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Great Gear That I Use and Recommend!

The right accessories can make your smartphone video and live streams look and sound amazing! Here is a selection of the gear I use and recommend for professional results that both you and your audience will love!

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Featured Product: Rode “Wireless Go” Mic System

Rode “Wireless Go” Wireless Mic System (***Kerry's Favorite Wireless!)
The new (April 2019) Rode “Wireless Go” wireless mic system is my new favorite because of its high quality, high reliability, and low cost ($199). The transmitter and receiver are incredibly small and lightweight, yet the built-in batteries power it for 7 hours. Use it with a video camera or DSLR as-is, or add a $10 TRS-to-TRRS adapter cable and use it with your smartphone! Audio quality is fantastic. The transmitter clips to your lapel and features a built-in mic, but it also has a mic jack to add a lavalier mic. View and order on Amazon

NOTE: You ALSO need THIS ADAPTER and THIS CABLE so the Rode Wireless Go will work with your smartphone. The cables it comes with are for use with a standard video camera. And of course, if you have an iPhone 7 or newer, you need the Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapter from Apple. (Do not buy a knockoff on Amazon. They often don’t work.)

 

Smartphone Mounts and Camera Support

Arkon Mounts "TW Broadcaster" Livestreaming Products
Arkon Mounts makes an amazing, wide-ranging selection of high-quality phone and tablet mounts. They are huge supporters of the live streaming community. Their TW Broadcaster series has many mounting and desk stand options; this is only one example that I've pictured. Get a big 20% discount by using my coupon code KERRY20 View and order on Arkon's site

 

Square Jellyfish Tripod Mount for Smartphones
This is a terrific tripod mount for your smartphone. It allows you to orient your smartphone horizontally or vertically depending on what the video shoot or live stream broadcast requires. This is the one I use for all my Periscope broadcasts, and for smartphone video production. (I've linked to the metal version, which has threads that won't strip like the plastic version.) View and order on Amazon

 

Benro Mini Telescoping Selfie Stick Tripod With Bluetooth Remote
I can't even begin to tell you how handy this is! It's a solid compact tripod base with smartphone mount, but it's got a secret: a telescoping selfie stick hidden in the middle! Place it on a table at an event, telescope it to eye level, and you're livestreaming or recording a professional interview in a flash! It also has a bluetooth remote so you can start and stop your video camera or take a photo. It's a steal at this price. View and order on Amazon

 

Manfrotto “Be Free” Aluminum Fluid Head Floor Tripod
This is a sturdy but lightweight tripod from one of the world’s leading tripod manufacturers that folds up to only 16” long so it’s easy to transport or even pack in a roll-aboard suitcase. It’s my go-to tripod for nearly every situation. The Be Free has a fluid head mechanism for silky-smooth pans and tilts, and a quick-release camera plate. It’s perfect for holding your smartphone steady while you shoot standups, interviews, news conferences, or other events. View and order on Amazon

 

Benro 3XS 3-Axis Smartphone Gimbal
if you've EVER considered getting a smartphone gimbal to shoot silky, steadicam-like shots, THIS is the one! The Benro 3XS has two amazing features almost every other gimbal does NOT have: it keeps the Lightning port on an iPhone totally unrestricted, so you can plug in a mic, AND the top arm folds down for much more compact storage and transport! Coupled with a tripod mount, mini-tripod, up to 24-hour battery life, auto tracking, and many other controls and modes, it is the best deal going at $129. View and order on Amazon

 

 

Live Cameras

 

Mevo Live Event Camera
The incredible new Mevo live event camera is in a class by itself and is one of the BEST ways to broadcast to Facebook Live and make it look like a professional production. The magic of Mevo is its 4K Ultra HD sensor. You simply place the Mevo on a tripod and point it at your event - say, a conference stage with podium and panelists. It connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi, streams to Facebook Live, records to its built-in micro SD card, and lets you choose multiple camera shots using your iPhone or iPad! You can select tight shots, zoom and pan, so your production looks like a professional multi-camera production! View and order on Amazon

 

Lighting

 

