Lapel/lavalier microphone to use with the Tascam DR-40 recorder

Discussion in 'Handheld and Field Recorders' started by Marco Almeida, Feb 12, 2018.

  1. Marco Almeida

    Marco Almeida New Member

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    I own a music website for which we record interviews with musicians and/or music concerts goers.

    We currently use a shotgun microphone connected to the DSLR or an iRig Mic connected to an iPhone to record the audio. This is still OK for casual interviews, but we need to step it up a notch on some sitting interviews.

    I'm looking into buying the Tascam DR-40 recorder because of it's versatility of recording directly with it's integrated microphones and the ability to use external mics.
    I currently own two Shure C606 mics which I plan to use with this recorder, one connected to each input, and I'm looking for a mono lapel/lavalier microphone which I can also use with this recorder, in one of three scenarios:
    - Alone connected to one input
    - Alongside with a Shure C600 on the other input
    - Two lapel/lavalier microphones, each connected to one of the inputs

    What do you recommend that is not too expensive for this scenario?
  2. Dave Pawson

    Dave Pawson New Member

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    (Almost seeking the same answers)
    I have an SM58 mic and Audio technica atr3350 lav mic.
    I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that I need a preamp for either?
    The inbuilt mics on the DR-40 I find superb.
    The Shure mic maxes at -17, very quiet.
    I haven't yet got the atr3350 working
    (see http://www.tascamforums.com/threads/connecting-from-phono-jacks-on-a-pa-mixer-to-the-dr-40.3519/ for rationale).
    From that post, I think it's a case of converting to balanced, some amplification
    and then sort out the wiring?
    I'm almost convinced it's not worth the expense given the good quality audio I'm
    getting with the built in mics?
    HTH
  3. Dave Pawson

    Dave Pawson New Member

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    Received a stereo (F) to mono (M).
    Connected my AT atr 3350 mic up. Now shows up to -1db.

    Problem solved.