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Chapter 5. Working with Sound > Audio Equipment Shopping List

Audio Equipment Shopping List

This section recommends audio gear that will provide the maximum possible sound quality for your production. Some of this equipment can get quite expensive, so consider hiring a sound recordist who has his or her own gear. You can also rent as needed if buying this gear puts you over budget.

Microphones

A high-quality microphone is a critical piece of your production audio package. One solid, hyper-cardioid or shotgun mic and a boom pole can capture the vast majority of the production dialogue for an entire show. Some good shotgun mics are the Shure SM89 (Figure 5.3) and the Sennheiser MKH-416, MKH-60, and MKH-70. Omni-directional microphones, such as the Shure VP88 (Figure 5.4), are excellent for recording ambience and sound effects, but in general their pickup pattern is too broad for clean dialogue. Avoid stereo mics except for sound effects, because they can make dialogue mixing very difficult in post.


  

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