Lume Cube 2.0 Tiny, Powerful, Dimmable LED Video Light
This is the tiniest, most powerful video light I've ever seen! At 1.5 inches square, it's a must-have for high-end livestreams and video shoots. With up to 1500 lumens in 10 brightness levels, it can light up a room! At 50% brightness, it will run for up to 2 hours on its internal battery.  It has a standard 1/4"-20 thread on the bottom for mounting on tripods, and the company makes a variety of additional mounts.  Single light: View and order on Amazon  Dual light pack: View and order on Amazon

 

IKAN iLED-MA LED Light
I love this light. At less than $50, it offers great features, like a diffusion filter to soften the LEDs and a dimmer knob so you can dial in just the right amount of brightness. Its built-in battery recharges via USB. Its base will slide into any hot- or cold-shoe camera mount, and it has a threaded 1/4" 20 threaded hole to screw onto any standard video or photo tripod. View and order on Amazon

 

Dracast 18" Ring Light
This is a lightweight, dimmable portable beauty light that renders soft shadowless light. You can mount your smartphone or tablet in the middle of the light so your face is beautifully lit for livestreaming as you look at the camera. This type of light is widely used and loved throughout the livestreaming community. View and order on Amazon

NOTE: This light mounts on a light stand, not a tripod. So you also need a light stand. I recommend this stainless steel stand from Neewer.

 

Wired Smartphone Microphones

 

YouMic Smartphone Lavalier Microphone
The YouMic is a very affordable smartphone lav mic, but still has excellent quality! It also comes with not one, but TWO mic clips and TWO foam windscreens, since those are small parts that sometimes get lost!
SINGLE MIC VERSION: View and order on Amazon
DUAL MIC INTERVIEW SET: View and order on Amazon

NOTE: I recommend ALSO getting one of these 8-foot mic extension cords, to make sure you have enough cable for most situations. The standard cable on the YouMic is 6.5 feet.

 

PopVoice Lavalier Smartphone Microphone (Amazon Choice!)
In case YouMic is out of stock, this is another well-made, affordable smartphone mic designed for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Sony, LG, Blackberry & Windows Smartphones, Retina Macbook Pro Air, and Android devices. It comes with 4 foam windscreens, so if you lose one...or three...you've always got another one available! This also has a long 6.5-foot cord. And it has an adapter that lets you use it with a standard video camera or computer mic input. It's a great choice.  View and order on Amazon

 

Rode SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone
The Rode SmartLav was one of the first high quality smartphone lavalier mics available. It sounds great and is widely use. I recommend getting a TRRS extension cord (in the Adapters section of this page) to use with this mic so you are sure to have enough cable. View and order on Amazon

 

Handheld Wired Smartphone Microphone Setup (as mentioned in my Instagram)

-Movo HM-M2 handheld microphone View here
-MXL XLR-to-TRRS
mic cord adapter View here
-Apple Lightning to 3.5mm
adapter View here

 

Wireless Smartphone Microphones

 

Rode “Wireless Go” Wireless Mic System (***Kerry's Favorite Wireless!)
The Rode “Wireless Go” wireless mic system is my new favorite because of its high quality, high reliability, and reasonable cost ($199). (Many wireless mic systems cost from $400-$900). The transmitter and receiver are incredibly small and lightweight, yet the built-in batteries power it for 7 hours. Use it with a video camera or DSLR as-is, or add adapter cables and use it with your smartphone! Audio quality is fantastic. The transmitter clips to your lapel and features a built-in mic, but it also has a mic jack to add a lavalier mic. View and order on Amazon
NOTE: You ALSO need
THIS ADAPTER and THIS CABLE so the Rode Wireless Go will work with your smartphone. The cables it comes with are for use with a standard video camera. And of course, if you have an iPhone 7 or newer, you need the Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapter from Apple. (Do not buy a knockoff on Amazon. They often don’t work.)

