I run a small Michigan based company called Welcome to this World Video Productions.
I'm pretty new here, but what's with a the negative downvotes on most of these comments?
I mainly filmed live bands over the last 3-4 years, and I use a ZoomQ3HD to capture my audio, but any of the Zoom brand of audio recorders will pickup great audio.
I just made a post about this the other day, maybe something there will help you... http://nofilmschool.com/boards/questions/whats-best-way-cut-down-backgro...
Here's a clip of what I'm talking about. This is with no altering of the audio yet at all... http://youtu.be/YR3gwManPC4
On a side note, it really doesn't matter anymore since I had to let the job go today to somebody else due to personal family issues atm, but the client is having me give them the footage I shot to incorporate it in if they choose.
Wow thanks a lot everyone. It seems the consensus is to go with iZotope RX 4 to clean up audio. I don't have the budget for that at the moment, but I did order a cheap Sound Forge program, which seems to accompany the Sony Vegas Pro 12 that I use.
It was my 1st time trying to use an external mic on my Zoom, as I don't need it filming live bands. I bought a cheap Audio-Technica Lavalier mic (it was a last minute gig) from Microcenter. The issue with my Zoom audio is the jack receiver just doesn't accept the mic jack (or any 3.5) well. Like you have to pull it out just at the right spot for the signal/levels to respond correctly, and with my subject moving around... it just didn't work as I intended. It's not savable even with the top notch programs out there. I'm going to see if I can clean up the buzz and hums of appliances from my camera audio with sound forge at all.
Is it worth it for me to buy a lower priced shotgun mic ($100-200)? As there is little to no budget for me to rent as much as I'm going to need it.
Thanks for the reply Guy, I appreciate the info! This is my first attempt at something like this, as I normally film live performances, so I may have bitten off more than I can chew.