A BUDGET RECORDING MIC

BUILD A SELF CONTAINED RECORDING
MICROPHONE - FOR LESS THAN £50

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When it comes to recording 'vox pop' video interviews the handheld wireless - or cordless - microphone is a firm favourite. There are various different types to choose from, and they all have their pros and cons. This project shows how to create a professional looking - and sounding - cordless interview mic for less than £50 -- Firstly, a quick look at some of the options already available...

Wireless Radio Mic: The choice of the live broadcaster - True radio mics allow for live transmission (and/or recording) of dialogue, without the need for a wired microphone connection.
Pros:
• The only option for cordless 'live' audio
• Allows for remote monitoring and control of the audio
• Allows for recording directly onto a camcorder fitted with an external mic input, for perfect audio 'sync'
Cons:
• Expensive (especially when including the cost of the battery operated receiver required for fully portable 'field' work )
• May need to include the cost of a remote audio recorder, if there is no camcorder mic input
• Subject to interference in some situations

'Plug-on' Audio Recorder: Professional alternative to radio mics for recorded sequences (not suitable for live broadcasts).. The Tascam DR10X (shown opposite) is an example of this type of unit
Pros:
• Cheaper than a radio system
• Capable of excellent quality audio
• Not subject to radio interference

Cons:
• Still relatively expensive for the amateur user
• A good quality dynamic mic needs to be added to the cost
• Only suitable for recorded audio
• The audio needs to be 'synced' with the camera audio in your video editor

Hand held Audio Recorder: A self contained unit for recorded sequences (not suitable for live broadcasts)..There are many choices for this option, with prices starting as low as £75 for a high quality 'wav' file recorder
Pros:
• Cheaper than both radio and 'plug-on' systems
• Capable of excellent quality audio
• Not subject to radio interference

Cons:
• Very sensitive to handling and wind noise
• Effective windshields are not easily fitted
• The ergonomics are not ideal for 'hand held' interview recordings
• Only suitable for recording audio
• The audio needs to be 'synced' with the camera audio in your video editor

This project draws on aspects of those last 2 options -
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ASSEMBLY
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