October 19, 2015 at 7:50AM, Edited October 19, 8:02AM
Roland R-05 built-in mic vs CS-15S/R
Hi Nofilm Schoolers. my first question here I hope someone can shed some light. I need to up my audio capture for a new project. So far I've been using a Nikon ME-1 on various Nikon bodies but I have a Roland R-05 and imagine I can get better audio out of it. But what I can't figure out is if I am better off using the R-05's built in mic or an external CS-15S/R which I already have?
Most of my recordings would be ambient nature, but at a moderate to high volume, think flocks of noisy birds, waterfalls etc... occasionally interviews but I understand I need a mic close to a person and I don;t really care as much about the audio quality for speech as for the natural settings.
Roland's web site says the external mic is for 'serious field recording' with the R-05 but that's about as much info as I can find. When I monitor the audio it sounds much richer with the built-in mics through headphones.
The specs say:
Frequency Response: 200–17,000 Hz
Open Circuit Sensitivity: -41.5±4 dB
Impedance: 1,300 Ω (at battery use)
Maximum Input S.P.L: 119 dB SPL (at 1kHz, 3% THD)
and for the R-05
Frequency Response: 20–40,000 Hz
Nominal Input Level (Variable)
Recommended Load Impedance 16 ohms or greater
Mic Input: -33 dBu (MIC GAIN is H)
Mic Input: -15 dBu (MIC GAIN is L)
If the Frequency Response is the measure I'm looking for then the built-in mic seems to beat the external CS-15 by 23kHz
But in practice of course the external mic is more versatile in placement. I do have a hot shoe adapter that allows the R-05 to mount above the camera.
Any feedback appreciated as to what combination I could expect the best results from appreciated.