ATR3350 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone
Couldn't get it to work
Considering the low price of the 3350, I thought I'd give it a try. I received it and after about 30 minutes of trying to figure out how to install the battery, I soon learned that it won't work on my computer, tried everything with no results. I'm not sure if I'm missing something or what, help would be appreciated.
January 18, 2013
Great little mic that sounds good without breaking the bank
I bought a bunch of these to use during video shoots when we need to capture dialog from multiple individuals in a shot where wireless isn't usable. We place these on the individuals and run them into a portable recording device strapped to their body's and let em go from there. They sound great and I am not reluctant to use them in adverse conditions due to low replacement cost. I've never had one go bad. I'm not experiencing the low volume thing that others have mentioned. The ones we're using have decent output. The gain needed on the field recorders inputs seems normal.
January 5, 2013
Low output worthless
I tried this with my video camera with the idea of improving the sound and having some ability to for better placement. The output was so low it is unusable. Unless you have tried it before hand look elsewhere.
September 15, 2012
Fine for the price
Bought two of these, because they were inexpensive.
The most exiting thing about these microphones is that they actually sound OK for the price.
They are an omnidirectional microphone so they will pick up the noise in the room quite well.
This is actually a good test of how well they pick up.
Naturally their placement on the body is very critical. I found they sounded very neutral when clipped at the second button on my polo shirt, which is about 20cm below by last chin. :P
For people who have not used lavalier microphones before, please experiment with their location on your body.
So over all for the good part, they work well when you know what you are doing. And their price.
Now for the bad bits.
The mic did need a fair bit of drive in the pre-amp stage of my audio interface (Prism Orpheus), so it did bring up a bit of noise with it.
The biggest disappoint thing about these is that they do like to pick-up electrical interference. So I do not recommend using these near a desktop PC. If you do you might have to EQ out the problem.
I tested these against a basic condenser microphone and I found that the microphone was picking up high frequency noise which I believe was generated by my computer.
The comparison microphone was used as a bench mark for noise and frequency response levels.
Essentially the noise had something to do with the communication of my USB devices. Since it was amplified whenever I moved my mouse. This is a typical computer RF interference. It must be noted that standard condenser microphone was not picking the noise up at the same signal level as the ATR3350.
The fundamental frequency of the noise was about 8k, but it did cascade either side of the frequency. Applying a notch filter at 4k 5 k 6k 7 k 8 k 9 k 10k 11k and 16K got rid of most of the issues, without detrimental effects on the microphones performance.
In summary, good price, good sound, poor electrical noise rejection. I will be keeping these little microphones.
July 31, 2012
Noisy, close to unusable
I bought this microphone to use with webcasts in place of a Sure SM58 which was too obtrusive. Using a TASCAM US125M interface, or a Presonus Lightpipe the signal is weak to the point of being unusable. Using the 'Headset' interface on the Tascam creates high levels of Noise when the gain is high enough to hear the signal.
I have a wide variety of microphones, this one is going in the bin. Don't waste your money.
July 25, 2012
My experience so far has been a total disappointment. I can not get any volume at all using the 3350 with a Kodak Playtouch camera. The recording gain is set to max and the playback volume is maxed. Yet shouting in the mic yeilds barely a faint whisper.
April 13, 2012
the best microphone i've ever used!!
October 20, 2011
Well Worth it
This is a great product for a beginner videographer like myself. It is a much better shot to have the talent wear a lav mic, rather than have bad sound quality from the on camera microphone or hold a bulky mic. However, it is mono, so you will either need to purchase a mono to stereo adapter, or duplicate the sound track for the right and left speaker in a non linear editing system.
October 20, 2011