Basic Audio Recording Advice
Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:08 PM
That being said I am now trying to figure out the audio portion of the budget.
Let's just say I have a MKH416 (for example) and I want to sync the sound later in the post. WHAT ALL DO I NEED TO RECORD SOUND WITH IT?
- basic equipment: module? windscreen? boom pole?
- preamp? mixer? (or do most mixers have built in preamps?) ANY EXTRA CABLES?
If there are any suggestions on the specific equipment that would be appreciated. I'm basically trying to figure out what indie filmmakers use to record audio, that sounds just as professional as hollywood filmmakers.
Posted 30 June 2011 - 12:16 PM
Tomlinson's initials are the "TH" in THX.
Posted 05 December 2011 - 02:04 AM
a) A good shotgun mic ( Rode NT3G or Sennheiser 416 for example)
a zeppelin type shockmount enclosure and windjammer
c) a boom pole
d) a portable recorder with XLR inputs, basic time code and built in preamps. (Marantz PMD661 is an example). You can always add a field mixer with preamps later if you can afford it. Avoid recording devices that have only mini jack inputs if you can. The connections are not very reliable and secure. Devices with XLR inputs will lock mic cables in place securly and also avoid the need for mic cable to jack adapters.
Posted 19 December 2011 - 08:23 PM
It's worth learning a bit of theory, as this will affect the way the sound is both recorded, mixed and mastered. Quantisation noise, and aliasing are good things to start looking into.
Posted 31 December 2011 - 06:08 PM
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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:48 PM
I would recommend just getting a green sound guy that has some of this equipement. If he/she is willing to work for mostly experience, then you solve your budget issue. You're gambling on the quality, but I think it's a safe bet assuming you yourself, or a friend, would be operating everything that you buy/rent otherwise. To answer your question directly, there are only a few musts for sync sound (double system aka when you don't record straight to camera)...
1) recorder: look for at least 16bit and 48KHz in the specs and the ability to record .WAV files, as well as XLR inputs, and phantom power. NO .MP3 reocrders!
2) microphone: tons of reviews out there, but you'll probably want an all-purpose short-shotgun for the most balanced approach. Not going to be the best selection for every situation, but it'll do the job. The 416 you mentioned is pretty popular, but there are several other [higher end] options. My favorite dialog mic is a Schoeps CMC-MK41.
3) cables: to get the mic to the recorder, probably just one XLR
4) operator: someone who has used the setup you use on set before you actually start shooting with success
5) mixer: a decent field mixer will have much better preamps and limiters than a basic recorder, and you'll have much more control of the levels...tons of options out there, but what does your shoot require (number of people talking in one scene, for example)?
Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:46 PM
Mixing and recording sound properly for a film takes far more than a shotgun mic and a recorder with XLR inputs. It takes a lot of specialized equipment and, more importantly, people who know what they are doing.
Hiring a "green" sound mixer will only yield bad audio and bad habits. Neither of which serve you in the long run other than hopefully teach you what not to do.
If your aim is to be a producer you can be served well by learning a bit about each department, what goes in to a PROPERLY run set, and where and how to allocate the budget.
A producer gets to be a producer by experience not by simply adopting the title.