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The impact of microphones on audio recording for video production industry is known to all. In this article, we have made an attempt to compile the list of leading microphone.


Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic

The AMBEO VR Mic makes capturing real spatial sound as simple as any stereo recording. You don’t need to set up several microphones – saving you time, money and manpower. Furthermore, using the AMBEO VR Mic means you’ll never have to add other sounds in the mix anymore to achieve stunning 3D sound.

Especially designed for 360° spatial audio recording, the easy-to-use AMBEO® VR Mic is an ambisonic microphone fitted with four matched KE 14 capsules in a tetrahedral arrangement. This special design allows you to capture the surrounding sound from one single point. As a result you get fully spherical ambisonics sound to match your VR video/spherical 360 content.

The AMBEO VR Mic is meant to work together with specialized high-end software and hardware. Ideal companions for the AMBEO VR Mic are, for example, field recorders like the Zoom F8, digital audio workstations like the Avid Pro Tools HD or the Cockos Reaper and binaural decoders e. g. from Noise Makers. Output is possible via HMD, VR Game Engine or 360° Social Media platforms.

By means of the VR Creators Program Sennheiser made sure to involve the professionals of the industry in the realization of the AMBEO® VR Mic right from the beginning. Thus, we developed a comprehensive product package including many well-conceived accessories that allow for a smooth workflow ¬– not least the A-B encoder software that works as a plugin, which can be seamless embedded in your post-production process.

Ambisonics is a multi-channel technique that lets you spherically capture the sound arriving from all directions, at a single point in space. For playback this representation is rendered binaurally, allowing you to virtually rotate the orientation of the perspective in all directions, horizontally and vertically.

Ambisonics is supported by all of the major post-production and playback tools on the market today. This makes ambisonics the appropriate tool for Virtual Reality and all other applications involving 3D sound. A tool to create new worlds of sound with.

The capsules of the Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic deliver A-format, a raw 4-channel output that has to be converted into a new set of 4 channels, the Ambisonics B-format. This is done by the specifically designed Sennheiser AMBEO A-B format converter plugin, which is available as free download for VST, AU and AAX format for your preferred Digital Audio Workstation for both PC and Mac. B-format is a W, X, Y, Z representation of the sound field around the microphone. W being the sum of all 4 capsules, whereas X, Y and Z are three virtual bi-directional microphone patterns representing front/back, left/right and up/down. Thus, any direction from the microphone can be auditioned by the listener during playback of Ambisonics B.


Shure Model VP88

The Shure Model VP88 is a single-point, stereo condenser microphone for use in professional studio recording, field production, electronic news gathering (ENG), and studio broadcasting applications. It combines two condenser cartridges in a single housing to create a stereo audio image of the sound source. It is unique in its ability to capture the realism of a live event and yet withstand rigorous field production environments.

One cartridge (Mid) faces forward to capture on-axis sound using a cardioid pickup pattern. The other cartridge (Side) is bi-directional, capturing sound from either side. The VP88 contains an internal M-S matrix with three settings for different degrees of stereo image separation. The internal matrix can be bypassed if an external matrix is used or if stereo imaging is done in post-production.

Features

• Time-coherent, Mid-Side (M-S) design for optimal stereo imaging
• Built-in stereo matrix for direct control of the stereo spread; direct M-S outputs available
• Mono compatibility ideal for broadcast applications
• Low noise and distortion
• Wide dynamic range
• Switch-selectable, low-frequency rolloff (12 dB/octave below 80 Hz) for reduced pickup of ambient noise & stand vibration
• Operates on phantom power or a 6V camera battery
• LED power indicator
• Internal shock mount for reduced stand vibration and handling noise
• Built-in “pop” screen
• Includes windscreen, swivel adapter, and Y-cable

Shure SM93

The SM93 is an economical omnidirectional miniature lavalier condenser microphone designed for use in speech applications. Despite its small size, the microphone element provides full, clear sound comparable to that of much larger microphones. Its frequency response is tailored to body-worn applications, with low-end rolloff and presence rise.

