Want to know all about the GoPro Hero 11 Black Audio? You have landed at the right spot.

The GoPro Hero 11 Black uses three microphones to capture sound while recording video. And, if you want, you can also use an external mic with the camera.

In this post, you’ll learn about the best GoPro Hero 11 audio settings, how to improve the audio quality, and the best external mics for the camera.

 

GoPro Hero 11 Audio Settings


Here are the audio settings available on your GoPro Hero 11 Black:

RAW Audio

RAW Audio is a Protune setting that creates a separate .wav file for your video, in addition to the standard .mp4 audio track. It is especially useful if you want to share the audio file or use it in post-processing.

You can select from various levels of processing in the RAW audio track, which include Off (default), Low, Med, and High.

– Off: When the RAW audio setting is turned off, no separate .wav file is created.

– Low: This setting applies minimal processing to the audio. It’s ideal if you’re looking to do audio processing in post-production.

– Med: This setting applies moderate processing based on the Wind-Noise Reduction setting. It is ideal if you want to apply your own gain.

– High: This setting applies full audio processing (automatic gain and Wind-Noise Reduction). It is ideal if you want processed audio without AAC encoding.

Pro Tip: Insert your SD card into a card reader to access the .wav files with your computer. They’re saved with the same name and in the same location as the .mp4 files.

To learn more about GoPro Protune and its advanced setting click here

Wind Noise Reduction

As you know, the GoPro Hero 11 Black uses three microphones to capture sound while recording video. In the Hero 11 Protune settings, you can customize how these mics are used based on the conditions including where you’re shooting, or the type of sound you want in your finished video.

You can select from the following options:

– Auto (default): This is the default GoPro Hero 11 Black audio setting. It automatically filters out excessive wind (and water) noise.

– On: This setting filters out excessive wind noise. It is recommended in windy weather conditions or when your GoPro is mounted on a moving vehicle.

– Off: Keep this setting OFF when you feel that the wind will not affect sound quality. It will ensure that your GoPro is recording in stereo.

So, use the recommended setting based on your situation for improved audio quality in the resulting video.

Find out more about noise reduction and all the GoPro Hero 11 features and specs here.

 

How to Improve GoPro Hero 11 Audio


Here are three tips to capture better-quality audio with your GoPro Hero 11:

  1. Connect an External Audio Accessory (Microphone)
  2. Use a Windscreen
  3. Tweak the GoPro Audio Settings

Connect an External Audio Accessory (Microphone)

Watch my overview of the best GoPro microphones:

GoPro Mic Adapters That Work + Best Microphones for Quality GoPro Audio

For enhanced audio quality, you should use an external audio accessory, like a microphone with your GoPro Hero 11 Black. However, since the camera doesn’t have a dedicated audio input port, you’ll need a GoPro adapter or the GoPro Media Mod to connect a mic to your GoPro.

GoPro Media Mod (HERO11 Black/HERO10 Black/HERO9 Black) - Official GoPro Accessory
  • Built-in directional mic highlights voice audio and reduces ambient noise
  • Tough, weather-resistant construction withstands the elements
  • 2 cold-shoe mounts to attach your favorite lights, mics or LCD screens

Choose your perfect GoPro audio adapter in this guide

Learn more on GoPro Media Mod in this article

Best External Mics for GoPro Hero 11 Black:

Rode Wireless Go II

With no bulky wires to get in the way and clever portability, the Rode Wireless Go guarantees smooth audio capture with your GoPro Hero 11.

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Rode VideoMicro

This compact microphone plugs right into your Hero 11 and comes with a windscreen. So, say goodbye to a windy, crackling voice and achieve great audio with your GoPro.

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  • Includes Rycote lyre shock mount and deluxe furry windshield

Vidpro XM-L

This budget lavalier microphone for GoPro Hero 11 also comes with a windscreen to let you capture crystal-clear sound without any interference from background noise.

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  • Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier microphone - 20' Audio Cable
  • Includes lapel clip and foam windscreen
  • Sensitivity -30dB +/- 3dB / 0dB = 1V/Pa, 1kHz

More  external microphones for GoPro Hero 11  are here

Use a Windscreen

A windscreen is a sure-shot way of eliminating wind noise and filtering out undesirable background sounds on your GoPro Hero 11 footage. Windscreens usually come cheap and are very convenient to install and remove.

As you must have noticed from the above list of mics, many external mics come with a windscreen. But, if you don’t have one, you can also get it easily from the market.

Best Windscreen for GoPro Hero 11:

VGSION Windslayer Foam Housing (for GoPro Hero 9 Black)

Made of quality sponge material, this windscreen is very effective in reducing noise, especially the wind noise from your GoPro Hero 11 footage.

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How to Improve GoPro’s Audio Quality?


For getting the best audio quality out of your GoPro Hero 11 Black, it’s important that you adjust its settings accordingly. So, check out all the above-mentioned GoPro Hero 11 Audio Settings. With these simple tweaks, you’ll be able to capture high-quality audio with your Hero 11 at all times. In addition, use a windscreen. It is a sure-shot way of eliminating wind noise.

Also, to achieve top-notch audio quality with your Hero 11, use a quality external mic – one of the above-mentioned options. For professional-quality audio, I recommend going with the Rode Wireless Go. Otherwise, the Vidpro XM-L Wired Lavalier Condenser Microphone is also a great budget microphone which gives a pretty decent performance at its price point.

 

Thanks for reading!

I hope this guide helped you gain knowledge about the various GoPro Hero 11 audio settings, plus some great external mics for the best sound quality 🙂

 

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