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 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.
A new antenna called the “Diversity Fin” (polarization diversity), made by the company RF Venue, has been getting enough attention to warrant a comparison with two other popular antenna designs, the dipole and the “Shark Fin” (log periodic).
The new Comtek BST 75-216 is a 12-volt DC powered mini-base station transmitter that’s roughly half the size of the Comtek BST 25-216. It’s small and rugged enough for bag use and is capable of a much higher RF output than the 10mW belt pack M-216 transmitter. At 100mW, the […]
There are several good reasons to have a powered speaker system on a production sound cart. For me the most compelling reason is to reduce hearing fatigue caused by continuous hours of listening with headphones. Taking off the headphones between takes and during lighting setups is a relief, but still […]
How can you tell if someone is a Rode lav owner? They are the ones who don’t run frantically toward the mic when the actor starts to pull it off themselves. We didn’t need another lavalier microphone. The lavs we’ve been using for years sound amazingly natural and are very […]
One box. Many uses. We’re going to see the MixPre-D with just about everyone who works in professional field production audio because with a single, compact, affordable, high quality box, the MixPre-D combines the utility that previously required three separate devices. It’s a two-channel mic pre and analog mixer. It’s […]
We recently received a new Zaxcom Deva accessory called the HD2USB Hard Drive Caddy to USB adapter. It allows for direct access of Deva hard drives, from PC or Mac computers. The adapter works with both the Zaxcom drive box and the Remote Audio Drive Mounter system. The drive will […]
With the recently released Clockit Timecode App iDevice software from Ambient, the MovieSlate app and editing software like PluralEyes, the production world is buzzing with questions. Is it safe to use? Should I get rid of my clapper slate? What are the features & benefits, advantages & disadvantages? Hopefully, this […]