July 18, 2015 at 2:12AM

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XLR Cables, which to buy ?

Hey Guys,

I just bought H6 and Rode NTG4+

I'm in need for XLR cables for this thing, I've found this on ebay but I'm not sure how valid it is.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/10-lot-25ft-xlr-male-female-3pin-MIC-Shielded-Cable-microphone-audio-cord-pack-/161422594355?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2595895133

Is this real price, isn't this too cheap ?

Please advise,

I would appreciate some link where I can buy from XLR cables.

I'm located in Sydney, Australia.

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Canare Star Quad is the XLR cable you want to buy. It's braided 4-wire cable that is designed to block out radio interference, it's thin and flexible but still very strong, and it's completely affordable.

http://goo.gl/1WX2bH

July 18, 2015 at 11:38AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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btw thats a male to male you need male to female

Derian Hartmann

July 18, 2015 at 11:43PM

>>>btw thats a male to male you need male to female

There are 70 cables listed in the link I posted. Only the first cable on the B&H page shows a female/female cable.

Guy McLoughlin

July 19, 2015 at 11:56AM

The ones I recommend are Digiflex cables but no matter what I personally swear by cables with Neutrik connectors because of their quality while still staying semi affordable

July 18, 2015 at 11:40PM

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Derian Hartmann
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What kind of other accessories would you recommend to go with my Rode NTG4+ and my Zoom H6 ?

Considering I have nothing else than these two and I have zero experience in audio equipment.

July 20, 2015 at 6:47AM

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Pece Zdravkovski
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>>>What kind of other accessories would you recommend to go with my Rode NTG4+ and my Zoom H6 ?

A good pair of closed-back headphones. The Sony MDR-7506 have been industry standard for professional audio recording for the past 20 years.

Sony MDR-7506 Headphone : $80 US
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/49510-REG/Sony_MDR_7506_MDR_7506_H...

...If you are on a tight budget, the Sennheiser DJ headphones also do a pretty good job.

Sennheiser HD 202-II Closed-Back Headphones : $25 US
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/751924-REG/Sennheiser_HD202_II_HD_...

July 20, 2015 at 11:14AM, Edited July 20, 11:19AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I actually have nice headphones from Sony, which should do the job good enough for starters.

What about boompoles, shockmounts and other equipment that I might need ?
(I'd like to exclude lavalier mics and studio mics for now, and use only my Rode NTG4+ - for two reasons, I'd like to learn it's capabilites and I don't have that much money to buy everything)

What would you recommend ? (except batteries of course, I knew that! :) )

Pece Zdravkovski

July 20, 2015 at 10:41PM, Edited July 20, 10:41PM

If you want something cheap, I'd go with the ones from Monoprice. They're a bit thick though. I use them as backups.

July 20, 2015 at 3:44PM

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>>>I actually have nice headphones from Sony, which should do the job good enough for starters.

Are they closed-back headphones ?

The closed-back headphones help to block-out the noise around you so you have a better chance of hearing what you are recording. This is why I suggest the DJ style headphones if you are on a budget.

>>>What about boompoles, shockmounts and other equipment that I might need ?

I like the Gitzo carbon-fiber boom poles because they are very light but still strong, and not too expensive.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/475912-REG/Gitzo_GB1540_1540_Three...

For shock-mounts I like the Rycote pistol-grip with Softie for indoor and outdoors under light wind. For stronger wind you have to go with a full blimp.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/201798-REG/Rycote_033353_18cm_Larg...

July 21, 2015 at 8:12AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Hey Guy,

Thanks for the help. You're great!

One more question, what's the difference between a "dead cat" and a "blimp windshield" ?
Do I need them both, or one would do the job just fine ?
I was thinking of buying these two:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/980055-REG/auray_abp_412b_aluminum...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1056426-REG/rode_blimp_windsheild_...

But they are $200 more expensive than what you recommended.

Pece Zdravkovski

July 21, 2015 at 8:57AM

>>>One more question, what's the difference between a "dead cat" and a "blimp windshield" ?

A "dead cat" is a furry cover that goes over the outside frame of a blimp. ( it can also be used on top of a foam windsheild )

Blimps are great if you do a lot of outdoor work, but they are kind of heavy to use all the time indoors, which is why I prefer the Rycote pistol-grip and "softie". ( I mostly shoot inside, so I rarely ever need a blimp )

>>>Do I need them both, or one would do the job just fine ?

The blimp needs the "dead cat" covering. You would never use the blimp without it.

>>>I was thinking of buying these two:

Auray ABP-412B Boom Pole

This looks like a new brand, as it has no reviews on the B&H Photo website. If this is the type of pole you want to buy, I would take a look at the K-Tec boom poles, which are one of the industry standards for boom-poles.

Rode Blimp Windshield and Rycote Shock Mount

This is the brand new Rode blimp with Rycote shock mount ( much better suspension than the older Rode blimps ) and it includes a "dead wombat" so you are pretty much set to go with this blimp.

Keep in mind that extra weight at the end of a boom pole can become pretty heavy when you are having to hold a boom pole over your head for most of the day, so anything you can do to reduce the weight definitely helps.

July 21, 2015 at 12:45PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Alright then, thanks for the help again.

I will go with the links I've sent you, since a lot of the time I will have to shoot outside, I would say 30% ext, 70% int.

After I buy these 2(4) items, should I go for the dead cat outside or this blimp should be more than enough for the job?

Btw, the cheapest K-tek boompole I've found costs double than this... I was planing not to spend more than $800 for all of these accessories. I'm not a rich guy apparently.

July 21, 2015 at 8:53PM, Edited July 21, 8:53PM

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Pece Zdravkovski
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>>>Btw, the cheapest K-tek boompole I've found costs double than this...

This K-Tec pole is 95 cents cheaper than the Auray boom pole you listed.

12 foot K-Tec KE-144CC Avalon Series Aluminum Boompole : $299
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/768830-REG/K_Tek_KE144CC_KE_144CC_...

>>> should I go for the dead cat outside or this blimp should be more than enough for the job?

I think you're confusing things a bit. A "dead cat" is a furry cover that goes over a mic's windsheild sponge, or over a blimp's hard plastic shell. The Rode blimp you listed includes a "dead wombat" which is Rode's term for a "dead cat".

One of the items I listed previously was the Rycote "Softie" which is a kind of plastic-tube with long fur attached to it, which is what I use about 90 percent of the time for indoor and outdoor shooting in light wind.

A blimp with a furry covering is by far the most economical way to go, but it's heavier than a mic with a "Softie" on it. Same goes with using a 12 foot boom versus an 8 foot boom. Indoors I find an 8 foot boom more than enough, but it's definitely nice to have the extra length as long as you don't mind dealing with the extra weight.

July 21, 2015 at 11:22PM, Edited July 21, 11:27PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Oh, now it's all clear !

Thank you very much, I really do appreciate it!

Cheers!

July 22, 2015 at 12:32AM

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Pece Zdravkovski
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