April 25, 2016 at 9:11AM


Need Audio Tips

Hey all -

So i'm a communication and me and a small group of guys try and produce a film or two every semester . I just got my hands on the New Ursa mini 4k EF and we are loving the picture that we are getting.

But Oh my god audio is setup is producing terrible quality sound. As of right now we are using a Rode NTG-2 with a Tascam-70D. We are getting horrible noise 100% of the time

Any tips with these devices or a alternative setup ?


Why don't you upload a sound clip so we can listen to it. Where did you place the mic, what angle and how far away?

The Tascam 70D with a Rode NTG-2 should definitely not be horrible. Of course a Rode NTG-3 completely blows the NTG-2 away.

April 25, 2016 at 1:58PM, Edited April 25, 2:52PM

Cary Knoop

I agree with Cary. I was using a Azden SGM-1x (Similar quality to NTG 2) and I just got the NTG 3. It literally is game changing. It is significantly louder than my old mic and has a wider dynamic range. So essentially it "lowers" my noise floor. Anyway, I would seriously recommend just buying the NTG-3. I am using a Tascam DR-70d as well. The recorder is a nice recorder, but for real, the NTG 3 is the best thing I have bought in a long time.

April 25, 2016 at 4:42PM

Paul Goodyear
Director/ DP / Writer

As Cary Knoop suggests, mic placement is key. If you have strapped your mic and your recorder to the camera cage you are doing it wrong. Get the mic the heck away from the camera and within 24" of the talent and things should be a lot better.

April 25, 2016 at 6:16PM


Do you monitor your audio on set. That's key. If you don't it would be like not looking at the screen while recording with your camera.

Maybe change the Gain Level on the DR-70D to a lower one (Middle and High are used by me most of the time) and look on your levels that they're not clipping. There's also an option available that makes it possible to record the same source in a second file but up to -12 dB than what you have set the levels.

April 26, 2016 at 9:51AM

Eric Halbherr
Director, DP, Editor, Creative Storyteller

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