The SM93 is powered by phantom power supplied by broadcast, sound reinforcement or recording equipment, or an external phantom supply. The SM93 operates over an extremely wide voltage range of 11 to 52 Vdc, covering both DIN and IEC phantom power standards.

For use with a Shure wireless body-pack transmitter, see the WL93.

Features

The SM93 is supplied with a sew-on mounting bracket, a mounting block with attached tie bar, and an acoustic windscreen to minimize wind noise in outdoor applications. It is also supplied with a dual mounting block with attached tie bar.
• Subminiature lavalier design; ideal size for theater, television broadcasting, video, film, and sound reinforcement
• Small, inconspicuous mounting hardware
• Full, clear sound comparable to larger microphones
• Smooth extended frequency response with presence rise specially tailored for chest-worn microphone operation
• Controlled low-frequency rolloff reduces low-frequency clothing and room noise
• Low distortion, wide dynamic range
• Versatile mounting accessories allow a variety of low-visibility applications
• Preamplifier assembly can be pocketed, strapped to the body, or clipped to belt or waistband
• Omnidirectional condenser
• Frequency response: 80 to 20,000 Hz

VP83 LENSHOPPER™ CAMERA-MOUNT CONDENSER MICROPHONE

LensHopper™ camera-mount condenser microphone allows you to capture detailed, high-definition audio with ease when video recording with a DSLR camera. It includes a windscreen, a 3-position audio gain switch, switchable low-cut filter, and Rycote Lyre shock mounting.

Main Features

• Highly directional supercardioid / lobar polar pattern
• Natural audio reproduction with wide frequency range, high sensi- tivity, very low self noise, and full low end response
• Three position audio gain switch (-10 dB, 0 dB, +20 dB)
• Switchable low cut filter to reduce pickup of low frequency back ground noise
• Integrated Rycote Lyre shock mounting system to provide isolation from vibration and mechanical noise
• Foam windscreen protects against wind noise when shooting outdoors without impacting sound quality, and compatible with Rycote Windjammer synthetic fur windscreen for particularly windy environments
• Superior RF immunity protects against unwanted audio artefacts from cellular and RF devices
• Ultra lightweight, yet durable, all metal construction designed to legendary Shure quality standards
• Up to 130 hours of battery life from 1 AA alkaline battery
• Standard size shoe mount with 6.35 mm threaded base for on camera use, or easy mounting on a stand

Rode Stereo VideoMic X

The RØDE VideoMic is a professional grade 1/2” condenser shotgun microphone designed for use with consumer video cameras and personal audio recorders.

The integrated Rycote® Lyre® based shock mounting system isolates the VideoMic capsule and electronics from its all-metal shoe mount, providing isolation from external physical factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations in the microphone. Constructed from a single piece of hard-wearing thermoplastic, the Lyre® provides superior acoustic suspension to traditional elastic solutions, and will never wear out, sag or snap.

Its standard sized shoe mount also includes a 3/8” thread in the base for easy mounting on a boom pole or stand.

By employing a super-cardioid polar pattern the VideoMic becomes highly directional, focusing on the subject in front of the camera, and minimising any surrounding sounds.

In addition to the microphone’s native 40Hz-20kHz response a selectable high-pass filter at 80Hz is available, which will prevent low end noise such as air conditioners and traffic from being recorded.

A -10dB and -20dB level attenuation (or PAD), selectable from inside the battery compartment, allows recording of loud sound sources, such as live music or motorsport.

The RØDE VideoMic directional on-camera microphone is designed in Australia and covered by RØDE Microphones’ industry leading 10 year warranty.


Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro

Building on the success of the VideoMic Pro, the defacto standard for DSLR on-camera audio, and RØDE’s original Stereo VideoMic, the new Stereo VideoMic Pro provides a high quality stereo option for videographers, and is ideal for recording music, and the atmospheric ambience essential in building a realistic audio scene.

Based around a matched pair of high sensitivity ½”cardioid condenser capsules in a coincident XY pair, the Stereo VideoMic Pro provides a wide stereo image with natural depth.

