Sound Sat, 22 Jul 17 02:51:15 -0600 Sound en-CA Budget Earphone & In-Ear Monitor: great review site for helping a choice Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:25:43 -0600 apefos 17164@/talks/discussions This website can help a lot if you need to make a choice from small phones models for music production, video editing...

They have detailed analisys about design, confort, bass/mid/treble, sound levels within frequency responce range.

Lavalier Showdown Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:50:57 -0700 JDN 2115@/talks/discussions I was looking for an upgrade to the kit ME-2 that came with my G3, and fine folks at Toronto TREW audio were kind enough to spend a few hours with me testing the most common lavs on the market -- tram tr50, sanken cos11, and the two latest offerings from RODE. I know these tests are all over the internet, but I always had a problem with them because the cos11 and sometimes the tram were usually run through lectronics while the me-2 and RODEs were often run through G3s. Needless to say, if you are a dslr shooting, you're probably not going to shell out 2-4k for a lectrosonics transmitter and receiver. Luckily, the trew techs were kind enough to modify the tram and sanken for g3 receivers.

I thought I'd share the results as a good lavalier is essential for any solo dslr shooter and produces much better quality than an onboard shotgun and it's really hard to tell what's better from youtube tests given their crappy compressed audio.

First, a general note -- the RODEs, tram and saken all completely spanked the me-2, which should not be a surprise, though it was surprising just how much better they sounded. The ME-2 was just soo thin sounding. So, knowing I was going to walk out of there with a new lav of some sort, I started comparing them, side by side, in different sound environments for the next two hours (all tests were done with a sound devices mixer and sony studio headphones). Here are the results:


Sanken COS11 -- no suprise, it's the most expensive as well. There's a reason it is used by high end documentaries and most television and film. But is it good for a solo DSLR shooter? If time and money are no issue, then yes, but if they are, here are a few drawbacks:

  • Higher Handling Noise. It takes careful mounting to conceal this lav and tape down the wire since both the microphone and the wire are very sensitive to handling noise. If you got the time, or you are mainly doing sit-down interviews, you'll be rewarded, but if you need a lav (as I mainly do) for filming moving subjects solo, it may not be the best choice.

  • Costly aftermarket adaptors. Okay, not that costly, but you're looking at $30 - $50 to modify it for use with a g3, and another $140 if you want to then plug that into an xlr for sit-down interviews.


RODE Pin Mic -- recently released from RODE this mic is meant to be hidden in plain sight (the capsule pins through clothing. I could see this being very useful for event shooters and live broadcast, particularly if you didn't want to spend a lot of time mounting it. But the sound quality, while better than the me-2, felt a little lacking at the low end, and the fact that the mic faces out (even though it's an omni) did seem to mean a little more of the room was picked up. If you do a lot of weddings and other events though, you might want to consider it. About $250.


Which led to the TRAM TR50, the flat, small lav that many of you will recognize from your sound recordists bag if you haven't already used (or owned) yourself. Easy to conceal and sounded much better than the pin mic. Far less handing noise than the COS11, and cheaper too ($250) although requires the same modifications and adaptors to use with G3 as the COS11. The downside was it came in pretty quiet -- even at 0b from the transmitter you still had to crank up the mixer more than 3/4 of the way to get have the audio peak in the the 0 - +6 db range and that added a small but noticeable bit of noise. So you could record it lower and let post deal with it if you need to crank it later, but that's a little complicated. Which led to:


(For me at least) The RODE lavalier. Also $250. Rich, full sound -- not quite as good as the COS11, but about the same size (which is to say quite small) and far more impervious to handling noise -- put it on my undershirt and moved around a bit and even without moleskin had no noise off the overshirt (which was soft cotton, granted, but still, not bad for a very quick and dirty mounting job). Best of all, only required a $30 G3 adaptor and a $50 XLR adaptor, so ended up saving me $150 over the tram and nearly $300 over the COS11. And bizarrely for a lav at least, comes with a five year warranty.

