February 24, 2015 at 4:19AM

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How to get this kind of audio?

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I am shooting a hip-hop freestyle video next week and was wondering what the best type of audio setup would be? How is this recorded in terms of audio? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7w53UOU2QI

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Most music videos are shot lip-synch'd to a finished recording of the original song. So you record NO sound when shooting, but you need a reliable playback device so that people can lip-synch to the song while you shoot. ( I've seen people use something as simple as an iPhone or iPad to play the song while shooting )

February 24, 2015 at 10:12AM, Edited February 24, 10:12AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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In that video I hear the tapping on his jacket and it doesn't seem to be lip synced. So, my guess is they used a good shotgun/boom mic and then, mixed and mastered the audio and re-synced to the video in post production.

The reason you'd probably want a good directional mic is they probably had the beat playing in the background so the subject had something to rap to. Once you sync it up in post, you probably wouldn't be able to notice the beat in the background of the vocal track. If you used an omni-directional mic the music might sneak into the final mix and give you less than stellar results.

There is a chance they're both wearing lav mics, which could be a good choice. Their black jackets and hoodies would hide the mic pretty well, but you'd have to consider clothes noise at that point.

Once you have the audio track recorded, you should check out Mike Russell on youtube. Some of his tutorials will help you get the vocal track sounding more crisp. https://www.youtube.com/user/musicradiocreative

February 24, 2015 at 6:45PM, Edited February 24, 6:45PM

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Brad Tennant
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The tapping on his jacket could easily be foley audio that was added afterwards. I can't think of any reason why they would record actual audio unless there was something unique about the audio qualities of the environment, but this does not sound like live sound at all.

Guy McLoughlin

February 24, 2015 at 10:32PM

There is another moment in the video that he turns his head while saying something and there is a slight change in the volume which leads me to believe that the vocal track we hear in the video is indeed the live recording.

I guess it is possible they added foley and the rapper is one hell of a lip syncer, but my guess is that much effort wasn't put into this video. After all, it's a single take freestyle rap. I assume they treated the vocal recording as if it were a studio recording and processed it accordingly.

February 25, 2015 at 10:56AM, Edited February 25, 10:56AM

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Brad Tennant
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It's so rare that you see live audio with music videos, and when they do record live it always sounds a bit crappy because you just can't get studio sound on location.

Guy McLoughlin

February 25, 2015 at 2:28PM

Record just enough audio to sync up the shots with the original track.... oh don't forget to do them pans and tilts too..... my video I have on my profile here is an example of me doing it with my mate... shot the footage in roughly 3hrs in NATURAL light (outside) and spent roughly 1 1/2 weeks in the editing booth... (he sat in to make sure i didn't butcher it up...)

I'd do it this way again in a pinch... love how it worked beautifully ...

I also learnt that you don't need a script for music vidz (hip hop or otherwise) you just need some cleaver thinking and the right day (for light) a good editing software and a really good mate... = best team on earth.

February 25, 2015 at 3:09PM

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Bryce
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This was a freestyle vocal track recorded live, with the music track added in later, most likely.

February 26, 2015 at 5:35AM

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Ian Pfister
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I agree, Guy, that it is rare that you see live audio with music videos. And, usually it does sound pretty crappy to do it. But, it's not impossible to get good sounding audio for things like this.

To see a great example of doing live audio with great visuals, check out SerialBox. Granted, they are in more of a studio setting, but they record live performances of both video and audio together and they sound amazing.

February 26, 2015 at 11:48AM, Edited February 26, 11:48AM

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Brad Tennant
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