The Stereo VideoMic Pro builds on the feature set of the VideoMic Pro, with an ergonomic form factor perfectly suited to DSLR, consumer camcorders and large-sensor video cameras. The integrated shock mounting system provides superior isolation from vibration and mechanical noise that can otherwise degrade the recording quality. Additionally the lightweight yet robust multi-strand cable provides excellent acoustic decoupling from the camera and offers significantly lower noise transference than traditional audio cable.

The user friendly designed rear of the microphone body features the power and equalisation controls, including a high pass filter at 75Hz which is designed to cut out the noise generated by air conditioning, traffic and other undesirable low frequency interference.

A -10dB PAD allows the user to reduce the sensitivity of the microphone, making it suitable for recording loud sound sources such as live music or at sporting events. Like the VideoMic Pro, the Stereo VideoMic Pro features a +20dB level boost specifically designed to provide a higher quality signal with DSLR cameras. When activated, the typically low quality camera preamp level can be reduced, resulting in a lower noise floor and much clearer recording.


Shure VP64A and VP64AL

The VP64A and VP64AL are high-output omnidirectional handheld dynamic microphones designed for professional audio and video production. They combine exceptional performance and comfortable feel with a handsome on-camera appearance.

Features

The VP64A and VP64AL are identical except for handle length. The 200 mm (7-7/8 inch) long VP64A is ideal for close-up use and can be used outside as well as indoors. The VP64AL is well-suited to location interviews, sports broadcasting, and other situations where the 244 mm (9-5/8 inch) length is an advantage.

The omnidirectional pickup pattern provides uniform pickup on or off axis, eliminating the need for critical microphone positioning. The VP64A series also features a tailored frequency response with an upper midrange presence rise that adds crispness and clarity to speech. The cartridge utilizes a neodymium magnet for higher output and increased signal-to-noise ratio. An internal rubber isolation mount protects the microphone cartridge and minimizes handling noise. A water-resistant mesh grille allows the microphone to be used during the most challenging weather conditions. The supplied windscreen further reduces “pop” and wind noise.

• Neodymium magnet for increased output and maximized signal-to-noise ratio
• Tailored frequency response with mid-range presence rise for optimum speech clarity
• Omnidirectional polar pattern eliminates need for critical microphone positioning
• Internal isolation mount for low handling noise
• Water-resistant mesh grille repels water under challenging weather conditions
• Supplied windscreen for reduced pickup of pop and wind noise
• Comfortable feel
• Handsome appearance; ideal for on-camera applications
• Legendary Shure ruggedness
• Frequency response: 50 to 12,000 Hz

Sennheiser MKE 2 elements

Add that missing element. – Looking for amazing audio to accompany your beautiful video? The MKE 2 elements Action Mic for GoPro® HERO4 cameras, will make all the difference. It is ready when you are. No matter what you’re into: mountain biking, winter sports or surfing that big wave, the MKE 2 elements Action Mic will provide you with that extra dimension. Enabling you to share your experiences, not only with beautiful video but amazing audio too.

Mountain biking, surfing, snowboarding... GoPro cameras are excellent at capturing spectacular video with amazing visual quality. With the MKE 2 elements Action Mic you now have a rugged solution at your hands that enables you to capture the thrill of the moment in a sound quality that is just as incredible. Featuring great Sennheiser technology, made fit for the most extreme situations a mic can face, the MKE 2 elements Action Mic will help you tell the whole tale. Plug it in….aaaand: Action!

Brilliant audio adds that extra something to your video when you really want to mesmerize the audience. With GoPro recordings, whose images can be especially involving, an audio upgrade throws the viewer right into the action. Using the MKE 2 elements Action Mic you can now add exactly what has been missing to make a real professional and lasting impression: great audio – in legendary Sennheiser quality. It is the upgrade you have been waiting for.

Look at a video with the speakers muted and you realize: It’s the sound that really takes you there. The breathing of an athlete, the roaring of a breaking wave, the grit under the tires of a mountain bike. With the MKE 2 elements Action Mic you can capture all that. Clear, crisp, contoured. Conveying not only the picture but the emotion and the atmosphere.

There are experiences and places off the beaten path, which are actually just as much about their unusual sounds as they are about the fascinating pictures. With the MKE 2 elements Action Mic you can now put them on your Go Pro bucket list. Because with this sophisticated recording device on-the-go recordings that require great quality audio are now an option.

