Wedding audio 101

By Paul Santiago

Welcome to the Wedding Video Boss Podcast, I am your host, Paul Santiago. Today we’re talking about audio, its importance, whether you’re filming from your phone or using a dslr, what kind of microphones go where, how to deal with a nightmare DJ and in the end a simple sample audio setup for beginner videographers or any wedding vendors who want to get into the BTS game. This right here will change the game and you’ll thank me for it if you do it right. First…

Here’s a quote from the great Jimmy Iovine, he is an American record producer best known as the co-founder of Interscope Records and mega millionaire because with Dr. Dre founded Beats Electronics. The company was purchased by Apple Inc. for $3 billion in May 2014

“You’re only as good as your weakest link in the ecosystem of sound, of audio.” Ain’t that the truth!

Audio is what turns amateur video to professional. So as a filmmaker, your job is not only to show the audience what you see, but also to reveal to them what they didn’t hear at all. That is the element of subtle surprise!
I listed down the opportunities to grab useable, clutch audio that are common within the wedding dayu
Let’s get into the beautiful world of wedding audio…
Please bear in mind that it is very important to have a shotgun mic attached to your camera. On board audio mics for DLSR’s are terrible. Oh and also, I hate seeing audio go into the red on the meter so always remember, ABC – Always Be Checking the audio levels while you film, you’ll never know when someone or something will be giving a sudden “woohoo” or someone pops open a champagne bottle. I will list down the cables, mics and recorders in the show notes so you’ll know what I’m talking about. Another disclaimer, I will be talking about people crying and how beautiful it is for us, we’re not anarchists, we’re just videographers who appreciate emotion and our job is to capture it.

  • Letter Reading
  • Father of the bride for first look
  • Groom for first look

In anything you do, when it comes to plugging in, always ask permission before you touch anything!

  • DJ system for ceremony with RCA, xlr or 1/4 cable
  • Plug Recorder behind the speakers with an xlr or 1/4 cable
  • Officiant for ceremony
  • Groom for ceremony
  • DJ system for reception with an xlr, 1/4 inch or rca cable
  • DJ Speakers for reception with xlr or 1/4 cable

Now that you’re aware of these options it’ll definitely make your job easier. That is, until you encounter a DJ that just doesn’t want to help you out. What do you do? Listen to this episode!

Now let’s go to the much awaited simple audio setup, remember when I said that audio is the difference between amateur and professional video? We use this recorder called SONY ICD-PX. It’s probably one of the really good, affordable recorders out there that already comes with a mic. Get this, it has a Built-in 4 GB flash memory – Up to 173 Hours of maximum recording time, Up to 32 hours of battery life for extended recording. It has Noise Cut for noise-free recordings. We probably use at least 2 of these at a wedding!

Just capture the audio and video and you can ask a video editor to SYNC it for you. Voila! Instant content and you save money!
Here are the most commonly used Cables, Mics & Recorders-

Cables:

  1. RCA male to 3.5mm male – https://amzn.to/2GetM0y
  2. XLR female to 3.5mm male – https://amzn.to/2UtikT0
  3. 1/4 inch male to 3.5mm male – https://amzn.to/2GbrzmU
  4. XLR male to XLR female – https://amzn.to/2TlB0Ut
  5. 1/4 male to 1/4 male – https://amzn.to/2BcWFqL

Mics:

  1. Rode VideoMic GO – https://amzn.to/2CIQ3k0
  2. Rode VideoMic – https://amzn.to/2FV11pQ
  3. Rode VideoMicro – https://amzn.to/2sMjJbq
  4. Rode smartLav+ – https://amzn.to/2FNa9gJ + Rode SC1 – https://amzn.to/2DwZtR8

Recorder:

  1. Zoom H4N – https://amzn.to/2FVEdGl
  2. Zoom Hn1 – https://amzn.to/2SbUa1Q
  3. Tascam DR-10L – https://amzn.to/2Mvcq0S
  4. Tascam DR40 – https://amzn.to/2S752xZ

The Secret Weapon: Sony ICD-PX – https://amzn.to/2MFfurd

For wedding videographers, You’ll never feel more at ease at any event than when you know that you have at least 3 audio sources plugged in. For wedding vendors, you’re welcome. Feel free to email me if you want to know more about the sony recorder and how to use it. I can give you ideas or different options for your audio needs. You can reach me right at the bottom of the show notes. Okay, Is there anything else I missed? I would love to hear how this episode was for you so feel free to reach out! I need friends!!! I’m throwing all these information goldness for free so I’d really appreciate if you help me by subscribing, leaving a review, thanks to those who already did it and I’ll see you on the next Wedding Video Boss podcast. Till then, play nice if you can’t win, be nice if you’re good looking. Bossman out.

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