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Other Hardware for mobile vloging?

Discussion in 'General' started by silk186, 20 Mar 2020.

  1. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    This is a bit of a niche area but I'm hoping someone can offer some advice. My wife, to pass the time, has started a Douyin account, the Chinese counterpart to TIkTok. She records and edits video on her Huawei P30 Pro, which like many new smartphones, lacks a 3.5mm jack. This really limits hardware options.

    I'm looking for a microphone that will connect to her USB-C port, has a gains control and will offer better audio quality and isolation without overly increasing the complexity of recording.

    I ordered a Logitech Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone and USB mini to Type-C cable. Does anyone have experience with this type of setup? I'm looking for advice and recommendations. Does she need to use OpenCamera?

    I was thinking about a miniboom mic:
    • BOYA BY-DM100 Digital Stereo Cardioid Condenser
    • Saramonic SmartMic+ UC
    • Comica CVM-VS09TC
    After more research, I know that BOYA pushes turds that are rarely function correctly. I was hoping for a more portable solution for outdoor recording.
     
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    IanW Grumpy Old Git

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  3. silk186

    silk186 Derp

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    I picked up the Yeti Blue for £65 used.
    A Rode Wireless Go is £145 (£85 used) + Deity V-Mic D3 Pro £158 = £300
    I will hold off on spending that much until I see how far she goes.
    A dji osmo mobile 3 would also be nice eventually.
     
  4. Byron C

    Byron C Probably isn't Hitler, but definitely a muppet

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    I'm afraid I can't really comment on hardware, since all the recording I've done with digital interfaces has been on a PC using full-sized USB ports...

    I did however use Voice Record Pro on my iPhone quite a lot when I was recording motorcycle vlogs a few years ago. There is an Android version available, but I've never used it; thankfully the Android version seems to be free, whereas I had to pay for it on iPhone. I used to use it with an Audio-Technica ATR-3350 lapel mic (which won't help you, since the ATR-3350 has an analogue 3.5mm plug)
     
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  5. edzieba

    edzieba Virtual Realist

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    IIRC, Android has native support for USB audio, i.e. your standard desktop USB DAC/ADC/mic should be plug and play with a simple Type-C to USB A adapter. If super-compactness is not an issue, you can potentially use a Type-C to USB A adapter, a USB hub, then plug in whatever USB mics you want. If you want ultra potableness, then a Bluetooth lav mic may be the way to go.
     
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  6. Byron C

    Byron C Probably isn't Hitler, but definitely a muppet

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    That might not be a bad idea, as long as battery life isn't going to be an issue.
     

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