After conducting a variety of tests, I've come up with a set of recommended baseline settings for your Zoom H4N and Sennheiser Wireless Lavaliers when recording interview audio for your HD DSLR productions.
Of course, special situations will require adjustments but these settings should get you well on your way!
This is my second shootout between the Audio-Technica AT4053b and the Rode NT3. I didn't like the results of the last shootout, so I tried it again in a different room. This time I also engaged the AT4053b's low-cut filter, but didn't hear much (if any) difference in my voice. The more I use it, the more I like the AT4053b. I find it rich and full.
BUT WAIT!!! I also threw in a shootout between the Rode NTG-2 and NTG-3 used indoors, though shotguns are designed for outdoors. I also A-B-C-D compared all 4 mics used indoors hoping to show how bad it is to use a shotgun indoors, HOWEVER I found that it wasn't that big an issue in this test.
This is my first informal test of the AT4053b Hypercardoid mic I just bought. In this video I am switching between the AT453b and the Rode NT3. Both mics were placed in pretty much the same place above my head.
Make you own conclusions. To me the AT4053b is much darker than the NT3. At first listen the NT3 sounds more open and clear, but the AT4053b is more rich and full. I would have liked more clarity in the AT4053b, but perhaps I didn't have the mic pointed directly at my mouth. I have to do more tests. I like the NT3 for camera mounted home movies, as it picks up everything in front of the mic great. I'm not so sure the AT4053b will be as clear. I could roll off below 80hz I suppose, but the NT3 is clear with no roll-off.
Not so much a stability test, more on focus-handling so its recorded in slow motion to study how smooth the focus goes. As you can see, sometimes its a bit stuttery.. Probably because of the short distance one has to move the handle for it to change focus spot from one to another. If we could do the focusing distance a bit longer with the handle, it could minimize ugly stutter.
Please watch it in HD if possible. (aliasing is wonderful isn't it?;)