Indie Movie Sound Kit Recommendations

The following are notes on sound-recording equipment suitable for independent filmmaking. I know this list is far from complete. Please use it as a guide and then seek out experts. I have found that the people who work at sound equipment rental companies are generally very friendly and helpful. Explain your budget, explain what you need to do, and they can give you options for what you should buy or rent.

Generally you will need the following: A multi-track recorder capable of (at least) 48k, 16 bit sampling. A recording mixer. A boom mic (with “dead cat” windscreen if working outdoors). Lav mics for every actor who speaks in the scene and a wireless system for transmitting their sound.

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