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Pro Audio Equipment

The need for audio in filmmaking is sometimes understated, but with the help of exceptional equipment, this needn't be the case. There is a large variety of audio equipment that is available on the market, and it's up to filmmakers to take advantage of it and explore their options.

The main reason why microphones are used in filmmaking is that they can convert energy that's acoustic and transform it into electrical signals which can be integrated with the purpose of recording. The reason why on-camera microphones aren’t used to recorded sound is that they are only able to catch sounds if they’re close to the source. The few situations where (high quality) on-camera microphones are used in require an urgent response and there isn’t time to set up a range of audio equipment.

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  1. RODE Professional Studio Boom Arm - PSA1

    • studio boom arm
    • for radio broadcast studio and home use
    • horizontal reach of 820mm
    • vertical reach of 840mm
    • full 360 degree rotation
    • desk-clamp and desk-insert style attachments

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    £75.00 Ex VAT £90.00 Inc VAT
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  2. RODE GRIP+ (iphone 5/5S) Multi-purpose mount & lens kit for iPhone

    • Handheld pistol grip filming with the iPhone
    • Handheld audio recording with the i-XY stereo microphone
    • Boom stand mounted audio recording with the i-XY
    • Camera-mounted audio recording with the i-XY
    • Desktop mounted for handsfree iPhone display and filming
    • Camera-mounted iPhone display for photography apps

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    £61.66 Ex VAT £73.99 Inc VAT
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  3. RODE Long Shotgun Blimp Extension Kit for original Blimp

    • 256mm blimp extension piece
    • 2 sets of rigid silicone bands
    • extra long DeadWombat fur windshield
    • furry brush
    • Works with any 600mm barrel shotgun
    • A Rode Blimp is required to use this product

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    £55.00 Ex VAT £66.00 Inc VAT
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  4. RODE smartLav+ Microphone

    • Professional Lavalier Mic with TRRS Jack
    • Omni-directional condenser capsule
    • Discrete 4.5mm miniature microphone
    • Clip-On Mic for iPhone and Android
    • Quality Recording to Your Smartphone
    • Use with Rode Rec App for Apple iOS

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    £51.67 Ex VAT £62.00 Inc VAT
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  5. Proaim 12ft Carbon Fiber Boom Pole with 40cm R Blimp

    • Adjustable from 3-feet to 12-feet full extension
    • Internally wired boom poles with Male XLR cable at plug base
    • Strong carbon fiber pole with sure lock adjustment system
    • Padded hand grips
    • For microphones up to 13 inches
    • Collapsible sections with unique design to reduce length for storage

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    £264.24 Ex VAT £317.09 Inc VAT
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  6. Proaim BMP40 R Blimp Windshield

    • Modular construction
    • Entire Zeppelin and suspension system disassembles
    • ABS constructed Pistol Grip handle with XLR cable connection
    • Accommodates mics up to 24mm in diameter and 12-inch in length
    • Boom pole adapter set
    • 40cm synthetic fur covers for additional audio control

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    £127.51 Ex VAT £153.01 Inc VAT
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  7. RODE Link Filmmaker Kit Digital Wireless System for Filmmakers

    • Series II, 2.4GHz digital transmission
    • 128-bit encryption
    • Up to 100 metres range*
    • OLED display (on receiver)
    • One button pairing
    • Three level gain control

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    £307.50 Ex VAT £369.00 Inc VAT
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  8. Proaim 12ft Carbon Fiber Boom Pole with 20ft Long XLR Cable

    • Extends up to 12-feet
    • Internally wired boom poles with Male XLR cable plug at base
    • Strong carbon fiber pole with locking system
    • Weight: 800 g
    • For microphones up to 13 inches
    • Collapsible sections

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    Regular Price: £191.76

    Special Price: £100.00 Ex VAT £120.00 Inc VAT

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  9. RODE NT5 Microphone

    • Externally biased condenser
    • Gold sputtered 1/2” capsule
    • Heavy-duty satin-nickel plated body
    • Dual power operation
    • Surface mount circuitry
    • Full frequency response

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    £162.50 Ex VAT £195.00 Inc VAT
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  10. Proaim BMP60 S Long Blimp Windshield

    • Angle of the basket through the joint is freely adjustable.
    • Wind protection basket is removable
    • Flexible and stiff plastic skeleton
    • 60cm and 40cm Fur Covers
    • Adapter Set for Boom Pole
    • Different shapes of Mic Holders

