This topic is an idea that I thought about while developing the "Microphones" topic. On the one hand, beginners want a quick set of lessons to help them improve their sound quickly. That much is actually easy. But longer term, if you want to get "the most" out of sound, then you are looking at a longer and discussion that starts with an artistic philosophical question: "What is good sound?" That is not so easy. I have brought it up before when I wrote that "a good mic sound" is largely a matter of taste. Your taste defines what "good sound" is, at least in the context of a moment of video. Actually, I don't think it is worth worrying about very much. But if you want "the best" for your video, then it could help if you at least know what you mean when you say that. This latter discussion, as valuable or pointless as it is, is something I hope to address over time. In other words, I expect to post comments in this topic, perhaps rarely or frequently, over weeks, or months, or maybe years. On the one hand, "don't hold your breath", and on the other hand, don't be surprised if I actually do post stuff here long from now. I hope we see other people posting their thoughts or information to this topic. If you ask a question, we'll see if anyone else has an answer -- I probably won't. As far as "modern" equipment is concerned, I have not kept up with the current situation. So I'll be interested in what anyone else has to tell us about it. We'll have to wait and see how that goes. The Starting Point: There are many clips on YouTube that cover enough of the basics of good sound that if you have looked for it, you probably found as much as you needed. If not, then here are a couple of good clips by Curtis Judd. The first one gives a bit of his philosophical approach and generally how to achieve it (close mic'ing) and the second covers the advantages of external recording: "Sound for Video Part 1: Two Secrets to Great Sound", posted Feb 1, 2011 by "Curtis Judd", [length 10:32] "" "Sound for Video: 2 More Secrets", posted Aug 25, 2012, by "Curtis Judd", [length 2:32] ""