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Testing a dynamic microphone on a boom pole

testing home made boom pole

I did some tests today to see if a Dynamic microphone could be used in place of a condenser microphone for a boom pole application.

The results say it's a bad idea. Not loud enough for the distance needed even when the levels are boosted.

I'm using a Zoom H4N to record synchronized sound with a classmate's DSLR camera.

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A typical cardioid dynamic mic is going to have way too much handling noise and too wide of a pattern to be useful in that application. Not to mention the weight wearing you out on a boom. You really need a shotgun for that application.

The H4N is great for field recording. I use mine all the time.

Comment by Ken Sat Nov 7 22:03:03 2015

Thanks Ken,

I ended up ordering a proper shot gun mic that comes with a shock mount.

What kind of things do you record in the field?

Mark H

Comment by mark Sun Nov 8 07:34:38 2015

Mark, I worked as first engineer for a national recording studio, and I've worked on all kinds of film/video projects in a wide range of capacities. However, audio will always be my first love.

For the last 15 years I've owned a systems integration company that does design and installation of sound, video and lighting systems. High-tech all week and low-tech at home on the land. :)

What did you end up ordering?

Comment by Ken Sun Nov 8 21:13:33 2015
Ken, I went for the Vidpro XM-55 for the good reviews and low price.
Comment by mark Mon Nov 9 15:45:55 2015

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