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For a visual medium, sound is extremely important in filmmaking and it's often overlooked. But filmmakers aren’t the only ones who rely on AV equipment. Teachers, entrepreneurs, and IT departments all need professional sound equipment sometimes. Podcasting is growing by leaps and bounds. Zoom conferencing is more important than ever. All these things require reliable sound. From brands like Sennheiser and Rode, BorrowLenses rents microphones, mixers, field recorders, headphones, and everything you need to capture the perfect soundscape. Rent professional XLR mics for a boom setup or grab a simple plug-and-play USB mic. BorrowLenses is here to help you with that one feature that will make a film truly feel pro: good sound.
On-the-go audio requires a special setup and the most popular solutions are clip-on or lavalier microphones. These wireless systems help you capture sound from a distance without additional help (useful for soloing or with really small teams) and they can be mounted inconspicuously. Here are some of our customer favorites:
Tentacle Sync TRACK E Pocket Recorder/Lav
This super small recorder comes with an omnidirectional lav mic for high-quality, hands-free mono audio recording. The battery lasts up to 10 hours and you can record up to 30 hours of content – perfect for events and longform vlogs.
DJI Mic Recorder Kit for Camera/Smartphone
This is a combo transmitter/omnidirectional mic system that can transmit over 800' away! Connect the receiver easily with the hot shoe adapter and attach the transmitter mics easily to your subject with sleek magnet clips. Record up to 14 hours of content for up to 5.5 hours.
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Condenser Smartphone Mic
Need a really pared-down solution? This broadcast-quality lapel mic connects to any small recording device with a 3.5mm jack but it will also pair nicely with smartphones that have headphone jacks. This versatile mic works with any app that records from the headset input.
In addition to microphones, we rent other audio equiptment to help support you on set. Here are just a few of our standout options:
Rode RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit
Receiver, transmitter, and a broadcast-grade lavalier microphone – everything you need to get started with wireless audio capture. Ideal for novices and pros alike, the RodeLink Wireless Filmmaker Kit is able to constantly monitor and hop between frequencies to maintain the strongest possible signal level.
Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Studio
Telling a story isn't just the domain of the visual arts. Podcasting is an incredible way to document the world around you, tell a story, and connect with others. This all-in-one system combines a mixer, sound effects player, phone tap, and recorder.
Sound Devices MixPre-6 II
This lightweight audio recorder and mixer is equipped with high-performance, ultra-low-noise, Class-A mic preamps. You can use condenser or conventional dynamic mics, plus there are onboard presets for a variety of mic types (of which you can connect up to 4). Designed with both pros and amateurs in mind, the MixPre-6 has advanced mixing capabilities but there is also a Basic Mode that allows you to start recording right out of the box.
BL makes it easy for you to rent mics, mixers and other audio gear accessories. This is because you can experiment with many mic types, for example, to see which best matches your needs. Here are just a few of the other great reasons to rent AV equipment:
Convenience When Traveling
Leave your personal gear at home and eliminate the risk of it getting broken or stolen.
Normally a photographer but need to add in some video work on your next gig? This is the perfect use case for renting vs shelling out upwards of thousands on a pro audio setup!
Don't learn on the job – study a piece of gear ahead of time! Rent a mixer, camera or lighting kit and get hands-on with it before jumping into a major event assistants, take note!
Not sure if that mic truly captures the right sound for you? Instead of using credit to purchase something expensive and relying too much on a decent returns policy, why not just borrow the item for as little as dollars a day?
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