December 31, 2015 at 10:47AM
low-budget audio for one-man band
I'm trying to solve my audio problems for under $400. This is mostly for unplanned shoots and experiments.
I'm cheap -- I shoot short films on my Sony Nex 5n with vintage Nikkor lenses -- by no means a great camera, but it's small and good enough. For bigger projects I look to outside cinematography help.
When I use my Nex 5n setup, I'm usually a one-man-band. I've been recording audio to my i-phone with attachable tascam condenser mics. It's time for an upgrade. I want to primarily record dialogue indoors, but would like the option to shoot interviews outdoors for documentary work.
Because my 5n is small and portable, and because audiophiles rave about the small and portable Sony PCM m10 (around $200), I've been thinking about using that. The lack of phantom power and xlr inputs kind of freaks me out. Are the stereo mics on the Sony PCM m10 any good? Would I end up buying an external battery powered mic? If I do that -- are the 1/8th audio inputs noisy? If I get an external mic, might as well get a recorder with phantom power and xlr inputs, right?
My other option is the Tascam 60dmkii which is $160 these days. It supposedly has better pre-amps and is cheaper than the tascam 40d. I found a used Oktava mk012 for $150. I think they'd make a nice audio set-up, but the tascam is bigger than my camera, and maybe harder to operate by myself. So at this point I might as well just get a sound person.
Any advice would be appreciated.