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Video: Rode Videomic Pro+ Listening Test

Video: Rode Videomic Pro+ Listening Test

In this week's video Dave walks us through a listening test of the brand new Rode VideoMic Pro Plus compact directional on-camera microphone with a Rycote Lyre suspension mount. He will walk you through each out of the box default setting of the microphone.


Transcript:

Hey everyone, Dave from DVE Store here. And today we're doing a listening test of the new Rode VideoMic Pro Plus. Now a lot of people would say, "Why are you doing this outside? It's noisy outside." And I say, "That's why I'm doing it outside, because this could be a real world situation where you might be shooting your project." So I wanna see how all the different features of this mic affect how my environment sounds. So right now we are listening to the mic with no gain or attenuation of gain, no adjustment to the frequencies in terms of a low cut filters or the high frequency boosts, none of that. It's just straight up, turn it on, out of the box, ready to go. So this is how it sounds with nothing other than it being on.

One of the nice features about this mic is that if it's plugged into your camera. When you turn the camera on and the mic sees power from the camera through the cable, the mic itself turns on, and that's really handy. Also when you turn the camera off, the mic will turn off. That way it doesn't eat your battery in case you forget to turn the microphone itself off.

Right now, I have the low frequency attenuation set to 75 hertz. So everything at 75 hertz and below is being attenuated. And now I have the low frequency filter set to 150. So that means that everything 150 hertz and below is being attenuated. But that doesn't mean you're not gonna hear that saw. I bet you can hear someone right now sawing away with the power saw. That doesn't make that go away. "I didn't lock down this location," as they say.

Right now I have the 20db gain on, but I do not have on any of the low frequency filters. So this is the 20db gain with the 75 hertz low frequency filter. And now you are hearing the 20db gain with the 150 hertz low frequency filter. So now this is the 10db cut on the gain with no frequency filtering at all. This is the 10db cut on the gain with a 75 hertz low frequency filter. This is the 10db cut in the gain with the 150 hertz low frequency filter.

Okay. No cut on the low end filter. No gain or attenuation for the audio signal. But what this is is the high frequency boost, so the high frequency sounds have been boosted. This is the high frequency boost with 20db of gain. And this is the high frequency boost with -10db of gain. This is 20db gain, high frequency boost and the 75 hertz low frequency filter. This is 20db gain high frequency boost, 150 hertz low frequency filter.

So this is what I would call my optimal setup for this exterior shot. I have 20db gain. I have the 75 hertz low frequency attenuation going on, but I'm also using the feature that has this same audio signal, split to both channels, both the left and right, but one is quieter than the other. The quieter channel is the safety channel because if things get really loud, then hopefully if that peaked on the regular channel, the quieter channel it didn't.

This has been Dave with DVE Store, if you have any questions about the Rode VideoMic Pro Plus, shoot me an email, davef@dvestore.com. If you want to get your own Rode VideoMic Pro Plus, there's a link down in the description, click there and you can get yours ordered right now.

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This is the 20db gain high... Oh...because I have the high frequency on, I bet you can hear the rain starting to fall. Please stop. Just please stop raining. I need to get this done.

27th Sep 2017 Dave Fisk

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