I am new here. I have been reading related discussions, but still need to ask my questions directly. My son is a high school student and play piano quite well. He wants to apply for some very high level piano competitions which requires video recording. For the past competitions, I have been using Sony PCM-D50 for just audio recording. Just one competition requirs video and I used a Sony camcorder with external Mic that mounts on the top of the machine. It is better than using just the built mic, but I am not satisfied with the result. The piano is a Seiler grand piano. The video quality is not important, but the audio quality is important. My first question is Mic. I have been reading related articles and everyone seems to recommend AKG C414, which is pretty expensive. Could I use AKG C214 instead? AKG C214 seems to be a cheaper version of AKG C 414. I want to use 2 Mics. I assume I need to buy the stereo matched pair? It seems I also need to have a pre-amp and a Mixer. What pre-amp and Mixer should I get? I understand pre-amp is needed, but not sure why a Mixer is needed. What kind of interface should I get for connecting the Mixer to MacBook Pro? Anything else should I get? One more question: how hard is it to sync the audio recording with video recording? I will make a clapboard to help this. There are lots of questions. I have wanted to have these setup before and haven't had the courage to tackle all these questions. But now I have to. Thanks in advance for all answers.