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The Best Audio Gear For Wedding Videography
What is the most essential audio gear for wedding videography?
Updated July 2023

Incorporating audio into a wedding film holds immense importance as it breathes life into the visuals, enhancing the overall cinematic experience. Dialogue within the film not only adds depth to the storytelling but also establishes an emotional connection with the viewers, compelling them to stay engaged throughout. Crystal clear audio from key speakers on the wedding day ensures that the heartfelt vows, speeches, and touching moments are captured flawlessly, creating a film that the bride and groom will cherish for a lifetime. Moreover, by incorporating the voices of loved ones, the film becomes a cherished time capsule, transporting the couple back to those precious moments for years to come. However, to achieve this level of audio quality, having the correct gear and the expertise to operate it is imperative. Skillfully capturing good, clean audio ensures that the film not only looks beautiful but also sounds just as enchanting, leaving a lasting impression on both the couple and their viewers.

Over the past decade, we have been successfully filming weddings with a reliable set of audio gear that has stood the test of time. Despite the constant advancements in audio technology, our tried-and-true equipment has remained steadfast, delivering excellent results. Our primary audio sources consist of the dependable Zoom H4N digital recorder and the Tascam DR-10L lavalier microphone, which have consistently provided clear and crisp audio for capturing vows, speeches, and intimate moments. Additionally, we utilize the Rode Video Mic Pro and Rode NTG-2 paired with our Canon C70 & C200 to capture scratch and ambient audio, further enhancing the overall audio quality of our films. While newer and improved options are now available on the market, we have chosen to stick with our trusted gear due to its durability and the excellent results it has consistently delivered. For those starting their journey into wedding filmmaking on a budget, we wholeheartedly recommend this gear as it has served us well for years, standing as a testament to its reliability and performance. However, if we were to make new audio gear purchases today, we would undoubtedly explore the latest options to take advantage of the advancements in the field.

One of the main differences between our trusted Zoom H4N and Tascam DR-10L lavalier mics compared to newer, more modern equipment is the absence of 32-bit float audio recording capability. While our gear records in 24-bit, 32-bit float audio offers a wider dynamic range, meaning it can capture both extremely soft and loud sounds without clipping or distorting. However, 24-bit recording is perfectly adequate for professional audio capture, especially when employing a smart technique such as recording multiple tracks. By creating a safety track and an additional lower decibel track alongside the main audio, one can mitigate the risk of audio peaks. If the main track levels peak and distort, the lower decibel backup track can be used in post-production, preserving the audio quality. Though 32-bit float audio is a valuable advancement, our 24-bit gear, combined with smart recording practices, ensures that we continue to deliver high-quality sound recordings in our wedding films. Below is a curated list of all of the audio gear we would recommend to any wedding videographer

Tascam Compact Feild Recorder for Wedding Videographers
Tascam Compact Feild Recorder for Wedding Videographers

Tascam DR-10L

The Tascam DR-10L has been an integral part of our wedding videography toolkit for years, consistently proving its worth as a reliable and versatile audio solution. This compact and lightweight lavalier microphone recorder has been our go-to choice for capturing pristine audio during weddings and other events. Its discreet design allows us to seamlessly attach it to the subjects, ensuring that we can record clear and uninterrupted audio of vows, speeches, and candid moments without being obtrusive. The Tascam DR-10L's user-friendly interface and intuitive controls make it easy to operate, enabling us to focus on capturing the perfect shots while knowing that the audio quality is in capable hands. Its reliability and performance have made it a standout choice for our wedding videography, and we continue to trust it as a key tool in delivering memorable and captivating wedding films.

  • Videography, Interviews, Weddings, Vlogs

  • Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone

  • Limiter & Auto-Level Prevent Distortion

  • Records Broadcast WAV with Safety Track

  • Locking 3.5mm Mic Input w/ Plug-In Power

  • Volume Adjustable 3.5mm Headphone Output

  • Up to 10 Hours via Single AAA Battery

  • Supports microSDHC Cards up to 32GB

  • Compatible with Most Sennheiser Lav Mics

  • Belt-Mount, Pocket-Friendly Housing

A Tascam DR-10L Pro Compact Field Recorder for Wedding Videographers
A Tascam DR-10L Pro Compact Field Recorder for Wedding Videographers

Tascam DR-10L Pro

The Tascam DR-10L Pro represents a significant step up from its non-pro counterpart, offering enhanced features and capabilities that cater to the demands of professional audio recording. One notable difference lies in the improved audio quality and flexibility. The DR-10L Pro supports 32 bit float audio recording, providing higher resolution and fidelity compared to the non-pro version. Additionally, the DR-10L Pro offers dual recording, which means it simultaneously records a lower-level safety track alongside the main track, ensuring that critical moments are never lost due to accidental audio peaks. Another upgrade is the inclusion of a locking connector for the lavalier microphone, preventing accidental disconnection during shoots. Furthermore, the DR-10L Pro boasts a larger and more intuitive OLED display, allowing for easier monitoring and adjustments on the fly. With these advancements, the Tascam DR-10L Pro stands as a top choice for professional audio recording needs, making it a valuable asset in our wedding videography arsenal.

