WHAT MICROPHONE CAN I USE IN THE SOUND SHARK?
Any omni-directional lapel microphone, also called a lavaliere microphone, can be mounted in the Sound Shark parabolic microphone using its unique mounting system. The microphone can be plugged directly into your camera, digital recorder, or plugged into a transmitter that sends the signal wirelessly to your camera or recorder.
Can I record more than one person at a time?
Absolutely. The Sound Shark picks up audio most effectively from within a cone that extends out 15 degrees from the center line of the dish. This means that the audio “sweet spot” is a circular area with a diameter that is approximately half the distance between the Sound Shark and the sound source.
For example, the audio “sweet spot” is 5 feet in diameter for subjects 10 feet away and so on. Any subjects within that circular area will be picked up very well by the Sound Shark. As people move out of the “sweet spot” the level of audio picked up by the Sound Shark will be gradually reduced.
The video on the right shows a great demonstration of the Sound Shark’s pickup pattern.
HOW CAN I FIND THE SOUND SHARK’S “SWEET SPOT”?
The circular decal on the back of the Sound Shark’s dish is provided to help you determine the audio “sweet spot”. Look at your subject from behind the Sound Shark. Move yourself around until the center of the Sound Shark’s frame (the center of the hole) is located over your subject. If the center of the frame is inside the circular decal, your subject is within the audio “sweet spot”. Experiment to see how far beyond the “sweet spot” your subject can move before the audio level drops off.
CAN I PICK ONE PERSON’S VOICE OUT FROM A CROWD?
Probably not. As mentioned above the Sound Shark will pick up any sounds within the conical “sweet spot”. You will only be able to pick out a single person’s voice if the Sound Shark is very close to the subject, the other people are outside of the “sweet spot”, or the other people are not facing the Sound Shark.