B&H has the Tascam DR-40 XLR audio recorder along with a free copy of audio syncing sofware, PluralEyes 3, for $149 (reg. $199). It has dual XLR inputs and provides phantom power to popular shotgun mics used in video productions. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
The Zoom H4n has been the go-to external recorder since the whole HDSLR craze started. Zoom has recently announced a couple of new external audio recorders in recent months – with the Zoom H5 being the entry-level and more direct replacement for the H4n. B&H now has the Zoom H5 available for pre-order with availability set for July 28, 2014. You can find it here at B&H Photo.
The Zoom H4n has been a staple of the HDSLR dual-system audio realm since the introduction of the 5D Mark II. Over the past few years though, the market has somewhat left the H4n behind with units like the Tascam DR-100mkII and Olympus LS-100 delivering better controls and a lower noise floor. [Read more...]
B&H has a pair of great deals on the Zoom H4n and Tascam DR-100MkII XLR audio recorders right now. Both units come in a combo with a pair of Sony MDR-7506 headphones, which run $100 on their own. I swear by the Sony MDR-7506 headphones. They are the absolute best bang-for-your-buck studio headphones on the market – and have been for years. They are worth every penny of the $100 asking price.
The Zoom H4n and Sony MDR-7506 headphones is $309 here at B&H Photo.
The Tascam DR-100MkII and Sony MDR-7506 headphones is $339 here at B&H Photo.
Both units retail around $300. I have used both XLR recorders extensively and firmly believe the Tascam DR-100MkII is the better unit and certainly worth the $30 premium over the Zoom H4n kit. The Tascam has a lower noise floor and better control scheme. For more details, check out my comparison review of the Zoom H4n, Tascam DR-100MkII and Olympus LS-100.
Here are a couple of great videos on some common audio recorder comparisons, as well as a look into mic polar patterns and best practices for recording audio with your HDSLR video. In the first video we get a look at the noise levels on the Zoom H4n, Tascam DT-100 MKII, Sound Devices 702, Beachtek DXA-SLR PRO, Edirol R44, Tascam DR-680 and the juicedLink Riggy Micro and Riggy Assist.
This is a great video to bookmark for reference given all of the mic comparisons within. Being a big fan of the Tascam DR-100 MKII, I was rather surprised at how well the juicedLink Riggy preamps performed when recorded direct to camera. They are obviously doing some good work over at juicedLink.
Next, take a look at this video with Olivia Speranza and Robert from juicedLink as he goes over some mic performance and behaviors, as well as other best practices when recording audio for video.
I’ve been using the Zoom H4n for a couple of years or so now when shooting with HDSLRs like the 5D Mark II and 7D. Tons of other users around the world have been using it as well.
The Zoom H4n has a lot of stuff going for it – it’s compact, it’s relatively inexpensive and it provides much better sound quality than you get out of your DSLR’s internal mic. However, the Zoom H4n isn’t the only game in town. [Read more...]