The Rise Of The Affordable Multitrack Recorder

Plus, why you need a cardioid microphone
The Zoom F4 is typical of the new breed of multitrack recorders that offer a robust feature set and high quality for very little money. The Traditional Multi-Track Recorder: For the past few issues, I’ve written articles on some amazing audio tools, chiefly, multitrack recorders. But what’s interesting to note about this latest crop of recorders... Read more

Zoom Updates F8 Multi-Track Recorder With The F8N

Plus, the Electro Voice RE5ON/D-B dynamic shock-mounted ENG microphone with Neodymium Capsule
The new Zoom F8N offers a lot of value to an already popular product.
The new Zoom F8N offers a lot of value to an already popular product. The Zoom F8N—More Of A Good Thing? Zoom recently announced an update to the very popular Zoom F8 recorder by announcing the new Zoom F8N. In doing so, it has enhanced an already popular product. The Zoom F8 has been on the market for three years, gaining immense popularity among... Read more

What Are IFB, Comteks And Camera Hops?

Plus, Taking A Look At The Zoom F4 Mixer/Recorder
Lectrosonics provides some of the most popular wireless systems.
Lectrosonics provides some of the most popular wireless systems. Communication on a set is a big deal. If you haven’t worked in larger productions, you should know the most common audio concern besides miking and recording talent for the production is on-set communication. In my experience, this type of communication can be divided into two main categories,... Read more

Røde VideoMic Me-L Microphone System For iPhone And The Wisdom Of The Safety Channel

A look at this small microphone that's designed specifically to plug into the Lightning port on iPhone 6 and later models, as well as using the safety channel
The Røde VideoMic Me-L connects to your iPhone’s Lightning port and can dramatically improve sound recording quality. Røde VideoMic Me-L Microphone System For iPhone I’ve been a fan of Australian sound company Røde for many years. They offer quite a few microphones, wireless microphone systems and other ancillary sound products that, when added... Read more

Aputure Deity Shotgun Condenser Microphone And Rycote’s Overcover System

A review of an affordable shotgun condenser mic from Aputure and solving lavalier noise issues in one fell swoop with Rycote’s Overcover System
Stumbling Across The Aputure Deity Introduced to the U.S. market in January of 2017, the Aputure Deity is a condenser shotgun microphone that has been on the market for over a year now. I didn’t set out to review the Deity; I thought I knew what it was. I own two Aputure lights, the excellent-value-for-the-money Light Storm LS-1s LED panels. As far... Read more

A Supercardioid Short Shotgun Microphone From Sanken Plus Aputure’s New A.lav

If you’re not familiar with Sanken Microphones, you can be forgiven— in a world of Sennheiser and Audio- Technica, Sanken isn’t a household name
If you’re not familiar with Sanken Microphones, you can be forgiven—in a world of Sennheiser and Audio-Technica, Sanken isn’t a household name. Sanken has been around since 1925, so they must be doing some things very well to survive 93 years on the market. Sanken microphones have robust construction, an excellent reputation for clear and detailed... Read more

Affordable VR Audio Recording And Noise-Reducing Headphones For Professional Use

A look at the Tascam DR-701D and Sennheiser Ambeo Package and the Remote Audio HN-7506 Noise-Reducing Headphone System
Tascam DR-701D and Sennheiser Ambeo Package If you’ve jumped into the confusing “Wild West”-like atmosphere of VR content creation, you may know that VR cameras seem to have exploded in popularity with dozens of both consumer and professional grades available, with new models hitting the market almost weekly. Audio for VR, on the other hand, is... Read more

Hands-On Review: AVID ProTools

The powerful stand-alone editor takes your audio to new levels
Hands-On Review: AVID ProTools
With our Audio Assist column, we typically focus primarily on sound for picture production tools, with occasional side trips into plug-ins and audio postproduction tools. I was recently invited to AVID Technology’s West Coast HQ in Burbank, California, to get some hands-on time with ProTools 12.8.2, AVID’s latest version of the industry-standard... Read more

Lectrosonics Portable Digital Recorder (PDR)

With an intuitive and well-crafted design, the recorder offers a high level of sound quality with time-code recording at a nice price
It’s 2017, and there are new realities to face when it comes to utilizing wireless microphone systems for video and sound professionals. In the U.S., the Federal Communication Commission has been engaged in an ongoing mission to auction off most or eventually the wireless UHF spectrum to the highest bidder. Unfortunately, for us, the UHF spectrum... Read more

Lowering The Boom

Recording with boom microphones and building the audio chain
Lowering The Boom
It’s almost a visual cliché, the image of a boom operator holding a 12-foot boom pole above his or her head, dangling a large, fur-covered boom microphone a foot over the heads of a pair of actors, recording intimate dialogue for in an intense scene. For once, this visual cliché is actually accurate; this is precisely how a large portion of the... Read more

Choosing Audio Gear For Any Budget

Three packages to satisfy the bottom line when you can’t hire a professional sound mixer  
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RØDE Wireless Filmmaker Kit One of the most commonly asked questions by video and digital cinema shooters is, “Which audio gear should I buy?” It’s not an easy question to answer because there’s no single answer that applies to everyone’s situation. If you have the budget and resources, always hire a professional sound mixer. Capturing crystal-clear... Read more

Lavalier Microphone Guide

The care, feeding and use of lavs  
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What is a lavalier? lav·a·liere [lav-uh-leer, lah-vuh-] – noun An ornamental pendant, usually jeweled, worn on a chain around the neck Lavalier microphone Also, lav·a·lier, la·val·lière [Origin: 1915-20; after the Duchesse de La Vallière (1644-1710), one of the mistresses of Louis XIV] — Random House Unabridged Dictionary “A lavalier... Read more
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