Have you ever wondered why nature documentaries use a lot of music for audio tracks? That’s because it can a difficult to get good sound in nature. So, I give you a short list of the best microphones for recording nature.
The use of a shotgun mic, stereo mic, or lavalier can greatly enhance the video production’s sound quality.
Shotgun microphones are great for capturing sound directly in front of the camera. They can either be handled on a boom pole or mounted directly on the camera. The microphone should be attached to the camera’s hot shoe(The metal bracket on top of the camera with electrical contacts)and plugged straight into the camera’s audio jack.(If there is one) The two best for this use are the Sennheiser MKE400 and the Shure VP83F. Always make sure to check the type of connector your camera has.
Some other commonly used shotgun microphones for videography are the Audio-Technica AT897, Rode NTG1 Condenser, and the Sennheiser MKH-416 which is water resistant.
A way to use lavaliers for outside recording is to place one on either side of trees. This can simulate a binaural or stereo recording. You would still need lavs that use phantom power and a recorder with phantom ports to get a stereo signal this way. Another way would be to run the mics into a mixer before sending the signal to the recorder. Two lavs that can be used in this way are the Audio-Technica 803b and the Sennheiser MKE-2-PC.
Remember The Basics
Don’t forget to keep in mind the basic concepts of microphone placement. Position the mic where it can ‘hear’ the best balance of sound emitted. Not an easy task but it makes it all the more satisfying when you get that great audio!