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 […]

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 […]

Windscreens and Mounts: The Basics

October 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

The human hand can be a reasonably good suspension device. In most film and video production situations hand-held mics are not effective, one arm is too short. We need to mount the mic on a rigid pole. The rigidity of the boom pole is where the problems begin. Boom poles transmit vibrations rather well, some better than others. Many clever people have spent decades trying to build a device, a shock mount, to put on the end of the boom that will do what our hands can do so easily. Read full entry »

Noise in the 788T headphone output when used for return monitoring, demystified.

April 16, 2009 at 11:32 pm

There have be many reports, recently, of mysterious and unacceptably high noise levels when using the Sound Devices 788T headphone output as a send for return monitoring with a mixer. The reports went something like this:  “When using the headphone output of the SD-788T as a send for “tape return” […]

Lectro line level input cable recommendation

March 17, 2009 at 4:10 pm

While wireless microphone transmitters are normally thought of as being used with microphones, we often use them for line-level signals, such as when tapping into mixing board feeds or when using them as wireless “camera hops” to a camcorder. It has been determined that the previously recommended line input cable sometimes forced the transmitter limiters to work too soon and more often than Trew Audio recommends

Balancing Act

August 15, 2008 at 3:01 pm

Circuit vocabulary is important in our industry, to say the least. I often use terms which I know are correct, but don’t fully understand. So today is a learning day for me, and I thought I’d bring you along for the ride. We’ll start with some audio circuit basics and […]

The Four Horsemen of Troubleshooting

July 31, 2008 at 5:29 pm

When the crew is looking at you, the only person who isn’t ready to roll, you may hope for the Apocalypse. Alas, it is time to start troubleshooting. Checking cables for shorts, gear for correct settings, battery life, and the source of that stupid hum can drive you mad. One […]

Secret Jargon

May 28, 2008 at 8:57 am

As I listen to our sales manager John instruct our newest Nashville salesperson, Stephen Reter (welcome Stephen), I am reminded of my first days at Trew. Nearly five years ago, I was a studio/ live sound minded audio nerd, with some dabbles in the world of broadcast audio. When I […]

Are you REDy?

March 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Updated March 12, 2008 For almost three years the industry has been anticipating the RED ONE DIGITAL CINEMA CAMERA. As with many aspects of our industry the visual seems to push the market and the audio is left to keep up. Until February 08, the actual audio I/O connections have […]