What Makes 32-Bit Floating Point Audio Powerful

A new way of recording sound
The new Zoom F6 MultiTrack Recorder was the first audio recorder to hit the market that supports 32-bit Floating Point audio recording. For this Audio Assist column, we’ll explore a relatively new technology in location-sound recording called 32-bit float point audio, which is a new way of recording sound and processing it in post. Characterizing... Read more

RØDE NTG5 Shotgun Microphone

Find out if this new pro-level shotgun mic is a great value
RØDE NTG5 Shotgun Microphone
The NTG5 shotgun microphone, with the included shock mount, works great for handheld sound effects and ambient recording. These days, choosing the right shotgun microphone for your audio kit can be a tricky thing. That’s because there are so many interesting and diverse models from many manufacturers, all of them vying for your money in exchange for... Read more

A First Look At Three Innovative Audio Products

There were several new audio innovations that were introduced this fall at IBC 2019, a media, entertainment and technology trade show
There were several new audio products that were introduced this fall at IBC 2019, a media, entertainment and technology trade show. For this edition of Audio Assist, I’ll focus on a few innovative audio products that premiered at IBC 2019, which is an annual media, entertainment and technology show that takes place each year in Amsterdam. For me,... Read more
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Sound Requires A Plan B

Why you need a backup plan when recording sound for video
Sound Requires A Plan B
The freight elevator of doom that totally messed up the sound on our shoot. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to ensure that I’m always able to capture the best sound possible on projects that I’m producing for clients as well as when shooting on my own projects. But the term “best sound” is a multi-purpose term that, when you break... Read more

Boom Pole Tips, Tricks And Techniques

Where to mount your microphone, the importance of a boom pole and tips for boom operators
Boom Pole Tips, Tricks And Techniques
Where To Mount Your Microphone Where do you think is a good place to set up your microphone? Audio and sound beginners typically mount a microphone on top of their new camera, but it’s probably one of the worst places you can place it. There are many reasons why, but an important one is that when you mount it there, the microphone is often too far... Read more

The Audix SCX1 Hypercardioid And The Oscar SoundTech 801 Lavalier

Comparing the Audix SCX1 and Oscar Soundtech 801 Lavalier to the competition
The Audix SCX1 Hypercardioid And The Oscar SoundTech 801 Lavalier
The Audix SCX1 in action on a recent documentary shoot at an auto shop. The SCX1 is mounted using a Rycote Lyre Mic Suspension Mount. The Audix SCX1 Hypercardioid I had been putting off buying a new hypercardioid microphone for too long, which is why I recently purchased the Audix SCX1 microphone. My company has been happily working with the Audio-Technica... Read more

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
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