At NAB 2014, Sound Devices introduces its Pix 270i Video Audio Recorder that records ProRes or DNxHD video as well as 64 channels of audio, with MADI & Dante I/O for audio and 3G-SDI & HDMI I/O for video. There's also a hardware scaler and frame-rate converter to record video at a different rate from what the input camera might support. The PIX 270i can be grouped with other PIX 270i... READ MORE
When Logic Pro X was released in 2013, many users breathed a sigh of relief: the DAW was long overdue for a refresh, and some were beginning to worry Apple was going to abandon its flagship music-creation software. Logic X proved that worry wrong, and was released with a slew of new features, not least of which is its entirely 64-bit architecture. Even though the previous version of Logic could... READ MORE
B&H has scored an impressive exclusive—a bundle featuring a Countryman B3 Omnidirectional microphone, clips, windscreen, and a storage case. The standard-sensitivity lavalier mic capsule is moisture resistant, which makes placing it directly in hair or on bare skin easy, without the fear of distortion or “sweat-outs”—where moisture gets into the capsule and causes the mic to malfunction. They... READ MORE
Bose has announced a new addition to its lineup of in-ear headphones that is geared toward those looking for Bose-quality audio in a fresh and colorful design. The FreeStyle Earbuds are available in Ice Blue or Indigo, and are clearly designed for comfort in use as well for Bose’s renowned audio quality. Coupling a lightweight body with Bose’s StayHear ear tips (small, medium, and large sizes... READ MORE
Modern-day musical synthesizers offer a staggering array of options for control of parameters, note sequencing, and interfacing with hardware sound modules and software DAWs and plug-ins. Among these, the now-ubiquitous MIDI (Musical Instrument Device Interface) protocol has been around since 1983, while the network-optimized, less widely adopted, OSC (Open Sound Control) has been in use since... READ MORE
Azden, a name well established in the field of portable wireless microphone systems, has announced two new products aimed squarely at event videographers and ENG users whose audio requirements have outgrown the built-in microphones found on video cameras and smartphones.
First up is the WDL-... READ MORE
Though many of the microphones in Shure’s SM series, such as their SM57 and SM58, are considered to be staples both live and in the studio, Shure is clearly not content to let the reputation of the SM series be based solely on earlier accomplishments. To that end, the company recently made two additions to the SM lineup, in the form of headset and lavalier mics.... READ MORE
Lectrosonics, the US-based manufacturer of wireless systems that professionals in film, broadcast, and theater rely upon daily, has announced three new products in their “Large Bandwidth” series of wireless microphone technologies. The additions include two hybrid digital wireless beltpack transmitters: the L Series LMb and LT, as well as a single hybrid digital miniature wireless receiver: the L... READ MORE
Anyone who has even a cursory interest in digital audio might have come across the name Harry Nyquist, and the theorem that bears his name. That’s because without his work (but not just his alone), good, clean, modern digital audio wouldn’t exist. So, who exactly was Harry Nyquist, and why should we care? Well, the good news for those that don’t care is that you don’t need to know. Unless you’re... READ MORE
When you look back at the last fifty years of sound recording, a timeline of trends, techniques, and equipment materializes. Tastes change over time, and while I’m not likely to ever use a gated reverb on snare drum today, you’d be hard pressed to find a rock album recorded in the 1980s without it. One technique that was virtually unheard of in the ’60s and ’70s that’s now considered by many as... READ MORE
In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the QCon Pro DAW controller from Icon Digital, and how it is capable of streamlining your workflow when tracking and mixing. The video explores the unit's compatibility and functionality with a variety of common DAWS such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and... READ MORE
Whit Norris is a professional film sound mixer with a filmography ranging from work on Fast Five to Anchorman 2. Norris took some time off on the set of his current project, the forthcoming Vince Vaughn film, Term Life to talk about gear, and share some great tips and experiences from his expansive filmography.
On your IMDB page, you have a fairly prolific filmography listed. When did you... READ MORE
You may not know the name Ken Lewis, but you definitely know his tunes. Having worked as a major-label mix engineer, producer, songwriter, and musician for more than 20 years, Lewis has amassed a client list that reads like a “who’s who” of the music industry: Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Jay Z, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, fun., Mariah Carey, John Legend, Lenny Kravitz, David Byrne, and Lana Del Rey... READ MORE
The Beatles will forever will be regarded as the band that changed the course of pop music. Volumes have been written about the talents and creative dynamics of the “Fab Four,” and the genius of George Martin as a producer. However, the contributions of their recording engineer, Geoff Emerick, are also an important element of the iconic sound of The Beatles.
Starting as an assistant engineer,... READ MORE
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.
Rives demonstrates some of the signal-processing controls of the software by reducing the room ambience of a vocal recording from an interview with photographer Lindsay... READ MORE