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Chapter 2. Capturing High-Quality Audio > Performance Comparisons

Performance Comparisons

Now you’re well-versed on microphones and how to connect them to your camcorder, the obvious next question is how they perform in terms of quality. To test performance, we used a high-quality, digitized recording of a woman speaking, and played back over computer speakers at a standardized volume. To create ambient sound, we left all office equipment running, which created a distinct hum of background noise.

We set up the Sony VX2000 approximately 10 feet from the speakers, and then recorded the audio using the various microphones shown in Figure 2.3. During each recording, we used the VX2000’s manual-gain controls to boost the audio to an acceptable level. While you’ll notice some minor volume differences in the waveforms you’re about to review, the most significant differences are found in the detail captured by the microphone and the amount of noise in the signal.


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