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People today expect their digital devices to handle multiple tasks. We check our e-mail, surf the Internet and shoot video with our mobile phones, so it makes sense that a stand-alone multitrack recorder should also work as a computer audio interface, controller and portable recorder. The Zoom R16 does all of these jobs, and the R24 accomplishes even more.

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A typical human being sees the world through two eyes, smells the world through two nostrils, and hears the world through two ears. Why we only have one mouth is a mystery, but it likely has something to do with noise pollution. Since we hear the world through two separate ears, recording audio in stereo for video work seems like a natural choice, but it isn’t always the best choice. Even so, there are many situations where using a stereo mic on a camera yields really nice results. In this article I’ll tell you about the times when you should use a stereo mic on a video camera, and make it clear when you should use a different kind of microphone. Plus I’ll share some mission critical tips for getting good sound when shooting outdoors.

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When the president of the United States speaks, the world listens, so long as the mic is on. Since 1968 that mic has been the Shure SM57 in a dual configuration. Dual mics add redundancy, and frankly, a sense of importantance. 

One SM57 is usually wired to house audio, and the other to a breakout box which is fed to media outlets. In all the years I've been watching Presidents talk (since Carter!) I've never heard a dropout or tech failure--a salute to the rock solid reliability Shure SM57s have.

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This curious looking wavy blue ring is causing a lot of confusion for customers who buy new R0DE microphones. The ring is a small spacer that comes installed inside of the mic. The ring can be easily removed, and it's a good idea to remove it immediately after you buy a new R0DE. The ring prohibits many XLR cables from connecting, and you may think your new mic is defective if you're unaware of this issue.

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MXL has come out with a new USB computer audio interface and microphone combo called the Mic Mate. It enables you to record up to four microphones, directly into a Mac or Windows computer, all in a compact package. A microphone is included, along with a table stand and the necessary cables. With the addition of the MXL Fox Microphone 3-Pack, you can have a full-blown mobile podcasting studio.

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3 years ago
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The new workstations at B&H bring together the worlds of video post and audio production like never before. They allow you to test drive the latest software and hardware, and witness firsthand how the sonic and visual sides of post production interact. Have you ever used Final Cut Studio software on a powerful Apple Mac Pro computer? Want to audition the latest Universal Audio UAD-2 plug-ins in a Logic session? Now you can!

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There was a time when shooting HD video meant big equipment and even bigger budgets. Nowadays, you can shoot amazing HD footage with something that costs under $200 and fits in your pocket. But how about great sound, or even surround sound, to match that awesome video? Like HD video, surround sound used to be bulky, expensive, and reserved for use by the pros. Nowadays, thanks to a company called Holophone (not to be confused with the instrument from Futurama) just about anyone can add 5.1 surround sound to their home movies or independent films without having a duffel bag full of equipment or a Hollywood budget.

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When the average person takes a look at a grid controller, they're likely to think it's a miniature disco dance floor where your fingers can strut like a young John Travolta. Interestingly, this interpretation isn't too far off. Mass produced grid controllers have only been available for a short time and have proved to be a hit, at least for the small niche of people who already had a need for one. If you have no idea what you're supposed to do with a grid controller, that's okay--you're not alone.

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In this video we're going to explore Parallel Compression and Side Chain Compression using Logic Studio's Compressor plug-in.

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Barry Manilow gently sings “Copacabana” in the background as you pick up a jar of mayonnaise, when suddenly the jar slips from your fingertips and crashes to the supermarket floor. An announcement blares over the soft music: “We need someone to clean up Aisle Nine!”

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Whether you grew up listening to records, or you recently discovered collecting and playing vinyl, the idea of recording your favorite vinyl records into your computer may have crossed your mind. Having a digitized version of your vinyl collection is useful for loading songs into portable devices and for having an archive of your favorite tunes in the digital realm.

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The iPad is known as a great media consumption device for kicking back on the sofa to surf the ’Net, watch videos and read electronic magazines, but with a little effort, an iPad can be transformed into a powerful media creation device as well.

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You’re probably aware that Apple’s iPad, iPod touch and iPhone have zillions of uses. Were you also aware that there are oodles of accessories for these things that enable you to harness their power for your recording studio? 

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Portable digital recorders are really popular these days, yet there aren’t many models designed specifically for over-the-shoulder bag work, which is often favored for recording audio in video productions. Most of today’s portable digital recorders are small and designed for handheld use, but their compact and ergonomic designs aren’t what most location sound people need in their bags.

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With all of the advantages that the HDSLR revolution has given video producers and filmmakers, there are a number of well-known drawbacks to be aware of: moiré, aliasing, lack of headphone monitoring and sensors that quickly overheat. One of the lesser-known drawbacks is an audio feature called AGC.

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4 years ago

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