 

Saramonic TX10 + RX10 96-Channel Digital UHF Wireless Lavalier Microphone System
This may or may not be a knockoff of Sony's $500 wireless system - it looks very similar - but Chinese manufacturer Saramonic makes great gear for standard video/audio and smartphone video production! Add a TRS-to-TRRS adapter cable to this system and you're all set with a heavy duty, high quality and capable wireless mic system for your livestreams and smartphone videos, as well as for DSLR and standard video camera production needs! It uses disposable AA batteries and has a high build quality. View and order on Amazon

 

Other Microphones

 

Rode VideoMic GO Mini Shotgun Mic for DSLRs
This shotgun mic is intended for use with DSLR cameras, and receives its power from the camera itself so it does not need a battery. It's a good compromise between cheaper mics and Rode's higher-end line. I have not tested it to know if it works with smartphones and tablets if you add a TRS-to-TRRS adapter cord. View and order on Amazon

 

Microphone Adapters and Mixers

 

Saramonic SmartRig+ 2-Channel Audio Mixer for Smartphones and DSLRs
This little mixer is a big problem-solver! It allows you to mix two professional XLR-connector microphones (or two 1/8"/3.5mm microphones) for use with either DSLR cameras for videography, or for smartphones and tablets. This means you can mix two of your pro mics, including wireless mics, to make a video or do a livestream broadcast. It has a TRRS output for smartphones and a tripod mount on the bottom side. I love this unit! View and order on Amazon

 

Rode SC6 Dual Microphone Input Device
The inexpensive alternative to a microphone mixer. This allows you to use two smartphone mics with your phone or tablet at the same time. It has two smartphone microphone inputs, and a headphone output. Please note that, due to its design, you will likely need to remove your case from your device to ensure that the plug on the SC6 properly seats with the audio jack on your device. Or, get an extension cable (below) to use with it. View and order on Amazon

 

Male TRRS 3.5mm Smartphone Miniplug to Female XLR Jack Adapter
This is exactly what you need to adapt most professional wireless microphone receivers to work with your smartphone. Most wireless receivers used with professonal cameras already have an XLR plug on them for the output. With this cable, you can plug right into the receiver, and plug the other end into your smartphone. View and order on Amazon

 

PopVoice 8-foot TRRS Microphone Extension Cord
This is the TRRS cord you need to extend the length of the cable on your A.Lav EZ., Rode SmartLav, or any other smartphone microphone or headphones. This cable is about 6' long. I usually only need one, but I keep two with me just in case I need an extended cable length for a smartphone video shoot or livestream broadcast. View and order on Amazon

 

Podcasting and Audio Recording

 

Tascam MiNiStudio Creator US-42 Podcast Production System
Perfect for Facebook Live Audio, rolling out now! Want to start a podcast, or sound professional when you broadcast live on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter or Periscope through your laptop or desktop computer? In my opinion, this is the easiest way to do it! MiNiStudio Creator is your personal production and online broadcast studio.  It has a pro audio interface, special effects, "Hot" buttons to launch intros, sound effects or sponsor credits, and it pairs with Tascam's MiNiStudio interface software that toggles between a simple "easy" interface for beginners and "pro" interface with all the bells and whistles for professionals. Too many features to list here!
View and order on Amazon

 

Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen.) Podcasting Interface
This is a USB microphone interface for podcasting. Plug your professional mic with 3-pin XLR connector into the front panel, plug the Scarlett into your computer, and you're ready to start podcasting! It has stereo line outputs on RCA phono plugs so you can connect it to home speakers and one headphone output with gain control. View and order on Amazon

Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen.) Complete Podcasting Kit
This is the Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB microphone interface for podcasting (above), but it ALSO includes everything you need to record with! A great condenser mic, pop filter, boom-style mic stand, audio cables and headphones! View and order on Amazon

 

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen.) Podcasting Interface
This is the next step up from the Scarlett Solo. It features two microphone inputs so you can record both yourself and a live in-studio guest. There are four analog inputs: two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain; two newly-designed instrument inputs; 1/4-inch balanced jack outputs to connect professional studio monitors; one headphone output with gain control. View and order on Amazon

 

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen.) Complete Podcasting Kit
This is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB microphone interface for podcasting (above), but it ALSO includes everything you need to record with! A great condenser mic, pop filter, boom-style mic stand, audio cables and headphones!. View and order on Amazon

 

