Microphone set up for Interview style videos

Hi iguider’s.
For those of you who do video, & specifically interview style with agents, what lavalier or wireless microphone setup do you use?
If you don’t mind share some pros & cons of any systems that you have tried.
Thanks for your input!

Tascam DR-10L. Got about 4 of them, used for 4 years never had one issue in my entire time using these Lavs. Highly recommend

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Thanks for your input.
I’m starting to lean towards the Godox movelink m2. Also considering the Rode Go ii or the DJI Mic.

In order from good to best, IMO: Saramonic → DJI or Rode Go ii-> Sennheiser. I mostly roll with Go ii, it’s a two-mic system which you will likely require at some point. My Sennheiser is far and away the best sounding system, but (and it’s been awhile since I’ve looked) is one mic only. Also pricy.The Go ii is very handy: can just clip the unit & shoot, OR add a Lav if you wish. It’s also set up to record on-board audio (ie. no need to have a direct connection to the camera if you’re editing in post) directly on each Mic, so if you get transmission errors like a fuzz or something, you’ve got original pristine audio WAV or MP3 as a backup on each mic. It’s a good system, just not as nice sounding as the pro Sennheiser.

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Really because of RF and IR interference we have multiple systems.
I have the Rode Go ii, the Comica Boom XD, Comica Boom U 4 chan, Comica WM100 Plus, and 3 Seinnheiser AVX MKE2’s

The first 2 are 2.4 ghz, Comica Boom U and WM are UHF, and lastely the Seinnheisers are 1.9ghz.

Especially with cheaper lavs the first 2 are great systems but if you are around a lot of wifi… had a nightmare scenario at a brokerage the other day… the first 2 can be unuseable at times unless you want to spend a lot of time in post. The UHF ones are susceptible to noise too depending on the environment but are much better than the first 2, lastly the Seinnheisers which are expensive especially if you get the MKE2 version which has an awesome pro calibre lav with it the 1.9 ghz range used to be for cordless phones so very few people have those now… the Seinnheisers are super clean. That would be my suggestion you could start with the me2 version with it’s lower quality lav mic and then upgrade to a pro lav later as it is cheaper but after having some issues with the others I bought 3 MKE2’s and considering buying another of the ME2 versions as a back up to me and my guys.

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I have owned a Professional Photo & Video Company for 40 years

Audio is the hidden challenge in many Video Production environments

I have extensive experience the this workflow

I have upgraded many time over the years and currently would recommend the Rode Video Go II
and the DJI Video Mic set both feature 2 transmitters that allow for 32 bit float recording onboard at the source in addition to transmitting the signal in mono or stereo back to the camera or in our case we run it to a 32 bit Float Digital Recorder We use both the Zoom F^ and the Tascam X8

Feel Free to reach out if I can Help and if you need the Rode VGII I have a couple extra to share

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One of the main reasons I was thinking about the godox is it includes 2 lav mics.
If I go either the dji, or rode setup I have to purchase those separately, at a cost of $200ish. I’m just starting out in video & not sure how often I would need them, vs just clipping the wireless mic on a shirt.

What is your experience, do you find you need/use the lav mics?

Personally, I haven’t used a lav with my Rode mics in a couple of years. Depends on your needs and expectations of course.

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Thanks, so I’m either going with the Ride Go ii, or the DJI Mic.

I have many other Lav mic options

Seinhiser, Sony and Rode as well as the industry standard boom and shotgun mics

I purchased extra lave mics to go with the Rode VGII and tied it both ways and the difference was minuscule and a lot more work and potential for issues

I also have 3 sets of the Seinhieser

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Here are some common microphone types:

Lavalier Microphones: These tiny clip-on mics can be pinned onto the clothing of the interviewee, allowing them to be discreet while still producing clear sound quality. The only downside is that movements may create rustling noises which will have to be reduced through adjustments.

Wireless Microphones: Ideal for interviewees who need unrestricted movement, wireless microphones come in either handheld or clip-on form and produce excellent sound quality but may cost a bit more than lavalier microphones.

The Rode Wireless Go and Sennheiser G4 wireless system are both popular choices which boast great audio quality and hassle-free setup. Just remember that the Rode may experience interference in certain circumstances and the Sennheiser may be pricier.

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