Good Microphones for Video

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A good microphone is essential if you’re interested in producing quality videos.

When I bought my first prosumer camera (a Canon XL1) back in 2000, I also bought a tripod, and a microphone.

The mic was an Electro-Voice 635A, a classic, rugged dynamic handheld microphone that is legendary in broadcast circles.

To go along with it, one of my news friends gave me a Sony ECM 44B.  It is also a standard piece of professional equipment.

Both are good microphones for videos.  I’ve used the 635A to track stories, and in the field for run and gun interviews.

The ECM on the other hand is a lavalier mic.  It clips onto the lapel area or tie, and works well for sit down interviews.

There are so many things to consider when buying a microphone.  These two mics along with my studio EV RE-2o have served me well.

That being said, you may not want to spend upwards of $100.00 or more on a microphone.

Audio-Technica 2005 USB

AT 2005 USB/XLR Mic

That’s where the Audio-Technica AT2005USB microphone comes in to play.  It is a versatile affordable hybrid handheld mic that can plug directly into a computer via USB, and it also has a balanced XLR connection.  The AT2005 is good for podcasting, recording voice overs, and it can be used as a field mic.

The best part is that the AT2005 sounds great and costs between $50-$80 bucks.

Another good microphone for video is the Radio Shack 30-3013.  It’s a lavaliere condenser mic that costs around $30.

Good Microphones for Videos

Electro-Voice 635A
Audio-Technica AT2005USB
Sony ECM 44B
Radio Shack 33-3013 

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