|Audio-Technica AT822 Stereo Microphone
This is not exactly a camcorder mic, especially for a compact camcorder.
It is on the heavy side, at 5.8 oz. (165g), probably due to its'
all metal body. Not like the other mics I own, including
the MKE-300, where the body is all plastic. This mic is solid,
and, for an amature videographer (myself), expensive.
Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised with the contents.
The AT822 package includes: Mic, Instruction/Spec sheet, registration
card, snap-in stand clamp, 20" (.5 M) long XLR to 3.5mm (1/8")
diameter stereo mini plug, 10' (3M) long XLR to two
diameter mono plugs with 1/4" phone plug adapters, foam windscreen,
a soft zippered pouch and a leak proof AA alkaline battery (life
is about 1000 hours).
|The entire package.
||Uses 1 AA battery.
||Low-roll-off, flat, and off switch.
purchased this microphone to add higher quality voice-overs in
video editing programs, such as iMovie and Final Cut. It didn't
take long, before this mic found it's way on my camcorder. The
mic is heavy, compared to the others I have, so balancing
the mic on Lightwave Audio's MMC-USC Minimount, was important.
Plug the stereo mini plug to the camcorder mic jack, and that's
it. No audio adapters required.
Prior to this mic, I was using the Sennheiser MKE-300 almost exclusively.
Simply because I was able to use it with the Minimount (to get
away from the camcorders noise and vibration). But after using
the AT822, this has become my microphone of choice. The sounds
the AT822 is so incredibly rich and natural, making me wonder,
is this how a professional mic is suppose to sound like? Another
surprise, is the true stereo separation provided by the AT822.
Ambient sounds that were recorded were distinctly left or right.
mic and Sony's ECM-S930C, although stereo, cannot compare to the
full range of sounds captured by the AT822.
The AT822 is perfect for both indoors and outdoors. For indoors,
you may want to use the foam windscreen. The only thing it will
do is protect the mic, just in case you bump into things. If using
this mic outdoors on a breezy day (at the beach or mountains),
suggest investing in a Rycote windscreen. The foam windscreen
does work, but the Rycote is more efficient. Besides, it's easier
to install and remove.
On certain occasions, I still use the MKE-300. It's a shotgun mono
mic that has more reach, but for everything else, I've been using
the Audio-Technica AT822.
An important note about powered mics
They use batteries. They have an on/off switch. After using these mics, it is
important to turn them off. This is my only problem, and could be your's. Always
carry backup batteries, or know where the nearest Radio Shack is. The other thing
is to use some type of headset (or earphones). You will always turn on the camcorder,
but sometimes forget to turn on the mic.