As a point of clarification, these interviews will NOT be filmed. If I were filming then I would probably just go with the overhead boom set-up. But for this particular project I'm trying to be as low key as possible which is why no cameras, no lights, and no overhead rigging :). As for lavs, you've all convinced me that they would be a solid choice if it were not for the current social distancing environment. Maybe in the future.
Hugh Robjohns wrote:What's the budget, and what are you recording them onto? Personally, I record interviews like this with Neumann KM185s onto a Nagra VI... but I doubt you'll want to go quite that high-end...
Regarding gear for this specific set-up, I had been thinking about purchasing a MixPre 3ii and a couple Oktava 012 with hyper-cardioid capsules. Other mics on my short list are the Audix SCX1-HC and Audio Technica AT4053b. Could possibly stretch budget for the Sennheiser MKH 50 or MKH 8050 if convinced they would be that much better than the others. Any thoughts about these choices? Or another specific mic recommendation for this set-up?
Finally, and I apologize in advance for the basic nature of this question, where would you aim the microphone for this set-up? I'm a bit confused by the photo. It appears that Ms. Obama's mic is aimed directly at her mouth whereas Mr. Obama's mic is aimed in front of him with him speaking across the polar pattern (if that makes sense)? I know that overhead booms are usually aimed at the chin, but unsure where to aim when on a lower stand that is more head level so as to minimize sounding off-mic if interviewee shifts around a bit.
Thanks again for your advice and recommendations.