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Posted 07/05/17
Join B&H’s Rob Rives as he takes to the financial district to test out the DPA’s d:vice 2-channel interface, which connects microphones to mobile devices and USB ports, allowing you to record clear, crystalline audio on location. Hear its low-noise preamps and high-quality A/D converters in action, as Greg Johnson plays a ragtime tune on a piano near a fountain. This instrument, placed in New York City by the Sing for Hope Organization, has been miked in stereo, and sports a clear, articulate sound—even in the midst of this bustling New York City location. Come for the d:vice, stay for the excellent music, available in the public domain, and played wonderfully in a public domain.
12687 Views
Posted 06/20/16
Join B&H’s own Robert Rives, as he discusses new features of the H4n Pro Handy Recorder from Zoom, including its stereo microphone, built-in preamps, and onboard effects processing. In this video, Rives engages the talents of colleague Nick Messitte to test-drive the Zoom H4n on acoustic and electric guitars. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
2349 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.
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Posted 12/03/15
In this video, Rob Rives shows us a new six-track audio field recorder from Tascam, the DR-701D. An update to the DR-70D, the DR-701D now represents Tascam's flagship audio recorder for single-shooter video production. Designed specifically as an audio-recording solution for DSLR video applications, the DR-701D boasts dual built-in omnidirectional microphones and four XLR/TRS inputs with phantom power. In addition, the recorder features time code support, HDMI Start/Stop, improved audio quality, and the track count has been expanded from four to six so each XLR input can be recorded to an individual track and the stereo mix of those inputs can also be recorded to two tracks. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative videos at BandH.com.
11044 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.
11955 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.
3420 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. 
1113 Views
Posted 11/17/14
In the following video, Rob Rives runs through a handful of USB microphones and some of their outstanding features. The video demonstrates the sound quality of USB microphones, such as the RØDE NT-USB, Audio-Technica AT2020USB+, Apogee MiC 96K, and sE Electronics X1 USB, allowing you to hear the mics and formulate some idea of what each is capable of doing. Rives demonstrates the differences in controls between the microphones, highlighting the strengths of each one. 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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