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I know that here is an dust-covered Sony reflector somewhere in the warehouse. It got lost when headquarters moved two years ago. I never used it so I´ve asked my boss to look for it in order to try it out outdoors. I will use with an MKE-2 (lavalier omni) and with my MKH-406 (cardioid). Does anyone have experience with this kind of reflectors?

Sony Parabolic reflector

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Nice picture Iain, is it cool or what? –  inigo Jun 7 '10 at 14:09
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I've never used one but I know their frequency response is proportional to the size of the dish...

http://www.coe.montana.edu/ee/rmaher/publications/maher_aac_0805.pdf

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Thanks. Useful link. I saw it just once some years ago and I remember it quite small. Anyway, if we can find it I´ll bring it back to life. –  inigo Jun 7 '10 at 9:17
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Hey, I know this is an old thread, but I just had my first experience with a parabolic dish mic. They're tricky to aim and use, but if the dish is transparent, that helps a lot. As Tim mentioned, the size of the dish determines its low-end characteristics...that's why they're usually awesome for birdsong, but if you need fat low-end, you'll be very disappointed. I used a 2' wide dish - kinda big! - and it seemed decent through the midtones and had very articulate high frequencies.

If you don't put this on a tripod, your life will suck. I strongly recommend a ball head instead of a pan-tilt head; way faster to aim it, lock it, and stop futzing.

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