Capturing good sound for your videos doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t require the most expensive mics. What do you need? Solid technique.
If you’ve been wanting to learn what types of microphones work best in different locations and how to position them correctly, this primer from DPReview has you covered.
Another interesting part to this video compares expensive microphones that have been badly placed or misused for the situation to lower-priced options that are in prime placement. In short, it proves that the best equipment in the world can’t save the user from bad technique. The $1,450 Sanken CS–3e Mono Shotgun Microphone can have worse results than the $59 Rode VideoMicro if the care of placement is thrown out the window. Likewise, if a lav mic is pinned to the talent incorrectly, a $34.99 Aputure A.Lav has better sound quality than a $379 Sanken COS–11d. If you were winging it before because you figured the pro gear would pick up the slack, this could be a little eye-opening.
What are your own tips for using shotgun and lav mics? Have you had good results using cheaper audio gear? Leave a comment below.