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No matter your project, having the right professional audio recording equipment can make a big difference in its overall quality.
Indeed, you may need more than just a new RØDE microphone to get the best result. So which accessories might you require? Here we run through some examples to help you decide.
Features or short films
Though most video cameras will likely come with an inbuilt shoe mount that a shotgun mic - such as the RØDE VideoMic Pro - fits nicely into, recording audio from the camera's point of view may not capture the best-quality sound.
This, of course, is where you would opt to use the RØDE Boompole, which can extend out to 3 metres, giving your sound team greater flexibility when it comes to mic placement. Alternatively, you could also combine this with a hand-held gadget such as the RØDE PG2 Pistol Grip Shock Mount. This is designed to allow a soundie to carry the mic in their hand, while still reducing movement noise. It can also be attached to a boompole so you don't need to swap attachments.
Worried about wind noise? This is where a cover comes into play, such as a deadcat or blimp. Check out our range of windshield accessories to see which will match your microphone size.
Lastly, if you are recording a documentary, interview or news report, our blog post 'How to record better interview audio' will brief you on the best choices for these situations.
Recording or streaming at home
Podcasting, video game streaming and other similar home audio recording is becoming more and more prevalent in modern society. In fact, statistics website Statista showed in its research that more people are listening to podcasts now than ever before. As for streaming, Twitch.tv in August, 2015 alone had nearly a million viewers, and it very rarely drops below 400,000 a month.
So to break into this market, what accessories should you combine with your studio microphone? Firstly, we recommend investing in the benefits of a studio arm and shock mount.
The latter is ideal, and some might even say necessary, for reducing external vibration sounds which can cause low thumps in your stream's audio. Equipment such as the RØDE PSM1 also helps to keep your mic in one spot, so you can choose optimum placement and keep it there. The RØDE SM6 is another option, which comes with a detachable pop filter for added versatility.
Accompany this with the RØDE PSA1 for absolute freedom and confidence. A microphone on a stand can be accidentally disturbed by hands trying to quickly type on a keyboard, bash buttons on a controller or simply grab a glass of water and put it down again. Meanwhile, this studio arm can reach 840 millimetres both horizontally and vertically, and it rotates a full 360 degrees.
You may also wish to invest in a combined windshield/pop filter to help reduce harsh plosive sounds.
Live performing or studio recording
If you are recording music in a studio setting, you will also benefit from the same equipment as podcasters. Shock mounts and arms are essential for allowing you and your fellow musicians the ability to set up as comfortably as you need, and obviously pop filters are a must-have for all singers.
A RØDE Violin Clip is also an incredibly useful little thing to have if you want to attach a lav mic to your violin. It clamps in beneath the strings behind the top plate, offering an unobtrusive, lightweight way of recording your latest piece.
Lastly, if you are performing on stage and want friends to record you, have a read of our related post 'Two tips for filming live stand-up comedy', as it has many points that are relevant to you.