Now that I’ve had a chance to listen to my recordings in Brazil with the ShureVP89M-medium shotgun I’ve gotta say, it did real well. It’s hard to evaluate a mic’s performance until you get the recordings back into the controlled listening environment of a studio. We can be critical on location but until you see the shot and hear the recording in place, you can’t be Shure….
Looking back at the recording conditions (if you weren’t following my blog), it was windy, the ambience was louder then usual for a rural setting, and I was recording little voices (children). Then with the same VP89M I recorded the host, who has a big strong voice. The performance of the VP89M was well tested.
It’s all there! It sounds excellent, and for the most part everything is usable – I did bump a tree, the wind gusts on several shots were way too much, and those little voices talking at their shoes were sometimes a little hard to understand. I also had an issue with a reflection off a wall that became pronounced during my evaluation – even though I felt I fixed it on location. But for the most part, I’m very pleased. In my opinion the VP89M’s rejection was better then most medium shotguns I’ve used and the mic sounds expensive.
When I got home, I checked out how the VP89M and VP89S matched in tone, volume, and handling. A simple recording with the VP89S at approximately 8 inches above my head, and a recording with the VP89M about 30 inches above my head, and then booming with quick starts and stops with 100Hz set on my mixer should do. They both sounded and performed very well, a little bright for me, but again the voice sounds expensive. The VP89M was a little loud and I had to bring down the volume to match – pushing the ambience a little too far back for my liking. But most operators will like the reach of this medium shotgun. The handling of both mics was user friendly. With only a Rycote Softie I could whip them around without any handling or wind noise – excellent for fieldwork!
All in all, Shure has put out an impressive line of shotguns that are very reasonably priced. The street price of the VP89S is around $410 and the VP89M $590. They would be an excellent tandem in any location operators kit.