Sound Sun, 24 Jun 18 08:54:05 -0600 Sound en-CA Zoom F8n Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:47:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19419@/talks/discussions image

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VideoMic Me-L - microphone for iPhones Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:55:40 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19945@/talks/discussions

Cinegear 2018: Boom Poles from Really Right Stuff Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:23:13 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19886@/talks/discussions

Shotguns comparison Sat, 08 Nov 2014 07:02:41 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11724@/talks/discussions Sennheiser MKH416 vs Sennheiser ME66 vs. ME64 vs RODE NTG3 vs RODE NTG2 vs NTG1

Cinegear 2018: Deity SMic Original 2 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:34:43 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19826@/talks/discussions

CineGear 2018: Deity Vmic D3 Pro Mon, 04 Jun 2018 23:11:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19819@/talks/discussions

Boya BY-BM3030 On-camera Shotgun Microphone Fri, 27 Apr 2018 03:36:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19573@/talks/discussions

BOYA BY-MM1 On Camera Small Cardioid Microphone Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:47:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19536@/talks/discussions

Nice small microphone


Microphone placement Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:57:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 968@/talks/discussions ]]> NAB 2018: Zaxcom ZFR300 and ZFR400 Portable Small Audio Recorders Mon, 21 May 2018 07:39:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19753@/talks/discussions

ZYLIA ZM-1 - Mike system with 19 mikes Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:12:02 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16067@/talks/discussions

  • 19 microphone capsules
  • LED ring status indicator
  • 48 KHz / 24 bit recording
  • USB connectivity
  • Easy to deploy

Saramonic SR-VRM1 XLR Recorder Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:44:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17894@/talks/discussions

Sennheiser AVX wireless mikes Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:04:18 -0600 MikeLinn 13619@/talks/discussions Setup

Mikes Difference


Tascam DR-40 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:15:37 -0600 skiandbike 951@/talks/discussions

•Handheld 4-track Portable Recorder
•Built-in cardioid condenser microphones, adjustable to XY or AB position
•XLR / 1/4” mic/line input with phantom power
•Record the built-in microphones with the XLR mic or line input for a four-track recording
•Dual recording mode captures a safety track at a lower level to avoid distortion
•Overdub mode allows recording along with a previous take
•Peak reduction automatically sets the ideal recording level
•15-hour battery life from three AA batteries
•Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV/BWF or MP3 recording resolution
•2-second pre-recording buffer
•Variable speed playback from 50-150% speed without changing the pitch
•Adjustable limiter and low cut filter (40 / 80 / 120 Hz)
•Built-in speaker and chromatic tuner
•1/8” headphone/line output
•Playback EQ and level align
•Stereo Reverb effect
•Tripod mounting hole
•SD/SDHC card slot supports up to 32GB media (2GB card included)
•Locking Neutrik Combi jacks
•USB 2.0 jack and cable for transferring recordings to computer
•Powered by three AA batteries, AC adapter (optional PS-P515U), external battery pack (optional BP-6AA), or USB bus power


Order and pricing:

Pricing is $157.59

Missing some of the analog features of the DR-100, but control dial looks much better. Zoom H4n killer?

I have been going back and forth on the DR-100 and H4n for a few weeks. Anyone have insights into how this might compare?]]>
Going hard-wired with a lavalier mic? Wed, 28 May 2014 23:28:55 -0600 Sangye 10481@/talks/discussions So I've been looking for a good solution that'll allow me to use lavalier mics as wired units. I had previously been running my Oscar SoundTech TL-40 (it's a great mic, by the way) into a Tascam DR-05, which I planted on or near the subject. However, that setup doesn't let me monitor the audio, which is scary and very bad form. Worse, it has on occasion come unplugged. Nothing like telling a personal friend of the Clintons and a colleague of Joseph Campbell that she needs to repeat everything she said over the past 30 minutes. Yes, that happened.

Although one can find locking TRS extension cables, they apparently act like radio antennae, and the longer the distance the worse the distortion. Balanced XLR seems like the obvious choice, but that presents another issue: how to adapt a mic that requires 10v mic power, to an XLR cable that either has no power or has 12V / 48V phantom power.

