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Mar 13, 2013

Olympus ME-15 Microphone

Gear: Olympus ME-15 Microphone, Sony HDR-PJ710V, Sony Vegas.

While my Sony PJ710V is capable of recording high quality audio, there are a few issues.  The camera's 5.1 surround sound channels are a pain to edit, and because of the position of the camera even the stereo is also a bit off.  Because many times I am located to the left of the camera, the audio needs to be manipulated towards the right side; this process leads to audio issues that can be noticed when listening through headphones.  To solve this issue I bought the Olympus ME-15.  This small mic captures one channel (mono, left side).  Because of the single channel I can easily edit audio precisely.

5.1 Surround sound on Sony Vegas: what a pain to edit.

Stereo is better, but I have to "guess" a correction.  The audio waves are not uniform on both channels, so a correction needs to take place.  This correction can be difficult as it's only a "guess" percentage (anywhere from 10 to 30 percent pan towards the right).

The Olympus ME-15 Microphone captures only one channel, which is precisely corrected at 50% pan towards the right.  The best use for this mic is for capturing a single voice.

The Olympus ME-15 on the left has a different audio wave than the PJ710V's built-in mic.  The ME-15 wave shows how it has an increased "gain."


Back of the package.

Box contents: mic, guide, and clip.

The clip is sturdy and will keep the mic attached to your shirt.

The clip allows you to rotate the microphone.

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