My YouTube Audio & Recording Setup

– Yo, guys, Jonathan here, and if you guys make videos, and more specifically YouTube videos, you should probably watch this. One of the questions I get
on a super frequent basis is what is your audio setup? What microphone do you use,
what recorder do you use, and honestly, for the past
year, year-and-a-half, I have been super reluctant
to answer that question. And that is because the recorder I use is 3,328 bucks. This is the Sound Devices 633 Recorder, which is an incredible piece of hardware. And if you’ve never
heard of Sound Devices, they’re pretty much the industry standard as far as audio, and film and tv. They’ve used Sound Devices in La La Land, Breaking Bad, Game of
Thrones, Austin Evans, and this is what I’ve
used to record pretty much every one of my videos for
the past year-and-a-half. Now a couple of disclaimers. The MixPre-3 and MixPre-6
are in no way, shape, or form intended to replace something like a 633, and by all means, if you can
pick something like a 633 up, it is an amazing piece of hardware, world class pre-amps and there is a reason why they use it on high-end productions. For me, it’s been worth
every single penny, but at the end of the day, not everyone can afford to
drop three grand on a recorder. And that is where the MixPre-3
and MixPre-6 come into play. Also because the internet Sound Devices did not pay me for this video, in fact, I actually bought
this with my own money, they were, however, kind enough to give me an exclusive first look
at pre-production models of MixPre-3 and MixPre-6. But I just wanted to clarify
they’re not paying me. I just really, really like their stuff. So the audio you’re hearing right now is being recorded into the MixPre-3 that’s going to an SD card, then I’m syncing the audio
to the video externally within Final Cut Pro 10. Now if you’re brand new to external audio, I totally understand. Syncing audio might sound super scary, but I promise you, it is actually much easier
than you might expect. For me, because I use Final Cut Pro 10, it is literally as simple
as selecting the audio file, selecting the video file,
selecting synchronize, and bam, it automatically
stitches them together. Now for reference, this is
what terrible scratch audio on the camera sounds like and I am sorry for what
I am doing to your ears, but if we jump back to the external audio, you can see exactly how
important great quality audio is. Now as far as the microphone
I’m using right now, this is the Sennheiser 416, which is a little pricey
at around 1,000 bucks, but again, like the 633,
it is industry standard. If you can afford it,
it is worth every penny. On the other hand, if you need
something more affordable, Sennheiser has their MKE 600 microphone, which is only around 330 bucks. And if you pair that with the MixPre-3, that is arguably the
best possible audio setup you can get on YouTube
for under 1,000 bucks. Now as far as the difference
between the MixPre-3 and MixPre-6, in a nut shell, one is gonna get you more inputs and more tracks to record to. The MixPre-3 is a three
input, five track recorder, whereas the MixPre-6 is a six
input, eight track recorder. And for the complete differences
and all those juicy specs, I will post a link down below. Now for me, I tend to
gravitate towards the MixPre-3, simply because of how
small and compact it is. When you’re traveling,
especially with gear, space and weight adds up very quickly. So anything I can save is welcome. And I am super stoked to be
able to take this on the road and capture high-quality audio. Now a few things that I
really like about these, is one, they include
one-quarter, 20-threading, so you can mount these
directly to your camera or to your tripod. Two, you have a ton of flexibility in terms of powering these guys. You can power them through AA batteries, Sony L-series batteries, or the thing I wanna give Sound Devices a giant high-five for, is the inclusion of USB-C. Not only can you power
these through USB-C, you can transfer files
directly off the device all without ever pulling the SD card slot, which is super handy, especially
if you use the new MacBook Pro, cuz you don’t need a dongle or an adapter. And on top of all that, this also doubles as a super
high-quality USB interface, which makes this great
not only for YouTubers, but podcasters and musicians. Now another really cool feature with these is the flexibility you have to run these either in basic mode or advanced mode. So if you’re familiar with audio, you wanna tweak and customize
to your heart’s content, you can do that. But at the same time, maybe you just want something simple where you don’t have to think about it, you just want to plug in your microphone and get great audio. You can also do that, too. Keeping the list of
awesome things rolling, there is also Bluetooth connectivity with the MixPre-3 and the MixPre-6. And what that means is not
only can you monitor your audio through your phone or your tablet, you can adjust gain,
hit record, start, stop. It is awesome. Now if you don’t wanna use
your phone or your tablet, the devices themselves are controlled through a super clean,
intuitive, touch interface, which adds pretty much
everything I could possibly want in a recorder. Honestly, I think the only thing I could possible complain about
is the fact that you have to remove the batteries to
access the SD card slot, but again, like I said, you can theoretically transfer
those files through USB-C, which would make this a non-factor. At the end of the day though, the video, or rather, the
audio, should speak for itself. And if you guys think it sounds good, make sure you drop a like down below. And if you’re a YouTuber out there, who is constantly striving
for the best possible quality, you can quote me, this is the best recorder
for the money period.

