I am a musician: I’ve played drums for nearly 16 years and I’ve co-founded a charity, Warrior Beat, which offers group drumming therapy to those suffering from PSTD, anxiety, and depression. I am also a professional creative director, photographer and filmographer. When other musicians or bands come up to me they are usually more drawn to my ability to film them then they are interested in having me behind the kit – that’s okay, actually, because I’m much better behind the camera than I am in front of it.
Quite frankly, musicians are more-often obsessed with having great visuals then they are with having good audio. I know this sounds pretty counter-intuitive, but as a visually-driven species, it’s often that first eyes-on impression that helps seal the deal with your potential fans. There’s just one problem, most pieces of equipment that capture great imagery don’t have equally good audio capabilities. The sum effect of this is live performance videos that look good, but are un-listenable. I’ve been on a crusade to find a middle-ground solution that would capture both excellent audio and video and I think I’ve found it with the Zoom Audio Q2N.
This isn’t a brand new product, in fact I’ve had mine for nearly a year, but I’ve spent that time using it extensively and it’s given me a good impression as to what it does and doesn’t do. The immediate take away is that it’s worth every penny I spent on it.
If you are a musician or work in the audio recording industry then you surely know of Zoom Audio – I actually learned about their products in the field while directing commercials for high-tech companies. Their gear is amazingly low priced for what they offer and I have yet to meet someone who wasn’t in awe of the quality they produce. The Q2N is no exception. I’ve been using 2 of these cameras to capture performances and they are second to none for their audio quality, video and the flexibility in which they can be employed.
I am not going to write a long article on all of the features they have – there are tons of videos out there that do that – but I will say that at $150.00 they are an essential addition to your tool kit for any musician who wants to make sure they capture their performances. With just a little know-how you can then upload those videos to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook and the rest of your social media network so you can boost your online equity. That’s called marketing and self promotion, by the way, and I can’t stress just how important it is to get your performances online.
Just to give you a quick idea of how this can be used, I employ it in my studio, in my office, on video productions for wide angles and on the stage. There’s really no place this amazing little camera can’t go.
You can buy the Q2N from Amazon.com
An amazing piece of video equipment that puts audio quality first – and that’s a good thing!