I'm trying to locate the best Shure mic for my purposes, and hope you can help. I'm a social scientist who conducts extensive research interviews and focus groups, often in settings that are not optimally controlled for recording. I'm using a Marantz PMD221 cassette recorder, and I'm looking for a mic to pair with it. I need something that's omnidirectional, portable, can be placed on a table, and most importantly is excellent at clearly recording speech and reducing background noise, both from the table and the rest of the environment.
Please let me know which Shure mic or mics would be best for this application.
At 01/24/2001 03:32 PM you wrote - Input Sensitivity: .3 millivolts
Input Impedence: 9000 ohms
Input connector: 3.5mm mini jack
Given those specs, what mic or mics would you recommend for the recording application described in my original message?
At 01/24/2001 02:39 PM we wrote - Read the following:
At 01/25/2001 07:24 AM we wrote - The mic input on your recorder will work with most low impedance professional microphones. First, we suggest the addition of a matching transformer, the Shure A96F. The input side of the A96F is a female XLR with three sockets; the output side is a 2 foot cord with a 3.5mm male plug to mate with your recorder. By using this transformer which balances the input on your recorder, you can use standard professional mic cable (XLR female on one end; XLR male on the other end) to connect the mic to your recorder; electronic interference will be greatly reduced; and you can run hundreds of feet of mic cable if needed. FYI - The more expensive Marantz recorders feature balanced, XLR inputs which are designed to accept professional microphone outputs. In these models, the equivalent of the A96F is built into the recorder.
To understand more about professional microphone connections, please refer to: Audio Systems Guide for Video Production
From the Shure microphone line, consider the SM63 of which there are several variations in color and length. Less expensive is the VP64. Or if you want a low profile mic that lays flat on the table, consider the MX391BP/O.
However, we are concerned about your comment "most importantly (a mic that) is excellent at clearly recording speech and reducing background noise, both from the table and the rest of the environment."
Microphones do not reduce background noise. Microphones measure air movement and convert the air movement into an electrical signal. A microphone has no ability to sort out the sound you want and the sound you do not want.
We hope you will find our advice helpful. If you have other questions, please call Shure Applications Engineering at 847-600-8440.