How to Record Great Exhaust Sound Videos and Clips using a GoPro and External Microphone

March 12th, 2014

In this article we’re going to detail the parts and methods we used to get some great exhaust sound clips from the 2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 Super Trofeo Stradale we’ve been testing.  We used a GoPro HERO3 action camera with an external stereo microphone placed strategically between the two exhaust exits of the Lamborghini.

What you’ll need:

Since we need to connect an external microphone to the GoPro, you’ll need the Skeleton case since it has cut outs for the ports.  Put the GoPro in the skeleton case, mount the case to the suction cup mount and plug in the 3.5mm microphone adapter.   Next connect the microphone extension cable to the adapter and then plug in the Olympus microphone to the other side of the extension cable.  Now secure the microphone to the other GoPro suction cup mount using tape or a strong clip.  Finally pull the microphone windscreen over the microphone.   Since the microphone is mounted on a fast moving car with lots of wind, the windscreen is essential to minimizing the amount of wind buffeting in the video.

The assembled setup should look something like this:


Next we mounted the GoPro to the top middle of the Super Trofeo Stradale’s large rear wing, this allowed us to have a great view of the Lamborghini with plenty of microphone cable to mount the microphone between the exhaust exits.  Depending on the car your recording you might want to experiment with different microphone placements for the best combination of sound with the least amount of wind buffeting.  While the windscreen certainly helps, it will not totally eliminate the buffeting so microphone placement is key in getting the best possible sound.

GoPro and external microphone mounted on the Super Trofeo Stradale:


Video of the Super Trofeo Stradale’s exhaust through a few gears: