Review: The Sennheiser MKE-600 Short Shotgun Microphone

January 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm

senn mke600

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.

TASCAM DR-60D Mixer/Recorder Problems

August 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm

TASCAM DR-60D may eventually turn out to be a good product for double system DLSR production, but there are some concerns.

A Trew Audio customer brought his Tascam DR-60D to our Los Angeles store hoping we could figure out why his recordings had a serious noise issues. He also brought in the two Canon 5D Mark II cameras he was using with the DR-60D.

Are You Ready to Go Back to Work?

July 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm

Back to Work

Summertime, and the living is easy… but as always, that’s about to change. For many in the world of Television production sound, late spring/early summer is a much needed time of rest (called “hiatus,” in the industry, usually a couple of months) that comes between the wrap of the prior season and the beginning of the next. The 16-hour days, week after week, take their toll on us, but it is also brutal on our equipment. In addition, trends change, equipment advances, and we should always be refining the way we work. But whether you work on television series, feature films, reality TV, commercials, news, or whatever, my advice is the same: after some much needed rest, when cabin fever sets in, remember that continued success depends on being prepared. Here are some ideas to help you get ready for the next run.

Clear-Com customer case study – Punk’d

October 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Punk’d, U.S.-based MTV’s hidden camera show, prides itself on leaving viewers hungry for more pranks when they surprise the most recognized celebrities. With Clear-Com’s intercom solutions, the Punk’d production team was able to carry out even funnier jokes in its ninth season. Clear-Com’s Eclipse-PiCo digital matrix and Encore partyline intercom […]

Lectrosonics Quadra (IEM) Wireless review

February 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Everyone loves a home run, and it looks like Lectro just knocked one out of the park with the new Quadra. The Quadra by Lectrosonics is a digital, wireless, personal headphone monitor system capable of four discrete audio channels with a single transmitter and bodypack receiver. It delivers the range, […]

The Nagra VI, One Year Later

September 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

The Nagra VI, One Year Later… “Under-promise, over-deliver”. When this philosophy is behind a product, the customers who use it are well served. It is the sign of a confident and mature company, a hallmark of Nagra, and it is apparent in the continuing history of the Nagra VI. Possibly […]

An Evening with the Deva

August 13, 2010 at 10:18 am

One way I keep my hands and ears in sound mixing for film and video production is to fill in for Trew Audio customers who, for one reason or another, need someone to fill in for them. So, when Kevin Smith’s usual sound mixer, Atlanta-based Whit Norris, found himself booked […]

Personnel Changes at Trew Audio

July 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

In recent weeks we have added and lost some great personnel. Ruby Giulioni (not to be mistaken for a former Mayor of New York) keeps things running smoothly in Toronto; Kyle Petty (not the race car driver) has come aboard the Vancouver store in Sales;and Skylor Morgan (yes, the famous […]

Lectro press release for recent WTVF wireless upgrade

July 8, 2010 at 3:32 pm

WTVF NEWSCHANNEL 5 EXPANDS LECTROSONICS WIRELESS MIC ARSENAL Sound quality and rugged designs–the right ingredients Mike Rose, Chief Video Photographer for WTVF TV with SRa5P Receiver in camera and holding UH400a & UM400a Nashville, TN… The FCC’s (Federal Communication Commission) recent ruling that prohibits the operation of wireless microphones in […]

Communications options for the CL-9

February 26, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Since the Sound Devices CL-9 hit the blogosphere, views and how-to’s have filled the web.  Instead of rehashing what the CL-9 is designed to do, I’ve decided to take a practical approach to using the communications section of the new control surface. If the boom operators wish to listen to […]