July 26, 2015 at 3:14AM, Edited July 26, 3:24AM


Very Very Low Budget audio

If you don't want to read all of this, Ill just list my questions at the bottom.


Im a 15 year old film maker. Im new to the forms and to film making. I have been interested in it for a while and just a week ago, I made my first serious short.

I was wondering what the best low budget audio equipment would be. I usually use a smart phone and a pair of earbuds with a mic on it for a make shift diy lapel mic. This has worked so far, except for in my short. Its great for capturing dialogue, but not so great at capturing the surrounding noise or something like foot steps.

I am currently using a mirrorless camera with no mic inputs, so I would have to also buy an external audio recorder. I will mostly be making shorts so a shotgun mic would be the most suitable (I think). I would also like the mic to be small so I can easily move from place to place. So whats a usable small and cheap shot gun mic? I don't want to spend more than $80 USD on the audio equipment, which includes the audio recorder and the mic. I was also wondering what a good cheap audio recorder. It doesn't have to be fancy, but audio monitoring would be nice. For the mic, I was thinking about buying the Pyle PMKSF32 Video/Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone


And for a recorder, I was thinking about the Olympus VN-7200


-------FINAL QUESTIONS------

-What budget audio equipment do you recommend (mic and recorder) under $80 USD

-How good is the Pyle PMKSF32 Video/Camera Condenser Shotgun Microphone? does it sound unusable and can it be used as a shotgun mic? link> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JEFNTKK?colid=3GYRQXJH90O88&coliid=I...

-What is a budget friendly recorder? is the Olympus VN-7200 Digital Voice Recorder ok? can you monitor the audio while recording on this recorder? link to recorder> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005756GYM?colid=3GYRQXJH90O88&coliid=I...

-Olympus VN-7200 vs tascam dr 05. Whats the difference? is the extra money worth it?

-Would I be better off just using the mic on the tascam dr 05 and booming it.

-Budget mic suggestions?

Thanks for the responses


Get the Tascam for its better WAV recording. Save up another $30 for a Takstar SGC-598 shotgun Mic. Then use a monopod, paint pole, or broomstick as a boom. If you absolutely must keep it to $80 the Olympus vn-722pc would do better than the one you listed. Good luck!

August 20, 2015 at 5:04AM

Corey Bowman
Camera Operator/DP

Honestly it's hard to say. For the mic I have hear good review of the takstar http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00HE9G3UQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1457565294&s...

For the recorder you should try to get a used zoom h1 otherwise you might be able to work something out with your smartphone as recorder. You should investigate more.

March 9, 2016 at 3:22PM


For 80 USD, you are not going to get good audio. I am a 16 year old Filmmaker, and I am pretty successful. I've been doing it for 5 years or so. I spent over 1500 dollars on my DSLR and audio kit, and it still isn't perfect! By the way, I got it all used. I have over 5000 dollars worth of equipment. Just don't expect good audio on your budget. Sorry to be so negative. I have a Canon T4i and a Sienhouser professional DSLR audio mixer. I use Sienhouser shotgun microphones.

November 24, 2017 at 7:05PM, Edited November 24, 7:08PM

Weston T. Ney
Christian Filmmaker

Thanks for the detailn specs. You guys are just what i need to hear at my stage of learning.

December 15, 2017 at 1:48PM


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