Menlo Park, CA (December 19, 2013)—Carlyle Murcielago, executive producer for Carlyle’s Picks, a destination on YouTube, and Steven Aleman, principal photographer, rely on their B3 omni round lavaliere microphone from Countryman Associates.
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“I had been searching for a microphone capable of addressing the wide range of applications encountered on this show for well over a year,” Murcielago said. “The ability to accurately capture the engine sounds of a Ferrari, for example, is critical to the credibility of the videos we produce. You simply can’t ask for an exhaust microphone because, obviously, no such thing exists.”
“One critical aspect of choosing the Countryman B3 was its high sound pressure level [SPL] rating,” he continued. “Typically, a lavaliere mic has a relatively low SPL rating, which makes it unsuitable for much of our work. I really didn’t want to purchase a large microphone, as it only complicates the video shoot in terms of discreetly keeping it out of the camera’s view.
“During my research, I discovered the B3 can handle SPLs up to 150 dB on 48V Phantom power. Finally, I had found a microphone that was really well suited to our type of production. The other mics I had worked with simply couldn’t handle these levels. They just couldn’t tolerate, for example, the level of vibration from a high performance engine and, as a result, we’d routinely get distortion.”
Murcielago reports he uses his Countryman B3 mated with a Sony UTX-B2 wireless microphone transmitter/receiver system: “We use the B3 for the majority of our work, including the dialog that starts and ends our videos.”