Any tips on settings for the ntg-2 with the Scarlet? I am using the new beta firmware and finding I am getting a lot of white noise with the default settings. It is connected via the Fortis XLR mount. I have tested both with the bal 48v setting and standard balanced with both a battery and without in the mic.
"White noise" = lots of self-noise in the microphone itself and/or a noisy analog preamp section. Try a completely different preamp and see what you hear. Gain staging (inadequate or excessive amplification at different points of the signal path) could also be an issue.
The lowest self-noise I've ever heard is from the Sennheiser MKH series, like the MKH60 shotgun. In general, electret condensor microphones are not as quiet as true condensor microphones.
The DPA mikes are also very, very good, at least the full-size condensors. Not as free from RF noise and other issues as Sennheiser, but still very good. I'd make the same comments about Neumann microphones. This is kind of a Mercedes vs. BMW vs. Lexus comparison.
But the Rode would be sort of a Chevy Impala by comparison -- serviceable, but not in the same class.
From your list, I can't tell what are you running your audio through? Or are you going directly into the camera..
I like the idea of a shogun mic!! ;-)
Sound Devices' preamps are first-rate, some of the best I've ever heard. As far as I know, they're pretty much the same in many of their products, but I haven't used the PIX yet. I don't think it's ideal as a mike preamp, though, just because of gain-staging issues and the relative inability for a person to dynamically adjust it for different locations. For that, you need a sound mixer with ears and fingers.
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