What Audio Gear Do I Need For Filmmaking?

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What Audio Gear Do I Need For Filmmaking? by Mind Map: What Audio Gear Do I Need For Filmmaking?

1. Infographic

1.1. Are you filming dialouge or spoken words?

1.1.1. Yes

1.1.1.1. Are you filming with a phone?

1.1.1.1.1. No

1.1.1.1.2. Yes

1.1.2. No

1.1.2.1. Do you need to capture live sound (the sound that the camera sees)?

1.1.2.1.1. No

1.1.2.1.2. Yes

1.2. Are you in a controlled environement where you can take the time to properly place the mic in front of your subject?

1.3. How much background noise?

1.4. How important is highest quality audio?

1.5. Are you a professional at sound recording? Or, are you willing to take the time to learn the craft?

1.6. Do you have time in the post-production process to sync the audio with the video, or would you prefer to have it synced automatically?

1.7. What is your budget for sound gear?

2. Looking for a simple answer? - scroll down

2.1. Cheapest and simplest solution (for dialogue)

2.1.1. Get a lav mic and plug it into a phone

2.1.1.1. Very versatile solution

2.2. More professional option (For dialogue)

2.2.1. Note - you need an environment without a lot of background noise, and there is a bit of a higher learning curve, but you will get more professional quality out of this

2.2.2. Get a tascam dr 60 mk ii

2.2.3. Buy an SD card

2.2.4. Get a mic stand

2.2.5. Get a shotgun mic

2.2.5.1. Cheapest option: Samson Co2

2.2.5.2. Best options: Rode Ntg or Audio Technica or Oktava

2.2.6. Get a wind screen if you might film outdoors

2.3. Cheapest option for music

2.3.1. Zoom h4n

2.3.2. zoom h6

2.4. Professional option for moving subjects

2.4.1. wireless mic set like the sennheiser

2.4.2. can go cheap but not reccomended

2.4.3. if you can afford it, after buying the mics (but invest in quality mics first), get an external pre-amp

3. Understanding audio gear

3.1. 3 parts: Microphone, amplifier, recorder

3.1.1. There are many different types of solutions, and what you want is based in large part of what you are willing to put up with, financially and effort-wise, in your workflow AND specifics about what you need to be recording AND how flexible you want to be to be able to record in multiple situations AND your budget

3.1.1.1. Simple explantion and solution

3.1.1.1.1. Imagine you need to film an interview indoors, and you want to record everything directly into the camera to avoid having the sync the audio in post (saving you time and frustration). You don't want to hire somebody to hold the mic or monitor the sound, but you want to monitor it with headphones as you record. In this scenario, a good option would be to buy a boom mic and boom mic stand, a shotgun mic, a 3 foot xlr, a 9 foot xlr, a tascam dr 60 recorder, and an short male to male cable to plug it into the camera

3.1.1.2. More complex explanation - how to improve your audio recording

3.1.1.2.1. First thing is to be actively monitoring it.

3.1.1.3. Where should you put your money when it comes to upgrades?

3.1.1.3.1. It depends partially on you.

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