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Studio Build - Step 7 - Microphones

In this episode, we will walk through the microphones that I currently use as well as a few I've picked up along the way. We'll also briefly revisit how that audio gets from the microphone into my final recorded video.

REFERENCED VIDEOS:

Audio Signal Chain with the Blackmagic ATEM Switcher https://youtu.be/D5ZE0la3DwI

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:

Tascam DR-70D Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H3Rpd1

Rode Video Mic Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XeEY3H

Rode NTG2 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EoS5I4

Sennheiser Wireless Lav Mic Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XhoKGW

EV RE-20 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XhvdBD

Rane AD22S Amazon: https://amzn.to/2BJdzxl

Tascam Model 24 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XiLLt1

Blackmagic Design Television Studio HD Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WldDMJ

Blackmagic Design Hyperdeck Studio 2 Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WYiwvh

Video Transcript

Hey guys, welcome to One Man Video, it's David Tucker here. I'm glad you joined me. We are continuing to look at the studio build out and today we're going to be talking about audio gear. So we just did an episode that I hope you saw on the signal chain, so you can see how all the audio gets from basically where I'm at all the way into my [inaudible 00:00:30] unit and record it to the HyperDeck and everything that is in between the microphone and the HyperDeck for the recording. So you get a full overview there. But I wanted to give you, basically I wanted to pull out every piece of audio, like every microphone, every piece of audio gear that I have here and actually talk to you about each of these different units just so you can get a sense of how I use them, what worked, what didn't work and what might work for you given the different price points you have. Now I'm probably gonna do a separate video for each of these as a true product review, but I just wanted to hit the high points with this video.

Let me first of all step back in time a little bit. When I started recording videos for digitalparenting.com, let me tell you what my audio setup was. So one of the things I started off with that I really like is this Tascam DR-70D. This is a multitrack recorder, and you'll notice here this can actually screw onto the bottom of your DSLR camera and what this allows you to do is record directly to SD. And it's got XLR inputs, it actually has four. It got three on one side, one on another and so you could actually take microphones and actually plug them straight into here, and you could either record a mixed version. There's little nobs on the front, you can actually mix the four different inputs. Or you can actually record a multitrack version to where on the SD card, it'll output each as a separate file that you can then go back and mix together.

So this was a good unit. This was a good start for me. Again, this was when I was doing everything in post production, where I would take multiple cameras and the audio, sync them together with PluralEyes and then drop them into Premier and do the editing. But the great thing is, is this gives you a lot of capabilities for not a massive amount of money. And if you're doing a post production workflow, this might be a good way to go. And the other thing is, I still use this sometimes if I need to go record something remote, but I don't necessarily want to take all of my gear. This can still be a good unit.

But in terms of microphones, when I was starting very early on, doing videography, I actually leveraged probably what a lot of you have leveraged is this Rode video mic. This is a boom style microphone that you can mount directly on top of the camera, and it can actually plug into the camera directly, so you can actually record directly to the camera. And this has been a good unit but this is an absolute improvement over what you would get from the camera audio. But once I started using this, and started looking at some other options, I quickly decided this was not for me for this kind of shooting that I'm doing here in the studio.

So I've transitioned to actually using Sennheiser wireless microphones for most of my audio. So here is a Sennheiser EWG 4 series Lav microphone and I'm wearing a very similar one right now. And then you can notice here that vie actually got the version that's specific designed to work with a camera because you actually can take this and just mount this directly on top of the camera, and then take this XLR and plug it into whatever you're using, whether your camera has an XLR adapter or you're using something like the Tascam unit that I showed you earlier.

So this is still my preferred go-to approach for audio. So in my case and I'll really quickly go back and just show you guys if you missed the previous video. If we look here, here is my current setup. So this wireless microphone, it actually goes into a little eight channel snake that I have here that's about two feet from me right now. And then it goes into the Tascam Model 24. You get the audio delay from the Rane AD22S, that's what handles the difference between the output of the camera and the audio because the cameras delayed by about five frames into the HM, out to the HyperDeck. So that's the overall approach of what I'm doing. And so these work really well.

Now there's a couple of other use cases that I have. One of them is I record a podcast, The Digital Parenting Podcast, and in some cases that's just me, in some cases I have guests. So I have several of these electro-voice RE20 microphones. Now these are a classic kind of radio microphone that you've probably seen anywhere form your local radio station to ESPN if you've watched any ESPN radio. You'll see this microphone used a lot. And this microphone has remained largely unchanged for the last few decades but it is a solid dynamic microphone that does a great job for again podcast out radio style recording. So I still use these.

I don't use the Lav microphones when we're doing the podcast recording. Now one of the great things and I'll talk to you more about this in a minute. But I've got that Model 24 mixer that I'm using and it allows you to do both live mix, like you would have with a normal analog mixer. But you also can record multitrack, kind of like this Tascam unit. But you can record multitrack to an SD card directly on that mixer. I am a huge fan of that capability.

Now last microphone, I've got a Rode NTG2 boom microphone here. Now this microphone is one of the things I'm looking to install. I actually haven't installed this yet but there's a lot of times where I'm just doing some quick videos and maybe there's multiple people or I'm just trying to get into this area and I don't want to have to setup a Lav microphone and I can actually mount. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna be mounting this to the ceiling, and actually using it as a kind of as a better boom microphone than what you would have with something like this. So I will give you guys more updates as I start to use this.

But those are all the different microphones I'm using here in the studio as part of the studio build out. If you can afford to get the Lav microphones, that's gonna be a great fit for you. The other thing I would say is that if you can't and you just have money to start with something like this Rode video mic, that is gonna be a great start and it is gonna be so much better than what you would get just with your camera.

Now another thing we're gonna be doing in the future probably next week in terms of the build out, we'll be talking about the acoustic treatment that we put here. You probably haven't seen it because I haven't done a studio tour yet. But I'm actually in kind of what used to be my workshop area and I've built this out and there's concrete floors, there was just bare walls. And so we had to do some work to get the audio working. So I'll talk to you about all the acoustic treatments that we did. But this is my audio gear episode, thank you for joining us here on One Man Video.