Audio Technica Pro 88w VHF transmitter Review – DSLR FILM NOOB

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www.dslrfilmnoob.com It seems like everyone is looking for low price audio options these days, but no matter what audio solution you choose it wont do you much good if the microphone is to far away from the talent. In general the rule of thumb is to get the microphone as close to your subject as possible. Field recorders do a great job but they can be hard to hide in frame, adding a boom microphone helps, but if you’re working by yourself it might be hard to get the microphone positioned correctly. That’s where wireless microphones really come in handy. You can place them in the sweat spot right in middle of the chest and even with a lower end system you can get much better audio then a microphone that’s placed 4 or 5 feet away. The Audio-Technica pro 88w is one of the lowest priced usable wireless systems on the market. At around $100 to $120 you get a VHF wireless system with a cold show adapter and a lav mic. Audio quality isn’t amazing right out of the box but if you follow the post production tips in this video you can change sub par audio into very usable audio with only a few extra steps. Just remember the microphone output of the receiver included with the pro 88w doesn’t produce a very strong signal, so you’ll need to use a preamp or crank up the audio inputs on your camera. It’s a little more work then other systems but if you’re willing to put up with the extra hassle it’s definitely worth taking a look at. If you are in the market for a wireless system you

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tao444 says:

l found a “NEW 40 CHANNEL wireless cordless lapel tie microphone” on ebay for $21, every interesting. Has anyone tried it before?

Chew Chin Chean says:

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AFVMasters says:

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gabriel kuhlman says:

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gabriel kuhlman says:

There’s a slight hiss in the background

semifullyauto says:

@onelonedork so….will this work with a stereo mic?

Stephen Gagnon says:

IF you like to have a wireless microphone handheld system also plan again to make sure they don’t conflict. The next big thing is for live events cut the max range to 1/3 of the length. I live event have great range until people show up and sit down.

Stephen Gagnon says:

I have been using the 88w for a while and like it but the devil is in the details. I found the stock microphone had a lot of problems so I replaced it with Audio-Technica MT830mW Omni-Directional Condenser Lavalier Microphone, It significantly improved the audio quality and was much clearer. The other thing is try to get ones that are on different frequency ranges this way if you have transmissions conflicts your not dead in the water.

brandnutopian says:

I guess that’s all you can expect for $100.

onelonedork says:

If you use Auditions noise capture feature, it does a great job of removing noise, but if you just need to quickly remove noise the DeNoiser filter does a pretty good job.

mccojoness says:

you can get better results by removing the noise in Audition rather than in Premiere

ForeverFire says:

Maybe it’s weird but i liked more the sound from the field recorder than the lavaliere. The lavaliere just sound odd to me

onelonedork says:

I’ll add it to the list. I have a few more audio and wireless videos in the cue for December. I’ll see if I can squeeze something like that in.

ajiaggarao says:

Been shooting professionally for 2 years now, but just got my Sennheiser G3 a couple of days ago. Can you do a video about tips on how to maximize this piece of gear’s potential when using directly in camera & with the H4N, like the ideal settings when shooting interviews or events? I’ve just been using my H4N & Rode Videomic before I got the G3 so it’s a bit overwhelming for me. Thanks!

Ilobeya says:

Thanks man. I did think about just replacing the cable, but again, didn’t know if it would like decrease the quality of the sound, eventhough it shouldn’t at any point. But thanks

onelonedork says:

Cheap Lav $30 and field recorder $75 plus audio syncing v.s. cheap 88w $100 and no syncing. Just depends one what works best for you.

HomeDistiller says:

you could just use a lav mic with your field recorder and problem solved

rborawski says:

I just purchased this unit and like it a lot. I agree with the need to remove noise in post. Overall I am pretty satisfied with the unit overall and I really like AT’s mics.

GraphicLens says:

Another great review. Thanks Bob. These have served me well for three years in Kansas. Check the exact model for frequencies and options that determine the price. The model tested here, the PRO 88W-R35, includes the ATR35 miniature omnidirectional clip-on microphone and is the least expensive. The PRO 88W-829 has a AT829mW miniature cardioid clip-on mic and the PRO 88W-830, the most expensive, has a MT830mW sub-miniature omnidirectional clip-on mic.

CountryPursuitsTV says:

Thank you very much for the answer Bob I know you must be very busy.

Kind Regards

Malc
CPTV

onelonedork says:

The 88w has quite a bit of noise no matter what preamp is used, camera or otherwise.

onelonedork says:

According to the manual,”The microphone/line input is designed for the connection of both condenser microphones and instruments”. I’ve used my G2 unit with the rode videomic, I would think the G3 would have the same ability.

onelonedork says:

In the mid west you’re usually ok with VHF, major cities can be bad depending on where you live, and conventions are a definite no go. UHF is far better for frequency selection and congested areas.

writeneat says:

We got them for a project in Florida, worked pretty well there actually, but once we got back to LA, hardly useable unless you’re about 3 feet away

onelonedork says:

Yes you can. Just need the correct cable.

onelonedork says:

Even run through something with clean gain this unit has quite a bit of noise. The camera noise is so far below the noise levels of this unit that it didn’t make much difference.

onelonedork says:

Check out some of the older used units on eBay. The original sennheiser 9 volt units as well as the older at1000 units can be found for around a hundred dollars. Just keep an eye on the frequency anything between 700 and 899 is illegal in the states.

onelonedork says:

Vhf can suffer from interference depending on the location and frequencies you use. Plus there are only two frequencies to choose from which limits your options when there is noise on a channel.

writeneat says:

I have these. Have had some pretty nasty reception issues, especially outside.

lesmoor kelly says:

as a beginner this is a product i would buy

Remzi96 says:

captain america!

CountryPursuitsTV says:

Hi Bob

Do you know if I can plug my RODE video mic in to my Sennheiser G3. I am worried as the mic is pre amped I do not want to damage my new wireless kit. I did look everywhere I could before asking. Sorry to be a pain I am a YouTube partner so I know how these questions can be hard work to answer.

Thank you in advance

ATB Malc
CPTV

DJTailSpin96 says:

i would like to have a mic system but i’m looking for UHF.. any suggestion? Budget friendly please

vinh291 says:

I would imagine it would work if you had the proper adapter from 3.5mm to XLR

benhughesful says:

i’m so gonna get that! great vid btw 🙂

brandnutopian says:

I would be interested to hear what these like run through a field mixer like the Sound Design 302 or the Shure FP33. Preamps in video cameras often create hiss at high volumes and I wonder if the gain problem could be better dealt with on the front end.

Ilobeya says:

You say you have it, so I’m wondering if you can connect it to a fieldrecorder with XLR input?

Lavoy Harrell says:

I have these lavs and it work great for me, but you have a little static in it

vinh291 says:

I have these as well, and they are the best bang for your buck.

TIP – DO NOT increase the in camera preamp volume, it will cause a lot of noise. The best way is to set the camera audio volume to a low setting and add some gain in post

NYCForeverbaby says:

Hey I have these. they work great.

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