100 Replies to “My YouTube Audio & Recording Setup”

  1. Siddharth Kamble says:

    Love all your videos Jonathan! Congrats on 2 million subscribers and thanks for putting together this awesome audio equipment video. As always it's nice, crispy & perfect.

  2. WordierWord6 says:

    Will this work for music production?

  3. Shawn Kelley says:

    How does it compare to the Zoom F4?

  4. AssassinSaul says:

    Aye, man, great video! Loving the happy, yet down-to-earth professionalism. Keep it up, man!

  5. Vinicius Camargo says:

    Wow, incredibly helpful video. I have always wondered what audio interface you used. Your audio is as crispy as your videos! Keep it up, brother. Cheers from Brazil! 🙂

  6. Stephen J. Martinez says:

    Thanks so much for this video, Jonathan! I've been looking into some new audio recording equipment for my film shoots and this video helped me out so much! Keep up the great work!

  7. Arpit Patel says:

    amazing script and the way you speech is amazing. you are killing it :).

  8. George Katechis says:

    This is a weird request, but you should upload a playlist. You have some really great music in your videos. Would you be down to share what you're listening too at the moment ?

  9. Saad Mahmud says:

    Your video sounds are the best. 👌

  10. ARYAN SINGH says:

    Love the way you explain things so calmly with awesome video production.

  11. Damian Hamzah says:

    always like the way ur videos are made bro! and this video teaches me alot of the process of making them! even bought a zoom h1 as u used in ur earlier videos! thx for sharing man!

  12. Paritosh Chandwade says:

    I had absolutely no idea that phone recorded audio would make so much difference. The effort you take to deliver this crisp audio and video is just mind numbing. Keep up the great work 🙂

  13. Viraj Jaswani says:

    Hey John. I really enjoyed the way how u explained to he difference between the microphones. I also really enjoyed the way you showed us the different types of audio quality like one from your camera and one with the mix Pre 3 and the 633. Thank you so much John ur videos hv inspired me to begin some video editing. Keep it up 🙏🙏

  14. Aarief Rrahman says:

    This is the reason that your videos have great audio quality
    Thanks for recommendation this thing,
    I think its usefull for everyone who watch this video, i appreciate it
    keep it up bro, 👍

  15. Amer Zubaidi says:

    What a great video Jon!!

  16. Aakash Tatikonda says:

    u know everyone wants to win so do i..i was trying from so long..n couldn't win any giveaway in ur channel …

  17. Wei Siong Yeo says:

    Love your video as always. Simply beautiful like an art. Great audio.. nice colors.. strong bokeh.. interesting animation as well. Keep rocking!

  18. jc carl says:

    Really appreciate explaining your behind the scenes setup! keep uploading dude…

  19. Nikhil Shisode says:

    way expensive!

  20. Preet Bhele says:


  21. noobmaster69 says:

    Thank you for the good quality audio Sir

  22. noobmaster69 says:

    Worth every cent, you mean.

