August 19, 2015 at 12:51PM, Edited August 19, 12:56PM

You voted '-1'.

What's the most versatile microphone for a one man band?

I have around $600 dollars to purchase some basic audio equipment to shoot with.

I have used the Zoom H4N extensively, and it's extremely versatile. I'm wondering if you guys know of a smaller item that could do the essentials it can (including an XLR port).

I also am in need of a microphone. I am looking for something that could be used on a boom as well as on a shoulder camera rig, that can take batteries (no phantom power).

I generally shoot narrative-type commercials and PSA's, very little in studio and a lot out in the field. Any suggestions guys?


The Tascam DR-40 and DR-60 Mk2 recorders are less expensive than the Zoom H4n, and they both perform better than the H4n. ( lower noise-floor and have no problem with a full LINE level signal )

If you mostly shoot outside then you need proper wind protection, like the new Rode Blimp with Rycote microphone suspension, which is going to eat up half of your $600 budget.

Rode Blimp Windshield and Rycote Shock Mount Suspension System : $299 US

...So the cost of buying a Tascam recorder and the Rode Blimp is going to come to $500 US, and you still have to buy a microphone on top of this.

The low-cost shotgun microphone I would recommend is the Sennheiser MKE600, which costs roughly $330 US, so you are looking at a total of $830 plus the cost of boom pole and a 15 or 25 foot XLR cable.

If you were mainly shooting indoors I would say skip the Rode blimp for now, get a cheaper pistol-grip shock-mount for the mic, but outdoors you have to use a blimp or you're going to get lots of wind noise in your recordings.

August 19, 2015 at 1:32PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Like said above I would also strongly suggest getting a Tascam DR-60dmkII. The audio amps are much much better than the H4N's and the interface is much more functional but more importantly lags less and runs a lot faster.

December 18, 2016 at 11:22PM

Wyatt Spalding
Director of Photography

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