These days, expert reporting from globetrotting journalists is the norm. So is the fact that they find themselves conducting interviews on location, with gear small, convenient and powerful enough to fit into a backpack. Given the ever-rising need to capture off-the-moment interviews to an iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac or PC, seamless control is key. Fortunately, that goal is within reach — and on budget.
Check out our top suggestions for polished, pro-quality microphone and lighting gear to use anywhere and at any time.
Microphones We Recommend
In our minds, there’s no better time for the plug-in-and-go convenience and the stereo capability of the Shure MV88, or hands-free recording with Shure’s MVL iOS lavalier. Complemented by the ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ mobile app, you’ll benefit from enhanced recording and editing, with additional preset modes for gain, compression, stereo width settings and EQ.
The Shure MV88 iOS digital stereo condenser microphone offers mobile journalists crisp, clear, professional-quality audio on the fly. Simply plug the TRRS connector directly into the headphone jack on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod and hit record using your favorite audio or video recording app. The reward? Life-like stereo recordings without the fuss (or background fuzz).
By contrast, you can clip Shure’s MVL omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone onto your collar or lapel. Then, plug it into your mobile device to capture clear, pro-grade audio with an exceptional signal-to-noise ratio for interviews, lectures, public speaking and videography purposes. Once captured, edit your recordings using the free ShurePlus™ MOTIV™ iOS app, and share your sound files via text, email or any file sharing service — no matter where a story leads you.
Must-Have Mobile Lighting
There are also small, powerful and rugged lighting solutions that can be attached to your camera or phone with separate accessories. Ideal for tight spaces and challenging lighting situations, they’re essentials you definitely want on hand.
Take, for example, the impressively light, the indispensable, mini Eye-Lite series from Aladdin. It lets you effortlessly fine-tune color and output. That includes color temperatures between 3000K and 6000K, with dimmability from 5 to 100 percent and a built-in Lithium Ion battery offering up to two hours of power. Plus, it features a 6061aircraft aluminum body so it can survive light drops.
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We also dig the Aladdin A-Lite, a premium, variable, bi-color, on-board LED light (the slimmest and lightest on the market, coupled with an integrated, quick-charge battery). Offering CRI and TLCI ratings of over 95 for tungsten (3000K) and daylight (6000K), a USB cable lets you power and/or charge it from a USB charger, camera, laptop or USB port-equipped battery. It also features a removable, hinged plastic diffuser that lets you soften light further.
Whether you’re interacting with athletes or conducting hard-hitting interviews for newscasts, having these tools in your arsenal will set your story apart. Have questions?
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