Ears-on mic test, hear for yourself

I did this test for myself, so I thought, why not share.

I was cleaning out my car trunk, and if you're a photographer you know how scary that can be, looking for my lapel microphone. I wanted to come up with a better set-up for audio interviews. Basically, I wanted to get away from holding a mic during the interview. Normally, I use the ME66 short shot gun mic and sit at a comfortable distance, but even this keeps people on guard. I wanted to set the subject up with a lapel mic connected to my Edirol R09. I also wanted the set-up to accommdate two people. My experience is that with everybody's hands free, people tend to be more open and forget about the fact that they're on tape. That was my main reason for getting my gear out, but then I thought why not do a mic test. So I did. Here is the test I conducted.

I took a brand new Edirol R09 out of the box, put in the 64MB card, two AA's, turned it on, changed the setting from .WAV to .MP3 and plugged different mics in and hit record. I DID NOT adjust any other settings, like levels. I used the settings right out of the box, except for the format setting.

  • LOW CUT was OFF

Nothing scientific here, of course, but it was a little bit of an eye-opener for me. Why? Well, it confirms my faith in the ME66, AND our choice to go for the Nady SP5 over the Sony mics. In addition, I was happy with splitting the two lapel mics (AudioTechnica ProSeries 70) and was overly impressed with the wireless set up (but it had better be good for the price!). Anyway, don't know if there is anything for you to learn, but have a listen and tell me what you think.







  1. The test was kind of interesting, but it should be noted that the the two sennheiser microphones both run pretty strong in their output and are often refered to as hot microphones. A simple audio levels adjustment would probably make up for the volume differences.

    While the sennheisers also sounded the best, its always hard for me to tell subtle differences. Sound has so many factors involved, not the least of which is accoustics of the room, peoples individual voices etc.

    Often less expensive microphones work well, but dont hold up, are not as sensitive and in the case of shotgun microphones allow in too much contamination from the sides and rear. Cheapies can also sound flat, which to some extent I noticed here.

  2. yeah, they could all be ‘tweaked’ aka levels, input sensitivity, but I thought since most new folks will just plug and play it was a fun test to see or hear the results.