Tools to Help You Achieve High-Quality Audio for Your Videos

From mics to tunes, keep reading for a closer look at some of the best tools for improving the quality of your recorded audio and music.

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Are you a video creator? If so, you're probably aware that high-quality audio is just as important as high-quality video. While great visuals can grab viewers' attention, the audio keeps them engaged and connected to your content. Poor audio quality isn't only annoying - in the case of recorded dialogue, poor audio quality can actually make listeners lose trust in what's being said.

There are two main types of audio in video production: recorded audio and music. Recorded audio is any sound captured during your video's creation, including dialogue, voiceovers, sound effects, and ambient noise. Well-recorded audio creates a clear, immersive experience that draws viewers into your video. Alternatively, poorly recorded audio can be distracting and make your video challenging to follow.

Conversely, music is a powerful tool for setting the tone and mood of your video. Whether you're creating a fast-paced action sequence or a heartfelt emotional moment, the right music can enhance the impact of your video and make it more memorable. However, poorly chosen or low-quality music can have the opposite effect and detract from the overall quality of your video.

Fortunately, there are a variety of microphones and music services like Track Club that can help you achieve professional-grade audio for your videos, whether you're recording dialogue, sound effects, or music. You can capture, edit, and enhance your audio using the right tools and techniques to create polished and professional videos.

Shotgun Microphones

A good microphone is essential for capturing high-quality audio. A directional microphone, such as a shotgun or a lavalier mic, can help eliminate background noise and capture clear, focused sound. Consider investing in a quality microphone compatible with your camera or recording device.

Shotgun microphones record crisp sound on your DSLR camera or mobile phone. We carry the best shotgun mics, all recommended by our favorite creators. Shotgun microphones we recommend:

1. RØDE VideoMic Pro+ Compact Directional On-Camera Shotgun Microphone


The RØDE VideoMic Pro+ is a new addition to the best-in-market on-camera category. It is a shotgun microphone designed with camcorders, DSLR cameras, and portable audio recorders as primary and reference audio sources.

2. RØDE Microphones VideoMic NTG - On-Camera Shotgun Microphone 

Great For On-Camera Use

    The VideoMic NTG is a top-tier, versatile shotgun microphone designed for on-camera usage. Boasting a highly focused super-cardioid polar pattern and minimal self-noise, this compact on-camera mic rivals the performance of the best shotgun microphones in the industry. The VideoMic NTG is more than just an on-camera microphone; it is compatible with DSLRs, compact cameras, and smartphones – in on-camera, boom mic, or pistol grip configurations. Furthermore, it is a fully-equipped USB microphone, which can be connected to a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Additionally, the 3.5mm jack serves a dual purpose, acting as a headphone output for effortless audio monitoring while utilizing the USB output.

    3. Deity Microphones V-Mic D4 Mini - Affordable Shotgun Microphone 

    Budget Pick

      The V-Mic D4 Mini is an exceptional, budget-friendly mini microphone that lets users record directional audio while eliminating off-camera noises. The D4 Mini employs a cutting-edge offset shock mount, making it the perfect microphone for wide-angle vlogging or action cameras. The side-located output jack is also ideal for hybrid DSLR users who prefer using their eyepiece for photography. The V-Mic D4 Mini is equipped with an input jack, permitting the splitting of stereo audio tracks and the integration of a secondary audio source, such as a wireless microphone, without the need for a splitter cable.

