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’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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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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Record 3D binaural audio with Hooke Verse hardware and software, for Android, iOS + more

Welcome to the world of 3D binaural sound, thanks to Hooke Audio, which graciously offered me the opportunity to review its Hooke Verse hardware and software. 3D binaural audio goes beyond stereo to 360 degree space. It’s a whole new world for those who have never tried it. Hooke Verse works perfectly with Android/iOS, as […]

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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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Review: RØDE Procaster dynamic cardioid studio microphone with WS2

This is my review of the US$229 RØDE Procaster dynamic cardioid studio microphone, which RØDE sent to me together with the RØDECaster Pro. Because there has been so much to cover with the multifaceted RØDECaster Pro mixer/recorder (as indicated in my prior articles), I am only now getting to reviewing the Procaster microphone itself with […]

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RØDE SC6-L with an XLR microphone (or 2)? Yes, but with important details

I have covered the intriguing RØDE SC6-L audio interface in prior articles. The SC6-L is unique since it’s so tiny and inexpensive, yet acts as an dual-channel, bi-directional interface to get separate (or combined) mic sources into an iOS device via Lightning. And yes, the SC6-L thankfully does its dual A-to-D conversion at 48 kHz/24-bit. […]

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Review: Simply Sound SS-1 pre-preamp, like elevator shoes for dynamic mics

This is a review of the SS-1 pre-preamp from The Simply Sound Company from Salt Lake City (Utah, United States), which graciously sent me a unit to review. Like elevator shoes, high heels or a step stool, PRE-PREAMPS like the SS-1 help dynamic microphones perform better, especially when used with weaker, imperfect preamps. Some other […]

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RØDE SC6-L: a game-changer for compact 2-track recording on iOS devices

Although I have not yet received a review unit, I can already feel that RØDE’s recently announced US$79 RØDE SC6-L is likely to become a game-changer for compact 2-track field recording on iOS devices (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Simultaneously, I also discovered that —two years after my plea for important improvements in the RØDE Reporter […]

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Review: Zoom SSH-6 (stereo) shotgun microphone for in-field interviews and more

This article review is mostly about the Zoom SSH-6 (stereo) shotgun microphone (with mono mode), and partially about the Zoom H5 recorder. It’s also about how I have been using these two Zoom products together with the (previously reviewed) ModMic 5 head microphone and the RØDE VXLR+ to create an extremely powerful yet compact in-field […]

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Documentary Sound – 28 Weeks of Post Audio Redux

Sound for documentary

Editor’s Note: “28 Weeks of Post Audio” originally ran over the course of 28 weeks starting in November of 2016. Given the renewed focus on the importance of audio for productions of all types, PVC has decided to republish it as a daily series this month along with a new entry from Woody at the […]

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Review: Antlion Audio XLR Power Converter vs VXLR+

Antlion Audio recently introduced its new US$24.95 XLR Power Converter which now directly competes with RØDE’s US$25 VXLR+ which I reviewed in 2017. The two devices have more similarities than differences: They both convert high voltage phantom power used with pro balanced mic inputs into the much lower bias voltage (plugin power) required by many […]

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RØDE team members granted two US patents for firsts in microphone technology

Australian pro audio company RØDE Microphones announced that two of its team members have recently received US patents through their ingenious work at RØDE. Technical Engineering Manager Luke Hamilton was awarded the patent for the game-changing Hamilton Condenser Microphone Backplate and Lead Industrial Designer Samuel Trewartha for the innovative housing on the award-winning Stereo VideoMic […]

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BeyondPodcasting 2: Microphones—technologies, patterns and connection types

In BeyondPodcasting episode 2, Allan Tépper presents a bird’s eye view of microphone categories: technologies, patterns and connection types. Among the technologies covered are ribbon, electret condenser and dynamic. Among the patterns are omnidirectional and several types of directional mics: cardioid, supercardioid, hypercardioid and shotgun. The connection types covered are analog (balanced and unbalanced) and digital (Lightning […]

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Monitoring challenges when using multiple digital USB mics simultaneously

Digital USB microphones have improved in quality and multiplied in availability on the market. This can simplify systems and often reduce overall cost. Thanks to several ingenious software developers —including Hindenburg, Rogue Amoeba, Spreaker and StaticZ— we can fortunately connect multiple digital USB mics with desired results, at least with a macOS or Windows computer. […]

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