Best audio recorders for filmmaking and video production in 2024

Man holding one of the best audio recorders, the Tascam DR-40X
(Image credit: Tascam)

The best audio recorders aren't just useful for podcasters and radio producers. They're an essential piece of equipment in filmmaking too, enabling you to capture high-quality audio recordings of dialogue, sound effects, ambient sounds, and more. This can later be synced with your visuals using video editing software, such as Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, or DaVinci Resolve.

Audio recorders come in a variety of sizes, styles, and price points, from handheld devices to larger units that can be mounted on a boom pole or tripod. Some have built-in microphones, while others can be used with external mics for greater flexibility and control. 

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.

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