You NEED This Under $25 MONSTER Budget Camera Audio Gear!

by birtanpublished on May 29, 2021

Audio is by far and away the most important part of video production it's not even close bad audio will ruin your video faster than anything else so today we're gonna find out how you can increase your audio by not spending too much money well let's get to it what's up everyone I'm the everyday dad if I can figure it out you can figure it out welcome back to why don't know what we're calling this yet it's budget something it used to be called reviewing the cheapest but now it's like budget video production how to make your videos better for the smallest amount of money as possible because I'm not made of

Money you're not made of money we gotta save money that's the name of the game so today we're gonna check out some audio equipment that I found that seems reasonably priced and should be pretty good for making sure that we have the crispiest audio possible because we don't want people to hear no you need good audio so today we've got the takstar SGC 5 9 8 recording microphone and the boya be ym1 now astute viewers will know that I actually checked this out almost a year two years ago oh when we did these $75 YouTube studios we're gonna check

That out again and to help us out with all of this today we almost broke it but we've got the handy dandy g85 so we're gonna compare the audio with just the camera itself then we're gonna unbox these plug it in see how they sound combined together and then for a bonus at the end we're gonna talk about because again it's not reviewing the cheapest it's how you can make your video production better on a budget I'm gonna show you my favorite budget audio device so stay tuned for that okay let's check it out so we've got the g85 on pretty big darn fan of the g85 so this

Is the audio straight out of the g 85 we've currently you know we're not using my nice professional audio system now this is just straight audio from the g 85 audio test one two three audio test one two three Panasonic has great preamps Panasonic generally has some of the best audio you're gonna find so whatever that sounds like that's as good as you're gonna get so let's start off with the shotgun microphone I currently use a shotgun microphone in my own video production but it's an XLR one so let's get to the SGC five nine eight oh I bet

It comes with a nice little carrying case and I spent amount of dollars on this microphone I can never remember when we make the videos so it was that much MIT's got a nice little microphone case the SGC five nine eight condenser microphone and it was product qualified certified by inspector q something-something zero 3q something-something zero three thank you for your dedicated work nice little thing here ooh the microphone uh-oh please continue to not eat the silica gel that is bad for your health don't eat it I got go pick that up after this

Video okay so what do we got in the box we've got the microphone we've got some spare parts which we're not gonna use so here's the microphone it actually it feels pretty darn good I mean it's made of plastic you're not going to escape that for the price that we paid my biggest complaint that I see right now off the bat is that there is no way like here's the cable it's a TRS it's a TRS cable so it should work perfectly fine with the g85 that we're gonna try out but I already don't like that this is like stuck on here so there's no way you will not be able to boom this this is

Only gonna be able to be mounted on the camera itself it's got a little windscreen on it so you should be safe using it outdoors a little bit but I doubt that would stand up to too much you know we're not just not gonna use that right now but I doubt that would stand up to too much abuse or wind noise the buttons feel pretty good on I don't think it does of used batteries it does use batteries it uses one double a battery that we're gonna go need to find here real quick because it wouldn't be this video series if I remembered to bring the batteries up here right

Yeah I haven't been using my rode wireless filmmakers kid anymore so I can use the battery that comes with that I think the batteries are so good I've been using the rode wireless go and it's been great so on there we go okay that was probably user error so it does have a nice little cold shoe hot shoe mountain here on the top it's got zero or plus ten decibels that's important because again if you watch my videos I recommend that you do not just use the audio to set to auto you should turn the preamps down as low as possible inside of your camera

And let the microphone do the work if it has +10 decibels that's even better so let's pop it on V G 85 and to see how it sounds on +10 Audio audio audio okay I see it's working okay so this is the audio coming out of the takstar microphone audio test one two three audio test one two three and it's just sitting here you can see it right there it's sitting on talking at it it should not be able to pick up too much around the side let's see let's do a quick test and see how it how it works so audio test one two three audio test one two three these condenser microphones really

Points straight to the front so you should not be picking up as much as you did when it was facing it straight at so again this is plus ten decibels I've done no processing to this audio I've done no processing to this audio after the fact this is straight up in camera with the preamps turned all the way down audio test one two three audio test one two three yeah audio is super important and I do there are benefits there are negatives to using microphones like this shotgun microphones are great they're super limiting those so if you're not like straight up just stuck at the

Camera right here and you want to go wander around what are you gonna do like right here it's fine that I have a boom microphone because I'm not gonna move from this spot but if I want to move around you could use something like a level ear microphone we just did that twice and ruin both shots but whatever so you could use something like a lavalier microphone like the boy here what I like about the boya is it costs big amount of dollars and that's not very much but the reason that I like this so much is you can see kind of from here that it's got a switch on it this

