On Saturday night, the Cinema Audio Society presented its 50th annual awards to this year’s top sound mixers at the historic Biltmore Hotel. The event was attended by a gathering of many of the film industry’s top sound and picture professionals and studio production executives. Trew Audio was there as the Title Sponsor of the awards banquet and after party.
In these videos, we explore two basic, budget-friendly field recorders that can vastly improve the audio quality captured by DSLR shooters and aspiring videographers alike. The Zoom H6 and the Tascam DR-60D can both easily mount to your camera rig, providing high quality microphone preamps, Phantom power, and flexible recording options that will surely enhance your final product.
The new Zaxcom 200 Series Digital Wireless products promise one major advancement over previous models: distance! Their website recently released a video showcasing the TRXLA2 transmitter broadcasting clear across the Hudson River from New York City to a QRX235 receiver in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a recent transplant from NYC, I can attest that despite the direct line of sight, that is one helluva distance! Glenn Sanders and Jack Norflus claim that the new systems can operate at four times the range of their predecessors.
New microphones for film and video production come around as slowly as wrap on an 12-page day, but just last year it happened again.
The Sennheiser name gives the MKE-600 plenty of street-cred, and from my listening evaluation and field test, I believe this German-made mic delivers on the brand’s legacy, particularly for the intended professional market often referred to as “ENG” (Electronic News Gathering) or “Journalism”. While the MKE-600 is priced for the growing market of small hand-held video production, the audio performance of this electret condenser far exceeds what the low price suggests, and will likely find a place in the mic kits of many accomplished sound mixers.
DSLR filmmaking is a hobby, passion, and profession that is constantly growing among creative types. But no matter what level you’re operating at, we can all agree that oftentimes built-in camera mics just don’t cut it. If you’re capturing sharp, crisp images, you want audio to match. Trew Audio is currently stocking three excellent XLR shotgun mics, that will far outshine your DSLR’s mic, for less than $300. These mics can be shoe-mounted or suspended from a boompole, providing more versatility than solely camera-mountable mics.