I'd like to get some audio gear for my son. Any suggestions or am I better off giving him cash and letting him save up for better gear? Budget is around $200 since he will be getting other gifts as well. On a recent school project he had a borrowed Audio Technica mic mounted on a pole connected to his T2i; audio quality was okay (link below). He saw a Rode Video Mic recently for $150 but I have seen numerous people on MR suggest that mounting the mic on the camera is (politely) less than ideal. Have thought about a Zoom H1 or Tascam DR-05 for recording but that doesn't leave much room in the budget for a mic and cable. Thanks in advance for any recommendations. Here's a link to his just finished school project if anyone is interested: http://youtu.be/uumzrth3rEU Cheers!