Topic: Which Lavalier?

Azden WMS-PRO   

(http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/3 … alier.html)



http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/3 … alier.html


any other recommendations?

I have no I idea which one to get... (or really what the different between the two is)


2 (edited by gearscout 2007-07-08 07:27:20)

Re: Which Lavalier?

These two systems are pretty similar, you just get a second, hand-held microphone with the first one (for another $25.)

I've got a similar set up for my handycam.  It's an Audio-Technica wireless system with just the lavalier.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/6 … amera.html

I don't know why it's up to $170.  I bought mine several months ago for around $110.

The wireless works pretty well...but you will notice some clipping of high frequencies...that's likely due to the radio transmission part of it.

If you are recording to tape, minidisc, or handycam, these both will work pretty well.  A "real" microphone will cost $100+ and give you better sound quality.  But it will have XLR plugs and therefore require a recorder with XLR inputs or you can attach an adapter, like this one.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/control … amp;is=REG

You can also use the lavalier mic that comes with either of these to attach directly to the input of a recorder that accepts the mini-plug.  You will notice the high end "clipping" disappears.

Both are very inexpensive wireless systems that are convenient.  I would skip the hand-held mic...it's not very good.  If you really want a hand-held microphone, the best solution is to spend several hundred dollars and get a shotgun microphone with a noise dampening mount. 

I've produced a few Soundslides using an old Electrovoice 635A microphone and the USB-Mic adaptor.  (See post in this forum on USB-Mic) I like the quality and convenience for tracking.  I just plug the XLR mic into the adaptor, connect it to the USB port of a MAC G4 and record the track using Audacity.  But that's no solution for natural sound in the field. 

Hope that helps.