Originally Posted by ramil
Finally I'm going on my first gig to do some recording abroad (Italy) for documentary. However, I was wondering whats your preferences for dialog recording (microphone wise). At my disposal I'll have either pair of NT5 or Nt2 and one figure 8 akg blue line for atmos/ms recording combined with any of other shotgun mics. All mics will be recorded via sound devices 702t. As I'm insuring equipment I want to take only what I need to reduce insurance costs. So would be glad to hear your opinions or suggestions on microphone choise. I'll have a few sennheiser me 66 at my disposal if needed.
You can leave the NT2 at home. That's a LDC that you will most likely never need.
For a doco-shoot you will rather need a shotgun mic like a MKH60 and a pair of radio mics.
Also your recorder only has 2 inputs so you will need a mixer (302 or something like that) so you can actually mix 2 lavs to one channel and the boom to the other.
Docos usually move very fast so use your main mic as the mid and a small 8 added to the back so you don't have to switch mics to record a quick background. That will give you the best boom and stereo rig on the same ticket.
Take a MKH60 with a Schoeps CCM-8 (or an Ambient Emesser if budget is tight) and 2 radiomics and leave what you have at home.
Forget about the Zoom for recording lavs. You could use the Zoom for quick Atmos and record everything else to the 702. If you have ever done a doco-shoot you might know that small footprint and the least cumbersome setup is essential. So try to get yourself covered with the least about of mics and recorders. In a run and gun shoot your planned setup is going to kill you.
Your motto "(will see how it will sound on location)" is a risky approach. If you haven't done this before try everything you can before the shoot and don't assume anything. On most shoots there's isn't any time for experimentation.
Far less to cary and better suited for the job, IMO.