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Brian Green
Recording Audio for DSLR Video Interview
on Nov 20, 2017 at 5:49:01 pm
Last Edited By Brian Green on Nov 20, 2017 at 7:08:35 pm

Hello everyone!

Aside from hooking up a lav to the interviewees, my current interview setup of a RODE NTG-2 shotgun mic coupled with a Zoom H4n Pro isn't doing the trick (it's not recording a strong enough sound).

Would love some recommendations for a different shotgun mic, recorder, and/or setup.

Thanks so much.


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Richard Crowley
Re: Recording Audio for DSLR Video Interview
on Nov 20, 2017 at 9:31:15 pm

You said "interviewees" plural? And you are using a single shotgun mic for two or more people?
Do you have a boom operator swinging the mic toward whomever is speaking?
At what distance are you trying to use the microphone?

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Recording audio without metering and monitoring is exactly like framing and focusing without looking at the viewfinder.


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Brian Green
Re: Recording Audio for DSLR Video Interview
on Nov 21, 2017 at 4:35:47 pm

Hello Richard!

Just a one person interview. Mic on boom stand. Any suggestion for a mic/recorder combo? Thank you!


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Bruce Watson
Re: Recording Audio for DSLR Video Interview
on Nov 21, 2017 at 9:47:19 pm

[Brian Green] "Aside from hooking up a lav to the interviewees, my current interview setup of a RODE NTG-2 shotgun mic coupled with a Zoom H4n Pro isn't doing the trick (it's not recording a strong enough sound).

Would love some recommendations for a different shotgun mic, recorder, and/or setup."


Yeah, you aren't the first. By a long shot. The problem of using a bargain mic (low sensitivity) and a bargain mixer/recorder (preamps without much clean gain), is noise. If you want a louder signal with less noise, you're going to have to spend some money, either on a more sensitive mic, or better preamps that can supply sufficient clean gain, or preferably both.

You want suggestions. So... how about a used Sennheiser MKH 60 for a shotgun. It will definitely give you more signal, and it's very quiet. The Rode alternative is the NTG-3 but it's also considerably more expensive than your NTG-2. For better mic preamps I'm thinking used Sound Devices equipment. A used MixPre-D would give you excellent mic pres, outstanding limiters, and excellent meters, and it's designed to give you outs to DSLRs. But... it doesn't include a recorder. If you really want a recorder, you can probably do rather well with a Zoom F4. Really good mic pres, and it records. And no, an H6 isn't going to do it for you.


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