After a little research, I bought a Provider Series PPA XLR to Sennheiser (threaded TRS) power adapter, to match my TL-40. The Provider Series PPA is small tube just larger than an XLR plug, that uses 48V phantom power from XLR on one end, to power any kind of lavalier mic on other end, and balances the signal at mic level for transmission through the XLR cable. By the way, I got a PPA with AUT plug on eBay for $1 with shipping (usually $90), and ordered a SENN replacement plug from Performance Audio for $29 -- but instead they sent me another PPA WITH a SENN plug: another $90 value!. Got lucky on both counts!

Anyway, I don't currently have an XLR recorder (I'm expecting a DR-60D in the mail on Friday), but I have been testing this new setup with my iRig PRE on my iPhone and on my DR-05. It works, but I'm a little surprised by how high the noise floor is, and how flat the sound is. I compare the recordings on the DR-05 with and without the iRig PRE / PPA adapters, and I get a MUCH cleaner and fuller recording plugging the lav mic directly into the recorder and turning mic power on. I was lead to believe that the iRig PRE is a decent pre-amp, with a low noise floor. Does that mean the Provider Series adapters are causing the degraded quality? Or maybe my iRig PRE is a lemon? Because of the error with Performance Audio I have two PPAs, and I get the same results using both of them. So I kind of doubt it's a bad copy, more likely the design is bad.

I will do more comparisons once the DR-60D arrives, and hopefully figure out which unit is the culprit. I'll post my findings here, but in the mean time, I wanted to know what everyone else is doing when they want to go wired with their lavalier mics.

Tascam DR-701D Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:55:32 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14083@/talks/discussions image

NAB 2018: Boya BY-MP4 Audio Adapter/Mixer for Microphones Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:07:46 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19561@/talks/discussions

Aputure Deity Shotgun Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:03:37 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16292@/talks/discussions

Expensive, and do not see any reason to prefer it to MXL and alikes.

Zoom H1n Digital Handy Recorder Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:48:33 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18712@/talks/discussions image


NAB 2018: Saramonic VTX5 & BL-RXRL1 two channel wireless audio system Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:39:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19505@/talks/discussions

NAB 2018: Saramonic SR-Q6 Six Channels Portable Audio Recorder Fri, 20 Apr 2018 07:56:50 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19503@/talks/discussions

This guys are after Zoom :-)

Lectrosonics PDR Portable Audio Recorder Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:01:20 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18305@/talks/discussions

NAB 2018: Boya BY-PM700 USB Microphone Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:45:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19525@/talks/discussions

BOYA BY-HM100 Reporter Mike Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:58:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17160@/talks/discussions image

Price is below $50 shipped -

This is really cheap, do not know how good it is, need to make some tests. Just note that interview mike must be long and preferably omni.

For exhibition PV team uses I really love the sound and performance of it.

Ultra affordable wireless options? Boya BY-WM6 vs Saramonic UwMic10 vs Azden PRO-XD? Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:31:50 -0600 IronFilm 14943@/talks/discussions Currently have a RodeLink which I'm happy with, and brought it as I felt it is the "cheapest" wireless I could go with. But there are times when more than one (or two, or three...) wireless are needed. And I'm wondering if there are even more affordable options, which are still usable.

Been looking around for the last few weeks at the various wireless options which are priced significantly below the RodeLink, there are a surprisingly large number of them!! :-o

Unfortunately many of these ones are no good, but on the upside it appears wireless has taken great strides forward (all 5 of these wireless sets mentioned are only roughly a year old or less on the market), and I've narrowed it down to four which are cheaper than the RodeLink yet look appealing from what I can gather (here they are listed from cheapest to priciest):

Boya BY-WM6 vs Azden PRO-XD vs Saramonic UwMic10 vs Audio-Technica ATW-1701L

Boya BY-WM6

Is the cheapest of the four by far at only US$140 with free shipping. It uses the 584 MHz-608 MHz frequency range. Includes an XLR output cable. Runs on two AA batteries with a claimed run time of 8hrs. Comes with a portable case for the set. RX has a headphone jack.

Azden PRO-XD

Second cheapest of the three at US$199 with free shipping. Uses 2.4GHz wireless. Uses an internal battery (can't swap it out.... hmmm... a downside! But on the upside, it is the slimmest of the four, which is a bonus for a wireless system). Battery life is meant to be an impressive 16hrs (with a 3hr recharge time). Has a headphone jack on the RX. Internal batteries are rechargeable over USB (can see this being useful for bag use, to keep all the RX units charged up from a USB power pack. However careful battery management during the shoot will be needed with the TX units)

Saramonic UwMic10

If you squint they look almost the same as the Sony UWP-D11 sets! (it even has an XLR TX option like Sony does with the Sony UWP-D16. Which I am really looking forward to using on the boom pole, to get rid of the cable)

But the Saramonic UwMic10 costs half the amount of a Sony UWP-D11. As it is US$270 plus taxes/shipping to NZ (which does then significantly increase its cost, unfortunately).

