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Sony ECM-M1 Help Manual
Sony ECM-M1 Help Manual

Sony ECM-M1 Help Manual

Shotgun microphone

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Help Guide
Shotgun Microphone
ECM-M1
Use this Help Guide when you have issues or questions on how to use your shotgun microphone.
Supported camera models
This unit is a microphone compatible with the Multi Interface Shoe.
For camera models compatible with this unit, view here. (Another window will open.)
In combination with any camera model that is not listed on the website, the unit does not work.
When the message "This accessory is not supported by the device and cannot be used." is
displayed on the camera:
View here.
Identifying the parts
Preparations
Unpacking
Attaching/removing to/from the camera
Selecting the directivity
About the adaptive beamforming technology
About the pickup pattern and the frequency response
About the output channels
About this unit
Notes on use
Specifications
Trademarks
When the message "This accessory is not supported by the device and cannot be used." is displayed on
the camera:
5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation
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Summary of Contents for Sony ECM-M1

  • Page 1 About the pickup pattern and the frequency response About the output channels About this unit Notes on use Specifications Trademarks When the message “This accessory is not supported by the device and cannot be used.” is displayed on the camera: 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2: Identifying The Parts

    Help Guide Shotgun Microphone ECM-M1 Identifying the parts Top, Side, and Bottom Microphone ATT switch Select the option suitable for the audio recording volume. To record loud sounds while minimizing distortion, select “20dB.” To record quiet sounds, select “0dB.” It is recommended that you select an option while monitoring the volume level meter on the camera or the audio recording volume with headphones.
  • Page 3 USB Type-C® port (for maintenance and service use) Note No power is supplied through the USB Type-C port. Do not connect any device, such as a mobile battery pack, to the port for power supply purposes to avoid a malfunction. DIGITAL/ANALOG switch Select the digital or analog input type.
  • Page 4 If the wind screen is exposed to rain and wet, remove it from the unit and let it dry in the shade. Related Topic Attaching/removing to/from the camera Selecting the directivity About the pickup pattern and the frequency response About the output channels 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 5 Unpacking If you find anything missing, please contact your dealer. The number in the parentheses indicates the quantity. Shotgun Microphone (1) Wind screen (1) Connector protect cap (attached) (1) Pouch (1) Set of printed documentation 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 6 Help Guide Shotgun Microphone ECM-M1 Attaching/removing to/from the camera Attach the shotgun microphone to a camera. Note Before attaching/removing this unit to/from a camera, turn off the power to the camera. Remove the connector protect cap from this unit. Release the lock by rotating the lock dial (...
  • Page 7 For details, refer to the Help Guide provided for the camera. To remove the shotgun microphone Turn off the power to the camera, rotate the lock dial counterclockwise until it stops, and then slide out the Multi Interface foot from the shoe. 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 8 Help Guide Shotgun Microphone ECM-M1 Selecting the directivity By operating the directivity mode dial, you can select the directivity that is best suited for the sounds to record or the recording conditions. Super-directional Sounds in a specific range from the front of this unit are picked, enabling equally clear sound pickup. Super-directional mode enables recording with less reverberations, and is suitable for indoor recording.
  • Page 9 Sounds from the rear of this unit are picked, along with less sounds from the front. Super-directional (Rear) mode is recommended, for example, for taking scenery videos with narratives. Super-directional (Front+Rear) Sounds from the front and rear of this unit are equally picked, along with less sounds from the left and right. Super- directional (Front+Rear) mode enables recording of sounds from the subject in front of this unit as well as the voice of the videographer, and is recommended, for example, for recording interview videos.
  • Page 10 Ultra-directional Because of the adaptive beamforming technology employed by this unit, the target sound from the front of the unit is captured while any other unnecessary sounds are significantly reduced at the same time. Ultra-directional mode is recommended for making recordings with minimum unnecessary sounds at close range, such as voices around the subject, while keeping moderate environmental sounds at long range, such as the sound of a stream and a chirping bird, in the recordings.
  • Page 11 The audio volume and quality of the surrounding sounds from other than the front of this unit are unstable. The audio quality is unstable. For example, the abrupt clapping-like noise echoes in the audio. Related Topic About the adaptive beamforming technology 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 12 Help Guide Shotgun Microphone ECM-M1 About the adaptive beamforming technology The adaptive beamforming technology is a technology where sounds from within the range of about 30 degrees in front of this unit are recognized and captured as the target sound while unnecessary sounds from within a close range of the target sound are significantly reduced at the same time.
  • Page 13 Subject/target sound Unnecessary sound 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 14 Help Guide Shotgun Microphone ECM-M1 About the pickup pattern and the frequency response Super-directional Pickup pattern Frequency response Uni-directional Pickup pattern...
  • Page 15 Frequency response Omni-directional Pickup pattern...
  • Page 16 Frequency response Super-directional (Rear) Pickup pattern Frequency response...
  • Page 17 Super-directional (Front+Rear) Pickup pattern Frequency response...
  • Page 18 Super-directional (Front/Rear) separate Pickup pattern (Front) Pickup pattern (Rear) Frequency response (Front)
  • Page 19 Frequency response (Rear) (Stereo) Pickup pattern (left channel) Pickup pattern (right channel)
  • Page 20 Frequency response Ultra-directional Pickup pattern In Ultra-directional mode, audio processing to reduce unnecessary sounds from other than the front of this unit changes dynamically according to the surrounding environment. This makes it impossible to depict the pattern in a particular chart, thus the pickup pattern chart is not presented. Frequency response...
  • Page 21 Frequency responses to the sounds from other than the front of this unit (those from the angle of 90/180 degrees) change dynamically according to the surrounding environment. Thus, the frequency responses to those sounds are not included in the chart. For details about Ultra-directional mode (adaptive beamforming processing), see About the adaptive beamforming technology. 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 22: About The Output Channels

    Use this feature to record ambient and other sounds in addition to sounds from the sound source of which directivity is specified on this unit. A -20 dB gain correction is automatically applied to the audio on channel 4. A gain correction is not for preventing clipping noise from occurring during loud audio recording. 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 23 If present, clean them off with a blower etc. and then change the lens. If dust or water droplets are present on the surface of the microphone, a successful recording may not be possible. Be sure to clean the microphone surface before using this unit. 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 24: Specifications

    Equivalent sound pressure level value converted from the input level value that is acquired when 1% waveform distortion is produced by 1 kHz output signals from the microphone. (0 dB = 2×10 Design and specifications are subject to change without notice. 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 25 Help Guide Shotgun Microphone ECM-M1 Trademarks “Multi Interface Shoe” is a trademark of Sony Group Corporation. USB Type-C® and USB-C® are registered trademarks of USB Implementers Forum. 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 26 (e.g., a cleaning cloth). Do not use water or chemicals for cleaning. Note Make sure that the DIGITAL/ANALOG switch is slid all the way to either “ANALOG” or “DIGITAL.” If the switch is located in between, this unit may not work properly. 5-053-132-11(1) Copyright 2023 Sony Corporation...