Are you a GoPro enthusiast looking to take your videos to the next level? Look no further because we have the perfect solution for you – the BEST GoPro audio setup! One of the major drawbacks of using a GoPro is its subpar audio quality. Luckily, there are several methods and accessories available that can greatly enhance your audio capture. Whether you’re a vlogger, a filmmaker, or an outdoor adventurer, having crystal-clear audio can make a world of difference in your videos. In this blog, we will explore the top audio setups for your GoPro to help you achieve professional-grade sound quality and create captivating content.
The BEST GoPro AUDIO Setup
Hey, a bunch of you have been asking me about this helmet mount and how I achieve great audio while riding at high speeds on a skateboard or bicycle. Today, I’ll be discussing the two setups I use for helmet mounts, one simple and one more complex. Let’s dive into it!
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The Two Helmet Mount Setups
Let’s break down the helmet rig. I have two different setups that I use, and each has its own advantages. You can choose which one works best for you.
From the videos I’ve been doing, two questions pop up the most about this rig. First, why use a chin mount over a chest mount, especially when riding an electric bike? Secondly, why go for a clamp-on mount version over a permanently attached one? Let’s address these questions before discussing the rig itself.
Chin Mount vs. Chest Mount
Many mountain bikers or cyclists use a chest mount, like the older version of GoPro’s mount. While the chest mount provides a cool angle and a better feel of the bike, I still prefer the chin mount for a few reasons. The chin mount allows the camera to capture wherever I look, creating a more immersive point-of-view (POV) shot. I believe POV shots enhance the viewer’s experience. The height of the mount also affects the perception of speed, and having the camera lower to the ground makes the clip appear faster.
Clip-On Mount vs. Permanently Attached Mount
I used to use a permanently attached mount on my motorcycle helmet, but I found it inconvenient. Most helmets don’t have the space for the adhesive mount, and mounting the GoPro on the side of the helmet or using extension bars is not a good idea either. Changing settings or batteries becomes challenging with a permanently attached mount, as you need to remove the helmet or flip it down blindly. That’s why I prefer a clip-on mount like the Dango Gripper. It allows me to quickly attach and detach the GoPro for easy access and adjustment while keeping my helmet on.
Setup 1: GoPro Hero 10 in the Media Mod
For the first setup, I use the GoPro Hero 10 because of its super view feature, which provides a wide-angle look. I place it in the Media Mod, which gives me a 3.5mm audio port at the back. This setup allows me to connect a lav mic to my helmet and record high-quality audio.
To mount the lav mic, I attach it to the chin of my helmet, just above the vents. It’s crucial to tape over the vents from the inside to prevent wind interference. Then, I let the cable come out from the side of the helmet, gaff tape it along the side, and bring it all the way around. This eliminates any slack in the cable. Finally, I plug the lav mic into the GoPro, and that’s it!
Setup 2: GoPro Hero 10 with Audio Interface
The second setup involves using an audio interface along with the GoPro Hero 10. I connect the lav mic to the audio interface, which then connects to the GoPro through its 3.5mm audio port. This setup allows for even better audio quality and control over the sound levels.
Similar to the first setup, I mount the lav mic on the chin of my helmet and bring the cable out from the side, securing it with gaff tape. However, instead of plugging the lav mic directly into the GoPro, I connect it to the audio interface, which gives me greater flexibility with recording options.
In conclusion, using a chin mount and a clamp-on mount provides the best audio setup for GoPro helmet rigs. The chin mount allows for a more immersive POV shot, and the clamp-on mount offers convenience and easy access to the GoPro for adjustments and battery changes.
Experiment with the different setups I’ve mentioned and choose the one that works best for your needs. Don’t forget to check out cuts, our sponsor for today’s video. Happy recording!
Frequently Asked Questions – The BEST GoPro AUDIO Setup
Q: What is GoPro Audio Setup?
A: GoPro audio setup refers to the process of configuring and optimizing your GoPro camera’s audio recording capability to achieve the best sound quality.
Q: Why is audio important in GoPro footage?
A: Audio enhances the overall viewer experience and helps capture the true essence of the moment. High-quality audio adds depth, richness, and authenticity to your GoPro footage.
Q: How can I enhance my GoPro’s audio recording quality?
A: There are a few different ways to improve your GoPro’s audio recording quality:
1. Use an external microphone: Attaching an external microphone to your GoPro can significantly enhance audio quality.
2. Select the right microphone: Different microphones are designed for specific recording scenarios, choose one that suits your needs.
3. Utilize wind noise reduction: Wind noise can negatively affect audio quality, so consider using a windscreen or a dedicated wind noise reduction system.
4. Adjust settings: Experiment with different audio settings on your GoPro to find the optimal configuration for your recording environment.
Q: Which external microphone is compatible with GoPro cameras?
A: GoPro cameras typically use a 3.5mm audio jack, so any external microphone with a compatible connector will work. Some popular options include lapel (lavaliere) microphones, shotgun microphones, and handheld microphones.
Q: Is there a recommended brand or model for GoPro audio setup?
A: There are several reputable brands that manufacture high-quality microphones suitable for GoPro cameras. Some popular brands include Rode, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, and Sony. It is recommended to read reviews and compare different models to find the best match for your specific requirements and budget.
Q: Can I use wireless microphones with GoPro cameras?
A: Yes, you can use wireless microphones with GoPro cameras by using external wireless audio systems. These systems connect to your GoPro wirelessly, allowing you to capture audio from a distance or in complex setups.
Q: Are there any software options for audio post-processing?
A: Yes, various audio editing software applications, such as Adobe Audition, Audacity, and GarageBand, offer post-processing capabilities. These tools can help refine and enhance your recorded audio, reducing background noise and improving overall sound quality.
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