People often ask me what equipment I use. The current recording set-up is a Panasonic GH5s
camera and an ATR2100-XLR
My first "camera" was a late 1990s camcorder, the Sony TRV310
. Though it was never used for Millennial Woes, I did use some archive footage from it in the Rot teasers
My second camera was the Fuji Finepix F601
(received as a Christmas present in 2003), but I don't believe I have ever used any footage or stills from it on the channel.
As I waited impatiently to receive the FZ200 in December 2013, I filmed the very first MW video with my father's 2008 camcorder, the *
The Panasonic FZ200
was the device which catalysed the channel in the first place. I got it for Christmas 2013 and immediately began filming videos. It was damaged by rain in July 2015 and had to be replaced (with an identical model). While waiting for that to arrive, I filmed several videos using a shitty webcam and a 2012-era smartphone.
The Sony RX100iv
was acquired in February 2016, initially for filming model shots that I was planning but which never transpired. I ended up using it for all filming, from June 2016 onwards. In June 2017 it was damaged in an accident and had to be replaced. I got the Mk.v version and used it for all filming up until March 2018. Beyond that, I still use it to film my speeches
. The one exception was the "Speechcrime" video
, which was shot with a friend's camcorder.
The Sony FDR-AX53
camcorder was used to film these three videos
in June 2017.
The Panasonic GH5s
(and the XLR
add-on) was acquired in January 2018 and used for all videos (except speeches
) from March 2018 onwards.
The Sony RX0ii
and the EDUTIGE ETM-001
microphone and a custom cable
to connect them, were all bought in October 2019 and will be used for outdoor filming.
The Blue Yeti microphone
was acquired in October 2014. Prior to that, I used the FZ200's built-in mic.
mic was acquired in early 2016 and used for all videos made between April and December 2016, and from March 2018 onwards.
The Zoom H2N
mic was bought for the late 2016 Dangerous Haggis Tour
and subsequently used for all videos recorded up until March 2018. Beyond that, I still use it for recording my speeches
The Ensoniq Fizmo
was used for sounds in Flanders Readings
(especially the intro) and various videos up until the end of 2016.
The Elektron SidStation
was used for many sounds in The Rot
, obviously including the intro and outro but also the special trailers, teasers, etc. This particular video
is awash with both SidStation and Fizmo.
were used to produce wind ambience and white noise effects that have been used in Christmas
videos from 2015 onwards. They were also used to make the intro sounds for this video
The Korg EX800
broke very shortly after I acquired it, so I only managed to record one solitary sound from it for the channel: the wind whoosh that begins each Monday Moan
The Studiologic Sledge 2.0
was bought in April 2017 and made its first appearance in the intro to Orange Alert
The ASM Hydrasynth
was bought in January 2021.
The Hauppauge Rocket
was used to record several videos
(footage from the RX100v) in late 2017.
The Korg Kaoss Quad
is a multi-effects unit for audio.