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Audio-Technica ATR6550 Cardioid Shotgun Microphone Reviews
Despite no experience I was asked to video the wedding of a family member. I was aware that many home videos suffer from having significant audio contribution from the operator (coughs, breathing, button operation, etc.) so I decided to buy a shotgun mic. and stand. I didn\'t want to spend a lot and this was reasonably priced (half the cost of others on the market). I bought it, but while waiting for it to arrive I noted some reviews of the product were less than favourable and this had me concerned. On arrival I was very happy with accessories provided as I also bought a mic. stand and the microphone came with attachments for both the camera and the stand. The two settings proved quite useful. The standard setting provides sound of a quality almost as good as the inbuilt microphone but obviously only in mono. The main advantage was that it significantly reduced sound from behind the camera ( good for use in crowds) and when mounted on the stand meant that all the normal operator sounds, including motor action were absent). The tele- setting was initially a disappointment; while providing really improved pickup from distant objects it had a lot of hiss associated with it. Initially this was very disappointing until I needed to record an important speech which was being made, the PA system failed, neither the camera mic nor the ATR55 on normal mode picked anything up but when switched to tele the speech was audible. Yes it has some hiss but it was better than not hearing anything. Admittedly, I had hoped that the ATR55 would provide crystal clear sound and pick up a gnat passing wind at 100 feet but, lets face it, for the price it is a pretty good deal. When mounted on a stand away from the camera close to the audio source it was very useful and the lack of breathing and button pushing sounds noticeable. If you want something professional and expensive then buy something expensive, but if you need something to just do the basics with a little bit extra ( i.e. the tele mode) than this is a handy addition. When using the camera on a tripod I will always look to use the ATR55 on a stand nearby. One drawback is that the mic. has a very short lead permanently attached and if you want to place it anywhere other than attached to a camcorder an extension cable is required. Good little mic, saved my wedding video and if you are a beginner, far more versatile than the in-built microphone on a camera.
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