AUDIO

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Shotgun Mic (Rode NTG-3)†

Shotgun mics offer a great upgrade over the built in microphones on the camera. Even plugging a shotgun mic straight into the camera is a major upgrade. More advanced filmmakers use a “dual-system” or “two-system” recording, where audio and video are recorded separately and then put together in post-production (editing phase). That is what those clappers or slates are for–to give a clear, sharp visual and audio cue to sync up video and audio for later. Shotgun mics are best for outdoor recording. They come in a blimp (or zepplin) to reduce wind noise, with a fuzzy (or windsock or dead cat or windscreen or dead cat) that covers the blimp that cuts out even more of the wind noise.

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SENNHEISER WIRELESS LAPEL MICS

  • 2 Transmitters w/ antenna and lav mic attached.
  • 2 Receivers w/ antenna and mini-to-XLR attached.

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WIRED LAPEL MIC

No more worrying about running out of batteries or wireless interference. Get the reliability of wires!

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ZOOM H4N AUDIO RECORDER

Accessories available upon request: Windscreen, wired remote (with extension), mic stand adapter, hard case. This recorder can be used with a tripod (such as our Velbon Light-weight tripods) for hands-free operation using the remote.

Requires 2 AA batteries (not always included) or can be wall operated.

A wonderful little audio recorder. Great for recording a concert, an interview or audio for a dual system video/film shoot. Easy to use and comes with an 8 GB card that lasts forever. Can plug in XLR, 1/4, mini and provides phantom power. Great balance between price and performance, as well as durability.

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Zoom H6 Audio Recorder 

The H6 Handy from Zoom is a portable handheld recorder and USB audio interface that features an interchangeable microphone system. The recorder ships with both XY and mid-side microphone modules, foam windscreen, 2GB SD card, four AA batteries, USB cable, Cubase LE and a hard carrying case. Optional module attachments can be purchased for expanded functionality.

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2-CHANNEL FIELD MIXER

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You can use a mixer for various purposes. On a basic level, this can be used to plug 3-4 mics into the Panasonic or Marantz. A good sound recordist, though, can mix the various inputs to give you the best sounding mix of sound.