May 19, 2013 at 6:09 PM #61908GeorgeParticipant
I am torn between these Audio-Tech lav mics. Based on budget these ~~ fit. Does anyone have any reccomendations, personal use etc that might help me in purchase (which one is a better buy) ? Thanks !
May 19, 2013 at 6:46 PM #207439BrianParticipant
George – I know zero professional users with AT lavs. They might be great, I just never see them. Most folks I know use Tram for field production. Personally, I LOVE the lectrosonics lavs.
May 20, 2013 at 2:46 AM #207442brunerwwMember
Hi George – assuming you need to plug into an XLR jack with phantom – if you can afford it, here is what I recommend:
Dean Miles at locationaudiosimplified.com carries both the Sanken and the Tram – here's why:
5. $180 – Countryman B3 (another very good value for the money, about the same price as the ATs)
The Countryman B3 is pretty tough too 🙂
I use an AT shotgun, but have not seen their lavs recommended for professional use.
With a limited budget, I would get the Countryman B3.
Hope this is helpful,
May 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM #207447paulearsParticipant
The 803 sounds nicest to my ears, I can't comment on that cardioid because I hate cardioid lavs for everything except emergencies, because of the quick sound drop off when the wearer turns their head. I've still got an old version of the AT cardioid – probably a couple of models before the one you link to. On-axis it's actually ok, but for me, it's relegated to being used as a very small lav – handy for guitars or other instruments where you want a low visibility mic.
Trams are not that common in the UK – but Countryman and DPAs are, and of course Sennheiser MKE2s – but they're all much more expensive (and smaller).
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