Okay, I just recently bought a beautiful PA system and lights for my band, thanks a great deal to the folks in the Live Sounds & Production forum and their sage advice. Anyway, for the last three years, long before buying the new PA gear, I have been using a Zoom Q3HD for live recordings. Now this is mostly self-critique oriented, but I made some Youtube vids for the followers of my band.
Now my experience with the Zoom units is that they are complete crap video but excellent audio recording for a cell phone sized, standalone recorder. Anyway, last gig, we were playing outdoors and my Q3HD ended up at the bottom of the water surrounding the dock we were playing on.
I have been wanting better video anyway, but nothing to break the bank. So I used this as an excuse to buy a fairly entry level camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF R400. Now obviously the internal mic in this unit is going to be awful, but the picture quality is fine for what I need it for. The reason I went with this mic, by the way, is because it is perhaps the only camcorder for anything close to this price range with an external mic input. I called Canon and they told me that there is no ACG or signal processing that an external mic would be subject to, THANKFULLY.
So now the question is, what are some good recording mics? Do I need to spend a small fortune to get as good or better audio recording quality as my Q3HD? I have seen mics for $79.99, around $150.00, upwards of $300.00, and obviously a lot more. Basically I want to get good quality but not break the bank with a thousand dollar mic.
Another suggestion that the Zoom tech support guys gave me (but this doesn't sit right with me, maybe you guys will know better) is that I have an old Zoom H2 audio recorder. They said since it has four mics, I could use it as the external mics connected to the Vixia and I would be good to go. They also recommended that if I am going to go that route, that I upgrade to the H4n because then, if I decided to, in the future, I could use the four mics on the H4n and further hook more external mics to that as well.
I was also thinking of recording audio with the Zoom H2 I own and video with the camcorder, then syncing them up in Sony Vegas Movie Maker, and discarding the audio from the camcorder, but this is a real pain in the ass playing with syncing different files.
Thoughts and advice?