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B&H Gear News Update for March 7, 2014

This Week in the News:

  • Panasonic announced the new Super 35mm 4K VariCam 35 Cinema Camera
  • Roku is releasing the compact and affordable Roku Streaming Stick
  • Apple unveiled their CarPlay technology, which integrates the iPhone with automobiles
  • K-Tek has a new audio bag that's ideal for the Sound Devices 633 

The new Panasonic 4K VariCam 35

The MOTU 828X Digital Audio Interface

In this video, Rob Rives shows us around the MOTU 828x, a professional digital audio interface that features a total of 28 inputs and 30 outputs. The unit, which is equpped with bothThunderbolt and USB connections, can be used with 32- or 64-bit Mac or PC systems.

Audio Nerd Controversy: Are Analog Summing Devices Beneficial or Snake Oil?

The term “analog summers” does not refer to the act of giving up your smartphone during the months of June, July, and August. It refers to controversial pieces of audio equipment. Analog summing hardware takes the outputs from an audio interface, usually 8 or 16 channels’ worth, and sums them down to a stereo pair, which you can then record back into your DAW. where’s the controversy?

Weirdly Quiet: What the Total Silence of an Anechoic Chamber Can Do To You

Noise is a given part of our daily lives, and if you live in a bustling area like B&H’s home in New York City, the clamor of buses, trains, construction, and people can be downright overwhelming. New Yorkers love to get away on weekend trips to quieter, rural locales. But is there such a thing as too quiet?

NI Kontrol S4 Mk II and Denon MC-6000 Mk II

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the updates to the Native Instruments Kontrol S4 MK II and Denon MC6000 MK II DJ Controllers. Rives talks about the DJ Controllers’ layout, internal sound cards and new support for Serato and video mixing on the DN MC 6000 MKII.

Hands-On Review: Zynaptiq Unveil De-reverberation Software

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates how to increase, reduce, or remove the amount of reverb in audio recordings using the Zynaptic Unveil de-reverberation and signal-focusing software for Mac and PC.

Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices with Lightning Connector

In the following video, Rob Rives gets his hands on the Zoom iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices, and discusses how it can be used for mid-side recordings with adjustable stereo fields and orientations. Rives demonstrates the controls and functionality of the iQ5, including how to adjust the mic’s orientation when in landscape or portrait modes on your iOS device.

Pro Audio and the New MacPro

The new Mac Pro does not just represent a radical departure from the aesthetics of its rectangular predecessors, but has drastically increased processing power, RAM capacity, and SSD speeds. Combined with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3 connectivity, these machines will appeal to many members of the Pro Audio community and will be most welcome.

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Maschine Studio Groove Production System

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Native Instruments Maschine Studio. He explores the controller’s hardware design, software functions, and production workflows, including  standalone operation and integration with popular DAWs such as Ableton Live and Logic Pro X.

CES 2014: The New Mo-Fi Headphones from Blue [VIDEO]

In this video, Larry Becker, from the Kelby Media Group, speaks to Blue Microphones about their upcoming line of Mo-Fi headphones. The new headphones are not revealed in the video, but their concept is explained.

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