Sound is all around us wherever we are unless we are in a sound isolation booth in a recording studio. Some sounds are at times annoying or harsh on our ears, but they can all have a place in a film production or video..
With the arrival of video being a standard part of The newer DSLR and websites like YouTube and Vimeo, more and more of us are posting videos online, but most fail to grasp how important sound is to your audience.
A low res video is usually excused but poor sound is a real turn off.
These days it is relatively cheap to get setup with a portable digital recorder, but to know what microphone type and where to place it takes either a purchasing mistake or a lot of time researching. You may however not want to own microphones and a recorder and may choose to hire someone in…
What ever you choose to do, it will make a big difference.
Some microphones allow you to record from your perspective because microphones are mounted on headphones at the ear so they pic up sound as your own ears do. Binaural microphones are small and can bought online or you can make your own. Generally this technique works best when listened to on headphones.
A shotgun microphone is very directional and is best at isolation the sounds around it and on location is usually mounted in a blimp (shock mount and wind protection) often covered with a faux fur while recording outside for extra wind protection as wind noise will ruin any recording made. Pricing for a shotgun microphone ranges from around £120 to over £1000 plus the cost of the blimp different lengths will make a difference too, longer microphones have a narrowerboric up band and are more directional than short mics.. I would not recomend the really cheap microphones found on some online auction websites.
Contact microphones record direct vibration as opposed to through the air, can be great for sound effects and unique recordings.
Hydrophones are for recording animals and creatures under water. These can be purchased Online at a number of price points from around £40.00 to £2, 500.
I will be holding audio workshops for photographers and those interested in video production so why not fast track your knowledge and learn from others. Get more out of your video making and give more to you audience, video is important part of business now and more customer and clients mean more revenue.
In the next post I will be reviewing the Tascam DR-680 with the Rode NTG-2 and Rode Blimp with the Audio Technica ATH-M40FS headphones with an EBay purchased Binaural microphone.