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Posted 02/02/14
The Zoom iQ5 is a lightweight, inexpensive Mid-Side stereo microphone for lightning iOS devices. Let's take a look and a listen...
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Posted 05/06/14
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses budget options for improving the audio quality of your DSLR shoots. Rives explores on-camera microphone options, including the lightweight RØDE VideoMic GO shotgun microphone and the Tascam TM-2X stereo microphone. Rives also looks at the Zoom H1 Ultra-Portable Audio Recorder, a dual-system option that records both internally to SD cards; it also sends a signal to your camera for backup. Lastly, Rives highlights the benefits of using lavalier microphones and provides both wired and wireless options to consider.
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Posted 05/12/14
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the  Beachtek DXA-SLR Ultra 2-Channel XLR Adapter, and how it can improve in-camera audio with a DSLR camera. Rives explores the adapter's form factor, how it attaches beneath the camera, and considers the included detachable rail system with 3" rods. Rives also points out the two Neutrik Combo XLR and 1/4" input connections, which can be switched from line level to mic level and provide Phantom Power, as well as advanced features such as gain control, limiters, and audio playback. The video concludes with a brief look at two other audio-adapter options from Beachtek: the DXA-SLR Mini and the DXA-SLR Pure Passive Audio Adapter. 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 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. 
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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 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 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 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 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 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
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