  • Lightweight Belt Pack Recorder with Lav

  • 32-Bit Float & Dual ADC Avoids Clipping

  • microSDXC Support for up to 512GB

  • 24.5 Hours on Two AAA Lithium Batteries

  • Screw Lock Mechanism Secures Microphone

  • Safe & Reliable Sliding Recording Switch

  • High-Pass Filter: 40, 80, 120 & 220 Hz

  • Bright, Easy-to-Read OLED Display

  • Atomos Wireless Time-Code-Sync Support

  • Includes iZotope RX Elements Audio DAW

Zoom F2 Compact Field Recorder for Wedding Videography
Zoom F2 Compact Field Recorder for Wedding Videography

Zoom F2

The Zoom F2 ultracompact field recorder is a game-changer for wedding videographers, offering an impressive array of features in a small and lightweight package. Its portability makes it easy to carry around, ensuring that we never miss a crucial audio moment during weddings and events. The F2 comes equipped with two high-quality preamps and supports 32-bit float recording, which allows for an incredibly wide dynamic range, making it an excellent choice for capturing audio in challenging environments with unpredictable sound levels. This feature ensures that even in situations where audio levels peak unexpectedly, the recording remains distortion-free, providing a safety net for critical audio moments. Additionally, the F2 boasts a highly responsive touchscreen interface, making navigation and adjustments a breeze. With its timecode support and precision clocking, synchronization with external devices is seamless, enhancing the overall efficiency and accuracy of our audio recordings. The Zoom F2 ultracompact field recorder has become an indispensable tool in our wedding videography gear, providing outstanding audio quality, ease of use, and reliability, ultimately elevating the quality of our wedding films to new heights.

  • Videographers, Podcasters, Vloggers

  • Low-Profile Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic

  • No Gain Adjustment Needed

  • 32-Bit Float Distortion-Free Recording

  • Locking 3.5mm Mic Input, Plug-In Power

  • Hold Switch Averts Unintended Operation

  • USB Power / 15 Hours via AAA Batteries

  • microSD Card Recording / USB Transfer

  • Easy One-Touch Controls, Low-Cut Filter

  • Belt-Mount, Pocket-Friendly Design

Zoom F2-BT Compact Field Recorder for Wedding Videography
Zoom F2-BT Compact Field Recorder for Wedding Videography

Zoom F2-BT

The Zoom F2-BT ultracompact field recorder is a remarkable upgrade from its non-Bluetooth version, offering a host of convenient features for wedding videographers. The main difference lies in the addition of Bluetooth functionality, which revolutionizes the way we record audio during weddings and events. The Bluetooth app proves to be incredibly handy as it allows videographers to remotely control the F2-BT, eliminating the need to physically press the record button on the recorder. This feature is especially advantageous during fast-paced and unpredictable events where timing is crucial. For instance, if an event is delayed, videographers can simply stop the recording from their phone instead of having to manually turn it off and back on again or risk filling up the card space by letting it run continuously. Moreover, the app enables us to monitor audio levels from a distance, which is invaluable in case of any mic failures or to ensure that audio is being captured at optimal levels. The Zoom F2-BT, with its Bluetooth app functionality, significantly enhances our workflow, granting us more control, convenience, and peace of mind while capturing high-quality audio for our wedding films.

  • Videographers, Podcasters, Vloggers

  • Low-Profile Omni Lav Mic, No Gain Needed

  • Bluetooth for App Control & Timecode

  • 32-Bit Float Distortion-Free Recording

  • Locking 3.5mm Mic Input, Plug-In Power

  • Hold Switch Averts Unintended Operation

  • USB Power / 14 Hours via AAA Batteries

  • microSD Card Recording / USB Transfer

  • Easy One-Touch Controls, Low-Cut Filter

  • Belt-Mount, Pocket-Friendly Design

Zoom H6 Audio Recorder for Wedding Videography
Zoom H6 Audio Recorder for Wedding Videography

Zoom H6

The Zoom H6 is a powerful and versatile field recorder that boasts an impressive array of specs, making it a favorite among wedding videographers and audio professionals alike. With its modular design, the H6 offers four XLR/TRS combo inputs and a stereo capsule microphone, allowing for up to six simultaneous recordings. This flexibility enables us to capture audio from various sources during weddings, from lavalier microphones for vows and speeches to ambient sound with the built-in stereo mic. The H6 supports 24-bit/96kHz audio resolution, delivering outstanding sound quality with a wide dynamic range. One of the standout features of the Zoom H6 is its welcomed display, a large and easy-to-read color LCD screen that provides quick access to essential recording settings and levels. This intuitive interface is incredibly useful, especially during fast-paced wedding events when we need to make adjustments on the fly. Additionally, the importance of hooking up the Zoom H6 to capture a live feed from the DJ or any other sound provider during the wedding cannot be overstated. This direct connection ensures that we capture clean and high-quality audio, free from ambient noise or interference. The Zoom H6's exceptional specs, user-friendly design, and the ability to capture pristine audio from multiple sources make it an indispensable tool for wedding videographers, helping us craft wedding films with outstanding sound quality that complements the stunning visuals.

