Coming from still photography into filmmaking, audio has been the bane of my filmmaking existence – even when I have really good stuff.
It has taken time, but I’m finally comfortable with most of my kit, having settled on the TASCAM DR70-D [B&H | Amazon] and a pair of RØDE shotguns (the NTG-2 [B&H| Amazon] and newer NTG-4+ [B&H | Amazon]) when I need the best sound (in my price range) and lavs won’t do; and usually – no joke – a pair of RØDE smartLavs [B&H | Amazon] with their RØDE Rec app on my iPhone 6 when lavs are a better solution.
But I STILL fight with my Sennheiser EW100 G2 kit.
When you’re a one-man band (or even two), you just don’t want to spend the time looking for a clear frequency, and then find half-way through a shot you have to change it again anyway – yet that is often my experience with the EW100 in a nutshell.
And – as in most pieces of kit – I have come to hate nested menus, much preferring physical knobs and buttons. I use the EW100 so infrequently that I have to dig out the manual and relearn how it works each time I use it.
In an age of uber-intuitive iPhone apps, this is not good.
So here comes the RØDELink, with virtually no setup; constant frequency hopping; no external antennae to bend; quality I already know; and a price – $399 – roughly half the price of a comparable Sennheiser kit (though it has to be said that the Sennheiser comes with a module to attach to mics like the NTG’s, a big plus and thus not quite apples-to-apples).
(cover photo credit: snap from the video)