The Saramonic is I think the system I'd like to go for, but once the final cost is worked out it ends up pushing up uncomfortable close to the RodeLink to really truly be a "cheaper option than a RodeLink" by a significant margin. Plus it is such a new item to the market that none of Adorama/B&H/ are selling it, maybe I should revisit this item in a couple of months time and see if this has changed.

Audio-Technica ATW-1701L

Cheapest price now is $330.79:

But it was merely US$220 at Adorama only a month ago:

I think that the current prices for the ATW-1701L are just a little too high right now, as it puts it too close in price to a RodeLink, so not much savings there. But if ever see it at that sale price then I'll buy one (two even!) in a heartbeat!

Well, I think this now is complete survey of the "good options" which are cheaper than a RodeLink. I've surely left out a few other possibly interesting options, and feel free to point out anything important I've left out, but what I'm left wondering now... is which of these four should I pull the trigger on and buy? Open to any thoughts on my options!

RODE SoundField NT-SF1 microphone Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:28:21 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19437@/talks/discussions image

The first product for the SoundField By RØDE family is a marriage of SoundField’s pristine ambisonic recording technology, and RØDE’s commitment to audio excellence accessible by all creators. Completely designed and made in Australia at RØDE’s Sydney campus, the NT-SF1 is a triumph of innovation and manufacturing quality. Featuring four of RØDE’s all-new, ultra-quiet ½-inch TF45C capsules in tetrahedral array, the NT-SF1 produces natural, transparent four channel A-format recordings which can be transformed and manipulated in B-Format, courtesy of the soon-to-be-released SoundField by RØDE plugin.

“When The Freedman Group acquired SoundField in late-2016, the aim was to continue producing the premier 360-degree audio capture loved by the professionals who bring us cinema sound and 7.1 broadcast,” says Freedman Group CEO Damien Wilson. “And we are. But, as is the RØDE way, we have brought our manufacturing and design expertise to bear on this new family of microphones. The SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1 is for creators for whom the ultra-high-end SoundField products are out of reach, and delivers results unmatched by all but the most expensive ambisonic microphones.”

Head of RØDE’s New Product Development and former Director of New Product at SoundField for 16 years, Pieter Schillebeeckx, says this is the most exciting development in the technology in decades. “Delivering this kind of professional-use technology at a sub-USD$1000 price point is a world first in the ambisonic world,” he says. “It gives budding VR creators, immersive filmmakers and videogame world builders an accessible and high-quality way to dive into 360-degree-with-height audio capture.”

Due to release soon in 2018, the SoundField By RØDE NT-SF1 will democratise one of the last bastions of high-end recording the way RØDE has always done: with precision, price and unbeatable after-sales service.

Voking VK-WM220 Wireless Mike Sun, 15 Apr 2018 23:08:00 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19457@/talks/discussions image

Voking VK-WM220 Features

  • Dual channel UHF wireless receiving technology for using two transmitters simultaneously.
  • Double conversion DSP receiving processor for strong anti-mirror interference ability.
  • Professional circuit structure provides low cut function.
  • Dual independent output and MIX output optional.
  • Equipped with headphone output socket for real-time monitoring.
  • Both headphone and recording output volume can be adjusted independently, with memory function.
  • WNCR noise control technology can suppress environmental noise and wind noise.
  • Integrated high-performance audio compander provides a wide dynamic range.
  • Provides up to 100 wireless frequencies to set up multiple channels working at the same time.
  • Supports external power supply, so as to adapt to various occasions.
  • Rugged metal construction for excellent electrical characteristics and mechanical strength.

