audio for film

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jgl
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Joined: Jul 24 1999

Hi I am making a film for a corporate client .It is only my second film. I will be using the pd170 and just wonder firstly....

1 whether the on board supplied mono gun mic will be adaquate...should I purchase a stereo gun mic ?

2 when I use my tie clip mic...again this will be mono ..it is audio technica. will this be sufficient and of acceptable quality?

I guess what I am asking in a verbose manner is

3 is it acceptable to shoot much of this film in mono ?

DAVE M
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Joined: May 17 1999

Just do it in mono and pan just off centre for various vox.

The supplied mic's not that good. i use AT's (815) but most here will use the sennheisers.

pro mics arn't stereo - if you need stereo you use two monos (there are a few exceptions.

Alan Roberts
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Joined: May 3 1999

1: The onboard mic's reasonable (are you sure it's mono, I thought it was stereo?), but you might will probably want other mics and sound recording unless you're doing a "reality" type show. Camera movement can swing the sound mix about nastily, serious programme-making usually ends up with seperate mics and recorder.

2: Tie clip mics are ok as long as they are in the right place, too far away and you lose lots of bass. ATs are ok.

3: Most films are shot in mono. Stereo and 5.1 is almost always done as a post-production excercise. You just gather the dialog in mono or as several mono tracks depending on how many people you need to ic up. Creating the sound field is a post job, don't forget to get some wild track sound to cover up the gaps when mics aren't in the right place. And the rest comes from effects cds.

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