November 18, 2015 at 8:33PM

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Cheap Audio Solutions

What are some cheap tools or equpment for better audio? Which externa mics would be the best?
Thanks!

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What camera are you using ?

What kind of videos do you want to produce ?

November 19, 2015 at 8:50AM, Edited November 19, 8:50AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I have a Nikon D7000 and I need something for narration.

Stephen Crawford

November 20, 2015 at 11:03AM

What do you consider cheap?
A few Amazon lavalier mics run into some smartphones is the cheapest way you can go. I've seen surprisingly good results with this, but you have to be pretty careful because there's a large margin for error, and you have to worry about the plugs popping out if there's some larger movements being made.

A pretty standard setup I've seen is Rode NTG2 run into Zoom H4N. I like that option because if your mic craps out you can use the onboard H4N mics, and mount it on
In Canada you can rent these for I think around $75/mo through Long-McQuade; I'm sure they can be rented equally cheaply in the states.

November 20, 2015 at 2:18PM

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>>>I need something for narration.

I often use a small portable recorder when I film quick interviews. I use either a Tascam DR-07 Mk2 or a Tascam DR-40, and record with the built-in mics of the recorder. ( I position both built-in mics to face forward and position the recorder just outside of my shooting frame )

The DR-07 Mk2 has been discontinued, but you can buy the Tascam DR-05 for about $100. The mics on the DR-05 are not moveable, but you can position the recorder so that one of the built-in mics is directly facing the person you are recording. If the room is noisy you can use a professional lav mic with a 3.5mm connector to plug it directly into the DR-05 recorder. My favorite lav mics are the Oscar SoundTech mics which cost about $100, and can be bought directly from their website.

I would also make sure you buy a "dead cat" furry-cover for any mic you plan on using, both for indoor and outdoor recording. Good mics can be very sensitive to any air movement. ( you can buy these on eBay for $20 or less )

I would not recommend using a low-cost shotgun for indoor recordings because it is very sensitive to sound reflected from walls and ceilings. The least expensive shotgun mic I would use for indoor work is the Sennheiser MKE600, which will still require a good preamp to get the best sound from it, so your budget shoots up dramatically if you go this route.

November 21, 2015 at 9:08AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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