1. anon(5956773)'s Avatar
    I wanted to get better audio quality while shooting videos with my phone. Can someone recommend a small lapel mic/wireless receiver setup?

    I want something that works with my passport or that will work with the upcoming keyone.
    03-13-17 03:05 PM
  2. Troy Tiscareno's Avatar
    It's hard to know how much you're looking to spend, but know that a quality, reliable wireless mic - by itself - is likely going to cost $300 and up.

    You can start with this:


    It's a wired lapel mic of decent quality and comes with a wired adapter for smartphone use. For $30, it's hard to beat.

    For something better, you can get one of these:


    Which is $30 by itself, and which allows you to connect any low-impedance dynamic mic or any wireless mic receiver to your phone.

    This guy is using something similar to connect a Sennheiser mobile (i.e., battery-powered) receiver to his phone, which wirelessly connects to a handheld plug-on mic adapter, which is the typical setup for ENG (electronic news gathering). Of course, you could use any wireless mic with the adapter, but choosing a wireless mic that's meant to be mobile, and thus runs on batteries instead of wall power, is probably what you want.

    In addition to the Sennheiser line, you might also want to check out Shure's FP line of ENG wireless mics. That's going to get you professional quality, but you're going to spend a whole lot more than $30...
    03-13-17 05:00 PM
  3. anon(5956773)'s Avatar
    I saw a bunch from 10 to 30 bucks. I guess I'd like to spend less than $100.

    I need a wireless transmitter because I hold the camera a fair distance from the subject, usually 6 to 10 feet.
    03-14-17 07:14 AM
  4. RoseBud68's Avatar
    How much quality you think your going to get with a $30 or $40 unit?

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    03-14-17 08:42 AM
  5. Troy Tiscareno's Avatar
    You aren't going to get anything wireless for $100 - or if you do, it will probably be worse than the stock mic on the phone, because cheap wireless = static and interference (along with cheap mic elements). I've been an audio guy for decades, and spend a few years as a videographer, and I've never known anyone whose had success with low-cost wireless mics. I helped a friend do a wedding one time, and he had a $350 Samson wireless mic (compared to my $700 Sennheiser at the time), and he had nothing but trouble - and was blown away when I used my gear in place of his because not only did mine sound much better, but all of the wireless-related problems went away.

    Good stuff has come down in price somewhat, but it's still expensive, and it's still worth it. If you can't afford $400+ for wireless today, then stick with a cable. That's advice that most new people don't follow - but eventually learn the lesson at their own expense.
    RoseBud68 likes this.
    03-14-17 05:53 PM
  6. blackdiamondtrans's Avatar
    There's one that I have been using for years. It's called a j mic. It's on amazon. It's only 30bucks but it has been rated better then most mics. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZU4TJKS...UvbUpU12805325
    03-15-17 07:29 PM
  7. anon(5956773)'s Avatar
    I need the audio sent wirelessly. My phone(passport or keyone) would capture video and audio simultaneously. The lapel mic needs to send the audio wirelessly to the phone.

    I video my subjects from several feet away and they cannot be wired.
    03-16-17 06:20 AM
  8. Troy Tiscareno's Avatar
    Then you'll have to spend what it takes to do it right.

    It's like asking "how do I tow this 60 ton trailer with my Honda Civic - I don't want to use a Kenworth semi." Sometimes only a Kenworth will do, and in this case, only quality wireless mics will do.

    You might consider renting a wireless mic from a local music store or video camera store (probably $20/day) to get an idea of what you're working with. You'll still need to buy the phone adapter, though.
    RoseBud68 likes this.
    03-16-17 09:13 PM

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