  23. Zainhype7 says:

    I don't even know that's how great it is ur recording set up. Thank you for review this tech as I also a singer and guitarist(as my hobbies). Will be looking foward for this tech.. keep making utube gear review dude, gonna love it!

  24. tushar jha says:

    Even though the recoders are costly as hell, but the way you presented it in a way that enthusiasts or even someone who watches it for information will surely will surely try it or even think about it. And the difference between sounds between the camera mic and mic pre 633 was huge. Also your videos have a great lighting. Keep up the good work👍👍

  25. thej2show says:

    Dope video, awesome tip on audio setup, now I know why you have some awesome crispy sound.

  26. Frank Romero says:

    When are these coming out?

  27. Matt From SMM says:

    I do love that mic you have but I still don't think shotguns are the best for indoor dialogue recordings. I have a really shitty voice and it sounds awful indoors with shotguns, but less awful with small diaphragm condenser mics like the at4053b. I boom it above people the same way I would a shotgun mic. Less echo and sibilance. Thanks for the video man, can't wait to pick up one of these recorders!

  28. Phil eMotion says:

    Thanks Jonathan !

  29. Jorge Almeida says:

    "They've used it in La La Land"

    shows a "Notebook" thumbnail

    Love it.

  30. Tech Sway says:

    Thought I'd check out prices in the UK….£780 for PreMix 3. Resellers putting their crazy markup on items again. Time to look for grey imports or a holiday to US 😂

  31. White Rock says:

    Hey could you do a noise floor comparison with the 633? I ended up going with Zaxcom Maxx because the pres were much lower noise, and for me that was most important at the time, and was the drawback on the 633 even when compared to the 7xx series pres…which is why I think they specifically touted that feature of the Kashmir pres since it was the biggest criticism…but would love to hear more. Thank you!

  32. Adel Mandani says:

    Thank you

  33. Armstrong Builders fan account says:

    mask off

  34. Gilbert says:

    So according to Jon 300 bucks for a mic only is on the affordable side???????

  35. Ali saeed says:

    just give this guy a thumbs up for the way he makes a video! everything is perfect!

  36. Jimmy Ho says:

    Nice video! However, I'd really wish you'd explain why one would want to drop $600, or even $3k on this recorder, rather than using a Zoom H1, H4N, etc. What makes this so much better than the H series, or Tascam? Let us know!

  37. Phillip Morrison says:

    pfff you could get a 200 dollar interface and an 80 mic and i bet you could barely here the difference. from your most expensive set up. grab an old scarlet interface and what ever mic you need price is not everything I have 80 dollar mics i prefer over 500 dollar mics.

  38. Will Reynolds says:

    As someone who actually works in audio – I know people who have made records on a budget under $1000 – this is ridiculous. Also you don't need 6 inputs to record a channel of audio. Fair enough if your a pro youtuber but i could reccomend a much better setup for a much better price.

  39. carlemusik says:

    hi! great video. I'm really curious if you did any kind of noise reduction on the sound of this video?

  40. thenikkiroom says:

    Jonathan! Love the videos! But you know you used a photo of The Notebook when you said La La Land! 😂

  41. AquilaLiberum says:

    Hey Jon,
    Was wondering how you learned to edit video and how to tweak audio? Did you attend any courses or learn from a friend or was it all just self taught?

  42. Sheridan Jayson Dimayuga says:

    great review. I am interested on that mixpre6 as an add up in my A/V set up. Just a novice question. How can you adjust the gain and level of the channel 5/6 even though it doesn't have a physical knob? I appreciate your response. Thank you keep up the good work.

  43. Mr.Krabs says:

    4 grand for a mixer i feel so poor

  44. MarkAndApps says:

    Cmon Jon, I bought a Zoom H5 just last February because I saw at your 2-3yrs-ago-videos-description, you're using Zoom H5 as your pre-amp. Now with this awesome video, I wanna buy a mixpre3 which is also perfect with my MacBook 12 2015.