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      RØDE Microphones

      VideoMicro - Compact On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

      One of the best value-for-money smartphone on-camera microphones out there! The RØDE VideoMicro is a compact high-quality shotgun mic that won't break the bank

      Buy for $59.00
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      RØDE Microphones

      VideoMic NTG - On-Camera Shotgun Microphone

      Want the best RØDE on-camera mic? The VideoMic NTG shotgun microphone is feature-packed, highly directional, optimized for DSLRs, compact cameras, smartphones

      Buy for $249.00
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      Deity Microphones

      V-Mic D4 Mini - Affordable Shotgun Microphone

      Needing an affordable small mic for your smartphone or camera? Capture great directional audio with the Deity V-Mic D4 Mini high-quality miniature microphone

      Buy for $49.99

      Wireless Microphones

      Lavalier and wireless microphones give you a small, discreet audio device that delivers high-quality sound for interviews, speeches, or on-stage performances. We recommend:

      1. DJI Wireless Microphone - Single & Dual Mics


      DJI's all-new wireless microphone system delivers exceptional sound quality and dual-channel recording at distances of up to 200m. The system works with up to two microphone transmitters, a receiver, and an ultra-portable charging case. Connect with the DJI Action 2 and record crystal-clear audio as you vlog and sing a duet. Get 6 hours of exceptional sound plus 12 from the charging case.

      2. RØDE Microphones Wireless ME Compact Wireless Microphone System 

      Latest Pick

      The Wireless ME is a cord-free microphone system with a single receiver and transmitter compatible with cameras, computers, and smartphones. Equipped with microphones in both the transmitter and receiver, it is perfect for capturing everything from two-way interviews to reaction videos, while its GainAssist technology guarantees impeccable audio quality. Additionally, the Wireless ME works seamlessly with complimentary R0DE video and audio applications, including the latest R0DE Capture iOS camera app for dual-camera video recording.

      3. RØDE Microphones Lavalier GO - Lavalier Microphone with 3.5mm TRS 

      Budget Option

      Lavalier GO is a top-quality wearable microphone engineered for a variety of uses. Its 3.5mm TRS connector is seamlessly integrated with the RØDE Wireless GO (available separately) and most recording devices featuring a 3.5mm TRS microphone input. Lavalier GO is tailored to excel in any broadcasting scenario. A discreet 4.5mm omnidirectional microphone ensures crystal-clear audio in all settings. The Lavalier GO is the ideal solution when the added versatility of a lapel mic is required. Connect it to the transmitter, attach it to your shirt, and place the transmitter in your pocket.

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      Wireless Microphone - Single & Dual Mics

      Audio is half of your video! Add excellent sound to your clips with the DJI Mic Wireless audio system coming with 2 transmitters and a receiver.

      Buy for $219.00
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      RØDE Microphones

      Wireless ME Compact Wireless Microphone System

      Looking for a Pro Level Wireless Microphone System? The Rode Wireless ME has built-in mics and is plug-and-play, delivering exceptional sound quality up to 200m

      Buy for $149.00
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      RØDE Microphones

      Lavalier GO - Lavalier Microphone with 3.5mm TRS

      Have RØDE Wireless GO? The RØDE Lavalier GO is a lav microphone designed to pair with it to deliver crystal clear, omnidirectional, audio in all environments

      Buy for $79.00

      Get Music for Video with Track Club

      Track Club is a music licensing subscription platform that provides thousands of unique, high-quality, curated songs real artists make. With unlimited downloads starting at just $12.00/mo, it's perfect for content creators looking to create polished videos, podcasts, and more.

      You'll get complete control over how music sounds in your videos with Track Club's easy built-in song editor, MixLab™. Adjust the volume of individual instruments and mute stems, and even change the BPM of a song to fit your edit.

      With Track Club, you won't need to worry about content strikes. Track Club's TrackID system automatically clears Content ID claims within hours, freeing you to monetize your content and avoid any repercussions for using unlicensed music.

      Track Club is the first music licensing subscription app to provide 100% customizable songs. Marmoset powers Track Club — the only Certified B-Corp in the music licensing industry. Committed to reinvesting 10% of profits into community partners, Marmoset has given more than $442k since 2016 to community non-profits working for social justice, education, houselessness, music and arts advocacy, equity and inclusion, civil rights, and more.

      Learn more about how Track Club works and get one month free of Track Club with our referral code here.

      By using these tools, you can improve the quality of your audio and create videos that sound professional and polished. So don't let poor audio hold back your video creations - invest in the right tools and start producing high-quality videos today!

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