October 5, 2014 at 11:35AM
Best recorder/pre-amp for low-budget indie
Hey guys, I'm shooting my first short this winter which I'm really excited about. I have a solid script, some good actor friends, and I've been doing test shots and I'm really confident on how this will turn out.
The only thing I'm unsure of, however, is my audio. I have a Pentax K30 and I think I may forever rue the day I laid eyes on it. I bought it when I was young and naive, and only cared about the HD resolution. What I'm only recently coming to find out is that there is no in-camera audio input. No plugin for a mic. I'm kicking myself really hard now.
I have a Rode SmartLav and the Rode Rec app, which I plan on using a bit. I'm also looking into the Audio-Technica ATR 6550, just a cheap shotgun mic I'll use for getting long-distance sound (a guy swimming across a river). I'm also thinking of getting a Rode VideoMic or similiar to mount on my camera.
Now my problem... what do I use to record the audio? I've looked at JuicedLink and Tascam but I have no idea how those work... if they're my only option I will go with that but I'm thinking there has to be an alternative. I just need like a handheld (or not) device that runs on battery to plug my mics into, and is relatively cheap (or affordable), that's all i ask...
please help, and thanks!