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    £139.10 Ex VAT £166.92 Inc VAT
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  11. RODE VideoMic Pro R Microphone

    • 40 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
    • 9V Battery Powered
    • 1/8" Mini-Jack Output
    • Two-Step High Pass Filter
    • Three-Position Level Control
    • Includes Camera Shoe Mount

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    £162.50 Ex VAT £195.00 Inc VAT
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  12. Proaim BMP60 R Pro Long Blimp (60cm) Windscreen

    • Modular construction
    • Entire zeppelin and suspension system disassembles
    • ABS constructed pistol grip handle with XLR cable connection
    • Accommodates mics up to 24mm in diameter and 16-inch in length
    • Blimp extension of 20cm provided (40cm-60cm)
    • Synthetic fur covers for additional audio control

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    £139.10 Ex VAT £166.92 Inc VAT
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  13. RODE NTG3B Microphone - Matte Black

    • Designed to withstand adverse environmental conditions
    • 50% less self-noise than the majority of shotgun microphones
    • True condenser (externally RF biased)
    • Extremely low handling noise
    • High level of immunity to radio frequency broadcast
    • Matte Black finish reduces reflection

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    £504.17 Ex VAT £605.00 Inc VAT
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  14. RODE Lavalier Microphone

    • discreet lapel microphone
    • broadcast-quality audio when close-miked
    • RØDE MiCon Connector
    • Omnidirectional Polar Pattern
    • Condenser Element
    • Includes Windscreen and Wind Muff

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    £157.50 Ex VAT £189.00 Inc VAT
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  15. Sony UWP-D11 Belt-pack Wireless Mic Package

    • UWP-D digital audio processing for high quality sound
    • Large display and small size receiver
    • Fast and easy channel scan
    • Automatic channel setting mode
    • Wide frequency coverage
    • True Diversity reception system

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    From: Excl. Tax: £533.00 £639.60 Inc VAT

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Pro Audio Equipment

The need for audio in filmmaking is sometimes understated, but with the help of exceptional equipment, this needn't be the case. There is a large variety of audio equipment that is available on the market, and it's up to filmmakers to take advantage of it and explore their options.

The main reason why microphones are used in filmmaking is that they can convert energy that's acoustic and transform it into electrical signals which can be integrated with the purpose of recording. The reason why on-camera microphones aren’t used to recorded sound is that they are only able to catch sounds if they’re close to the source. The few situations where (high quality) on-camera microphones are used in require an urgent response and there isn’t time to set up a range of audio equipment.

There are many different types of recording and enhancing tools which can be incorporated into the filmmaking process. It’s not mandatory that a team possess all of these to create a good film, but it does make a notable difference. Here are some of the equipment you’ll find on the set of a typical film.

Audio Recorders

External audio recorders aren’t mandatory for the process because most cameras already possess an internal audio recorder which is enough to get the job done. They do have the benefit of being able to separately record each sound as a separate track that can be recorded and edited later. Aside from the quality, it provides users with control over this quality. Filmmakers can change certain features such as the standard compressed audio to uncompressed. Audio recorders also offer users with the convenience of portability so instead of having to carry it separately; it can be used while sitting atop a camera.

Boom Poles and Blips

Seasoned filmmakers know that the secret to establishing excellent audio for a film is to get the right ratio of noise to sound. The way this can be done is to keep the microphone at an adequate distance from the source of the sound, i.e., not too close, not too far either. It may be easy to use a microphone along with your camera but sometimes there is the need to record important sounds, and this situation calls for a boom pole. 

Wireless Audio

Filmmaking has progressed past the point when recording high-quality audio required cables entangled everywhere. Wireless audio recording sources are now all the rage because they offer a filming team to move freely without tripping over wires. Camera operators can quickly change their position to capture the best view, and the same can be said for the sound. Wider shots that capture expansive frames can implement the use of wireless microphones because it reduces the need for a boom pole.

Audio Cables

It can’t be denied that wireless microphones offer every bit of advantage, but filmmakers can't say goodbye to the use of audio cables just yet. They make up an important part of filmmaking audio equipment, and their use in the past can't be ignored. Audio cable connectors are used to connect a recording device to a DSLR camera to enhance its recording capabilities.