One of the best ways to improve the quality of your video is to improve your audio. That means choosing and using the right mic. If you can afford a host of microphones, fill your gear bag to the brim with them and use whichever mic makes the most sense on the set. But what if you could only have one? Which mic makes the best all-around, multi-purpose utility tool for producers?
Not all microphones are created equal. Where a dynamic handheld mic shines, a shotgun mic might fall short. No matter what type of video you're producing, hearing how mics perform with different placements can help you choose the right mic for the job. We test several types of mics including shotgun, dynamic handheld, and lavalier to illustrate the sound difference.
Recording audio is a great mystery to many people. "What mic is best?" There's no easy answer because each setup is different and requires different mic types and different audio capturing needs. Your audio setup will change with every shoot. But understanding the microphone pickup patterns will help you pick up the best mic for any situation without too much brain drain.
If you want to spice up your productions with pro audio features such as XLR ports, onboard limiting, a VU meter, headphone monitoring, AGC disabling and more, then check out the DXA-SLR PRO audio adapter from Beachtek.
Adding great audio to your video is an easy way to raise your production value. Foley sound brings details into your mix to make your video sound more professional. We show you how to create footsteps, clothing rustle, breathing, and unique barn door sounds. With some ordinary items as props, you can create some extraordinary sound for your next project.
Many of Videomaker’s forum members use the Zoom H2 in their productions with great success, but now their will be pleased to know that Zoom will be introducing a new addition to their portable recorders, the Zoom H6.