At Cinema Sound, we LOVE Gear. LOVE IT!
And of course, the more gear the better! But we’re not all super rich, and we have to find the best value for our money for EVERYTHING we buy. Just because something is the best in the world at something, doesn’t mean we can afford it. It also doesn’t mean that we NEED all of the capabilities of that kit, and we might find something that is 85% as good, which serves us 100% as well, for 35% the price.
That’s what the following list is all about. The foregoing is the Cinema Sound Staff’s favorite gear to use as ranked by value for the discipline. It’s not to say that there isn’t something better out there. Of COURSE there is, but can you afford it? Does it serve the Indy filmmaker in all the ways it could? Is it readily available?
As of 10/9/18 here’s our favorite gear and software for the Independent Media Creator.
The computer your purchase can be Mac or “PC”. Choose a Mac if you’re also going to be doing heavy-duty audio editing – like over 80 tracks. Otherwise, get the best bang for your buck, and buy a computer that can handle the hardware you need to plug in to it and have the horsepower to run your software for 3 years or more. Thereby take on the axiom: buy a computer for $2,500 sell the old one for $500 about every 3 years.
Shotgun: Saramonic TM-7
Lavalier: Saramonic Lavalier
Large Diaphragm Condensor: Røde K2
Dynamic: Røde M1
Ribbon: Røde NTR
Stereo Mic: Saramonic CA Mixer (and included mics)
Surround Mic: Sennheiser Ambeo VR
Wireless Transmission System: Saramonic UWMic9
On Set Recorder/Mixer: Zoom F8
Faux Surround Recorder: Zoom H2N
General Handy Recorder: Zoom H6
Software App Recorder: Røde REC Lite
In-Home Mixing: JBL LSR 305 MKII
Studio Mixing: JBL 708P
Home Theater: Samson AuroX15D
Headphones: Direct Sound EX-29
Wireless Headphones: Direct Sound EXTW37
Mixer: Soundcraft UI16R
Speaker Recoil Stabilizer: Primacoustic
Room Treatment: Primacoustic Broadway Panels
Audio Interface: Mark of the Unicorn Ultralite MK4
Control Surface: Slate Digital Raven (for everything but Adobe Audition)
Conventional: Seagate Barracuda in a RAID 0 with another RAID 0 backed up every hour.
SSD: OWC Anything
General Audio: Adobe Audition
Music: Apple Logic Pro
Cleanup Software: iZotope RX
General Plugin Pack: Waves Gold
Compressor: Waves C1
Multiband Compressor: Adobe Audition
Limiter: Yong W1
EQ: Adobe Audition
Stereo Imager: Apple Logic Pro
Algo Reverb: Waves H-Verb
Convolution Reverb: Adobe Audition
Expander/Gate: Adobe Audition
Binaural/Surround in Headphones: Spatial Audio Designer