So there you have it. As always, I'd encourage you to try to test out these options in person and pick the combination that is right for how you use it most (and realize that ultimately, many people have at least two different kinds of lavs in their bag because there is no perfect choice). But if you, like me, were frustrated by the lack of controls (eg different receivers) and compression found on most internet tests, hopefully this feedback helps in narrowing down your decision. Sorry, no audio to post -- I really should have recorded it all -- but I will post a me-2 v. RODE comparison when I get a moment to pull it off.

Sound Devices MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 Sun, 04 Jun 2017 14:57:24 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17093@/talks/discussions


Sound Devices, LLC, the audio manufacturer whose products are trusted for award-winning productions including La La Land, Mad Max: Fury Road and Game of Thrones, announces the launch of its new groundbreaking product line, the MixPre Series of audio recorders with integrated USB audio interface. The lightweight, robust, ultra-portable MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 are the perfect audio companions for musicians, sound designers, podcasters and videographers. Available now for $649 and $899 respectively, Sound Devices’ MixPre Series marks the first time the industry pioneer is bringing its high-end, professional audio innovations to the wider consumer market.

The 3-input/5-track MixPre-3 and the 6-input/8-track MixPre-6 feature Sound Devices’ groundbreaking new Kashmir™ microphone preamps. These high-performance, ultra-low-noise, discrete, Class-A microphone preamps with analog limiters are custom-engineered by Sound Devices. This sophisticated design ensures high quality, professional-grade audio recordings.

“Our new Sound Devices MixPre Series is the culmination of decades of experience designing products for the best-of-the-best in the professional audio industry,” says Matt Anderson, CEO of Sound Devices, LLC. “Our mic preamps simply have to be heard to be believed, whether mic’ing drums, birds, or dialog, using condenser, dynamic, or ribbon mics. The MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 merge the latest advances in audio technology with an unintimidating, compact and rugged design. Not to mention they’re both very affordable. These products are a must-have piece of equipment for anyone ranging from production engineers and musicians to YouTubers.”

Some of the unique features of the MixPre Series include:

  • Superior professional-grade audio – state-of-the-art, custom-engineered Kashmir mic preamps with analog limiters and new 32-bit A-to-D converters.
  • USB audio interface – record while streaming USB audio at the same time; ideal for mixing or recording podcasts, Skype interviews and video blogs. Also serves as a useful backup by recording to an SD card.
  • Compact and durable – the pocket-sized MixPre-3 is one of the smallest products in its class. Both the MixPre-3 and the slightly larger MixPre-6 are the perfect size for jobs on the run. They are also constructed with a die-cast aluminum chassis making them robust, yet extremely lightweight.
  • Touchscreen – sunlight-readable, color LCD using IPS touch-screen technology for the ultimate in convenient navigation.
  • Full-featured mixer – equipped with ergonomic gain controls for fast and accurate mixing, and a custom-designed, wide-bandwidth headphone amp for monitoring. Also includes pan and soloing plus circular LED metering.
  • Mobile app – built-in Bluetooth Smart(R) Technology enables control from the Sound Devices free Wingman app. Users can start/stop recording, enter/edit metadata, as well as arm, disarm and rename tracks on the MixPre recorder from a mobile device. The Wingman app is available for iOS from the App Store.
  • Camera mounting – as an added benefit to DSLR users, the MixPre Series also have retractable 1Ž4″-20 mounting capacity making them a perfect pairing for a wide variety of cameras.

The MixPre-3 and MixPre-6 offer many similarities in terms of functionality but differ in size and I/O capabilities. The MixPre-3 offers up to a 5-in/2-out USB audio interface with 3 discrete mic preamps, and the ability to stream up to 3 analog inputs (including 3 high-quality mic inputs) + 2-channel mix over USB. The MixPre-6 offers up to an 8-in/4-out USB audio interface with 4 mic preamps and streams up to 6 analog inputs (including 4 high-quality mic inputs) + 2-channel mix over USB to a Mac or Windows computer. In addition, the MixPre-6 features XLR / 1Ž4” combo inputs allowing 1Ž4” line-input sources to be connected directly. Both models record to a removable SD, SDHC or SDXC media card.

