Zach’s Audio Gear

Zach’s Audio Gear

Over the years I have used a lot of audio gear for my filmmaking and I want to share some of the audio gear that I own and continue to use for my projects. A wise filmmaker once said that “audio is 50% of the video”, which means that audio is pretty darn important!

I’ll start off by stating the obvious – the more money you have the better equipment you will be able to get your hands on. But there are also some cheaper options that still sound pretty good. Here’s what I use:


The Audio Technica AT4073 kits is awesome.

Audio Technica AT4073a

  • Element: Capacitor
  • Dynamic Range (Typical): 112 dB, 1 kHz at Max
  • SPL
  • Polar Pattern: Line + Gradient
  • Phantom Power Requirements: 11 – 52V, 3





Sennheiser MKH-416

Sennheiser MKH-416, (P48) Super-Cardioid Short Shotgun Condenser Interference Tube Microphone.


  • Pressure gradient receiver with short interference tube.
  • Hypercardioid at low and medium frequency, above 2kHz approaches lobar pattern.
  • Employs RF-technology to control residual microphone noise.
  • Matt black all-metal body.





Sennheiser ME67/k6 Deluxe Mic Kit

Sennheiser ME67 Long Shotgun Microphone Capsule



Sennheiser ME66/K6 Combo.

Sennheiser ME66 Short Shotgun Capsule Head for K6 Series

So the more money you have the better your sound quality will be. You should also remember that the longer the shotgun microphone, the better.

However, don’t be sad about not being able to afford a fancy mic, there are still great options for filmmakers on a lower budget.


If you are using a DSLR camera then you should check out the following mics.

Rode Microphone

Azden SGM-1x Shotgun Mic


Azden Barrell Shotgun Mic With XLR Outputs

Azden SMX-10


Azden High-performance (SMX-10) Stereo Condenser Microphone

Audio Technica AT875 for about $175


Audio-Technica AT875R Short Shotgun Microphone

Rode NTG-2 Shotgun mic


Rode VideoMic Directional Video Condenser Microphone w/Mount

The accessories that you use with your microphones also help the quality of your sound.   In your audio toolbag you should always have a windsock which blocks out the extra noise from the wind.




  1. Shannon B June 28, 2012 at 7:55 am - Reply

    Thanks for the guide! I have a budget for the commercial I’m working on, so I’m getting a brand new shotgun mic for it. Your recommendations make it so much easier to choose!

  2. George P August 24, 2012 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Love it Zach. Thanks for postin the info about your gear and setup. Do you use the onboard mic for your DSLR ever? Just wondering even though I doubt you do. Your sound quality is always excellent.

  3. Marty November 4, 2012 at 11:27 am - Reply

    Do you have suggestion for wireless mics for Sony HDR camcorder?

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