Samson launches Q9U dynamic hybrid studio microphone at CES

Samson Q9U hybrid dynamic studio microphone

At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Samson has just unveiled its new Q9U, a dynamic hybrid microphone for studio use. After Samson’s own Q2U and Audio Technica’s similar pair of ATR-2100 & AT2005USB (all of which I began to review in 2012), there was stagnation in hybrid mic innovation, until very recently. […]

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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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PVC’s 2019 Ultimate Guide to Christmas gift ideas for vloggers and YouTubers

Best Christmas gifts for vloggers and YouTubers

From a new camera to accessories that will be welcome, PVC’s gift suggestions for vloggers and YouTubers cover a range of different price points and equipment any vlogger will find useful. With so many people trying to get their own YouTube channel or vlogging, either about their passions or looking for a path towards a […]

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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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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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New iRig microphones and iRig Stream for smartphones and cameras

New iRig Mics and iRig Stream for better sound on the move

Whether you need a microphone for your smartphone or DSLR, IK Multimedia has a solution for you, with the new iRig Mics available next November. Discover the new Creator series products. Designed with video in mind, the new iRig Mic Video is an affordable solution, at $129.99, to capture crystal clear audio, says IK Multimedia. […]

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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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Review: Plugable USB-VOX studio microphone

My evaluation of the ≈US$75 USB-VOX studio microphone from Plugable involved several happy surprises, beyond its high quality sound for voice. Before its arrival, I knew that it’s a condenser type mic with a cardioid pickup pattern, and that it’s USB-only (which is great for some situations, not for all); that it came with its […]

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Review: Samson Q8X supercardioid dynamic handheld microphone, headless with A81WS

This is my review of the ≈US$100 Samson Q8X dynamic handheld, XLR vocal microphone, headless with the ≈ US$30 Shure presidential A81WS windscreen. Two details make the Samson Q8X unusual (although not unique) in its dynamic handheld category: It has a supercardioid pattern (not cardioid or omnidirectional) and it has a neodymium dynamic mic element. […]

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6 tricks with the RØDE Wireless GO mic system (TLDR Filmmaker)

While I await the review unit of the RØDE Wireless Go microphone system (which I first covered upon its release at NAB in April), I am now sharing with you TLDR Filmmaker’s must-see video about it. It’s entitled 6 tricks with the RODE Wireless GO you need to know about! Ahead is the video with […]

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DEITY V.Lav microphone solves TRRS/TRS conflicts automatically and intelligently

One of my most popular articles in ProVideo Coalition is TS/TRS/TRRS/TRRRS: Combating the misconnection epidemic from 2015. Often, producers and recordists have needed to understand —and acquire— an adapter to make a microphone which originally terminates as TRS to TRRS, or viceversa. Now, DEITY has released the US$50 V.Lav microphone which automatically and intelligently detects […]

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RØDE launches smallest cordless microphone system: Wireless GO

At NAB 2019, RØDE is launching the US$199 Wireless GO, which promises to be the world’s smallest cordless microphone system. Ahead you’ll see the full press release (including authentic Australian spellings). I have already requested my interview with RØDE to take place on the NAB floor, so stand by to hear it next week. Full […]

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Samson Q2U headless mic with Shure A81WS presidential windscreen

After hearing, reading and watching many reviews of the Samson Q2U, I sought out to cure its only important Achilles heel. The Q2U is a hybrid dynamic “handheld” type microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern. It’s hybrid in the sense that it offers both XLR analog output, bidirectional USB connectivity with latency free monitoring. It […]

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