Our Recommended Audio Equipment
Let's talk about our microphone and audio recording recommendations first though, we have to understand why using better audio equipment is so important and it comes down to the fact that audio is just as important as our video, as our visuals while getting great visuals is important. It's often easier when you're watching a video to forgive someone who has subpart video, but it's harder to do. So when they have bad audio, you just can't make it through that video. So to get better audio, you usually have to use an external microphone, the built in microphones of most modern cameras, especially the smaller DSLR cameras. The handy cams, if you have one of those or our smartphones, just don't pick up that grade of audio. So now we know that getting good audio is important. And there's a couple of ways to do that. One is with an external microphone that you purchase. And another thing to think about is just the environment where you shoot, if you're shooting in a quiet environment. Yeah, ...
you can get great audio with the internal microphone of your DSLR camera or your smartphone. Here's an example of recording in a quiet room with the smartphone's internal microphone sounds pretty good. But recording audio with the internal microphone of your smartphone won't sound great when you're in a loud location but a lot of us will want to purchase a microphone to get that better audio. And here are some of our recommendations. And don't worry if you don't know exactly what these different types of microphones are or how to use them. That's okay. We're going to be covering exactly how to use and get great audio in a future section. Now let's go through our recommended microphones and audio recording equipment. First cavaliers, cavaliers or lapel microphones are great for interviews or talking head videos. The ones that we recommend are the Sennheiser G three wireless set or the road link wireless set. We can also recommend the rode smart law for those of you who are shooting with a smartphone. Now these are all wireless options but you can get a wired option if you have a tighter budget. Next our shotgun microphones or boom microphones and these are also great for talking head videos or for more professional narrative films. They do pick up a little bit higher quality than the lava layer microphone. The shotgun microphones that we recommend are the Rode NT G three and the rode NT G two. Also the Sennheiser Emmy 66 with the K six module or the Sennheiser MK E 600 for a cheaper option. If you're looking for an onboard shotgun microphone that plugs into your DSLR, check out the road Video Mic Pro or the Sennheiser MK E 400. So you have your Lecavalier or your shotgun microphone but your camera might not have an option to plug those microphones into it. So you need an external audio recording device. The ones that we recommend are the zoom, H four N H five N and H six N. The H four N is sort of a gold standard and it's the cheapest option and I love that thing. Task cam also makes a recorder called the task cam D. R 40. If you're looking for a recorder that actually plugs directly into your DSLR The task and er 60 d. is a great option. Now you might be saying Phil this is adding up. So if you do want a budget option, you can use your smartphone to record audio. You can download an audio recording app for pretty much any smartphone. Some of you may be interested in making videos at your desk or doing more professional voice over recording. So you might be looking for a studio microphone at the top end. We recommend the heil pr 40 the Audio Technica 80 R 2100 or the shure sm seven B. The rode podcaster mic is a cheaper option. These studio microphones are great for doing voiceovers, webinars or just any sort of webcam productions. Now, these studio mics are a little bit fancier and more expensive than a USB microphone. The blue snowball and the Blue Yeti are great USB microphones that you can use for recording directly into your computer even as the most inexpensive option. The blue snowball is a great way to record amazing audio. I used it for hundreds of tutorials that I put on youtube