Both MixPre recorders come with Basic and Advanced modes. Designed to allow a user to start recording right out of the box, the Basic mode takes the guesswork out of audio recording and is intended for simple 2-channel mix applications, such as interviews, video blogs, music or podcasts. The Advanced mode offers more experienced audio enthusiasts access to multi-channel recording and advanced settings, such as metering, routing, timecode, trim gain, stereo channel linking, headphone presets and more. The MixPre Series also has several convenient powering options from AA batteries sleds to hot-swappable L-Mount battery power. It can also be powered via USB to a computer or optional wall-mount accessory.

Marantz PMD-706 recorder Wed, 05 Jul 2017 02:09:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17300@/talks/discussions

$299 only

Tascam DR-10L - small recorder with lav Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:55:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15838@/talks/discussions image


Speakers: portable and cheap solutions for computer Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:43:17 -0600 apefos 17201@/talks/discussions Sound speakers just for audio reference, not considering quality monitoring, portable and cheap solutions, usb powered, stereo without subwoofer (2.0), best design among many models:

The sound power is low, good if you need a more quiet solution. The frequency responce is not full range but adequate for audio reference, can be calibrated with computer sound card equalizer.

Single speaker with front bass opening, plastic:

dual speakers, plastic, don't know if has bass openings:

dual speakers with rear bass openings, wood construction:

Saramonic VMic microphones Sat, 01 Jul 2017 14:14:38 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17279@/talks/discussions image

Saramonic VMic Pro is a super directional shotgun microphone that mounts directly onto your camera. Comes with shock mount system.

It has 150 Hz low cut filter and a high frequency boost (+6dB) feature that can be controlled independently. Microphone comes with three position level control (-10dB, 0dB, +20dB), a 3.5mm headphone jack for audio monitoring, and a low battery LED indicator. The microphone's frequency response is 35 Hz ~ 20 kHz, signal-to-noise ratio is 75dB, and the microphone has a dynamic range of 120dB. Power is supplied by two AA batteries and the package includes a foam windshield as well as a detachable 3.5mm cable to connect to the camera.

VMic Recorder model features an integrated flash recorder that can store 16-bit / 48 kHz WAV audio files to a Micro SDHC memory card up to 32GB capacity. It also comes with an LCD monitor and a single-button recording function. The standard VMic model comes with similar specifications to the Pro variant but has to make do with a slightly reduced feature set. It will set you back $119.95; the Recorder is $199.95. VMiv Pro UK will cost you £199.14.

How I do my speakers and headphones equalizer calibration Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:32:07 -0600 apefos 17271@/talks/discussions I do all my equalize calibration using music. I listen lots of different musics and I keep doing equalize adjustments in the sound card equalizer, so when all the musics are average good I believe I have a good calibration to do audio mixing.

I sit in front of computer monitor with speakers in each side of monitor pointed to my ears, or with the phones in the ears.

At first moment I put the sound equalizer in flat position with all frequencies in zero (middle position).

First thing is to find the maximum loud that the speakers can go, it is important to use a loud sound to perceive sound details. Raise the speakers volume to the maximum and use a music to perceive how much you can increase the computer volume just before the sound start to get distorted.

Be careful to not get a too much loud sound because it will annoy your ears and you will think the problem are in the frequencies, but no, the problem is in too much loud sound.

After this I lower all frequencies to the minimum, and I start raising one by one alone to listen the best point for the sound in each music in each frequency, so I can get a good average settings for the work.

After lowering all the frequencies to the minimum I start raising the highest frequency (trebles), then I take note of the number and lower the frequency again, then next frequency until all frequencies are found, from trebles to bass.

