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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 08/12/14
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, demonstrates the Focusrite iTrack Dock for the iPad. He explores the dock’s form factor, input capability, and monitor control knob. The video showcases the dock's microphone preamps, taken from Focusrite’s Scarlett interfaces, and Rives mentions its maximum recording resolution of 24-bit/96kHz. He also demonstrates the iTrack’s app 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 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.
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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 03/09/15
In this video, Rob Rives shows the the OD-11 from Teenage Engineering, a Wi-Fi-enabled wireless speaker that supports streaming from most computers and portable devices, and that is specifically intended for cloud-based music listening. The OD-11speaker features a two-way omnidirectional design that allows the sound to be dispersed evenly throughout your acoustic space. It features one long-throw woofer, one high-efficiency tweeter, and also has a flow-optimized bass-reflex duct for improved low-frequency response. 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 04/01/15
In this video, our in-house audio expert, Rob Rives, demonstrates two condenser shotgun microphones from RØDE: the NTG4 and NTG4+. Featuring a supercardioid polar pattern and the ability to withstand up to 135 dB SPL, these mics offer an ideal solution for ENG, filmmaking, field recording, sound design, and broadcast applications. 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 04/14/15
Go tiny or go home: that’s the battle cry for Lectrosonics at NAB 2015, which is introducing a brand new transmitter that fits into the palm of your hand. Concealable so that the talent doesn’t notice it, the smaller, lighter transmitter also features a removable, rechargeable lithium battery. Check out the full video here. Please check back for pricing and availability
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Posted 04/24/15
Accessories such as boompoles and gear bags may not be the coolest things showcased at NAB, but every pro knows they are one of the most integral parts of a kit, playing the all-too-important supporting role for pricey microphones and wireless systems. K-Tek is a well-known name in this field, and Rob Rives checks out some of their new wares, including a 3-section graphite pole optimized for smaller spaces, in addition to a 2-section aluminum entry-level  pole. The K-225 19' boompole features 6 sections, allowing it to pack up smaller, and is also available in a cabled version. The newly announced Gizmo Bag has a clear back, allowing you to see what you have packed away without having to open the bag.  Please check back for pricing and availability.
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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 05/20/15
In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the Shure PG ALTA line of microphones. The microphones are designed to provide high-quality sound at an approachable price point for musicians and performers in a wide range of recording and live applications. The video explores ten different microphones, as well as three different kits for various applications. Specifically, Rives looks at: the PGA27 Large Diaphragm Side-Address Cardioid Condenser Microphone, the PGA58 and PGA48 Dynamic Vocal Microphones, the PGA181 Side-Address Condenser Microphone, the PGA81 Cardioid Condenser Microphone for Instruments, the PGA98H Condenser Microphone for Brass and Woodwinds, the PGA98D Condenser Microphone for Drums and Percussion, the PGA57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone, as well as the PGADRUMKIT7, PGADRUMKIT5, and PGASTUDIOKIT4 drum kits.             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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