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ENG mic comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B

A real life, in field comparison between the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone.

By Allan Tépper | August 13, 2013

In this short video, we compare the sound quality of the popular Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and the Audio Technica BP4002 microphone. Both are dynamic omnidirectional handheld mics. Ahead you’ll see and hear the difference, plus see a review of why omnidirectional mics generally are most prominent for field handheld interviews.

Difference between the original RE50/B and the RE50N/D–B

The original RE50/B had a relatively lower output level, which some users found to be too low. At a slightly higher street price of approximately US$199, the RE50N/D–5 has the same design as the original RE50/B but also has neodymium magnet structure, which allows it to offer a higher output level.

Comparison: Audio Technica BP4002 versus Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B and how it was done

My friend María offered the use of her RE50N/D-B, iPad 4th generation, Padcaster mount, DUO-CAPTURE EX, and tripod. Audio Technica sent me a BP4002 microphone for review. Thanks to María and Audio Technica, I was able to make a direct comparison between the two microphones, shot minutes apart in a noisy coffee shop in Miami, Florida, US. All audio went through the high-quality VS microphone preamp in the DUO-CAPTURE EX and was digitized at proper 48 kHz before being sent to the iPad. The audio/video recording was made with FilMiC Pro at 1080p. I imported the clips into FCP X, applied the Dual Mono characteristic, deactivated the unused channel, applied normalization, edited, and uploaded each one to Vimeo Pro at 1080p at 48 kHz, where it remained at 48 kHz as explained in this article. To be fair to each microphone, I used no background noise reduction or equalization.

Male voice mic comparison

Female voice mic comparison

More articles about María and how she uses her iPad 4th generation with Padcaster mount

Stay tuned for more articles including María and how she shoots with her 4th generation iPad with FiLMiC Pro, Padcaster mount, and BPHS1 broadcast headset (see: Audio Technica BPHS1 broadcast headset with dynamic mic: review + comparison) together with her Electro-Voice RE50N/D-B.

SIDEBAR: Why omnidirectional microphones are so predominant in TV news interviews?

Despite the (sometimes) excessive background ambience associated with standups or interviews done in TV news, I believe the reason why omnidirectional microphones (like the BP4002, RE50/B or the RE-50N/D-B with higher output are so predominant is the following: When doing an interview with a single handheld microphone, no matter how experienced or agile the reporter is in toggling the mic's position, there is almost always an unexpected interruption by either side which causes one of the two parties to sound either off mic or almost inaudible if a cardioid or other directional microphone is used. However, if the reporter uses a headset like the BPSH1 for her/his own voice, s/he can use an independent cardioid microphone to point exclusively at the interviewee. At that point, it becomes to: "how much ambience do you want".

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