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Known for its innovative effects, audio-correction software, and mastering/mixing tools, iZotope has used NAB 2015 to unveil its next step, farther into the world of post-production and broadcast. RX Loudness Control looks to combine global loudness standards with the ease of use for which iZotope has become known. Working in faster-than-real-time, the software renders your audio to your selected...
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Rob Rives, of B&H, chats with Jeff Laity, of Tascam, about the company’s newly announced budget-minded TM-80 Studio Condenser Microphone, which is designed to be a workhorse for vocals, instruments, strings, and podcasters without breaking the bank. Also, Tascam is showing off the...
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DPA microphones are known for their reference-quality clarity, providing accurate sonic reproduction. At this year’s NAB, the company has announced an addition to its d:facto line, in the form of an interview microphone. Like your typical handheld interview mic, it boasts an omnidirectional polar pattern, giving you freedom of movement while interviewing. DPA has employed a number of wind...
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The success of the Apollo interfaces for Universal Audio is indisputable, combining first-class audio conversion with internal DSP that hosts an across-the-board excellent set of hardware emulated plug-ins. Today at the Musikmesse trade show in Frankfurt, the company has upped the ante with...
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In broadcasting, it seems there is always a debate as to what kind of microphone is best to use—dynamic or condenser. Both have a list of pros and cons for any given broadcast application, and with the newly announced...
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Wind is one of the biggest challenges to recording clean on-site audio. Short of controlling the weather, the best tool in your arsenal is a quality windshield, a thing Rycote knows a thing or two about. At NAB this year, the company displayed its Cyclone Windshield System, which was designed new from the ground up. Its furless appearance is due in thanks to a newly developed material, which...
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You got your Schoeps in my Ultrasone! You got your Ultrasone in my Schoeps! Geared toward sportscasters and broadcasters, Schoeps has integrated a cardioid-pattern condenser mic on a gooseneck directly into a pair of Ultrasone HFI-680 headphones. ...
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NAB 2015: Zoom F8 Portable Field Recorder Zoom has become a go-to name for portable handheld recorders, so the introduction of its F8 portable field recorder seems like a natural evolution for this company. The F8 gives you access to 8 combination XLR/TRS mic/line inputs, and it boasts a rear-...
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Go tiny or go home: that’s the battle cry for Lectrosonics at NAB 2015, which is introducing a brand new transmitter that fits into the palm of your hand. Concealable so that the talent doesn’t notice it, the smaller, lighter transmitter also features a removable, rechargeable lithium battery. Check out the full video here. Please check back for pricing and availability
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This year’s NAB is just around the corner, and I can assure you the halls here at B&H are hustlin’ and a bustlin’ in anticipation. There’s no doubt about the categories that are the stars of the show, but the audio geeks here know NAB is also a showcase for cool new audio gear. While it does...
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In the following video, Rob Rives takes a quick look at Apogee’s refresh of its Ensemble audio interface, the Ensemble Thunderbolt. The video touches upon its high-quality, 32-bit conversion, along with how it employs its Thunderbolt connectivity for extremely low roundtrip latency. Rives discusses how the...
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In this video, our in-house audio expert, Rob Rives, demonstrates two condenser shotgun microphones from RØDE: the NTG4 and NTG4+. Featuring a supercardioid polar pattern and the ability to withstand up to 135 dB SPL, these mics offer an ideal solution for ENG, filmmaking, field recording, sound design, and broadcast applications....
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Recently, a whole world of video and filmmaking opportunities has opened up to photographers, thanks to the fact that nearly every DSLR camera is capable of shooting surprisingly good High Definition, or sometimes even 4K, video. However, there is one area in which the DSLR lags behind greatly, and that is in sound. You may not realize it at first, but good sound is really just as important to a...
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Azden is taking a major step forward in its shotgun microphone design, with the SGM-250. The sixty-plus-year-old Japanese company has studied the market’s offerings and come out with a totally revamped, dual-powered shotgun specifically designed to compete with others at its moderate price point. Made in Japan and targeted at audio professionals in the video production industry from Broadcasters...
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