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.
- Element: Capacitor
- Dynamic Range (Typical): 112 dB, 1 kHz at Max
- Polar Pattern: Line + Gradient
- Phantom Power Requirements: 11 – 52V, 3
- 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 ME66/K6 Combo.
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.
Azden SGM-1x Shotgun Mic
Audio Technica AT875 for about $175
Rode NTG-2 Shotgun mic
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.