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best way to record sound on a low budget?

Daniel Delarusa

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Hello everyone


I bought myself the 7D a couple of months ago and started to use it for the shorts I'm shooting. The only problem, as all of you probably know, is the audio.


A buddy of mine recently told me about the ZOOM H4N. I checked it out over the internet but thought I would ask people who understand something about that before I spend that kind of money.


It would be great if you guys could share some of your thoughts on this.


thank you



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Double system sound is best. It's more complicated, usually requires slates (see current thread in "Assistant Cameraman" sub-forum ( Slating ), and more crew but is well worth the effort.



I always recommend reading Tomlinson Holman's "Sound for Film and Television" as a first point in learning how to record professional quality sound. His initials are the "TH" in THX, he developed the system.


I'm now using the new Sound Devices USB Pre 2 outboard sound card with a netbook and Sound Forge Studio for recording. It's working extremely well. Not cheap but still more than $1,000 less than a standalone Sound Devices or Nagra professional digital recorder

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I recommend that you pose this question to the Sound folks. :)






http://www.coffeyinteractive.com/phpbb2/ramps.php - RAMPS, Sound Newsgroup


http://www.coffeyinteractive.com - Sound Forum



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