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Corporate Profile Boom Microphone Dialogue Test


Corporate Video Profiles are a great way to tell your company's story, give insight into it's values and offer your competitive advantage.

Corporate Interviews and Corporate Video Profiles help you tell your company's story, attract & retain employees.
Corporate Interviews and Corporate Video Profiles help you tell your company's story, attract & retain employees.

Audio-Technica 4053b vs. RODE NT5 indoor dialogue test and comparison shot in 4K.

AT4053b VS. RODE NT5 in 4K


Today, I'll  test and compare the Audio-Technica 4053b against the Rode NT5 in an indoor talking head scenario, great for Interviews, Corporate Profiles or other indoor planned production shoots.

In the past, I’ve relied heavily on my Sony Lavs  and, I’ve used my all time favorite RODE NTG3 Shotgun as my backup audio source which is what you are hearing right now. That combination has honestly worked out very well for me.

I tend to prefer this sound because it is what I am used to hearing in documentaries or reality style TV shows.

The more I learn about filmmaking though, the more I want to improve my production value. After hearing more and more about why shotguns shouldn’t be used indoors to capture dialogue, I pulled the trigger and bought the RODE NT5. 

I’ve used the RODE NT5 on several paid shoots and a couple of personal projects with what I would call mixed results.  To be fair to the RODE NT5, I am not an audio engineer – so my mixed results could be caused by a learning curve and lack of experience.

What I found was that the smaller the room the bigger the challenges, with the RODE NT5. Then I saw Ray Ortega’s Video on the Audio-Technica 4053b, which you can check out right here. Ray has a lot of really useful information on his channel so make sure you check it out.

I posted a comment where Mike Phillips replied with; “The best mic is the one that gives you the results you want.” So I bought the Audio-Technica 4053b and I’m interested to see if I get that added production value minus the challenges of the RODE NT5.

Let’s switch over to the RODE NT5, so we can see what that sounds like.

The RODE NT5 is a Cardioid Studio Condenser, which I now understand is best used for instruments versus dialogue. The polar pattern is supposed to do a good job at minimizing the off-axis noise due to room ambiance.

So judge for yourself as you hear what my studio sounds like. In my opinion, the RODE NT5 performs well in larger rooms with carpeted floors. But I don’t know that is sounds better than my lav/shotgun combination.

Now let’s switch over to the Audio-Technica 4053b and check out how that sounds.

I’m not monitoring other than visually looking at the audio meters from time to time, so we’ll see how this turns out in post.

The microphone is just out of frame at about Measure feet from my mouth.

I use this little Bosh Laser Measuring tool when I set up my shoots to help dial in the  focal length on my lenses. 

I’m also being opportunistic with this video, because I am shooting with my Sony a7S in 4K with the S-Log picture Profile and capturing the 4K on my ATOMOS Shogun. My scratch audio is being captured in-camera by the RODE Video Mic Pro.

The Zoom H6 is capturing that audio that will be used in this video – I did not want to experiment with the SHOGUN audio on this video because I don’t know if there is a learning curve.

If you’re interested in Audio from the SHOGUN, you should check out Curtis Judd’s video right here. Curtis goes over the SHOGUN’s audio pre-amps and compares them to his Tascam external recorder.

Now let’s go find ourselves a known trouble spot and test out these two mics.

This particular office has given the RODE NT5 challenges, that if I had not been running a back-up audio solution would have added several hours to my Responsive Web Design project which you can check out here.

Let’s start with the RODE NT5 and see if you guys are as annoyed as I am with the performance.

I have to be fair to this microphone, because this is a small office with plenty of reflective surfaces.

I find that when I am on-location shooting a corporate profile or interview, I always end up in small offices or rooms – probably because they are away from most of the day-to-day or businesses of the office.

So having a realizable, professional indoor dialogue solution that does not add challenges for me in post is important.

Now let’s switch back to the Audio-Technica 4053b and see how that turns out.

Again, at this point, I am viewing this as a microphone audition because I have no way of knowing if it will or won’t sound better than the RODE NT5.

I will focus on intelligibility, noise floor, room ambiance and reverb as I’m speaking.

I am hoping that this could be my option moving forward. 

Now I understand that sound is subjective.

So if you prefer one over the other leave me a comment feedback is appreciated.

I’ll be grading this video in DaVinci Resolve 11. 

The B-Roll for this video was shot with the BMPC4K in CinemaDGN RAW.

And all the taking head portions were shot with the Sony a7S into the ATOMOS SHOGUN in 4K.

I hope that you guys find this information helpful and maybe you can save some cash in the process.

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Until next time, I’m Carlos Quintero from MediaOnQ helping you compete in today’s web economy.

Thanks for watching.

Carlos Quintero


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