Making Waves

MAKING WAVES POSTER

Making Waves – The Art of Cinematic Sound, is an outstanding achievement not only as a stand-alone documentary film, but also as one of the only films that is dedicated solely to the art of sound for film. As we all know, when films started, sound was either done live with musical accompaniment or was […]

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First look: Saramonic SmartRig+ audio interfaces for USB-C or Lightning

I just received review samples of the Saramonic SmartRig+ portable audio interfaces, which handle two channels, either XLR balanced or TRS unbalanced. Yes, they offer optional phantom power for the former and bias voltage (“plugin power”) for the latter. They feature a pair of surprisingly powerful preamps (even for dynamic mics), ADC (analog-to-digital converters) and […]

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Zylia introduces 53 microphones installation for Virtual Reality projects

Zylia introduces 53 microphones installation for Virtual Reality projects

Zylia’s test setup for 6 Degrees of Freedom audio (6DoF) is based on 53, 3rd order Ambisonics microphone arrays in five layers, to create a full immersion of the listeners. Zylia is introducing a six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) multi-level microphone arrays installation for navigable live recorded audio. The technology gives people the possibility to listen to a […]

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A Better XLR Mini Adapter for The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

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Small is great. Small is lovely. Small may also mean big steps to fully accessorize your Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K/4K. What I want out of a small camera is the ability to build a rig, however small or large, for the shoot at hand. I also want my camera build to work across several […]

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RØDE NTG5 short shotgun mic: 5 ways it dethrones the MKH-416

Since before the NTG5’s review sample arrived from Australia, I was already thinking about different ways to measure and test it, both by itself and against the industry standard short shotgun microphone. Of course, I’m talking about the MKH-416, the ≈US$1000 microphone which was introduced by Sennheiser in the 1970s and became a go-to short […]

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RØDE launches new VideoMic NTG hybrid shotgun microphone

Today, RØDE announced the new VideoMic NTG shotgun microphone. It’s the first hybrid shotgun I’ve ever seen to hit the market, with several attractive features and technology borrowed by the new NTG5 microphone I’m about to review. Hybrid means it has both analog and the latest digital USB-C. It has an internal battery with a […]

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Review: iZotope Dialogue Match

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With Dialogue Match, iZotope has once again created go to technology for post audio professionals. Their RX line is now a very mature product with a dazzling array of audio restoration modules from noise reduction and declicking to technical modules for resampling, releveling and loudness compliance and much more. Insight is, in my humble opinion, […]

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RØDECaster honors iconic RE20 mic with a preset

Some may ask: “Has hell frozen over?” when they hear that the worldwide known mic manufacturer from Australia (RØDE) has just announced that it has added a dedicated equalization preset for the iconic RE20 dynamic microphone from Electro-Voice (from the United States) to the multifaceted RØDECaster Pro mixer/recorder. In fact, RØDE indicates that they made […]

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Anker adapter could let RØDE SC6-L audio interface work with USB-C devices like Android, Mac and more

As I have covered in prior articles, the RØDE SC6-L is a powerful yet misunderstood and unappreciated dual-channel audio interface, with bi-directional 48 kHz 24-bit conversion via its ADC/DAC and dual-channel preamp. Now, Anker potentially expands the SC6-L beyond the iOS Lightning world to the much larger USB-C world, to allow using the SC6-L interface […]

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RØDE unveils NTG5 short shotgun microphone

NOW UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Under strict embargo until now, RØDE has just unveiled its new NTG5 short shotgun microphone. The Australian manufacturer states that the NTG5 sets a new standard for its range of shotgun microphones. Thanks to its “groundbreaking acoustic port design providing superior progressive wave interference, ultra-lightweight construction, and crystal clear, broadcast-grade sound, […]

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Review: Samson DE50x head microphone with micro-miniature capsule

Here is my review of the ≈US$170 Samson DE50x head microphone with micro-miniature capsule. The DE50x includes 4 windscreens, a collar clip, and a very practical carrying case. Even though the DE50x is designed and marketed for wireless transmitters and certain body recorders and includes 4 different types of plug terminations to match competing brands […]

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RØDE’s ‘Golden Ears’ Challenge’: Take the quiz and perhaps win

A couple of months back, RØDE started producing a series of videos called Audio For Film 101, exploring the basics of recording sound for video. RØDE says that it has been super fun to shoot and people have been digging the series, so they thought they’d create an interactive quiz testing the things they’ve been […]

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Rode Wireless Go vs.Tascam DR-10L

In order to expand my field audio recording options for interview situations, I recently purchased both the new RODE wireless Go system as well as the Tascam DR-10L. While each priced the same at just under $200, and both very compact, these systems are really quite different from each other. The RODE system is a […]

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RØDECaster adds 25+ new features with free 2.0 update

The multipurpose RØDECaster Pro mixer/recorder/player continues to innovate. The Australian manufacturer just announced a new firmware update. The 2.0 update adds over 25 new features to the already powerful device. All RØDECaster Pro will be able to update free via a download. One that I’ve been anticipating since the beginning is the new Transfer Mode, […]

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Review: V-MODA BoomPro head microphone for certain headphones

The ≈US$30 V-MODA BoomPro microphone sounds great in its niche and is most similar to another head microphone I have reviewed before, the competing ModMic 5. What they have in common is that they both are designed to attach to your current favorite over-the-ear headphones, which are not included with either microphone. What distinguishes these […]

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