Many people are entering into the area of digital video productions and home studio audio productions these days. In order to be able to produce high-quality sound for either medium, one needs to have professional microphones. Gone are the days where one could count on using a handheld microphone purchased for $20 at the local radio or electronics store. Now, one needs to have the ability to record professional sounding audio in order to live up to the expectations of an audience that is familiar with professional productions.
Statistics show that most people watch television or listen to music for as much as 40% of their lives. This means that the audience of today is much more discriminating when it comes to production value than were audiences of other generations. In order to not fall short of the mark of expectation of such an audience, professional standards must be met. This means that professional microphones are a necessity for anyone wishing to broadcast to said audience.
There are a variety of uses for pro microphones like, video production, whether broadcast, DVD, or web based video. Today’s audience is willing to accept sub-standard video quality, but they will not accept poor audio quality. One mic that will help you in many different applications is the AT2020 by Audio Technica. The AT2020 is a high-quality studio style cardioid microphone that can be used in many diverse applications.
Such a microphone can be used for radio broadcasts or podcasts in a studio but can also be used for recording or live performances as well. Because of the high-end quality of the mic, it is able to be used in various settings to achieve such a high degree of professionalism and clean clear sound. Most often, this type of mic is used in a recording studio, whether pro or at home. In fact, today, there is not much difference between a pro studio and a home studio.
Users have already used this mic for recording vocals, speeches, instruments (like a guitar or violin), as well as ambient tracks for white noise in addition to real world and sounds of nature in productions of all sorts. It has been called one of the best mics on the market for the price point because of the high degree of assembly and the attention to detail in areas where it counts the most. Most manufacturers today, can and do produce very good mics, but the old saying of “you get what you pay for” is not necessarily true anymore.
More and more, certain manufacturers are producing very high quality equipment without the high price tag that many have been accustomed to seeing. This is not to say that sound equipment is cheap. In fact, you will still pay hundreds of dollars for some of the gear you buy. However, it is no longer necessary to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on equipment to achieve professional sounding results. You can attain the same level of professionalism for a fraction of the cost of yesteryear.
Of course, there are always peripherals and accessories that can be necessary with any microphone on the market, whether it be high-end professional microphones such as the Shure Wireless Microphone System – ULX Professional Series – or lower cost models with professional results. Things to watch for in the area of vocals are the things called plosives. Plosives are the pop sounds produced in a microphone when the letter P or T is used. The windy sound is produced by pronouncing words with those particular letters and their sounds in them. One accessory that will be necessary for vocal recording is something called a pop filter. A pop filter will keep the sharp wind from the plosives from affecting the condenser in the mic that causes the annoying sound.
For anyone who wants to use professional microphones for video work, be it voice-overs or direct recording of talent, it is important to understand the range of a microphone and the applications to which it will lend itself. The AT2020 is a great microphone for various applications within video. While it might not be the best choice for ENG projects, it can produce great results in almost every other application.
Specifically, this piece of gear is great for studio work or documentary film making when you need a microphone to help pick up a full range of audio from the interview subject. Especially when you are interviewing more than one subject, the wide cardioid pattern of the offering by Audio Technica allows for one microphone to be used instead of multiple lav or lapel mics. The sound quality produced by professional microphones is hard, if not impossible, to duplicate with lower end microphones even with quality audio software. Making a purchase of the AT2020 or similar microphone will be one thing you will never regret.