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There are many DJ controllers to choose from, but the VCI-400 from Vestax has a lot going for it. This solidly built but quite portable 4-deck controller connects to your Mac or PC via USB and features an excellent sounding built-in audio card.

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Every so often, a piece of audio gear is released that quickly builds a loyal base of users to the point that it becomes almost ubiquitous, just an obvious choice for a given application because it works so well. The rise in popularity of the Zoom H4n is such an example.

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In this video, Rob Rives takes a look at Shure’s new LensHopper camera-mountable shotgun microphones. There are two models, both specifically designed to work with camcorders and DSLR cameras. The VP83 is the microphone-only model, while the VP83F features an integrated flash recorder for even better sound quality.

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In the third and final episode in our series dedicated to helping DSLR shooters improve the audio quality of their video productions, we take a look at some dual-system solutions. “Dual systems” means we use an entirely separate device to record our audio.

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In the past 15 years, everything about the process of recording and distributing music has changed. The major labels have toppled from their pedestals, and with them have fallen their high temples—recording studios. 21st- Century recordings take place in bedrooms, basements, rehearsal spaces, and out on the road.

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When the iPad was released in 2010, it created a market for tablet computing that simply did not exist before. Initially, most iPad owners used it as an Internet consumption device; a clever new means for browsing, watching videos, checking email, playing games, and interacting with their online life.

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As DSLR cameras continue to be a popular choice for capturing video, we have seen their feature set and value expand. However, one area where DSLRs consistently come up short is their built-in microphones. Commonly, many built-in mics will pick up mechanical noise from the camera.

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Shure has a hard-earned reputation as one of the standard bearers for quality wireless microphone systems. Their new BLX wireless system is geared toward users who are in need of a system that has more than “entry-level” features but do not have the need (or the budget) for something like the Shure ULX series.

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One basic way to improve the sound quality of a video camera is to utilize an external, on-camera microphone. The microphone that’s built into your camera is typically of low quality and usually picks up lots of handling noise. An external microphone can provide better overall sound quality.

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The Rocket is German company Waldorf's recent entry in the  desktop synthesizer market. While ultra-portable and relatively inexpensive, the Rocket delivers some powerful sounds; aided by a terrific-sounding analog filter and a booster circuit for added warmth and distortion.

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Sennheiser ew 100 G3 wireless mic systems are a popular option for use in video production, and they typically work right out of the box—without requiring you to fiddle around with the settings. Even though you can use these systems right away, they’re designed to be versatile, and they offer some important features that can help you avert potential disasters.

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Ableton's Live digital audio workstation software has become a very popular platform for music making, live performance and DJ'ing. Live 9 is the latest version, featuring improved MIDI editing functions, audio-to-MIDI conversion, improved effects and a redesigned browser.

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If you're shopping for a handy and dependable USB condenser microphone, take a look and a listen to Audio Technica's AT2020USB+ microphone. An excellent sounding and inexpensive condenser mic, the AT2020USB+ features a USB output for direct connection to your Mac or PC and a headphone jack for latency-free monitoring, making it an excellent choice for podcasting, vocals and instrument recording.

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Certain pieces of equipment build strong reputations totally organically, through positive word-of-mouth recommendations from user to user, and Sennheiser’s ew 100 G3 wireless microphones are a perfect example of this.

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Watch Rob Rives as he looks at Tascam’s DR-60D 4 Channel Linear PCM Recorder, with a form factor and feature set designed specifically to meet the needs of DSLR videographers. Combo ¼-inch XLR inputs and a stereo mini input give the user versatile options for plugging in external microphones or line level gear.

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