Buy Local or Import?
I’m proud to be a South Australian film maker, but it can be damn expensive! Just recently I had filmed a seminar for Interclinical Laboratories at a function here in Adelaide. They said that there was a wireless system in the conference room, so I thought nothing of it, came along and set up as usual feeling good that I would be able to get some good audio for the DVD the client wanted – I was wrong! Not only was the system old and noisy, but only a few minutes into the seminar the lapel unit died, even after putting new batteries in it and everything! Luckily for me I had a good shotgun mic in my kit and wasting no time , set it up. This event was going to be the last straw! I NEEDED a good lapel mic, so I started to do some research on brands, Sennheizer was my #1 choice after speaking with some sound guys. Now I wanted to buy from Adelaide initially, then I decided to get some prices around Australia. Now let it be known, I knew that a kit would not be cheap, but come on! $800 Au for a Sennheiser Lapel kit felt a little steep, so I decided to look off shore to see what I could find…. BINGO! I found a nice little shop in the US called Unique Squared, that had an ENG kit available for $750 AU plus postage , this kit included with the lapel mic a SKP100G2 Plug on Transmitter (worth about $400 AU), good for eliminating those leads on location when you are using a shotgun mic, or if your recording vocals from a hand held, plus a free e835 hand held mic (worth about $100AU). What could I say, It was a little more than I wanted to spend but I got a great kit for any occasion !