Water is not an issue. The MKE 2 elements Action Mic can cope with up to 1m of water. And even though recordings under water are not possible, it will be ready the very moment it resurfaces. So, don’t worry about your MKE 2 elements Action Mic. You can take it anywhere your GoPro will go.

Just connect MKE 2 elements Action Mic with the Sennheiser custom-made BacPac Backdoor to your GoPro and you’re good to go. The superior sound quality of Sennheiser is now available for your GoPro videos. As the the MKE 2 elements Action Mic connects seamlessly to the GoPro original housing, you have a complete and waterproof solution at your hands. Allowing you to focus on the task ahead. Getting into the action and capturing the thrill of the moment.


Sennheiser MD42

The MD 42 is a high-quality reporter’s microphone with omni-directional pick-up pattern. It has been specially optimised for rough use in live reporting and broadcasting environments. The MD 42 is a very ‘good-natured’ microphone whose design avoids wind and handling noise problems. Colour: black, sound inlet basket: refined steel, black.

• Two-ply sound inlet basket provides increased protection from wind and pop noise
• Rugged metal housing
• Rubber mounted capsule (or Elastically mounted capsule) ensures low sensitivity to handling noise
• Omni-directional pick-up pattern ensures excellent speech intelligibility without having to point the microphone directly at your interview partner.

Sennheiser MD 46

The MD 46 is a high-quality reporter’s microphone with cardioid pick-up pattern. It has been specially optimised for rough use in live reporting and broadcasting environments. The MD 46 is a very ‘good-natured’ microphone whose design avoids wind and handling noise problems. Colour: black, sound inlet basket: refined steel, black.

• ply sound inlet basket provides increased protection from wind and pop noise metal housing
• mount capsule ensures low sensitivity to handling noise
• up pattern ensures excellent speech intelligibility even with high ambient noise levels

Sennheiser MKH 416-P48U3

The MKH 416 is a short gun interference tube microphone. Its excellent directivity and compact design, high consonant articulation and feedback rejection make the MKH 416 a superb all-round microphone for film, radio and television, especially for outside broadcast applications.

• Increased directivity due to interference tube principle
• Very low inherent self-noise
• High sensitivity
• Transformerless and fully floating balanced output
• Rugged, suitable for adverse climatic conditions
• Matt black all-metal body

Neumann KMS 105

The KMS 105 is a studio grade vocal microphone for stage use. Its precision manufactured condenser capsule offers true Neumann sound quality, combined with all the virtues of a rugged stage microphone: excellent pop protection, low handling noise, enormous SPL capability, and high feedback resistance, thanks to its tight supercardioid pattern. The KMS 105 brings studio sound quality to the stage. Unlike usual stage microphones, which use dynamic capsules, the KMS 105 is equipped with a true condenser microphone capsule offering the superior clarity that made Neumann studio microphones famous all over the world. At the same time, the KMS 105 possesses the ruggedness required of a stage mic, thus refuting the myth that condenser microphones must be “fragile”. The KMS 105 can stand enormous sound pressure levels of up to 150 dB without clipping, and its tight, frequency-independent supercardioid pattern ensures high gain before feedback. The KMS 105 has a much smoother frequency response than dynamic microphones and an airy top-end. Compared to dynamic microphones, the Neumann KMS 105 has a vastly superior transient response resulting in a more immediate, more emotional vocal sound. In practical terms: effortless intelligibility, without the usual EQ boosts – which further improves feedback resistance. As a stage microphone, the KMS 105 is optimized for close miking; a fixed low cut filter compensates for the proximity effect and ensures clear bass, even if the singer’s lips touch the microphone. The headgrille is made of hardened steel and features a carefully designed multi-level pop filter made of wire gauze. Despite its effectiveness, this acoustic filter does not cause any sibilance problems or compromise the capsule’s directivity. The head amplifier is protected by a thick-walled housing. Its transformerless output minimizes electromagnetic interference, such as hum. Because of its low output impedance of only 50 ohms, the KMS 105 can drive very long cable runs of up to 300 m (1000 ft) without transmission losses.