A collection of the audio equipment that I use for all of my filmmaking and podcast needs.
RØDE NT-USB USB CONDENSOR MICROPHONE
The quality of Røde microphones never lets me down. This NT-USB model microphone from Røde is my absolute go-to condenser microphone for all of my audio needs for when I’m not using my Røde lavalier microphone. For the price that this microphone sells for, I am consistently blown away by the quality that it provides and it instantly ups the quality of my live streams and podcasts by providing high quality audio that makes a noticeable positive difference in any content medium.
ZOOM H1 PORTABLE DIGITAL RECORDER
Anytime I'm in a contained environment, I'll use a lav mic connected to this digital recorder. I have found the Zoom H1 paired with the Røde smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone to be the best option for my needs - a better option than a wireless microphone setup, in my opinion, from both an ease of use and budget point of view. Not to mention, this digital recorder does a great job of capturing ambient sounds for cinematic vlog sound design!
RØDE SMARTLAV+ LAVALIER MICROPHONE
I’ve had a few “go-to” lavalier microphones in my filmmaking career, but with the unbelievably high audio quality that Røde microphones consistently provide me with, I had to make the switch to a Røde lavalier microphone. I use the smartLav+ in conjunction with the Zoom H1 Portable Digital Recorder and the Røde SC3 TRRS to TRS Adapter (see below) to film all of my YouTube videos. The nice thing about this lavalier microphone is that it can also be used as an audio input on my iPhone (without an adapter needed) whenever I don’t have my Zoom H1 nearby.
RØDE SC3 3.5MM TRRS TO TRS ADAPTER
This little adapter is essential if you plan on using the Røde smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone with the Zoom H1 Portable Digital Recorder. This is because the smartLav+ is intended for audio recording directly on the iPhone, which has a different input setup than audio recorders like the Zoom H1. Not to worry, however, as this adapter will solve that problem for you and will allow you to use the smartLav+ and Zoom H1 together - a cost-effective, yet high-quality audio setup solution that allows for versatility in the field so that I can use the same Røde lavalier microphone for both iPhone and Zoom H1 recording purposes.
Whenever I’m not using my Røde smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone and Zoom H1 Portable Digital Recorder combo or the Røde NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone, I’m using this Røde VideoMicro that attaches directly to my Sony a6500 to capture audio. If you plan on vlogging or capturing audio directly on your mirrorless/DLSR camera itself, you’re definitely going to need an external microphone solution because nearly all in-camera microphones are horrible. This is the most cost-effective and high-quality external microphone setup that I have used to date and it’s remarkably small for such a powerful microphone (hence the name).