GoPros are the industry standard in portable action cameras. The visuals are great, the cameras are portable and easily connect so that you can share everything that you have recorded. But the sound could be better. Not saying that it is bad, but as tech people, we are always thinking about how we can improve our sound. There is so much equipment out there to experiment with and find just what you need! So you do your research online, maybe visit a store or two, talk to people who are avid GoPro users and find out what’s best for you. It’s not that hard, but we want to make sure that you get exactly what you are looking for and what you need. So let’s talk about where you can buy a GoPro external microphone.
What Are You Looking For
First off, you want to make a decision about what kind of external microphone you are looking to buy. Is it going to be a dynamic, or a condenser microphone? What kind of polar pattern do you want? Cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional or shotgun? As always, it’s going to start with the kind of work that you will be doing. So you’re in search for a external microphone that will go with your GoPro, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this right now.
Are you looking for something that you can take anywhere with your GoPro? Are you looking for something that you can use with your GoPro but other portable recording devices, like your DSLR and even your phone? Do you have something that you like, but are looking to expand the tech that you have and get another reliable piece? Do you need something compact and sturdy, something that travels well? Do you need something that can last a while, something that you can take anywhere with you? All of these questions are valid and things you should be asking yourself when looking to expand your closet of equipment, of things that you already have and use. If you have very little or nothing at all, not to worry! That’s what we are here for!
Why An External Microphone?
You might be thinking to yourself, “why do I need an external microphone if the GoPro has a microphone built into it?”
In our last post, we discussed exactly that. When people are making equipment, they usually just have their one goal and focus on that–with GoPros, the main objective was to give consumers a compact, portable camera that will record video. All of the other details and specifications can become just that–details and specifications. They are essentially add-ons to the real goal that is mentioned above. It’s the same with microphones, phones, tablets, computers, etc–there is usually the main objective, and everything else just kind of ties into it.
But this opens the door for possibilities. Because we live in such a high-tech world as of right now, there are plenty of opportunities to expand everything around us. There is more content, more production, more technology and equipment available to us. We don’t have to just stick to using one thing when we record–we can connect different pieces and not only enhance our experience, but enhance the value and quality of what we are doing. If your camera’s audio is not the best, grab a microphone and plug it in. If your podcast could use some work, get a mixer and you suddenly have better control over the effects and can control it easier. Adding more pieces of equipment only makes it better, and gives you a better quality of what you are making. So don’t be afraid to use more than one piece.
Where to Buy
The Internet is a massive place and can be daunting. But through the Internet we get our trusted companies and sellers. Once you find what you are looking for, there is a pretty good chance that the company is selling it directly through their warehouse or they have direct links to their trusted sellers. You can also buy tons of equipment online through Sweetwater, who sells quality pieces at great deals. Sam Ash is another great place to check out.
You can also check out friends and family, see where they get their equipment. Trusted friends and family will never steer you wrong, especially if they know what they are talking about. Some might even sell you their own pieces.
One thing to be wary of is online marketplaces. They have become increasingly popular places to sell things in your area, from records to clothes to equipment, but be careful. Buying anything second-hand can be tricky, because people can overprice the quality of their pieces and basically rip people off. While you might find some great treasures, it’s always good to check out the equipment before making that final purchase.
Remember–it’s always good to check out all your options and find the best deal that will bring you exactly what you want and need. The only thing we want to do is help improve the quality of what you already might be doing. More equipment just means better results.
Keep listening and keep on creating,