Rode has now a device which allows to plug in microphones which need to be powered by power usually provided by smartphones (2.7v) through TRRS such as Rode's Lavalier Go or Shure's MVL/A to a USB sound card or any mic entry using XLR.
This is Rode VXLR+. The XLR has to provide 12-48V phantom power.
From Rode's site:
The VXLR+ is a 3.5mm female TRS ...
MS, XY and ORTF (or NOS) and AB all need an fairly exact setup. All have pros and cons.
I'll sum up the most obvious.
Pro: excellent mono compatability, control over width. Great for widening musical instruments, or capturing speech in ENG.
Cons: need special fig 8 mic and a cardioid. Preferably both of same brand and type. Precise setup and often ...
If your only need is foley, I'd highly recommend a Zoom H4n or Zoom H5/H6. They have incredibly detailed microphones and are sensitive to the quietest sounds. I use my H5 almost daily and it's worth much more than I paid for it imo. I take it almost everywhere I go. Super portable, great recording quality, and direct wav/mp3 recordings up to 96khz/24bit on ...
From the manual for the Scarlett 2i2:
The preamp gain is appropriate for microphones when an XLR plug is inserted, and for higher level signals when a jack plug is inserted.
Get a jack->XLR adapter, preferably the device listed by ojacques because you also need the 2.7 V power supply.
After 15ms of just astounding joy, yeh it must be :P
Although what really annoyed me, was they went to the lengths of saying its a lightening adapter, which isn't even true for the iXY (and god I want it to be)
I took own(ed) an FR-2LE and an NTG2. Despite where the pots were, I was always able to get a decent S:N ratio with that combo, specifically using phantom power and not a battery in the NTG (which you are also doing), also with a Tamiya style battery. I'm afraid that I don't recall where the gain pot was, but it was pretty high.
I found the headphone amp ...
Hi, are you sure you don't mean the NTG-3 (may look like an 8, i guess). If so, I use this mic often and it sounds fantastic for outdoor booming. It was a toss up between this mic and the Sennheiser MKH416 and I found that the MKH416 sounded a bit thinner and not as warm as the NTG-3. A little side note, they used the NTG-3 on "Lost", so booyah to that.
I am looking at getting the Zoom H1 recorder, but a decent Shotgun Mic, and then build a Boom Pole and a Shock Mount. I searched youtube.com and came across many videos on how to build them.
I have a nady shotgun mic, it doesnt pic up the best of quality, but with some editing I can clean it up pretty well.
Since this is a condensor mic, you should activate the 48V phantom power switch and try again; this may be required to power the active electronics in this specific mic.
You could also try actually recording in your DAW, even if the indicator doesn't light up.
Ideally you should be using a large capsule mic with a pop-shield for this application, not a super-cardioid shotgun mic. Also, ensure that you record with adequate headroom and don't push the level into the limiter on the H4N. The NTG2 is the wrong mic for this application. If you are looking at a Rode mic, you should be looking at an NT2A or TLM103. ...
The NTG2 needs phantom or battery power to begin with. But it is not suitable for recording music as it has a super cardioid polar pattern, which means it's highly directional if your off axis even slightly you will get poor pick up. Shotgun mics are for broadcast and location sound. Moreover the NTG2 is not a professional mic, the NTG3 and NTG8 are Rode's ...
Yes the Lavalier can go to directly into a smartphone, just make sure you purchase the Micon11 connector together with the Lav. The Lavalier needs one of the "Micon" connectors to work anyway, it's a modular system that allows you to use the Lavalier with a whole range of devices, from 3.5mm minijack, XLR, smartphones (TRRS) or various brands of wireless ...
You can't expect that the Naiant microphones can perform as well as microphones that cost 10x to 50x more $$$. You can expect that the Naiant microphones will have somewhat more self-noise, perhaps higher distortion and a frequency response not quite as wide or flat.
Will you actually HEAR these differences in the final mix? It depends on what you are ...
The 416 may get you more business based solely on its reputation.
It really surprised me in its performance for voice over. I've heard they sound nearly identical, but haven't heard anyone comment on
1 The NTG-3's durability over several years of abuse (naturally; it's a new mic)
2 Using it for voice over work.
I dislike my 416 indoors very much, the rear lobe is rough in reverberant spaces. I prefer cs3 or mk41 indoors. Outside I love the rejection of the 416. I cannot comment on the rode, no experience with it.
I've used both... I was in the same position... about to buy the Rode when I got an offer on a used 416 for only a few bucks more. I have to say I much prefer the 416 so I went for it(however that was bought from a production I'd actually worked on so I knew the mic and it's condition). But mics ARE a subjective thing. If you can rent both for a day, it ...
I dunno.. getting tired of these "this mic is standard and this one isn't" arguments.. I know people who hate the 416 intensely. Then, in field conditions, Røde haven't had the experience Sennheiser have, but that still leaves you with extra money if you "risk it". I don't think you can go wrong with either mic.
Last but not least, there are fakes going on ...
The 416 is a much more standard mic at least here in the US. It's used for a lot of ADR, SFX recording and voiceover for commercials. If you work or plan on working with other engineers, studios etc. it could be nice to have the "standard". The tight pickup can be nice for ADR so that you don't hear the room.
Not KM184s, but it's kinda the same setup I guess:
I did the same thing with CM3s in a Rycote windshield a few days ago and have to say, that the mics were pretty vulnerable to wind. I guess this comes from the small distance between the capsules and the windshield.
One thing I've found is that the Rode do NOT like 24v phantom... using them results in higher noise and generally reduced performance. Set the phantom power to 48v. This will result in your battery draining a lot faster, but will probably reduce the hiss. Alternately use the battery in the Mic as FAO suggested. I've used the NT's with a few things and found ...