I'm about to make a short video and have available a Shure SM81 that I can borrow when I need it.

Is it worth it to buy the Sennheiser ME66 in this case?

What are the differences between them?

Is the SM81 actually a shotgun?

Is the SM81 suitable for recording for films like the ME66 is?


SM81 is a great little mic. I've used it for acoustic instruments before, but for video production you want the ME66. 81 is a cardioid pattern, 66 is a true shotgun. Only way the 81 would give you usable audio would be in a very controlled environment.

  • :( Seems I'll have to buy one then.. – Friend of Kim Mar 2 '12 at 20:01
  • I've ordered a Zoom H4n. Do you think I'll need a ME66 to get good speech recordings for the short film? – Friend of Kim Mar 2 '12 at 20:03
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    That is one of my set ups. You won't regret that combination. – Bryce Alan Flurie Mar 2 '12 at 20:50

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