September 5, 2014 at 6:39AM


Lav mics for use with Tascam DR-05

Hey all,

I'm super stoked on this new community aspect of NFS. My question is relating to audio.

I just bought the Tascam DR-05 recorder, and now my next move would be to get a lav to use with it. I am working in the DIY music and documentary scene, so obviously affordability is key, but I do want high quality. Any help is appreciated !

Also, if anyone has any tips on using that with a wireless lav setup, that would be great !

Thanks !


I've been using this kit for years:

If you choose to give it a shot, I've learned two things to get the most out of this inexpensive kit:

1) Do not turn the gain on the mic all the way up. Even though your levels might be fine, it causes distortion in the signal.

2) Buy this with it: A unidirectional mic is really helpful to have, and it's really, really cheap.

I'm not a pro sound guy, and I'm sure any proper sound person will cringe at my recommendation, but I haven't used one yet that beats this on balancing affordability with quality. It certainly sounds good enough for my ears, and working EQ in post makes any mic, including this one, sound much better!

September 5, 2014 at 7:42AM

David S.

I would answer with a long drawn out solution, but they do a much better job here :

Read through a couple threads on here and you should find your answer!

September 5, 2014 at 8:30AM

Alex Smith

I really like his points about wired vs wireless. I'm a big believer in this, too. Whenever remotely possible, I always aim for wired audio. First, our wired lav and boom are significantly better than the wireless kit I posted above. But equally important to me, a wired connection is significantly more reliable.

David S.

September 5, 2014 at 10:52AM, Edited September 5, 10:52AM

I used a very cheap lav that I got in a pack of several for $1 each on amazon on this video with a Tascam DR-05, and it worked way better than I expected.

I mixed in a little of the Canon 5D's internal audio recorder to get some ambience, but otherwise it worked great. I was surprised because in my tests with that setup I didn't think the lav performed well. The clicking is the headphones around my neck bumping into the mic.

Here's the lav on amazon:

They're powered by the Tascam, which is great. I have some $25 audio technica battery powered lavs that I won't ever need to use since I have about a dozen of these Neewer ones.

September 5, 2014 at 12:16PM

Angelo Mike

Senheiser G3 or Lectrosonics if you can afford it. You REALLY don't want to fuck the sound up and wireless mics can very temperamental.

September 5, 2014 at 1:13PM

Jesse Zook Mann
Producer/ Director

Wireless are preferable because you are able to monitor if there are anything wrong with the recording. With that said, if you don't have the budge for wireless then I would recommend buying an Oscar Sound Tech lav for your Tascam.

The website looks tacky but trust me, many professional sound mixers use it. If you don't trust me then go on the JW Sound Forum.

September 5, 2014 at 9:03PM

Victor Nguyen

Yes, I highly recommend the Oscar Sound Tech lav mics ( they are pretty much clones of the TRAM TR50 lav mics ), and you can get one wired to plug directly into your TR-05 recorder for about $100. Excellent sounding lav mic.

Guy McLoughlin

September 8, 2014 at 8:06AM

Oscar Sound Tech, absolutely. Dave will make whatever length cable you ask for. Very professional company & really the best value I could find. I have three Tascam DR-05 units and three OST-801 lavs. Perfect results with them. Remember to turn up both sensitivity settings on your Tascam and it will sizzle.

Douglas Boe

October 13, 2014 at 4:43PM

+1 for the Oscar Sound Tech lav mics. Very affordable, and they are a noticeable improvement over the stock lav mics that come with the Sennheiser G3 wireless system.

David Patterson

November 13, 2014 at 3:17PM

Rode makes decent lav mics you might wanna check out.

September 9, 2014 at 9:17PM

Michael Militscher
Director / Commercial Producer

But dang expensive ... unless the budget allows of course


October 6, 2014 at 5:00AM, Edited October 6, 5:00AM

Hi Pat, I have been using the Tascam DR-05 paired with the RØDE Lavalier lapel microphone for over 2 years now. I use it for all of my Interviews in a TV show I produce for RUV, ( The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service. )
I have found it very good. I did compared it to the Sennheiser ME series lavaliers, and it holds up very well, and my sound-postproduction guy could not tell the difference. Hope that helps.
Best regards, Eric I. Bodvarsson
( PS: if you like I can send you some examples )

September 12, 2014 at 4:07PM

Eiríkur Ingi Böðvarsson
Director, DP, Line-producer, Video-editor

Rode ntg-3 is a good options and is not expensest.

January 19, 2015 at 1:38PM

Ragüel Cremades
Film producer and director

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