If you’re going to go with a one-man band approach, follow these tips and suggestions
Text & Photography by Daniel Brockett
This shoot pushed the limits of how much gear I could set up and manage solo.
An interesting and significant by-product of the digital revolution is that most of the gear used today to create television and film is now significantly lighter, smaller, less expensive and higher-quality than anyone could have imagined 15 or 20 years ago.
Many of us are... Read more
A look back at some of the best new products we saw at the industry’s leading trade show, a number of which we’ve since had a chance to review hands-on
Canon EOS C700
We’re taking a look back at some of the new products we got to check out at NAB 2017. We’ve since had a chance to review a number of them hands-on since this article appeared in print, so look for the links throughout this article.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas is a massive, sprawling affair each... Read more
With infinite remixing at only $199, the Sonicfire Pro 6 software and massive royalty-free library of music tracks and sound effects may be the most capable soundtracking service yet available to indie productions
By David Alexander Willis
Available as a free trial for 21 days, SmartSound’s Sonicfire Pro 6 soundtracking and audio effects program includes a starter pack of 15 music tracks. While that may not seem like enough for most film and video productions, at only $199, the software also offers incredibly complex remixing capabilities as well as numerous song arrangements per each... Read more
Transvideo’s StarliteRF-a monitor-recorder and Aaton Digital’s CantarMini digital mixer-sound recorder will debut at the Dubai show, March 21-23
The front view of Aaton Digital’s new CantarMini 16-track digital mixer-sound recorder, with swivelling display open
Sister companies Transvideo and Aaton Digital will debut new products at CABSAT 2017, March 21-23, at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Transvideo will introduce the new StarliteRF-a monitor-recorder with wireless camera control of the... Read more
Many HDSLRs and HD cameras deliver amazing picture quality, but with mediocre sound. Here’s advice on capturing crisp external audio on new, affordable gear.
By Dan Brockett
Zoom H4n Handy Recorder
The reality of modern productions, especially low-to-no-budget projects, is that low funds make it impossible to hire professional sound mixers with top-notch recording gear. The good news is that the quality and capability of sound gear has increased exponentially over the past few years, while the cost to purchase medium to... Read more
The $99 Gizmo Bag Set of K-Tek audio accessory bags for small gear like wireless systems, cables, adaptors, transmitters, batteries, lavalieres and more
David Alexander Willis
K-Tek, who made an appearance on my top ten list of best new products at last year’s NAB show, has announced a new set of three Stingray Gizmo Bags for only $99. The bags have see-through designs for sifting through contents without opening as well as transparent lid pockets for quick access to smaller items like memory cards.
K-Tek Audio Accessory... Read more
New 624 and 8A MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers: portable and capable sound capture and mixing
David Alexander Willis
Offering your choice of 32 channels of audio I/O in the MOTU 624 or 34 channels via the MOTU 8A, two new MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers are built for capturing and mixing top shelf analog audio. Inheriting many of the features and audio performance of the flagship 1248 and 16A interfaces, at only $795 per system, the MOTU Mobile Audio Mixers have console-style... Read more
A multitrack field recorder for location sound that offers value-for-cost performance
By Dan Brockett
I was lucky enough to be invited to the West Coast introduction of the new Zoom F8, an 8-input, 10-track recorder capable of recording a stereo (or 2-track) mix, plus 8 isolated tracks. The F8 is the first product from Japanese audio company Zoom that’s designed to compete with industry-established offerings from high-end pro competitors such as Sound... Read more
Overcoming location audio challenges on the frontlines of production
By Dan Brockett
It’s no secret that location sound is challenging. While the other departments have their own unique obstacles to overcome, it seems that the production sound team is often tasked with capturing clear, dynamic and legible sound in noisy, chaotic situations that seem to make that assignment nearly impossible to complete.
Speaking with location sound... Read more
Although you can capture high-quality images, DSLRs and compact mirrorless cameras were never designed to capture high-quality sound. Their built-in microphones are pretty useless except for capturing scratch audio for dual-system sound. Also, the cameras lack XLR inputs for use with professional mics and their preamps are pretty rudimentary. Since... Read more
Wireless microphones can add a new dimension to your production
By Bud Osborne
Wireless microphones are ubiquitous. They’re used by broadcasters, corporate video producers, large- and small-venue sound-system owners, filmmakers and just about anyone who has a need to communicate or record audio from a microphone without a cable getting in the way. In the last 60 years, they have changed the way we look at audio challenges... Read more
For DSLR filmmakers, the biggest obstacle to climb is sound. For young filmmakers who have never touched a frame of film, dual-system sound (where a separate audio recorder is employed) is often a foreign concept. For most, employing audio recorders like the Samson Zoom H4n has been a great and affordable solution in capturing good sound. The major... Read more