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Posted 10/19/17
In the following video, Rob Rives discusses how you can improve your studio mixing with Mackie’s latest line of monitors and controllers. This video explores the Mackie MR524, with its rear-panel controls for adapting the speakers to different room configurations, as well as adding the MRS10 subwoofer to extend bass response. Rives also looks at the latest Mackie XR-Series monitors and investigates the latest Big Knob monitor controller / audio interface. The Big Knob offers an integrated audio interface for recording and playing back with a built-in microphone preamp and a USB return from your computer. Other features include monitor switching, zero latency monitoring, and a dedicated mono button for checking your mix’s mono compatibility. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com
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Posted 08/10/17
In the following video, Rob Rives demonstrates the Zoom LiveTrak L12 Digital Mixer and Multitrack Recorder, and how it can be a useful addition to a small club, live band’s rehearsal space, or project studio. This video explores the functions, controls and features of the LiveTrak L12, including the 8 mono tracks and two stereo tracks, which not only allow you to mix your live instruments, but records each track individually to the on-board SD recorder. We showcase the on-board FX processors, use of instantly recallable scenes, and the setup of the five monitor sends. Rob also shows you how play back up to four channels of audio from your computer or iOS device for recording overdubs and craft your sound using the on-board 3-band EQ and compressor. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com
2352 Views
Posted 02/23/16
In the following “Quick Listen” video, Greg Johnson demonstrates the Korg Minilogue Polyphonic Synthesizer and shows how this powerful new synthesizer can be a useful addition to any musician’s inventory. The video explores some of the 100 Factory/User presets and how to utilize the onboard true-analog oscillators, filter, amplifier, envelope generators, and LFO. Johnson shows us each of its eight modes including 4-Voice, Duo, Unison, Mono, Single Note Chords, Delay, Arpeggiator, and Side-Chain.  Additionally, the video touches upon the 16-note polyphonic sequencer, which can be implemented in step mode or real time. The Minilogue offers programmable sliders, a tape-style delay, and a built-in oscilloscope, as well as MIDI I/O, USB and Sync I/O. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
11055 Views
Posted 10/29/15
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the Zoom F8 Professional Multi-Track Field Recorder for Filmmaking and Sound Design.  Using both an Audio-Technica AT899 Condenser Lavalier Microphone, as well as a Schoeps CMC6 MK41 microphone mounted on an Auray Boompole with a Schoeps shockmount, Rives makes a direct comparison of sound quality at 24-bit/192 kHz resolution between the Zoom F8 Field Recorder and the more expensive Sound Devices 688 Professional Field Recorder.    The video explores the F8’s features including timecode support, three power options, dual SD card slots, redundant recording, its use as a multi-channel audio interface for Mac and PC, and compatibility with the company’s microphone capsules. It also includes wireless control with a mobile device using a dedicated app. These features make the F8 a powerful tool for everything from multi-tracking band rehearsals, recording sound for picture, and Foley work, among others—all in a portable and durable form factor.        We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com
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Posted 08/10/15
In this video, Rob Rives creates a voice recording using several microphones from a new division of Gibson Guitars called Neat Microphones. These distinctively styled yellow and black mics, the Bumblebee, the Beecaster, the Worker Bee, and the King Bee, are all members of  Neat’s Bee microphone series. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other  instructional and informative videos  at BandH.com.
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Posted 05/20/15
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the Audio-Technica AT8024 camera-mount microphone. With the microphone mounted on a Canon 5D mk III, the video explores the microphone’s two settings: one for a mono cardioid pickup pattern and one for an internally matrixed mid-side stereo pattern.  The video compares the sound quality of the microphone to the camera’s built-in microphone, demonstrates the integrated shock mount that attaches to the camera’s shoe mount, as well as noting the 100-hour battery life from a single AA battery. The microphone includes a-10 dB and a-20 dB pad for recording sounds up to 148 dB, and an optional 80 Hz high-pass filter to help reduce hum and wind noise. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 04/21/15
One of RME’s flagship products, the Babyface received an overhaul at this year’s NAB, and it’s clear that RME’s design team took quite a bit of feedback from users into consideration when updating the portable interface. The Babyface Pro, most notably, sees the breakout cable, that bane of portable interface users, eliminated altogether, with the XLR I/O being integrated right into the unit. Dual 1/4" inputs can act as either line or instrument level inputs, with ADAT or S/PDIF optical I/O for digital connectivity. Please check back for pricing and availability.
11957 Views
Posted 02/17/15
In the following video, Rob Rives gets hands-on with Beachtek’s DXA-Pocket audio adapter, and compares it to three other Beachtek products to see how the features match up. He examines the DXA-Pocket's available I/O and how Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera and DSLR shooters might use the adapter to help get better audio compared to their camera’s built-in microphone. Rives shows you how the form factor works with your camera, and discusses its battery life and power options. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
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Posted 12/18/14
While we generally recommend getting closer to the subject and using a dual-system solution to avoid recording the camera's noisy preamps, in many one-shooter, run-and-gun situations, that's not always possible. This video is designed to give you an idea of what some of these microphones sound like in such situations. We begin by listening to the poor audio recorded from the built-in mic on a DSLR, followed by examples of how six camera-mountable microphones sound, individually. The featured microphones include: Polsen SCL-1075, RØDE VideoMic Go, sE Electronics ProMic Laser, Sennheiser MKE 400, Shure VP83, and the Senal SCS-98. 
2777 Views
Posted 09/09/14
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, overviews the new Presonus AudioBox iOne and iTwo audio interfaces for recording one or two tracks at up to 24-bit 96 kHz resolution into your Mac, PC, or iPad.   Rives explores the different methods of powering the interfaces, the input connectors, and features such as phantom power for condenser microphones and the available gain of the Class A microphone preamplifiers.  The video also showcases the user controls for monitoring, MIDI I/O capabilities, as well as the included Presonus Studio One Artist DAW for computers and Capture Duo app for iPad. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com
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