and AT8004 are two
excellent dynamic omnidirectional reporter (news-gathering) mics from Audio-Technica.
Both are designed for interviews and have a
rugged housing with hardened-steel grille which stands up to hard field
use. Its internal shock mounting minimizes handling and cable noise.
The only difference between the two models is that the
AT8004L has a long handle for getting that bit closer in the scrum of
hard news gathering and sports interviews, and the AT8004 has a normal
length short handle for more compact storage when travelling.
The AT8010 is one of
excellent omnidirectional reporter (news-gathering) mics from Audio-Technica.
This one is the more sensitive of the bunch because it is a condenser. It
is therefore also good for round table discussions and similar
applications. It has an extremely smooth, extended response on and off
axis, low sensitivity to p-popping and overload, and operates on either
a single internal battery or external phantom power.
AT8031 is just perfect for report interviews in noisier environments as
well as narration and general features-style presentation.
For voice-over it sounds open and natural, even providing added warmth when used close up. Great
for narration, its sound is similar to far more expensive studio
microphones. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from
the sides and rear, improving isolation of the desired sound source.
The M58 is
a long handled dynamic omni for
those more competitive ENG applications, and has been specifically
configured for use by news-gathering personnel. Its extra-long handle
gets the microphone out front during the frenzy of capturing the
ultimate sound bite. Other features include an
internal shock mount for very low
handling noise, Nextel non-glare finish, weight-balanced, slim-profile
design. OPINION: Whilst the M58 has long been favoured by some BBC folk,
to be frank we are not fans of it here, preferring the more accurate
sounding, less expensive Audio-Technica AT8004L above. By comparison we
feel the M58 sounds a little dull but this is, of course, subjective.