If you want good photos, you have to have good lenses. Same goes with sound. If you want decent sound, you have to buy a decent mic/recorder/preamp. The Rode is the equivalent of a kit lens. It does okay, but if you really want decent sound you have to upgrade. Audio Technica makes some nice directional mics and their shock mount is far nicer than the Rode kit. An external recorder with phantom power is best overall. That's where the recorder powers condenser mics like the Audio Technica and Rode.