Cantar X3 Overview – A Journey to the Industry’s New Flagship

July 1, 2015 at 8:14 pm

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A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to Europe, and while there visited Aaton’s headquarters in beautiful Grenoble, France to better get to know the company that makes the new Cantar audio recorder.

By Glen Trew

PSC Solice Mini Mixer

October 24, 2014 at 5:40 pm

PSC Solice Mini Mixer

The new PSC Solice Mini mixer is designed for use by today’s professional sound mixer who needs a simple, compact, convenient mixer for use with up to two boom microphones and up to six wireless. The Solice Mini mixer provides all of the functions found on most control surfaces and adds a slate microphone, reference tone oscillator, and private line functions.

Zoom H5 Recorder

October 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Zoom H5 Recorder

We’ve posted a new video review of Zoom’s H5 recorder. The H5 is the latest four-channel field recorder from Zoom, and it shares many of the same improved attributes of the H6: a removable capsule system, a greatly improved noise floor, and the same high-quality preamps.

Orca Bags

September 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm


We received our first shipment of Orca bags today, and to say we’re excited would be an understatement.

We’ll be bringing you our full review and video soon, but here’s a quick taste:

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.

Dipole vs Sharkfin vs Polarized Diversity (Diversity Fin)

February 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Diversity Fin from RFVenue

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).

Comtek BST 75-216 – a quick review

September 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

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 […]

The SPEAKEASY R-1 in the real world (the “R” is for rack)

August 5, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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 […]

Introducing the new Rode Lavalier & MiCon connector system

May 13, 2011 at 5:13 pm

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 […]