Having a professional sound in your projects can really turn up the production value of your films. Whether you’re trying to capture sounds on set or you’re trying to record a voice over, having the right tools for the job can be the difference between good sounds and bad sound.
Types of microphones:
Before you can go out and buy a microphone it’s important to know which microphone you need to buy, different microphones serve different purposes. Furthermore, it’s important to remember that even the most expensive microphone can’t fix poor training; understanding the basics and foundations of recording sound is the most important tool in your kit.
Dynamic – These are mostly used for voice-over and anything that involves voices in a contained and controlled environment. They can also serve as a pretty good general purpose microphone if you’re on a budget. No power supply is needed for these to function and they are generally quite inexpensive.
Lavalier Mic – Also know as a lapel mics. These mics are great because they’re so small, they are great if you’re trying to conceal your sound equipment. Most commonly used on talk shows and in situations where getting a microphone close the subject is quite difficult.
Shotgun Mic – These are directional microphones that you commonly see on film sets. They are designed to pickup audio from a particular source and do a good job of limiting noise from other areas. They are quite expensive but record extremely good quality.
Hopefully this post has given you some more insight into the best types of microphones for your videos. There are many options available to you, however, no microphone can fix poor training. Make sure you know the principals of recording sound before you buy or get started.