Is a powered lavalier microphone so again you can get better audio quality because it's doing a lot of the lifting you don't want cameras these consumer-level cameras generally do not have good audio preamps so you do not want them to do the lifting you want the microphone to do it and this is a rare lavell ear mic for this price that will do powered stuff like that it's incredible so we've got the boya be ym1 instruction books nobody reads those Shinzon Jeff photo warranty card got to make sure we have the warranty and it's like a birthday double thing of silica

Gel no matter how much silica gel you get don't eat it please here at the everyday dad do not eat the silica gel I gotta pick that one up too and that one just hit it so okay so we've got the microphone we've got through the batteries which is nice it comes with all sorts of goodies I like once I like when equipment comes with like goodies so we've got the battery very important it's a little battery it's a little battery the lr44 so you've got it you have to use an LR 44 for this this comes with a trrs or tip ring ring sleeve connectors so this should work

Perfectly fine on a cell phone it also comes with a quarter inch so if you're using like an actual audio board instead of just a camera this will help you with that so as you can see the microphone looks pretty good I mean it's made of plastic it's not made of metal unfortunately the battery compartment though is made of metal and it feels it feels pretty darn good like can you hear that like that is made of metal and for the price that's pretty darn impressive so let's put the wind muff on this thing so it does do smartphone it has a smartphone setting and a camera setting

I assume that means with the trrs the TRS so let's take you off here let's clip you which comes with a little clip thing – man this is just full of useful little features camera camera mode audio test one two three audio test went to test clip you down here there we go pouring on the g85 so this is the audio out of the boya be ym1 it does look like it's a little hot I can see the audio recording levels on the camera itself maybe that was just me talking a little too loudly but you will need to be a little careful it looks like it is a little hotter than the

Takstar that we had earlier this was set to +10 decibels this is just set to what it you know whatever it is it does not have a a level of having a smartphone and camera setting we're currently on the camera setting so audio test one two three audio test one two three I would do this thing where I spin the camera around again but it's not going to matter because you know it's hooked to me right it's not hooked to the camera so I really like the boya this was definitely part of my $75 youtube studio for a reason it is a fantastic budget microphone that

Just works and I really am impressed with this tax star – its build quality is ok for the price and again the only real negative I have is that it does not unhook from this that's the big problem if this was unhook able and you could use this to boom this would be like the ultimate but then why would you find more expensive stuff so we talked about all of the cheap stuff this is very budget ways that you can make your audio you've seen it yourself like here in the studio how you can make your audio better without spending an arm and a leg but here's my favorite budget suggestion

If you're looking for like the best way to increase your audio if you have something that is not a Panasonic camera if you're using like a camera that just does not even have a mic input or are you using ones that have terrible preamps this is the best audio device you can get on a budget this is the zoom h1 and I love this audio recorder this is basically like – the audio recorder that you're currently hearing it's called a mix pre 3 it's got pro level preamp so I've got it hooked into an XLR microphone going into the nikon z6 over here this is kind of like a mini version

Of that words it doesn't have XLR inputs but it's got a very nice 3.5 millimeter input and then when you turn it on you see this this is the gain dial so you can have access to gain right from the front here which is incredible here let's turn off the JT 5 it records 2 SD cards and something cool that you can do is if you're having a situation like this where your camera doesn't have the greatest preamp in the world you can actually plug a mic in and then you can plug out straight into your camera so you can use this as like a just a straight-up preamp by itself to bypass

Everything and just get really good audio it's got a quarter-inch tripod mount on the bottom so you could mount this to a camera get really good audio or use it as like a recorder itself so let's turn it on let's start recording or you can plug it into a lav mic if you don't want to do that it is a fantastic device now it is a little more expensive like I said this is not cheap but if you want good audio and it will show you your levels like right there so we're plugged into the boya m1 and it will show you the levels as you're recording so let's actually so

This is the audio now so you we're hearing the audio out of the mix pre 3 now you're hearing the audio through the boya m1 and you can see the levels right here like this thing the zoom h1 in I cannot recommend it highly now it is about a hundred bucks so it is not cheap but it will give you so many more benefits when you're trying to do audio like I will use this sometimes on cameras that even have audio in jacks just because maybe their preamps aren't the best and this darn it works and you can hear like right now so audio test one two three audio test one two three

So this is what a hundred and thirty dollar audio system so let's compare verses the seven hundred dollar audio system so seven hundred dollar audio system audio test one two three audio test one two three one hundred and thirty dollar audio system audio test one two three audio test one two three like it's fan tastic so what are you guys what's your advice on how to get really good audio for really reasonable prices let me know leave a comment down below I'd love to hear what your thoughts are thanks for joining us for budget video tech I don't know what

We're calling this yet but budget something video gear thanks for watching

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