Audio Gear


You can spend a lot of money on audio equipment, but I had used a very simple set-up on a lot of my productions – including a feature-length film – with great results. It consisted of the Zoom H4 portable audio recorder, and the RODE NTG-2 shotgun microphone (with a boompole, blimp, windscreen, etc.).

Since then, I have upgraded to newer versions of this recorder and mic. Here is what I currently use


Zoom H5 Handy Recorder on BH Photo Video, Adorama, Henry’s, eBay, Amazon, Amazon Canada, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany

Rode NTG 4+ shotgun microphone on B&H, Adorama, Henry’s, eBay, Amazon,, Amazon UK,

The Rode NTG-2 mic is still a good option – and it is much cheaper than the NTG-4+. You can get it here: B&H, Adorama, Henry’s, eBay, Amazon,, Amazon UK,


If you want an even better audio recorder, with 8 tracks, a safety track, and other great features, then I would get this one

Zoom F8 Multi-Track Field Recorder on B&H, Adorama, Henry’s, eBay, Amazon,,


Sometimes you cannot use a shotgun mic in a scene, and you’re better off using wireless lav microphones. Although some people complain about the reliability of wireless microphones, the following kit from Rode has never failed me. I strongly recommend it.

Rode RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit on B&H, Adorama, Henry’s, eBay, Amazon,, Amazon UK,

I have a post where I talk more in depth about my audio set-up on films. It also lists all the audio accessories I use. You can check it out here.

I also have a video where I directly compare these three portable audio recorders: Zoom H6, Zoom H5 and Tascam DR-40. You can check out my tests here.

If you want to find out how I used my old audio set-up (with NTG-2 and Zoom H4) on my documentary “Montañita: Beach Life”, then please check out Tutorial 19.

One thought on “Audio Gear”

  1. Hi guys,

    I just bought a Zoom F8 audio recorder and recently downloaded the 3.0 firmware. I don’t know how to operate the whole devise and need help, if you have video tutorials on how to operate it I would really appreciate it.


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