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Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone
February 10, 2014


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I just recently received the new Rode VideoMic GO. A very straightforward, no fuss, directional microphone under $100 dollars (found here) for your video camera. No batteries required, and will improve audio capture over using the internal microphone from the camera, and of course with an extension cable you can use this off-camera positioning this [...]

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Zoom H4n Portable Digital Audio Recorder $-100 Instant Savings
December 10, 2013


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Although the new Zoom H6 has been released, I still see teams working with the Zoom H4n. Why not? It’s a great audio recorder that really changed the way DSLR audio has been captured over the years.
If you’re not currently working with a professional audio recorder, now’s the time. The Zoom H4n is currently [...]

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Press Release: Rode VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone
November 18, 2013


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The VideoMic GO On-Camera Shotgun Microphone from Rode is a lightweight microphone which adds high-quality audio recording to your small camcorder and HDSLR camera. At only 2.6 ounces, the microphone keeps your camera setup lightweight, making it ideal for handheld shooting. It features an integrated Rycote Lyre shock mount for isolation from bumps and vibration, [...]

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Cheap Organizing Cases for Small Gear
November 2, 2013


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Joe asks ‘What cheap case can be used for small equipment?”. If we’re not talking about fragile equipment, I know a few people using these Plano 4 Pistol Foam Lined Cases. These aren’t your waterproof air tight ‘Pelican-Like’ cases, but they still offer a fair amount of protection. With an internal dimension of 16″ x [...]

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Zoom H6 Digital Recorder + Rode ProCaster – First quick sample
August 9, 2013


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First test with the new Zoom H6 portable audio recorder out of the box plugged into my Rode Procaster microphone . (No EQ applied, so it might sound low or flat.) I was not able to use this mic directly with the Zoom H4n without adding at least a Cloud Lifter in between.

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Aputure V-Mic Video Microphone Giveaway
August 8, 2013


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Here’s another product Giveaway sponsored by Aputure and open to everyone. This time it’s for Aputure’s latest V-Mic directional condenser shotgun microphone complete with hotshoe shock mount, foam windscreen, and Deadcat (furry thing).
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Aputure V-Mic D1 is a directional condenser shotgun microphone featuring a super-cardioid polar pattern, line gradient acoustics, superior isolation, and easily filters [...]

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JuicedLink Review Zoom H6, Zoom H4n, Tascam DR-60D, RM333
August 8, 2013


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This recent video from Robert at JuicedLink shares a review from some of the latest Portable Audio tools used for video capture today. The video includes battery tests (runtime), audio comparisons, and what may be pros and cons of each tool. If you can sit through the technical specs, there’s quite a bit of information [...]

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Unboxing Photos – New Zoom H6 Portable Digital Audio Recorder
August 6, 2013


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Here’s a few images unboxing the new Zoom H6 Portable Digital Audio Recorder. You can see what it comes with, including it’s own travel case.

Nice Packaging..

A few accessories include X/Y Mic & Mid-Side Mic..

The back of the box shows optional accessories..

Comes with it’s own travel case..

Now it’s time to [...]

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Tascam DR-60D Portable Digital Audio Recorder Firmware Update
August 2, 2013


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There was a question about how to update the Tascam DR-60D Firmware, so here’s a short video showing how it’s done to update the DR-60D system to Firmware v1.20.

The Tascam DR-60D Portable Digital Audio Recorder is available from B&H Photo Video (here).

High Quality Audio Recorder + Mixer Integrated Linear PCM Recorder

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Zoom H6 Portable Digital Recorder – In Stock
July 29, 2013


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There’s been more than a few times I wished my Zoom H4n had more than just two XLR inputs. The new Zoom H6 portable digital audio recorder solves this problem and also brings a new modular Microphone design, or the ability to add another dual XLR/TRS input through the top of the recorder.

I’m really [...]

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Zoom H6 Digital Portable Handy Recorder with Modular Mic / Input
June 17, 2013


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As far as recent portable digital audio recorders go, there has been quite a buzz around the Tascam DR-60D Portable Recorder + Field Recorder. The Tascam proves to have good quality sound as a preamp, but when compared to something like a Zoom H4n, the Tascam does not offer a single built in microphone. [...]

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Extended Shaft D-Ring QR Plate Screws Mount Accessories to Video Cages
June 11, 2013


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I shared these little extended shaft D-ring screws in an earlier post, but here’s the real reason why I have them around the studio. The extended shaft works great to mount accessories to your DSLR Video Cages, and the D-Ring makes tightening or loosening the screws easy without tools. Just yesterday I used these to [...]

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GH3 with Rode smartLAV Audio Example
May 13, 2013


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YouTube member blkphoto sends in this video test using the Rode SmartLAV while shooting with a Panasonic GH3 [Thanks Larry]. If you jump over to 1:43 in the video you can hear the immediate difference between the recording and the sound from the GH3 internal microphone.
The Rode SmartLav is a microphone that connects directly to [...]

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Shure VP83/VP83F Shotgun Microphone with Build In Recorder
April 20, 2013


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The new Shure VP83 and VP83F are ultra-lightweight yet durable, with all-metal construction designed to Shure’s legendary quality standards. Additionally, both provide superior RF immunity and include highly directional supercardioid/ lobar polar patterns to reject unwanted off-axis audio. The VP83 also features easily-accessible controls, including a three-position gain switch to compensate for different recording environments [...]

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Juicedlink BMC366 for Blackmagic, Tascam DR-60D Comments
April 1, 2013


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Robert from JuicedLink gives us an NAB preview of the latest BMC366 Low Noise XLR Preamp designed to tackle audio issues with the BlackMagic Design Cinema Camera. Robert has also been aware of the many comments and questions regarding Tascam’s latest DR-60D product announcement and shares some of his thoughts.
If you’re not familiar with [...]

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RØDE i16 OFFERS 360º SURROUND RECORDING FOR iOS DEVICES
March 31, 2013


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1st April 2013, Sydney Australia – Australian-based microphone designer RØDE has announced the i16, a surround sound microphone for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch that combines sixteen discrete microphone capsules to capture the user’s surrounding audio environment in broadcast quality.
RØDE’s iXY stereo microphone for iOS devices was released in January, and has already gained critical [...]

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