Hey guys,

I'm looking to add a good Boundary / PZM mic to my mic collection for sound design. What are some good brands / models to consider for sound design purposes??


  • @Jake I'm curious what exactly are you planning on using them for? – Stephen Saldanha Jul 3 '12 at 23:49
  • @Stephen Well I'm actually not sure yet. I see them all over articles and books though. Like Ben Burtt putting one on a dumbbell that was attached to the bottom end of a slinky, then hanging the slinky from a latter and hitting it with a drum stick. I believe this is how he got some of the new laser sounds for the newer SW films. Or on the surface of a peace of mettle with dry ice. Or on the ground for impacts, or on a large resonating street light....I don't know if I'll get results, but it seems like a good tool to have on hand because they receive direct sound, and less reflections. – Jake Jul 4 '12 at 14:29
  • **surface of METAL. – Jake Jul 4 '12 at 14:31
  • @Stephen YES it's in a sound proof chamber, but it's amazing that a contact mic was able to pickup the sounds of these bugs, via vibrations! Check it out : sonic-terrain.com/2012/03/how-loud-is-a-slithering-snail – Jake Jul 4 '12 at 21:54
  • @Jake But that sounds more like a contact mic rather than a boundary mic, like you mentioned with the link. – Stephen Saldanha Jul 5 '12 at 7:38

Well, I'm a live sound guy, not a recordist (although I dabble).

I like the Crown PZM for applications where you need an omni PZM.

I have a set of Crown PCC 160s for cardioid boundary mics. THE standard foot mic in live applications. However, I have heard that Bartlett Mics make very good boundary mics that sound much better than the old PCC160.

Check out their recording boundary mics, in particular. bartlettmics.com

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+1 for the crown PZM. Its my new secret vehicle recording weapon.

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  • As in recording traffic and such without being obvious about it? That's a really neat idea! I've never taken one of my PZMs out-of-doors. How does it stand up to wind? – TheFaderJockey Jul 4 '12 at 3:01
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    I've actually strapped one to the back of my motorcycle going 80mph and gotten zero wind + amazing sound. Also, they work great for crowd and reverb mics. here's my moto stuff: thesoundmyheadmakes.blogspot.com/2012/05/… – Rene Jul 4 '12 at 15:19
  • @Rene is there a specific model you like, or do you agree with TheFaderJockey on the Crown PCC 160? – Jake Jul 4 '12 at 16:24

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