PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR GUIDE: AUDIO
Sony ECM-XYST1M stereo microphone
This stereo microphone fits into the Sony multi-interface shoe. The adjustable 0° to 120° recording angle allows you to fine-tune your audio capture from wide ambient sound to highly selective. An included windscreen enhances audio-quality further by cutting down on wind noise pickup.
Sony XLR-K1M adapter and microphone kit
If you‘re looking to add XLR terminal inputs and audio level controls for a pro external audio input this ECM-XM1 shotgun microphone and an XLR-A1M adapter, allowing connection of your camera to professional-level microphones, mixing consoles and sound studios. The adapter features two XLR channels with separate controls, providing recording level adjustment, attenuation and wind noise reduction.
Sony UWP-D11 Integrated Digital Wireless Bodypack Lavalier Microphones ($599) One touch auto-scan for local clean frequency with digital boosting suitable for a wide range of wireless applications such as ENG, documentary work, talk shows, conferences, and more.
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Zoom H5 Handy Recorder with Interchangeable Microphone System ($270) compact, portable handheld digital recorder that is capable of four-track recording and features an interchangeable, modular microphone system. The recorder ships with an XY microphone capsule and is compatible with the existing line of H6 modules including the optional shotgun mic and XLR/TRS input modules. Favorite of the guys at The Camera Store TV who say “If you’re going to buy just one audio recorder this would be my pick”
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Tascam DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder ($299)
The DR-100mkII from Tascam is portable stereo digital audio recorder designed with high-end recording features aimed at musicians and engineers. Four built-in microphones, two cardioid and two omnidirectional, deliver great sound via the high-gain and low-noise microphone preamps. A pair of XLR inputs can accommodate external microphones and provide switchable phantom power for use with condenser microphones. The 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM recorder features dedicated stereo mini balanced line in and out connectors in addition to an S/PDIF digital input. Also available is the ability to connect balanced line inputs via the locking XLR connectors. An upgrade to the DR-100, an already versatile unit, the rugged DR-100mkII extends the functionality of a professional portable recorder while improving the overall sound.
Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder
Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder provides professional-level features and flexibility in a compact and durable design that’s ideal for use in the field. The unit can record high-quality WAV/BWF or MP3 files to readily-available SD or SDHC flash memory cards, allowing you to record hours of material and share it easily. The recorder features built-in adjustable condenser microphones, allowing you to choose an X/Y or A/B recording pattern to meet the needs of your environment and application. A built-in limiter and switchable low cut filter reduce peaks and rumble for cleaner recordings. There are a pair of Neutrik combo inputs that accept XLR and 1/4″ connections.
Zoom H4n Handy Mobile 4-Track Recorder
Ideal for recording interviews, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, and more. This palm-sized unit packs the ability to record up to 4 channels of audio at greater than CD quality. This Zoom audio recorder has long been the Industry Standard though the tide has turned to the Tascam DR-40 mentioned above.
Tascam DR-05 Portable Handheld Digital Audio Recorder
Tascam’s DR-05 puts premium recording quality in the palm of your hand. Up to 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV film recording provides better than CD quality to capture every detail. Record WAV or MP3 files to the included 2GB microSD Card, or expand with your own microSD & SDHC media.