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Audio-Technica ATR-6550 Shotgun Microphone

$148.79

Crisp & intelligible pickup—far away or up close. In its “Tele” range setting, this cardioid condenser is engineered to pick up dialogue and sound effects at a distance, while bypassing ambient noise such as traffic, air-handling systems, room reverberation and mechanically coupled vibrations. Designed especially for use with video cameras.

Product Description

The Shotgun Mic – Your Film Kit’s Most Valuable Weapon?

As mentioned here and here, bad audio will kill your film. So kill bad audio by using the best audio equipment that you can afford. One of the first additions to your film kit should be a decent boom or shotgun mic and the Audio-Technica ATR-6550 is our recommendation.

A lot of filmmakers tend to go for the Rode NTG-2 or NTG-3 shotgun mics, which are also great, but this Audio-Technica one is a little cheaper. So if you’re just starting out and beggining to build your kit, maybe try this before going in for a Rode.

Now, you can use this as an ‘on-camera- mic, but it will do much better if mounted on a boom pole, or on a mic stand if you’re shooting on your own. Getting this as close as possible to your subject will do wonders for your audio quality.

It has 3.5mm cable jack, not XLR, so you’ll be able to plug it straight into your DSLR camera’s mic input. Plus if you are using an external recording like the Tascam DR-40, you can plug it into that as well.

For the price point, this is a great little shotgun mic and perfect for the beginnings of your film kit. Grab one here.

For more info on audio/gear options, check out our blog articles on Sound and Gear.

Further Product Information

Crisp & intelligible pickup—far away or up close. In its “Tele” range setting, this cardioid condenser is engineered to pick up dialogue and sound effects at a distance, while bypassing ambient noise such as traffic, air-handling systems, room reverberation and mechanically coupled vibrations. Designed especially for use with video cameras.

  • 3.5mm connector plugs into your video camera
  • two range settings: “Normal” for close and medium distance; “Tele” for long-distance
  • includes camera mount, stand clamp, foam windscreen, battery

For even more info, check it out on Audio-Technica.com.

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