I am a Novice Sound Designer and would like to do field recording to build my own personal library of sounds. I am looking for some advise on which recording equipment and microphones I should purchase to get me started?

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    Can we add to this question, "I would also like to build a small kit to record production audio, what is the minimum effective setup for a novice like myself who wants to break into recording dialogue and sound on set?"
    – Chris
    Commented May 5, 2011 at 6:19
  • @Carmine Do you have a budget? Commented May 5, 2011 at 10:04
  • Yes, $1000-$1500.
    – Carmine M
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 6:40

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@Carmine & @Chris,

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The Zoom H4n is a versatile, easy-to-use, reliable piece of equipment at a very reasonable price. Highly recommend it; however, there are many other options...i'd look at the specs. and read into them. There ultimately is no correct answer...just depends on your preferences and price range.


  • Thanks Jonathan. I've looked at the Zoom H4n and I think I am going to get something a little studier, I do appreciated your input. Carmine
    – Carmine M
    Commented May 9, 2011 at 6:43

Nice blog article here: http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/gear-for-starting-out-field-recording

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