I repeat these steps for each music and after all I set the average numbers in the sound card equalizer.

Another good way is to lower all frequencies and start raising the highest frequency (trebles). After find the good setting, keep it and go to next frequency until reach the lowest bass frequency. In the end there is a equalizer setting done. Also works ok to find calibration.

Musics that I use:

  • Van Halen - Panama: great to perceive how much the speakers can get loud and good for calibrate all frequencies and reduce vocal sibilance.
  • The Cure - Kyoto song: great to perceive how much the speakers can get loud and to calibrate bass frequencies.
  • Rihanna - Umbrella and Rehab: great to perceive if bass frequencies will not distort, and vocal performance.
  • REM - Orange Crush: gret to perceive if mids and trebles are not harsh or sibilance.
  • The Doors - Riders on the Storm: great to perceive trebles performance and mids distortions.
  • U2 - New Years Day (live version) - great to perceive if trebles are not muted in vocals.
  • Vivaldi - Four Seasons - great to perceive how classics instruments are sounding.

After these musics sounds good I believe the speakers are ok for audio mixing.

The angle trick I just use it for enjoy music listening, the calibration is done with speakers pointed direct to the ears. The work in audio mixing also with speakers pointed to the ears.

Important thing: you need to know in wich frequency each instrument and voice is more pronounced, this thing you will get trained on it after repeating this process.

I also use the audiocheck website 20hz to 20khz tone testing before equalization with all frequencies in flat position to perceive how the speakers responds to the frequencies before start calibration.

Speakers: angle trick to solve piercing trebles and to calibrate bass and trebles volume. Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:17:26 -0600 apefos 17270@/talks/discussions If you use speakers in your computer for audio monitoring and mixing, even after good equalization, some trebles can be piercing depending on the quality of the speakers and also depending on the audio you are listening.

The trick is to position the speakers besides the computer monitor and instead of pointing them direct towards your ears, rotate them a little bit around it's own axis outside direction. Then you find the best position between 0 and 90 degrees, rotating the speakers slowly and paying attention to the sound to find the best angle.

This can solve the piercing trebles and can calibrate the trebles volume along with the bass volume.

But remember, before using this trick you need to find the best equalization to calibrate the speakers frequencies.

This trick can work better than lowering the trebles so much in equalization, because lowering the trebles so much in equalization can result in a muted sound, similar to cover the speakers with a piece of cloth.

The speakers direct towards the ears can be good to perceive details in sound for a good audio mixing result, but sometimes you want a more pleasant audio, so the angle trick can be welcome.

I found this trick when doing equalize calibration in the speakers, see the speakers review:

See the draws:

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.

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.

Zoom F8 - 8 track audio recorder Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:04:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12806@/talks/discussions

Zaxcom and why patents must go to hell with capitalism as company Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:17:18 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15867@/talks/discussions At first read this affecting


Zaxcom also delayed JuicedLink Little DARling -

Initially case seems like not too important (now Tascam backed off removing output in US and restricting to 3.5mm input only).
It actually states that Zaxcom will prevent selling in US any device that have both wireless audio transmission and recording. Case is even not about such device, but one part of such device. And it is really big with current technology. As patents prevent making really affordable and in same time fully reliable systems what also have local recorded backup audio.

What else Zaxcom prevents to appear in your everyday life?

How about ability for recorder to make 32-bit floating wave (and even 24bit files) files using two parallel DACs aimed at different levels? It is possible to record two separate files as many recorders do, but not to join them in portable recorder. It is patented by Zaxcom.

How about wireless timecode transmission to multiple recorders? Patented by Zaxcom.

Add here patents on wireless transmission methods and encodings.

All of this produce big damage in the interest of few capitalists, and no, this guys did not invented anything, their engineers did and long ago they compensated all expenses.

