Sony has launched two new microphones for use with Sony cameras. The ECM-W2BT, a Multi Interface Shoe compatible wireless microphone and the ECM-LV1 compact stereo lavalier microphone. These allow you to get good audio away from your camera without having to deal with any cables (even between the receiver and the camera), but with the option to lav up when needed.
When I first saw the Deity Connect Interview kit at IBC 2019, my eyes lit up. Seeing wireless solutions for interviews packed neatly into a box, I knew that this kit would be something to look at. The enormous list of things that his kit to do is amazing. Two transmitters, one receiver, internal recording for backup, adaptive frequency hopping, and rechargeable. And now, we finally have it- It really is an amazing solution.
There is one big question you ask yourself if you want to buy a wireless audio solution. UHF or 2.4GHz. Let’s get this out the way right now. The Deity kit is, in fact, a 2.4ghz system. But before you ditch the article, I recommend you read it until the end. Spoiler alert: It’s worth it!
Switching from the built in microphone to one that sits on top of the camera is the first step in getting quality sound. Whether it’s your primary audio source or simply offers a clearer track for syncing in post, external mics are the way to go. They help to eliminate handling noise and are often directional to help reduce random sound coming from your environment.
The Saramonic MixMic is one such system. Although designed primarily to be used as a on-camera microphone, it offers a lot of versatility. It’s comprised of two main parts. The MixMic XLR Adapter itself, and the Saramonic NV5 microphone. And you can add a second microphone if you wish. It offers features that you can grow into and expand upon as your abilities and needs increase.
One of the things we were excited about in photokina was the RODE booth. Partly becasue we are big RODE fans (TBH, they payed part of our trip to the show), but mostly becasue they showed us some microphones that will incredibly ease our workflow for future shows and interviews.
The first piece of kit was the Rode wireless shooter kit. Now, having a wireless interview microphone is a big deal for us. We run a lot of interviews and killing the 10 meters long and heavy XLR would mean much more portability for us. I thought that this alone was cool, but there is more. The transmission cube has a 3.5mm port for a lavalier mic. This means that you can piggyback a lav (or any other 3.5mm mic) on the same Tx/Rx kit. I lost this idea. Sadly, right now its an either/or so you can not mix the two. But Ryan said they will be looking into that. (Sadly this is far from a solid promise, but hey, we’ll take it).