Zoom F3 and Clippy Microphones Small Field Recorder Setup. This is my latest small audio field recording rig that will last all day without having to recharge the battery. List of all the parts and where to get them below.
The rig consists of Clippy XLR EM272Z1 Matched Stereo Pair microphones that produce very low self noise, a Zoom F3 32bit recorder, and a GoPro Volta battery / tripod power supply.
List of all the parts for field recorder and where to get them below.
Zoom F3 32 bit Recorder
Volta Battery Pack
Neewer 8″ Bracket
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod
Clippy XLR Stereo Mic Pair
Rycote Lyre Mount (2)
Lavalier Wind Muff Mic Cover 0.4 size BornFeel
1/4″ to 3/8″ Camera Spigot Screws
3/8 plastic drywall anchor (2)
Small tripod head
Gopro tripod head adapter 1 male 1 female
“Clippy” microphones refer to a type of small, lavalier (or lapel) microphones that are often used in field recording, interviews, and similar applications where a discreet but high-quality microphone is required.
The term “Clippy” isn’t a brand in itself but is sometimes used colloquially to describe certain types of small lavalier mics, especially those made by certain companies, like the ones from Micbooster. Here’s some general information:
Usage: They are typically clip-on mics that can be discreetly attached to clothing, capturing sound close to the source. This makes them excellent for interviews, field recordings, or any application where hands-free operation is required.
Polar Pattern: Many lavalier mics, including some Clippy microphones, have an omnidirectional polar pattern, which means they pick up sound equally well from all directions. This can be especially useful for capturing a natural ambient sound or when the sound source might move around.
Connectivity: These mics can come with various connectors, including 3.5mm jacks, XLR, or even proprietary connectors for specific recording devices.
Power: Some Clippy microphones require plug-in power, which is a small amount of power usually provided by the recording device (like a portable recorder or camera). Others might require phantom power, which is more common for mics with an XLR connector.
Quality: While lavalier mics can range from very cheap to professional-grade, Clippy mics, especially those from reputable manufacturers, are generally known for providing a good balance of quality and value. They can produce surprisingly clear and detailed recordings for their size and price.
Accessories: Many Clippy microphones can be equipped with windshields or furry windjammers to reduce wind noise when recording outdoors.