Audio Technica ATR-2100 USB Microphone
This is a great dual USB/XLR mic to start podcasting with, or to record audio interviews or voiceovers for video projects. It's really two mics in one! It is a standard microphone with a professional XLR (3 pin) connector, so it works with standard audio mixers and broadcast gear. And, it is a USB microphone, so you can plug it into the USB port on your computer to record digitally to audio programs like Audacity, Garage Band or Adobe Audition. View and order on Amazon

 

Tascam TM-80 Condenser Microphone
This is the perfect microphone for podcasting. It has a cardioid (directional) pattern, and an 18mm pure aluminum diaphragm. It requires phantom power from your audio mixer or interface, and comes with a shockmount, desk stand and 3-pin XLR cable. Note that the desk stand is very lightweight; I recommend getting a more robust desk stand or boom arm. This is NOT a USB mic, so it doesn't plug directly into your computer. It must be plugged into an audio mixer, or an analog to USB converter, a recorder, or an interface box like the Scarlett. This is my main mic for voiceovers and podcasting. View and order on Amazon

 

Cisno Shock Mount & Pop Filter for ATR-2100 Microphone
If you use the Audio-Technica ATR-2100 microphone for podcasting or recording voiceovers, this is the shock mount and pop filter unit to buy! It fits the ATR-2100 perfectly and isolates the mic from the thumps and bumps that can happen when your mic is on a desktop stand. And the adjustable pop filter makes sure that your voice comes through loud and clear without breathy "'plosives" that can happen when you're popping your "P's". View and order on Amazon

 

Movo LV-60 Wired Lavaliere Microphone (XLR connector)
This is a wired lavaliere microphone for recording podcasts or video interviews. Featuring a standard XLR connector, this mic connects to an audio mixer, recorder, or video camera utilizing professional XLR connectors. View and order on Amazon

 

Audio for Video

 

Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Mic
Yeah, I know this looks like a wireless system. But it's not. This records pristine audio from its lavaliere mic onto a micro SD card. Use this instead of a wireless mic when you want to capture audio during a video shoot from a DSLR, smartphone or video camera, and later sync the audio back to the video you shot during editing in Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Sony Vegas, iMovie, or other editing program on a laptop or desktop computer. You get great audio and don't have to deal with the expense of a wireless mic system. View and order on Amazon

 

On-Stage Presentation Tech

Loop Audio Mixer by Maker Hart
When I present on stage, I do demos from my laptop, iPhone and iPad. To make it a seamless experience for the audience, I need an easy way to mix audio from all three sources. The Loop audio mixer does just that, and is so easy to connect because all the inputs and outputs on this mixer are 3.5mm female mini jacks. And the mixer will plug right in to the typical 3.5mm audio input to most presentation systems that you find at the podium. View and order on Amazon

 

Accessories

Magic Arm (articulating arm)
This arm is amazing. It has a male 1/4" threaded stud at one end, and the other end has attachments that can be kept on or removed that let you have a male cold shoe, a female 1/4" threaded hole, or another 1/4" male stud. This means you can use the Magic Arm to attach devices like monitors, video lights, mics and more to tripods, cameras, and smartphone camera cages like the Beastgrip Pro. View and order on Amazon

 

Pop-up Greenscreen
This pop-up greenscreen from Neewer is the best way to record a green screen video. So much quicker and easier than setting up a frame and hanging greenscreen fabric! It pops up in seconds out of its sturdy metal case. View and order on Amazon

 

Bescor MP-101 Remote Pan/Tilt Head
I'm using this now for all my studio Periscope and Facebook Live broadcasts, and for recording videos with! This pan/tilt head connects to any standard tripod. Put a Square Jellyfish smartphone mount on it, then use the wired remote to adjust your shot. You can use the remote to tilt the smartphone up or down, or left or right. It's so much easier to make camera adjustments while you are live-streaming! View and order on Amazon

 

Disclosure: I do receive a small commission on many of the products on my site. All the products you see above are ones that I personally use, am very familiar with, and recommend. You will not pay more by buying through my Amazon links, and in the case of Arkon products, you get a great sitewide discount whenever you use my coupon code KERRY2018 at checkout on Arkon.com.

Above: Beastgrip Pro with MXL MiniMixer+ mounted using an articulating arm.

Above: Beastgrip Pro with MXL MiniMixer+ mounted using an articulating arm.