So back when I got my RED Scarlet…I found out the hard way that It doesn’t do any scratch audio, not even crappy annoying scratch audio.

You know how DSLR’s can pick up audio…it sucks but its there.

Well the RED Scarlet/Epic has nothing.

But there is a cheap option which works really well, plug 1 or even 2 of these in and you have perfect scratch audio.


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You can get the little mic on Amazon here:

Now if you like good audio for interviews and narrative work. I have always loved the sound of Sennheiser’s mics… I use the EW100 G3 Lav mics, I have 2 sets.


These work perfectly in a nice small set up without any needed portable recorder…major plus for me. Because I’ve found when using the Zoom H4N, the batteries went fast and you have to remember to hit record on your RED and the Zoom

if you forget to hit record on the zoom and just the RED… your screwed ….no audio.

With the magic of Wooden Camera’s A-Box…you simply plug both slots into your RED, plug in your mic and lavs and boom….great working audio.


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No extra recorder dangling around…all nice, small and with you.

You can get the Wooden Camera A-Box on their site or in the UK from VideoGear:

Regarding the Sennheiser Lav mics…I label mine. It may sound dumb, but during some shoots a lot goes on …sometimes your brain plays up and you quickly forget whether the mic goes in the receiver or transmitter.

So I just label them to save me hassle on the day

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As for boom mic work… I love the Sennheiser MKH 416. it has the perfect amount of distance for me and sounds great.


If budget is a bit tight and you can afford the A-Box but not the wireless lavs. Olympus also do a plug in lav if its for a close set up interview piece:

Now dont forget to bring headphones with you…cuz you never know, is the audio actually there haha.

If I don’t have room for my sennheiser HD 205 Headphones I make sure I have some Apple headphones with me to tuck in my Think Tank



  1. Ive never seen someone put the shotgun mic straight into the A Box. How has that worked? Do you ever shoot handheld with that setup?

    1. Hi Kenji

      Ive never used it for corp or interview pieces. Mainly for better audio during music video shoots etc.

      Def works better then the built in mic or the little olympus mic

      I’d imagine if you had the shotgun on a boom plugged into the A-BOX it’d work great. Unfortunately a lot of my shoots have been music videos or clothing related so no audio needed.

      I keep meaning to test

  2. Hey Daniel hoping you can help me with this issue.. I bought the olympus recorder mic you mentioned in this post for scratch audio. If you could take a look at my 10 second clip (password is scratch) and tell me if this is what the audio is supposed to sound like. I expected bad but this is brutal lol. Should I have had certain settings setup in my RED differently?
    Thanks again derrick

    1. Hi Derrick

      As mentioned it is literally scratch audio haha. Yours does sound noisier though, maybe you also need you fan turned down while in record mode.

      I don’t use the Olympus much, mainly use the Sennheiser plugged straight into the A-Box and words great, you can even boost it in post and it sounds great.
      Hope that helps?

      1. Ok so ran some tests with the fan in quiet mode it makes a definite difference. I just never work with fan control i nquite or off because the temperature rises quickly with the camera so I am worried it will auto shut off.. also if i do turn the fan back on it sounds like a rocket ship taking off trying to cool it down. Not the best for wedding ceremonies lol… Guess I will have to figure that one out.

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