded to a pair of Seinheisser wireless lavs instead. Way more expensive but the audio quality was pristine. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jonesey90