What kind of equipment do I need to have for outdoor recordings?
I would like to record some outdoor sounds for films. I mean like background sounds like bird choruses in the forest, traffic, highway and city ambience and athmosphere.
But I don’t know where to start and what kind of equipment I need to get for the best quality!
What is your budget?
Sound design is fun!
A field recorder like those from Zoom (I like the H4), Edirol, Marantz, Tascam, Sony, M-Audio, Fostex… among others… and a couple of decent condenser mics (Audio Technica makes good ones) or a stereo mic (I like my Audio Technica AT-825 – and the Shure VP88 is good).
And a good set of closed-ear headphones like those from Sony or Bose so you can monitor what you are recording…
Other things that might help:
A mic stand or two (or a mic stand adapter so you can mount multiple mics) and shock mounts for each mic.
A mic boom and shock mount
A “softie” or zeppelin for eliminating wind noise (Rykote makes good ones)
A shotgun mic (Audio Technica or Sennheiser)
XLR extension cables
sturdy cases (like those from Pelican or SKB)
Later, a ProTools multi-track set up from DigiDesign can come in handy – expensive, though…
This is a start…
Zoom H1 Outdoor Tonbeispiele und Vergleich, Windtest