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02Apr VM-200 Stereo Condenser Microphone


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New Opteka VM-200 microphone. Claims an metal body, directional XY stereo, shock mount suspension, PAD switch, high pass noise filter, and windscreen filter included. Sounds like a decent build on the outside.
Is it effective? Well, we all know If the guts are cheap, it will sound cheap. It also looks a bit beastly compared [...]

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28Feb Tascam DR-40 Firmware – Independent Levels


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Did Tascam just drop a bomb on the Zoom H4n? The more affordable Tascam DR-40 is a great little recorder, but fell short when people realized you didn’t have the same independent audio track levels like a Zoom H4n. The new firmware released today (found here), now adds that functionality to the Tascam DR-40. It [...]

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14Mar Zoom H4n (Factory Refurbished) Portable Recorder


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The Zoom H4n Portable Audio Recorder is a trusty little tool that almost every DSLR team has on hand. If you’re looking for the cheapest deal, right now you can pocket a good 20% off on the factory refurbs + Free Shipping. Hard to find normally but a popular store front on eBay (which [...]

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01Mar JuicedLink DS214 Arrives


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Doesn’t look like it in photos, but this thing is small. The DS214 is really a great little device to professionally (and simply) add headphone monitoring and level adjustments for microphone inputs to DSLR’s. The DS214 even includes AGC Defeat so this little black box can literally work magic for all DSLR audio shortcomings. Love [...]

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03Feb Audio Technica ATR288W Wireless Example


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There’s only so many wireless microphone systems out there and If you’ve been wondering about this particular Audio Technica ATR 288W, here’s a small clip. YouTube member creese13 writes in and shares a little test he’s put together. Taking the budget wise Audio Technica ATR288W wireless system out for a small stroll it seems to [...]

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26Jan New Stuff from Rode, Varizoom, Vello


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Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone
Not long ago Rode announced a new VideoMic Pro and now it’s available. Didn’t I just grab a new Microphone Windscreen over my VideoMic? This does not appear to be a replacement for the already popular VideoMic, but a new microphone altogether. Smaller form factor, better shock mounting, external [...]

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14Dec Audio Microphones & Recorders for your DSLR


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G.I. Joe always told me ‘knowledge is half the battle’. So for the newbies in the hiz-ouse – If you’re still shopping for a microphone to suit your DSLR audio needs, you’ll probably already find that the Rode VideoMic is a very popular one. I’ve run my own tests and found that it does perform [...]

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09Sep Thursday Mail Bag


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Like I had mentioned, the Tascam DR-08 was due in today’s mail bag. Here it is in all it’s plastic glory. Not that plastic is totally bad, even the Zoom H1 has it’s share of plastic for the build. I haven’t placed them side by side yet, but the Tascam appears to be in similar [...]

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21Aug Zoom H1 Sold Out


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Well, those of us who got the jump on the pre-order knew this would happen. In just one day after the extremely late official release date, the Zoom H1 is sold out from one of the largest retailers in the country – BHPHOTOVIDEO.com. The item listing now reverted back to ‘pre-order’ status. Amazon never even [...]

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09Mar Improve that Poor DSLR Audio


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David Richards (Above) throws up this cool little video that explains a bit about Audio on DSLR’s. He’s using the Panasonic GH1 in this video.
It’s no secret that DSLR’s with it’s built in microphones don’t do much for quality audio. Even with special microphones connected to the input of the camera, the DSLR’s lack the [...]

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