  • Live/Location Recording & Podcasting

  • Swappable X/Y Stereo Mic Capsule

  • 4 x XLR-1/4" Mic/Line Inputs with Pads

  • Fast, User-Friendly Operability

  • Records in WAV up to 96 kHz

  • 3.5mm Line & Headphone Outputs

  • Onboard Compressor & Low-Cut Filter

  • Powered via Batteries, AC, or USB

  • Supports SDXC Cards up to 128GB

  • Stereo Safety Track Recording

Tascam X6 Audio Recorde for Wedding Videography
Tascam X6 Audio Recorde for Wedding Videography

Tascam X6

The TASCAM Portacapture X6 is an impressive field recorder that stands out with its exceptional specs, catering to the needs of professional audio recording in various settings, including weddings and events. With two high-quality XLR inputs, the Portacapture X6 offers versatility in capturing multiple audio sources simultaneously, ensuring that no moment goes unrecorded. The recorder supports 32 bit float audio resolution, delivering outstanding sound quality and a wide dynamic range for pristine recordings. Its robust preamps provide ultra-low noise performance, guaranteeing clean and transparent audio capture even in challenging environments. The Portacapture X6 features a clear and easy-to-navigate interface, making it user-friendly and efficient during fast-paced events. With its rugged build and portable design, this field recorder is a reliable companion for wedding videographers, enabling them to produce captivating wedding films with impeccable audio quality.

  • Ultraportable Six Track Stereo Recorder

  • WAV (BWF) and MP3 Recording

  • Adjustable Stereo Condensers, A/B or X/Y

  • 2 x XLR Mic/Line Inputs, 3.5mm Line Out

  • Up to 96 kHz / 32-Bit Floating Point

  • Digital USB-C Connector, 6x2 Interface

  • 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack, Aux In

  • 1/4" Mount for Cameras and Stands

  • 2.4" Color Touchscreen, App-Like Control

  • Includes Two AA Batteries

Zoom H4N Audio Recorder for wedding videography
Zoom H4N Audio Recorder for wedding videography

Zoom H4N Pro

The Zoom H4N Pro field recorder is a highly regarded audio tool that has been a staple in the industry for years. With its impressive reliability and performance, the H4N Pro continues to be a popular choice for many professional videographers, including us. The recorder features two high-quality XLR inputs with versatile recording options, allowing for capturing various audio sources with ease. While it offers 24-bit/96kHz recording, falling short of the 32-bit float available in other field recorders, the H4N Pro still delivers exceptional sound quality and a wide dynamic range. Its preamps are known for their low noise, ensuring clean and clear audio recordings even in challenging environments. As wedding videographers, we have been using the non-pro version of the Zoom H4N for nearly a decade, and its reliability and performance have consistently impressed us. The H4n Pro's enduring popularity and proven track record make it a trusted companion for capturing audio during weddings and events, enabling us to create memorable and captivating wedding films with professional-grade audio.

  • Sleek Black Finish and Red Accent

  • Onboard Stereo Mic and Built-In Speaker

  • Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs

  • Overdubbing and 4-Channel Recording

  • Records in WAV up to 96 kHz

  • 3.5mm Line/Headphone Output

  • Built-In FX for Mixing Tracks

  • Battery Life up to 10 Hours

  • Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB

  • Metronome and Tuner Functions

In conclusion, when it comes to audio equipment for wedding videography, it's about more than just having the best brand or specs. While having reliable gear is essential, it's equally crucial to understand your equipment and be well-prepared to handle stressful situations that may arise during a wedding shoot. As wedding videographers, we know that capturing high-quality audio is paramount to creating unforgettable wedding films. It can often be one of the most challenging aspects of the day, and that's why selecting the right gear is essential in easing that stress. Throughout this blog, we explored various audio tools, from lavalier microphones to field recorders, all designed to enhance audio quality. However, it's not just about the gear itself; it's about knowing how to use it effectively in any situation or environment. With the right knowledge, experience, and well-chosen equipment, we can ensure that we always capture the best possible audio, allowing us to craft wedding films that truly resonate with our clients and capture the essence of their special day. While we didn't delve into the world of shotgun and on-camera mics for ambient audio, it's worth mentioning that any shotgun mic from reputable brands like Rode, Diety, Sennheiser, and others can be reliable choices for capturing ambient audio during weddings. The key lies in the dedication to mastering our equipment and techniques, ultimately delivering wedding films that our clients will cherish for a lifetime.

Honorable Mention

Zoom H4N Audio Recorder for Wedding Videography
Tascam DR-40X Audio Recorder for Wedding Videographers
Zoom F3 Audio Recorder for Wedding Videography
Tascam X8 Audio Recorder for Wedding Videography
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