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Posted 01/12/15
In the following video, Rob Rives takes a look at the new Streichfett String Synthesizer from Waldorf and how it recreates the sound of classic string synths from the 1970s and '80s. The video explores the synth’s presets, as well as what each control is capable of doing to affect the sound. Rives demonstrates the type of sounds the synth is capable of producing, ranging from how it sounds dry to what its effects and LFO can do to the sound. 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 01/12/15
Native Instruments is well known for its large selection of virtual instruments and effects processors. In this extensive hands-on review video, Rob Rives, of B&H, takes a look at all the new plug-ins in the Komplete 10 Ultimate bundle, many of which are also available in the standard Komplete 10 bundle. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
3422 Views
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. 
357 Views
Posted 12/15/14
Join audio expert Rob Rives in this B&H online video, as he presents four 88-key digital pianos from Yamaha, Casio, and Kawai. Aside from comparing their features, the video includes audio samples of piano, electric piano, and one other instrument from each, expertly performed by Greg Johnson. We hope you enjoy the video and the music, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
436 Views
Posted 11/24/14
In this video, Rob Rives shows us four different portable keyboards that make great starter keyboards for kids. Rives takes a look at the Casio SA-76 and CTK-6200, the Yamaha EZ-220, and the Yamaha PSRE443, the L3C attachable stand, and their requisite AC power adapter for entry-level keyboards, and the AC power adapter for keyboards and drums. In addition, B&H offers the Ultimate Support X-Stand with Headphones and Foot Switch Keyboard Essentials Bundle, which includes the stand, headphones, and a universal footswitch to complete the setup. Rives discusses the key sensitivity, preset modes, and learning functions of the keyboards, and even delves into the apps that accompany the units, such as Yamaha’s Page Turner app. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com. 
2882 Views
Posted 10/02/14
In this video, our resident audio expert, Rob Rives, shows us the new Zoom iQ6 stereo microphone, which turns your iOS device with Lightning connector into a fully functional field recorder. Great for capturing the sounds of concerts, interviews, meetings, lectures and more, the iQ6 records high-quality audio at up to 16-bit/48kHz resolution. The microphone uses the same two unidirectional condenser mics found in the popular H4n recorder, allowing your recordings to cover a wide area, while still capturing sound sources in the center with clarity and definition. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com.
1332 Views
Posted 09/18/14
In the following video, Rob Rives, with guest Prentiss Thompson, demonstrate the Moog Sub 37 Analog Synthesizer, the most recent synthesizer available from the company. The video explores the synth's capabilities, including its monophonic and paraphonic modes, its arpeggiator, and sequencer. Rives also delves into the 37-key keyboard and how it can be used as a MIDI controller for other synths or software. We showcase its ladder filter and envelope generators, and provide a handful of demos to demonstrate what the Sub 37 can do sonically. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com
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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Posted 09/09/14
In the following video, Rob Rives takes a look at the Alesis Control Hub MIDI interface, and shows how it might be integrated into your Mac or PC-based creative workflow. The video explores its MIDI I/O, as well as its functionality as a headphone amplifier for your computer. We illustrate some of the options for its 1/4" footswitch input, and its plug-and-play functionality. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at B&H.com. 
991 Views
Posted 08/26/14
The arrival of the Rytm drum machine from Elektron has been highly anticipated due to its design, which combines analog sound generation with digital sample playback, forming a versatile tool for musicians, producers and sound designers alike. In this video, Rob Rives takes us on a guided tour of the Rytm, demonstrates some of the unit’s extensive capabilities, and gives us a sampling of its vast sound-generating functions.
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