RODE Videomic, video review

Creating videos for this blog is tons of fun. However, it does require some specialized equipment. It doesn’t have to be super expensive, just designed for the job at hand. The RODE Videomic is the perfect example. It is a directional microphone, which means that it records sound from a specific area. Here’s my video review of the RODE Videomic, which contains an on-location shot from Aruba, providing a good demonstration of the piece in action.

Given the wind and water noise at the shoreline, I was impressed with the RODE Videomic’s capability. My voice was clearly heard and the people behind the camera could not be heard at all, which is what this microphone is designed to do, record the sound from straight ahead. For the price point, RODE has done a great job. Thanks!

Audio Technica AT2020 (video review)

Audio Technica’s AT2020 microphone is doing a great job for me. I use this microphone in both the XLR version and the USB version to record the voiceovers on the many videos you see here on the blog. Check out my video review.

Here in Aruba, I did not want to construct an entire video blog studio, which is why I bought the USB version. It is literally plug and play, making it easy to operate. In that video, I did no post-production clean up of the audio. With a little tweaking, you’ll get very good results from the AT2020. I will be adding a few sound dampening panels to the room and a mic-trap to improve the general results. However, given that much of the work I produce is viewed/heard over the internet, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to spend tons of money to get perfect sound and video because everyone’s playback equipment is different. Someone watching one of my blog videos on a laptop in an airport will never have the opportunity to hear that crystal clear sound. Clarity is essential in any setting, and the AT2020 does it well. Of course, speaking clearly is the best place to start.