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Zach’s Audio Gear

Zach’s Audio Gear

Over the years I have used a lot of audio gear for my filmmaking and I want to share some of the audio gear that I own and continue to use for my projects. A wise filmmaker once said that “audio is 50% of the video”, which means that audio is pretty darn important!

I’ll start off by stating the obvious – the more money you have the better equipment you will be able to get your hands on. But there are also some cheaper options that still sound pretty good. Here’s what I use:

 

The Audio Technica AT4073 kits is awesome.

Audio Technica AT4073a

  • Element: Capacitor
  • Dynamic Range (Typical): 112 dB, 1 kHz at Max
  • SPL
  • Polar Pattern: Line + Gradient
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 11 – 52V, 3

 

 

 

 

Sennheiser MKH-416

Sennheiser MKH-416, (P48) Super-Cardioid Short Shotgun Condenser Interference Tube Microphone.

 

  • Pressure gradient receiver with short interference tube.
  • Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency, above 2kHz approaches lobar pattern.
  • Employs RF-technology to control residual microphone noise.
  • Matt black all-metal body.

 

 

 

 

Sennheiser ME67/k6 Deluxe Mic Kit

Sennheiser ME67 Long Shotgun Microphone Capsule

 

 

Sennheiser ME66/K6 Combo.

Sennheiser ME66 Short Shotgun Capsule Head for K6 Series

So the more money you have the better your sound quality will be. You should also remember that the longer the shotgun microphone, the better.

However, don’t be sad about not being able to afford a fancy mic, there are still great options for filmmakers on a lower budget.

 

If you are using a DSLR camera then you should check out the following mics.

Rode Microphone

Azden SGM-1x Shotgun Mic

 

Azden Barrell Shotgun Mic With XLR Outputs

Azden SMX-10

 

Azden High-performance (SMX-10) Stereo Condenser Microphone

Audio Technica AT875 for about $175

 

Audio-Technica AT875R Short Shotgun Microphone

Rode NTG-2 Shotgun mic

 

Rode VideoMic Directional Video Condenser Microphone w/Mount

The accessories that you use with your microphones also help the quality of your sound.   In your audio toolbag you should always have a windsock which blocks out the extra noise from the wind.

 

 

Zach’s Audio Gear
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16 comments

  1. Is it from best to least best? (For DSLR)

  2. What would be the best ones to look into which are around $100 (doesn’t have to be exact at all). I want to upgrade from one I got for $30 for my last production. I can’t spend too much so around $100 is what I’m looking for. (I use 1/8 in plug.)

    • MrHDFilms /

      The Rode VideoMic goes for around $100. Some find it a bit bulky but they do sell the Rode VideoMic Pro for a bit more but it is better designed.

    • Is that the HDTZ 14.37″ mic? I just got that one and, for the price, you can’t beat the sound quality!

  3. noor almtowaq /

    Hi, Zach

    I am looking for one good mic to record my short films which one do u recommend me to use for all video making.

  4. epic bro just epic

    • Carl Waters /

      yeah, I can’t believe how epic this site it. I think he said he built it in a weekend or something like that.

  5. Dominic /

    What about the Video Mic Pro ?

  6. I’m so glad you made this site. Now my videos are going to sound sick.

    Thanks.

  7. Any ideas on a portable audio recorder (like the H4n) under £100 ($160)?

  8. Barry l /

    Everyone had already said this but I am more and more impressed as I continue reading this site. Not only have you provided tons of great content but you also have in depth articles. Major plus!,!,,

  9. Hugo /

    These mics are very cheap! NICE

  10. Jarred /

    Do you use the rode mic more than shotgun mics?

  11. Mark /

    So what recording devices are you using,Zach?

  12. Anonymous /

    I knew that sound quality plays a big role in films and recently I decided to get a Zoom H1 Handy recorder. $80 and it was just something to start off with because I don’t really have a lot of money to spend. >.> but do you have any thoughts on the H1? :o

  13. Thanks for the excellent free sound effects. I have an Audio Technica AT897, a Sennheiser MKH416, and RE20.

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