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Audio-Technica ATR 6550 Shotgun Video Mic Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:qMrkWrlQszZH9M:http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41I4f2aEmNL.jpgVideo making has come a long way from your good ol' family videos of drunken uncle Bobs speech and your sister's wedding. Professional or rather pro-sumer grade equipment is becoming readily available for a much broader audience than it ever was before. This drop in the price of quality equipment has made it possible for people with talent and little budget to create things that were in the past out of their reach. One thing that I have personally appreciated about new budget cameras is adding something as simple as an audio input took the quality of a basic video up a serious notch by being able to use a more professional quality shotgun  mic to get the sound quality needed for a much less amateur approach to filmmaking. Audio-Technica is one such Company to jump on this band wagon with the Audio-Technica ATR 6550 Shotgun Video Mic. Let's take a look at it:

 

Provided by: Our New Shop

Price: $73.49 Includes Shipping

Closer Look:

 

 

 

 

Specifications and Features:

  • 2-range settings: normal and tele
  • 3.5mm connector plugs into video Camera
  • Designed especially for use with video Cameras
  • Freq resp: 70 Hz?18,00 Hz
  • Imp: Normal 1000 ohm +/- 30% and tele 2200 ohm +/- 30%
  • Element: Condenser
  • Polar Pattern: Normal: Cardioid; Tele: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 70 – 18,000 Hz
  • Open Circuit Sensitivity: Normal: -56 dB; Tele: -45 dB
  • Impedance: Normal: 1,000 ohms; Tele: 2,200 ohms
  • Weight: 113 g (4 oz)
  • Cable: 1 m (3 feet) long, permanently attached cable with 3. 5 mm (1/8-inch) mini-plug

Conclusion:

 Overall I am extremely happy with the Audio-Technica ATR 6550. When I found out my distributors carried these I grabbed two right away. I had looked into RODE's video mic but to be honest for the price difference I couldn't justify going for the RODE especially when I heard the mic's head to head. The differences was not only minuscule but I liked the look of the Audio-Technica a lot more. I would suggest investing/making yourself a shock mount if you buy this but other than that it is a phenomenal mic and I am very impressed with it.

Would I recommend this product? Absolutely, if you are a youtuber or the go to guy/gal for event videos I strongly suggest getting yourself an Audio-Technica ATR 6550 Shotgun Video Mic

Pros:

  • Price
  • Quality
  • Telephoto and Normal
  • Hotshoe and Boom Mounts

Cons:

  •  I Suggest Getting a Shock Mount


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