Essential Equipment for Digital Media Production for Every Budget
When it comes to media production, creativity reigns supreme. But of course, without some well-honed skills and a solid tech set-up, you won’t be able to get very far.
Our on-campus broadcasting studios and radio stations give our students a great opportunity to learn their way around professional-grade equipment for video and audio production. And just like technology, the studio set-ups are always evolving. That means that we’re constantly checking out the newest production software and equipment, pinpointing the gotta-have-it gear as well as the products that are better off left on the shelf.
For all our fellow video and audio enthusiasts, we’ve rounded up a handy guide to the best new video and audio production equipment available now. Here are some of our top favorites and the items you’ll probably want to put on your wish list now.
Best Audio and Video Production Gear
Microphones: The Aston Element, RODE USB, and Electro-Voice RE20
Created by Aston Microphones, the Element is a high-performing microphone that was developed with plenty of user feedback and input. Essentially, it’s the microphone created by the people and for the people. Surprisingly affordable when compared to other professional mics, the Element is an investment you won’t regret.
We also like RODE’s NT-USB condenser microphone for its versatility, as well as the Electro-Voice RE20 for a broadcast-quality option ideal for podcasting, radio, and similar purposes.
Headphones: AIAIAI TMA-2 Series Headphones
Finding the best headphones for digital production tends to be a tricky topic because everyone has their own preferences. But with these headphones from TMA, you can customize your perfect pair. Mix and match various features depending on your needs and wants, for a set-up that suits you impeccably well.
Editing Software: Davinci Resolve 17 Studio
The Davinci Resolve software suite will put you on an even playing field with some of the best studios in Hollywood. In a single platform, you’ll gain access to tools for video editing, effects, motion graphics, audio post-production, and so much more.
Monitors: Dell Widescreen Monitors/Samsung 4K UHD TV
The majority of your editing work can easily be accomplished on a high-quality widescreen monitor (Dell is one of our preferred brands, but there are other solid choices as well). When it’s time for collaboration – or even more exciting, the reveal of a completed project – it’s incredibly handy to have a premium 4K UHD television.
Digital Controllers: Davinci Resolve Speed Editor and Resolve Mini Panel
Post-production can be a time-consuming task, so any tools that can streamline the process are a smart addition to your setup. The Davinci Resolve Speed Editor can be used as a keyboard extension, putting all your hotkeys and shortcuts within easy reach. When paired with the Davinci Resolve Mini Panel, which takes an intuitive approach to simplify color correction, it makes for a dynamic duo.
Monitor Speakers: Kali Audio IN and LP Series (2nd Wave)
The Kali Audio brand may be relatively new, but it’s already impressing professionals with its affordable, yet premium-quality IN and LP series. The “2nd Wave” features thoughtful updates such as lighter woofer cones and new amps, all intended to deliver an improved user experience.
How to Turn Your Passion for Media into a Career You Love
If the latest and greatest gear for video and audio production is a topic that gets you excited, it might be time to consider pursuing a career in digital media. After all, what better way to earn a living than spending every day doing what you enjoy?
At the BeOnAir Network of Media Schools, students at our campuses in Miami, Chicago, Ohio, and Colorado can choose from a wide range of media-focusing career training and education options. Here, you can build new skills, learn how to break into the industry, and get real-life, hands-on experience working with top-notch equipment in a professional setting. Instead of just reading about the best new video and audio production gear, you can actually use it!
Not sure exactly what kind of media career you want? Or, maybe you just want to learn how to do a little bit of everything. Then our Digital Media Production program is the perfect match. You’ll get a comprehensive education that covers a variety of mediums, techniques, and career paths, so you can expand your skillset while also discovering the specific field that’s right for you.
Let’s talk more about how media education can open the door to your dream job: contact our team for more information today!
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