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Looking for advice on a long shotgun. I’m currently on a basketball doc and I can’t mic the coach but I need to get his dialogue during practice. Mkh70? Anything better? Just need to pull him closer.... 

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AZW,

 

While many of us older sound folks have had great success over the years with the classic long shotgun microphone in various situations and environments, most would say that a basketball gymnasium is not one. If it’s an exterior court, you might have better success; but like all of us filmmakers, the frame pretty much dictates our ability to capture clear dialogue with a boom. 

In any case, I’d recommend a Schoeps. Despite having used just about every “shotgun” made over my career (Sennheisers, Neumanns, etc), nothing beats a CMC641 for natural clarity.

 

Best of luck,

 

Moe

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An indoor court would basically be a nightmare no matter what mic you have at the end of your boom, unless like stated above, you have something like an mk41 that’s nice and close to the coach. 
 

outdoors might be a different story. 
 

as far as long shotguns go, I’m a big fan of them. I recommend getting one that matches the mics you already have. If you’re a Schoeps guy, maybe get the Neumann 82i. If you’re using an mkh60 already, maybe go with the mkh70. I have the 82i, the mkh70, and the mkh815T, and love them all. 

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Huh, difficult.

 

Maybe it is possible to hide a supercardoid in plain sight? If there are bags n stuff lying around or even ambience microphones (e.g. for tv broadcast) mounted near him, no one would recognize just another (your) mike on a low stand.

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I would second CS3e if you are on the sidelines, headturns will be a problem tho. I havent done basketball, but for football it can be worth considering putting a blimped shotgun on a low stand pointing towards the coach from below and hope for the best if you are not allowed to mic them. If you do this I would consider something that doesnt matter as much if it goes harms way, like a 416 or NTG3 sort of thing, but indoor acoustics and hard floors might make it less of an option again. Maybe a 50 if you can get it planted close enough? Still, I would be horrified to leave a MKH50/CS3e blimped close to the action.

 

Or you could have a chat with production to see if there is any way to put a wireless/track e (if the broadcaster prevents wireless) on him, it's going to be hard to match.

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