I'm looking to record some sound in a "closed" setting similar to sound engineers when I toured the foley section of a movie production. Unfortunately, there wasn't a Q & A opportunity.

I'm looking for make and model, and any advice on differences (if any) between different use (for example for recording different frequencies).

I intend to process the recording on a Mac (not sure if this matters, but just in case it does).


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I'm an indie filmmaker. I've done sound for my friends sometimes. The sound guy I know (and we're super low budget indie) uses the same mic he booms with on set.

He tried using a better one that was usb based but the sound was much different in quality then the sound recorded on the day.

For reference he's using the Rhode NTG 2 http://www.rodemic.com/mics/ntg-2 (about $300) It uses XLR cables which can be a pain in the but for getting it in to your comp. I also have an NTG 2 and I still prefer my Rhode Video mic http://www.rodemic.com/mics/videomic (it's cheaper and doesn't use XLR cables) ($150ish)

You could also try something like a Blue Yeti http://www.bluemic.com/yeti/ (about $150 but it was on sale for $75 at staples the other week) I have 1 of those and it has multiple settings so you might be able to find one that works. The blue yeti is good because you can use it for a lot of other stuff like podcast recording or music.

  • Hi, thanks for answering. Have you encountered any limitation in terms of sound quality with your setup with the Rhode Video mic versus the NTG 2?
    – Global nomad
    Jun 19, 2012 at 22:56
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    No I have never had issues with the video mic. We shot several episodes of our webseries with both running and I ended up using the Video Mic mainly. It seemed to capture the scene more evenly. I'm not pro at sound though I just know my way around a Zoom H4N , boom pole and mic
    – Phasefire
    Jun 19, 2012 at 22:59
  • Will look up the website. It's a start. Again, thanks for sharing. Very much appreciated.
    – Global nomad
    Jun 19, 2012 at 23:12
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    It's worth noting that mics that use XLR connectors will almost certainly give you better sound. Jun 20, 2012 at 6:22

Hey I'm also an independent filmmaker ultra zero budget indie sorta guy and i just started a foley web-series and we are using the Yeti Pro by blue, a bit more professional but same idea.

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    – JoshP
    Dec 25, 2012 at 22:36
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