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You should look beyond simple Mini-DV mikes. Many top rate professional (XLR) mikes can be hard wired to your (mini) DV cam; and wireless is an option for some mikes. Likewise, many top mikes can be input to the Edirol mixer mentioned earlier.

There are a ka-zillion articles on mikes in the Videomaker archives. If your issue isn’t handy, the secret word this month is: studio. To save some time, recommend that you start with an excellent article on mike basics at this link:

Lots of training tapes/DVDs out there. I stumbled on this one: Location Sound For Video, described at http://www.soundforvideo.com. This is an excellent training DVD that effectively presents all you need to know about mikes to at least get you started on the search and decision process about what to acquire. This is done in a very straightforward, no muss no fuss fashion, no distractions, no humor, an information packed 25 minutes. While it is not MTV, it is not boring and you will probably still be learning from it after 10 or 20 viewings. Cost is $20.

(Note. This outfit is located in Orlando. My order was delayed when they closed shop early that week to prepare for a hurricane. Was worth the wait!)

There is a major focus on XLR to pin input issues. Virtually all of the info is good for studio shoots as well as outdoor field shoots. There is a brief presentation on a field-use mixer, when using 2 or more mikes for an outdoor shoot. Note that the Edirol mixer is intended for stationary use in a studio/editing suite, not for video camping trips. The end credits state that some audio heard on the DVD was originally recorded via an XLR to pin input to the cam.


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