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Microphone for a conference

by monkeyman12 / August 14, 2007 10:01 AM PDT

I need a mic for a staff meetings where everyone would be about 10 feet away from the mic and only a single person would be talking at once and there will pretty much no back ground noise. The audio only has to be decent so that you can easily understand the person talking with out static. Does a mic like this exist for a budget of about $175?

Thanks for your help

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Where is the audio going?
by boya84 / August 14, 2007 1:47 PM PDT

Is it feeding a conference call or just a audio capture device? What will the mic be connected to?

Is the mic being held by the person speaking or do you see it just sitting in the middle of the room?

Is someone going to hold the mic and point it at the person speaking?

If the mic could be suspended from the ceiling, would that reduce the distance to the meeting attendees?

Do all the attendees speak in "normal" levels? Is there anyone who speaks a lot louder than the others? Is ther anyone who speaks a lot softer than the others? Can you control who sits where (i.e., softer speakers sit closer to the mic, loud speakers further away)?

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by monkeyman12 / August 14, 2007 2:30 PM PDT

The mic will be connected to a video camera with a 1/8 inch plug.

If it's possible I want the mic in the middle of the room.

I could use a shot gun mic but I would prefer the mic to just be able to be put in the middle of the room and left alone.

No, It wouldn't reduce the distance but I talked to management and they said that they could reduce the distance of the staff from the mic down to 5 feet.

They all have "normal" voice levels and I also could control who sits where.

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some observations...
by boya84 / August 14, 2007 11:27 PM PDT
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I don't know what the sitting situation is like - a round or square table where the people speaking are evenly distributed is different than if folks are sitting "classroom style".

A shotgun mic works if someone is actively pointing the mic at whomever is speaking.

Since it is plugging into a camcorder, and the input is stereo, how about 2 mics? Presuming everyone is sitting at a square or round table, "Boundary Mics" are actually designed for what you want without sticking up in the middle of the table. Do a search using: <"boundary mic" 3.5mm> and see what you come up with. You probably want a 3.5mm (1/8") jack to plug into your camcorder. Later, for improved pickup, get the inexpensive stereo "Y" adapter and another boundary mic.

Audio-Technica generally makes good gear. The good stuff uses XLR or XLRM jacks, not 3.5mm, so watch what you are ordering... get appropriate converters and adapters. You can't use phantom power.

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