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Discover how to record good quality audio

From cinematographers to vloggers, every video content creator can agree that clear, crisp audio can make a world of difference to your footage. While the built-in camera on your DSLR or mirrorless camera can do a decent job for off-hand moments or casual home videos, external microphones are your best bet when it comes to quality and consistency.

Professional digital video cameras often feature XLR inputs, which require an external microphone, while TRSS compatible microphones are designed for on-the-go content creators who use their smartphone or tablet to film. Alternatively, a USB microphone is a great option for podcasters or anyone wishing to record audio from a computer.

Get to know different types of microphones

For the best results, it’s important to choose the type of microphone that suits your content creation style. If you prefer to shoot with a mirrorless or DSLR camera, for example, you may want to consider a hot-shoe mounted video microphone, which can be easily transported and used handheld.

If your shoots are a little more adventurous, a lavalier microphone may be your best bet. Portable and discreet, these compact microphones can be clipped onto your collar or lapel and pick up essential audio with minimal background noise, making them perfect for interviews and outdoor recording. Don’t want your microphone to be visible at all? Opt for a shotgun microphone, which can be positioned behind your camera and out of sight without compromising sound quality.

Turn up the volume on your content creation

When choosing a microphone, remember that there are two main types of microphone capsules: Condensers, which capture quieter sounds, and dynamic microphones, which are best for capturing loud sounds such as live instruments and sound effects. Also consider other accessories you may need to capture the best possible audio, such as wind filters or dead cats for outdoor shoots or pop filters for vocal and studio work.

At Ted’s, our wide range of microphones and audio accessories has everything you need to start recording professional-quality audio. Explore our microphones and dial up your content quality today!