As I have explained in past reviews of ENG (electronic news gathering, aka for interviews and standups) microphones, most of them are omnidirectional. All of them are long enough to accept a mic flag and fortunately lack an ON/OFF switch. From my observations, the most popular one used in TV news in the United States are currently the ElectroVoice RE50B and its more sensitive variant, the RE50N/D-B. Together, they have virtually replaced the earlier —yet still available— ElectroVoice 635, thanks to the RE50’s superior “mic within a mic” shock absorption. I have also reviewed other ENG mics like the Audio Technica BP4002, the RØDE Reporter and the Senal ENG-18RL. All of those mentioned so far are omnidirectional. On the other hand, you are now reading my first-look article about the Saramonic SR-HM7, which is cardioid, i.e. unidirectional (not omnidirectional). So far, I have used it during three successful multi-mic field recordings, where the SR-HM7 was used specifically for the interviewee, and a different mic recorded my voice.
Saramonic describes the SR-HM7 as:
“…a perfect all-purpose, versatile stage and recording microphone. Exceptional sound reproduction for vocals and instruments- live performances and recording. The Saramonic SR-HM7 is a unidirectional dynamic microphone with a cardioid pick-up pattern, specifically designed for interview and presentation use, the easy-to-handle product structure minimizes wind and handling noise, making it ideal for ENG and interview applications.”
In my experience, it is quite unusual for a manufacturer to market the same microphone for singing as for ENG. However, I don’t see anything wrong with that marketing approach as long as you prefer a cardioid pickup pattern for news in certain situations and like its tone for singing. Since I’m not a singer, I don’t currently plan to test the SR-HM7 for singing. However, I do plan to include clips of the outdoor field interviews I have done with it, as well as indoor examples with the RØDECaster Pro II mixer I just received, and will be reviewing soon.
Of course, in my upcoming review, I’ll also recap the pros and cons of having an omnidirectional pickup pattern versus a unidirectional one for ENG interviews or standups.
The Saramonic SR-HM7 is available from Filmtools for about US$119 as of this publication. However, you may save substantial money if you request it as part of the Shotgun Microphone Mounting Bracket Clip Bundle (2 Items).
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