Voking VK-WM220 Specifications:

  • Frequency range: 538-594 MHz
  • Modulation mode: FM
  • Frequcy response: 30 Hz-18 kHz
  • Microphone type: Condenser Omni
  • Channels: 100
  • Frequency control: PLL Synthesizer
  • Transmit power: ≤ 10 mW
  • S/N ratio: >90 dB
  • Power supply: DC 3V or 2pcs AA size batteries
  • Operating time: ≥ 10 hours
  • Operating range: 100 meters at outdoor open area
  • Operating temperature: 0-55 C
  • Store temperature 20-55C
  • Dimension: 896322 mm
  • Net weight: 120g
Rode microphone representatives and Rode in general Sat, 14 Apr 2018 00:37:00 -0600 RRRilla 19447@/talks/discussions I bought a Rode stereo video mic x from I noticed the right channel of the mic created occasionally interference, low rumble by itself. The mic was broken. I contacted rode australia, who advised me to contact the Finnish representative of rode, a company called Msonic. I told them I had a broken mic, so they told me to bring the mic to them, so I did.

After a week, they called and said, might I have a broken cable. I told no. The mic itself is broken. After another week, they sent the mic back and told they were unable to find anything wrong with the mic.

Then I contacted as they advertised they have a 3 year warranty to everything they sell. They asked me to make a video, demonstrating the fault in the mic. So I did. Then they asked me to send the mic to them. I did.

After weeks, the mic was sent back to me, stating that the repair personnel were unable to find anything wrong with my mic. I called thomann. I told it takes about 10 minutes for me to find the fault in the mic. Also, it is being clearly demonstrated in the video I made to They took the mic back again for inspection.

After many weeks, again, they contacted me, stating that they were unable to find anything wrong with the mic. I said fine, you can send the mic back to me, but then I was going to send the mic to a professional microphone repair person, and if he was able to find anything wrong with the mic, I was going to offer the story to media. After few hours of this the person from thomann told that he had INSISTED to make yet another inspection to the microphone, and what do you know, they were able to find the fault I had been talking about. Then it was revealed the the mic had been twice in some german representative of Rode and now, thomann was going to send the mic for the third time to the same Rode people, to “fix” the mic.

This whole process had now taken over 6 months.

I contacted rode australia, and they asked me, where my mic was...

The teaching of this lesson? If you buy a Rode microphone, you better pray it is not broken.

Lectrosonics wideband transmitters announced: SMWB + SMDWB Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:19:24 -0600 IronFilm 17960@/talks/discussions More info here about the SMWB (uses a single AA battery, a very small transmitter!):



And the info for the dual battery version:

Wish I could get one of each and a SRc!

Ah well, maybe next year....

However, it is very weird that it has a max of 44.1KHz?? What on earth are they smoking....

Also is a damn pity there is no TC :-( Guess they're still keeping a reason for you to buy their PDR instead.

But having a split gain recording option is nice.

Zoom F1 Audio Recorder - take on Tascam DR10 series Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:15:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18859@/talks/discussions image


  • 2-Channel Field Audio Recorder
  • Attach on Belts, Slip into a Pocket
  • Compatible with all Zoom microphone capsules
  • LMF-1 Omnidirectional Lavalier Mic
  • 1/8" Stereo Mic/Line Input
  • 24-Bit/96 kHz Audio, WAV and MP3
  • WAV 44.1 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/16-bit, 48 kHz/24-bit, 96 kHz/24-bit
  • MP3 48 kbps, 128 kbps, 192 kbps, 256 kbps, 320 kbps Mono/stereo ID3v1 tags supported
  • On-Board Limiter and Auto-Level Control
  • One-Touch Controls, Easy-to-Read Display
  • Up to 32GB on microSD or microSDHC Card
  • Micro-USB port for data exchange to and from computer
  • Use as an audio interface to record directly to your computer or iOS device
  • Tone generator for calibrating audio levels between the F1 and a DSLR video camera without the need for an attenuation cable
  • Sound marker function outputs quick tone for syncing audio and video
  • 2 x AAA Batteries Record up to 10 Hours
  • Windscreen, Belt Clip, Mic Clip
  • Shotgun
    • Directionality: Super cardioid (3 directional mic units)
    • Sensitivity: −39 dB/1 Pa at 1 kHz
    • Input gain: −∞ – +50 dB
    • Maximum sound pressure input: 122 dB SPL
  • Lav Mic Input
    • Connector: 3.5 mm stereo mini (with screw lock)
    • Supports plug-in power (2.5 V)
    • Input gain: −12 dB – +36 dB
    • Input impedance: 2 kΩ or more
  • Available for $199 at
  • Or for $249 with shotgun module