  45. ZSTO says:

    drop a mixtape

  46. CHATH K says:

    Just pick the rode video mic and your done if you want a recorder then get Zoom H5 👍🏻 thanks me later.

    Don't need to spend lot of money for this.

  47. Khamsuanlian Zou says:

    marques and the other members of team crispy also use this?

  48. Narek Avetisyan says:

    So does the MixPre3 have the same audio quality as the 633?

  49. qallaf313 says:

    Nice review
    You got a new sub my pal 👍🏻

  50. R Tech says:

    Um can I connect this to my laptop via USB and do voice-overs?

    Replies appreciated!

  51. RandomlyKreated says:

    I am not a youtuber. I am however a production sound mixer and I appreciate the review. I have been using a tascam DR-70D for several months and had a chance on a production to use the Zoom F8. I loved it so much that I was all set to buy the F4 (because 8 tracks is overkill for field recording on a short film) and then this thing was brought to my attention.

    One thing that you didn't touch on that I think is important is the analog limiters on the Mixpre series. That is something I think people severely underestimate the importance of and the amount of videos I have watched on youtube with clipped audio is beyond the countable range.

    Anyway, loved the review and I'm 99.7% convinced that I'm getting the Mixpre 3.

  52. Alexandre Châteauneuf says:

    If you don't have Final Cut Pro for synchronizing your clip, use Pluraleyes for Vegas or Premiere Pro 😉

  53. Z H I L I N says:

    very nice audio in this video indeed, all the qualities of the voice are captures. I always get too many high frequencies and not enough low end. So do you actually make films or record professionally with this equipment or only for youtube?

  54. Bohumír Pospíšil says:

    omg i love your eyes are they real?

  55. Tom Wright Sound says:

    Correction: Mixpre3 has 5 inputs (3 XLR + 2 channel stereo Aux in) and Mixpre6 has 6 in puts (5 XLR + stereo aux in).

  56. Mali Symphony says:

    Does the MixPre is like audio interface?(Sorry I am quite new)

  57. lonox franklyn says:


  58. Marcelo Buainain says:

    HI. Congrats. I would love to see the difference of the sound quality between the SD 633 and the new MixPre 3. As you own both models would you please do a test?

  59. Karthik Unboxed says:

    Great video!! What XLR cable are you using here?

  60. turkeypaz says:

    Just under a thousand bucks? For one component? So for all you guys….."$37.500 for just recording simple video in case you guys wanna have the best quality out there" What a bargain! *apparently normal human price range*

  61. Melbin Holguin says:

    I want to know what music did you use in the videos.

  62. Raj Zeef says:

    Perhaps one day, when I become rich…3328 + 1000 = 4328 + shipping + tax…Hummm, the best for me now is going to

  63. Ridzuan Rosli says:


  64. jkc256 says:

    You really like the word "Super", otherwise a great video. Thanks

  65. kirbay :/ says:

    I already exited when I saw the cost.

  66. Marcos says:

    Well done Jonathan. If you are always recording interiors and you have a chance to swap the 416 for an mkh50 that’ s improvement guaranteed.

  67. Johan W says:

    Happy you did a video like this! Awesome video! I'm a sound engineer recording both on location and working in post production and I love sound devices!

    Many people don't understand how important audio is so a video like this is awesome! Thanks!

  68. HikeVentures says:

    Bought the MixPre-3 a few days ago and I am happy with it 🙂

  69. Christian Morales says:

    Did he put a picture for the notebook when he said Lala land lol

  70. Mark Shirley says:

    Hi – camera do you use to video.

  71. Light Trick says:


  72. Gustavo Rojas says:

    I need help guys with me recording my preachings live! theres gotta be a sound geek in here that can give me some advice! I would get the PRE3 and hook it up to the mixer to record my messages live! Let me know!

  73. TECHNOOBER says:

    What's up with all of these sucky comments wah wah I can't do this I can't do that if you dont like it dont buy it geez. I have the MixPre 3 and I love it. I have a TASCAM DR60D and it was ok for what it did but I upgraded my tech and I think the MixPre 3 is the best audio/recorder for the money that I can afford.

