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Best field recording gear for beginners

Get ready to explore the exciting world of field recording with our list of high-quality and essential equipment. With this gear, we’ve been able to capture incredible sounds from the Rocky Mountains to the bustling streets of Bangkok.

We’ve divided our equipment into four sections – field recording devices, microphones, accessories & camera gear to make it easy for you to find exactly what you need.

Our comprehensive list covers just about everything we bring on our travels, except for our clothes!

If you’re just starting out and want to know what gear is best for field recording, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with our article on “How to Get Started with Field Recording.”

With our help, you’ll be able to capture authentic sounds from all around the world in no time. So, dive in and let’s start recording!


When we think back on our sound journey in Cambodia, it’s pretty amazing to think that we managed to capture everything using just a humble Zoom H1 recorder. Since then, we’ve been on a wild ride, traveling the world and collecting more and more gear to help us capture even better sounds. We’re always on the hunt for new tools and gadgets to add to our collection, and we recently got our hands on the Sony PCM D100 – needless to say, we’re pretty stoked to put it to use on our next adventure.

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At Free To Use Sounds, we’re commited to capture sounds from all over the world and share them with all of you. We’ve been traveling to some pretty amazing places over the past eight years, experimenting with all kinds of recording techniques and gear to make sure we get the best possible audio.

Our audio gear is packed with specialized microphones, wind protection, hydrophones, and other fun sound design gadgets that help us get those very unique recordings. We’ve tried out a ton of different gear options, but the microphones we’re using now is absolutely top-notch.

It’s safe to say that the gear we use has played a major role in our success at Free To Use Sounds. Our recordings have leveled up, and we’ve built up an amazing community of fans who love what we do and our recordings.

We’re seriously proud of our gear, and we know it’s a big part of what makes us stand out. So, why not take your own recordings to the next level with the same gear we use? It may change your life as it has ours.

So, check out the gear we’re currently using on our adventures – we promise it’s a great choice!

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These accessories below have been real game changers for us! Not only to they make our field recording sessions easier, but they also save us time when we’re needing to record quickly!

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This is all the gear we’re currently using to create our YouTube videos, Instagram Reels, and shooting street photos!

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Who would have thought a handy sound recorder in Cambodia would lead us here?

Hi there we’re Marcel and Libby and every sound on this site has been recorded by us. For nearly 7 years, we’ve been traveling around the world recording unique sounds for others to use! 

If you’re curious and want to learn more about our journey traveling full-time as sound recordists you can read on here or on CNN Travel.

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