July 18, 2016 at 5:44AM, Edited July 18, 5:46AM


Takstar CM63 or Rode Videomic GO

I currently own a videomic go, which I bought for $100AUD. I have to admit I was a little disappointed with the sound - there's a lot of hiss.

I haven't purchased a recorder yet, and was hoping that that might fix it, but I'm skeptical. I was looking at a Tascam DR-05.

Having just stumbled upon the Takstar CM63, I was wondering if anyone knew how much better (if at all) it would be than the videomic go. I realise then I would have to buy an XLR capable recorder, but I just wondered what your thoughts were.

They appear to be mics in different realms, so just wondering whether I'm completely off track here.


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First: The Takstar CM63 is a "phantom" powered XLR mic, so you need a recorder that has XLR inputs and can supply 48 volt "phantom" power to the mic.

The Tascam DR-05 has no XLR inputs and cannot supply "phantom" power, so it would not be compatible with the Takstar CM63 mic.

I own two Tascam DR-07 Mk2 recorders, which are pretty similar to the DR-05 recorder. I only use these recorders with LAV mics or when using the built-in stereo mics.

For XLR mics that need "phantom" power I use a Tascam DR-40, a Tascam DR-70D, or a Sound Devices MixPre-D mixer with a Sony PCM-M10 recorder.

If I was buying a new XLR recorder today, I would probably choose the Zoom H5 if I could afford it, otherwise the Tascam DR-40 is another good choice.

July 18, 2016 at 9:21AM, Edited July 18, 9:23AM

Guy McLoughlin
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