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These are some great deals on popular audio recorders. If you don't already have a few, the Zoom H1 is still my favorite pocketable recorder. The Tascam DR-40 is also a popular portable recorder with great reviews and offers up XLR inputs with Phantom Power when working with professional mics. If you don't already own an audio recorder, these are some of the most commonly used ones with DSLR Video. Check it out - deals end Saturday night.

zoom h1 recorder Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Digital Audio Recorder (Silver) - $30 off. Sale price $69.99. An easy-to-use, versatile stereo digital audio recorder that fits into the palm of your hand. go to product

tascam_dr_40br_dr_40_portable_pcm_recorder_xlr_1429739021000_1134048 Tascam DR-40 4-Track Handheld Digital Audio Recorder (Bronze) - $70 off. Sale price $109. Professional level features and flexibility in a compact and durable design that's ideal for use in the field. go to product

sony pcm-m10 Sony PCM-M10 Portable Audio Recorder. $60 off. Sale price $189. Compact digital audio recorder that packs a wealth of features into a rugged design. 3 colors and kits on sale. go to product

Marantz_pmd661mkii_Marantz_PMD661_MKII_Professional_1352129849000_898192 Marantz PMD661 MKII Professional Portable Flash Field Recorder $220 off. Sale price $379. A professional stereo field recorder that offers recording, playback, editing and security features in a handheld package. go to product

tascam_dr_70d_4_channel_audio_recorder_1448038052000_1086798 Tascam DR-70D 4-Channel Audio Recorder & Rode NTG2 Condenser Shotgun Mic Bundle $250 off. Sale price $499. Designed as an audio recording solution for filmmakers. Dual built-in omnidirectional microphones and is capable of recording up to 4 tracks simultaneously. It has tripod mounts on both the top and bottom of the unit and can be mounted above or below your DSLR or video camera as well as on a follow-focus cage. Comes with 8 accessories. go to product

Senal Lavalier Mics. 25% off. go to product
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Here's a clever little tip for carrying around a portable audio recorder 'hands free' and at the same time having quick access to the screen and controls. Vimeo member Bruno Chansou uses a B-Grip Camera Belt (found here Amazon), normally used to clip a DSLR camera combined with a Manfrotto Ball Head for positioning the recorder. [Thanks Bruno] The B-Grip Camera Belt Holster system can be found via Amazon (click here).

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find-price-button B-Grip Camera Belt Holster System - via eBay

The B-Grip Camera Belt Holster is a nice little solution for a belt mounted audio recorder, but it's a system that can run over $50 dollars. If this is something you might want to tackle on a budget, there are other belt clip systems that might be modified to work in a similar manner for less than $7 dollars via eBay (found below)

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G.I. Joe always told me 'knowledge is half the battle'. So for the newbies in the hiz-ouse - If you're still shopping for a microphone to suit your DSLR audio needs, you'll probably already find that the Rode VideoMic is a very popular one. I've run my own tests and found that it does perform much better than some microphones going for twice it's price. But before you start throwing down a solid buck, you can read up some other interesting suggestions through the B&H Insights blog that might help you get a bit more 'knowledge' - Go Joe!.


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So a microphone will help you focus in on a little better sound than just the onboard microphone, but for the best sound processing, you'll want to shop for a portable audio recorder. The in camera audio of the DSLR's are just not up to par for the true audiophile. The link below jumps you to another B&H Insights article about different Portable Audio recorder solutions.

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example of Redhead Windscreen on Zoom H4n

The Zoom H1 has become my favorite go to audio recorder for a quick take. I can get this setup on just about anything fairly quickly. I shot a demo about LCW's BigEye viewfinder found here: http://cheesycam.com/quick-review-lcw-bigeye-profinder-dslr-view-finder/ using only the on board microphones and the X/Y stereo configuration sounded sweet. Of course I was in a controlled studio and just like any microphone, it's completely vulnerable to small breezes. The sad fact is the basic Zoom H1 package does not come with any type of windscreen.

If you're wondering about a DIY, I actually had a go and failed pretty miserably. Sure, whatever fuzzy little monstrosity I created made a slight difference, but nothing like a Redhead Windscreen. There's actually different types of fur, thickness of fur, length of fur, acoustically transparent backing, and a bunch of other things to consider for best performance. By the time I got the materials, tested a few, and had wifey sew everything up, I put in more than enough funds where I should have just purchased one. In fact, I did purchase one and wifey to this day gives me dirty looks about wasting her time whenever I strap on the purchased Windscreen. Well you don't start appreciating good gear until go through some of the pains I guess.

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So i've been waiting on everyone's favorite brand Redhead Windscreens to finally release a Zoom H1 version. Redhead Windscreen is owned by active Vimeo Member and Audiophile iamkalaniprince. Just a few days ago the Zoom H1 version was announced, and i'm excited to get a hold of a couple since I have multiple H1's. The above video is an example shot with a Redhead Windscreen on a Zoom H4n, but there's a long list of Audio recorders that are supported. You can find more information about RedHead Windscreens at http://www.redheadwindscreens.com/.

Below: Current list of RedHead Windscreens supported Portable Audio Recorders
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