  74. tukush tacos says:

    For a dude making a video about sound quality i can hear your room isn't acoustically treated. All that money on equipment but im still hearing that echo…

  75. Nabameet Chatterjee says:

    TRIPOD Link PLEASE!!!!!!

  76. Space. says:

    Another person who does audio for a living here —
    Most of the sound you're going to get is from your microphone, and from your voice.

    The device you record onto can make a difference, but it'd be a shame to sink most of your budget into that instead of looking at a quality microphone.

  77. Michael Sherlock says:

    This is great, thank you!

  78. Deep Patel says:

    Which cheap camera is best for portraits shots

  79. Kanishka Upadhyay says:

    I Cannot Even Afford A Full Youtube Setup Worth 1000$

  80. YahikoTendo says:

    I can't afford any of this so for now I will stick to what I have.

  81. Phil Chan says:

    Name of the song plz

  82. Ryan Chai says:

    Jonathan, your audio is something to be admired. Do you have a video showing your audio editing techniques? Thinking of switching from Adobe to FCPX but use audition currently.

  83. chrismas says:

    Guys, the MixPre is the one to buy if you love quality video and audio.

  84. Desolo Zantas says:

    What kinda camera are using, and settings, and I wanna see how you guys color grade this video

  85. Portraits by Leo says:

    Im curious as to why people don't often talk about headphones. Seems like having really good monitors is crazy important getting good sound (after the mics and mic placement) I'd love to know what you use, and what features you recommend when looking for headphones! THANKS! <3

  86. Trey Alexander says:

    Can I use this to record on the new iPad Pro 2018

  87. ASMR 4l says:

    Can I win a iPhone please my ma don’t have know money this year for Christmas please men🤟🏾🤟🏾🤟🏾I Watch yo channel every time u post

  88. Blackapino The Apple Guy says:

    This is pretty Sweet, of course I'm not on this level…YET!!!

  89. 8D Music - Black Panther says:

    Wish I had the money because it sounds amazing! I use a mixpre 3 and 6 as well as a sennheiser mkh416 at school for audioproductions and they are just the best combo ever!

  90. Claude Lyneis says:

    Your audio has an irritating echo caused by the bare walls on the room. It needs some damping , no matter how whizzo the recorder is.

  91. Julio Velez says:

    Nice man

  92. Jeff Lennan says:

    Can you tell me why I only get less than 30min on brand new batteries? I tried Duracell and it made a comment that it was not compatible, then I tried Energizer's and they only last about 30 min! ….. I turned off Bluetooth just now so could this be the problem? and I need 48v on since I am using a boom that requires Phantom power. Maybe something do do with switching from NIMH to Alkaline?
    I just switched to alkaline and in 15min it dropped one bar, some thing is not right

  93. Trey Alexander says:

    How do I get my audio into my iPad Pro from the sound devices unit?

    Using LumaFusion and not sure how to import the separate audio files into LumaFusion. Do you need a special card reader?

    Just bought a mixpre six and I love it. Just trying to find the best workaround for getting separate audio files into the iPad Pro.

    Gnarbox or Wd wifi ssd hard drive. What would you use for this?

  94. Temur Akhmedov says:

    Mouth says "La-La-Land", still says "Notebook" smh.

  95. fdsaffff says:


  96. Antonia says:

    I have been banging my head against the wall for a couple of months now regarding what audio gear to get. Now I know what to strive for! Thanks.

  97. KJ Grey says:

    absurdly overpriced crap. Audio at even mid-level Guitar Center gear sounds the same. Your MICS are far far far more important.

  98. Smoogle s. says:

    if your witch this isn't realistic for every day people lol

  99. OGtalks says:

    Thank you for posting this . Great vid homie .. I needed this !! 👌🏼

  100. Mike Sloan says:

    will you buy me one Mr. 2.5Million subs?

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