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

Mikes Difference


Wireless lavalier mic Thu, 04 Aug 2011 09:50:43 -0600 bartolomeo 584@/talks/discussions I have got the Rode NTG2 however most of the time i have got to operate the camera and the sound by my self.
Any tips?
thank you so much , all of you. ]]>
Sony ICD-SX2000 small recorder Tue, 23 May 2017 12:30:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16996@/talks/discussions

Price starts around $195 from Asia -

Check also

Saramonic cheap on camera mikes Sat, 13 May 2017 21:30:12 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16924@/talks/discussions image

Saramonic Super Cardioid Unidirectional Condenser Microphone PMIC1. This mike is designed as the first step towards better quality audio, with a lightweight shotgun style design that enables it to sit comfortably in a cold shoe mount.

It features a low cut filter that helps to cut down on rumble and low frequency noise whilst boosting the intelligibility of dialogue. Mike doesn’t require a battery and connects directly to the cameras 3.5mm socket.


Saramonic Stereo Condenser Microphone PMIC2 offers 75Hz low cut filter to deal with still lower frequencies. The PMIC2 adds stereo to the mix.


Surround Condenser Microphone PMIC3 also offers 75Hz low cut filter to deal with still lower frequencies. PMIC3 is a surround condenser microphone to bring engaging surround ambience to a recording.

PMIC1 carrying an SRP of £62.34, while the PMIC2 is £87.54 and the PMIC3 £124.74.

Remote Microphone Positioners Fri, 12 May 2017 14:28:56 -0600 Amadeus5D2 16915@/talks/discussions For all recording lovers

Basic Audio Techniques for Video Sun, 07 May 2017 06:05:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16869@/talks/discussions Intro to booming

How to use boompole

Selecting shotgun mike

RODE videomic VS the PRO version Fri, 15 Apr 2011 16:21:37 -0600 LC_Digital_Art 13@/talks/discussions Olympus LS-100 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 04:23:42 -0600 danyyyel 4812@/talks/discussions I wanted to discuss this audio recorder because I did not see any thread on it. I find it strange because during my research for an external audio recorder this looks like the best small/affordable handheld recorder. At $ 400 it is about the same price that many bought the zoom h4n, and looking at the video bellow it is a vastly superior recorder in terms of build, ergonomic and most importantly sound quality.

The only advantage of the zoom apart from the price now which is more like $ 270, is that it can record 4 track from its 2 xlr and 2 internal mics. But as a filmmaker, I will always choose to have two quality preamps than some crappy zoom ones because most of the time we will use only one microphone. From everything I saw and heard the zoom XLR preamps are very noisy, unfortunately it is those thing/brand/model that gained traction from the early days of hdslr filming that would never go away.

Furthermore if you look at test, the Ls-100 is at the top part of the list, the best handheld recorder with XLR and better than the Rolland R-26 which is about $ 100 more. The internal microphone seems to be very good quality also. From what I read it had problem of latency for the headphone jack, but Olympus has remedied to that with a firmware update.

Test of the Olympus Ls-100 compared to the zoom h4

Problem with Sound setup Zoom H1/Gh2 Thu, 14 Feb 2013 13:22:49 -0700 Hakosuka 6127@/talks/discussions I bought the Zoom H1 today along with a 3.5mm to 2.5mm 4 plug adapter. I am a complete noob when it comes to anything sound related and I seem to be having a problem. I plug the cable from Line in to the adapter then the adapter into the GH2. The little microphone icon appears on the camera and it disables the onboard microphone however the left channel is stuck at 3 bars and the right channel is not changing at all. I get no sound from either the internal microphone or Zoom H1. I'm guessing it is the adapter.

Anyone had the same problem?

What are you guys using for audio recording with your DSLR? Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:42:01 -0600 sohus 930@/talks/discussions
I own the following microphones:
- Rode NT3 (XLR)
- Rode NTG-2 (XLR)
- Audio Techno 1800 Dual wireless system (Dual XLR)
- Rode Videomic Pro (3.5mm)

I have done some research and these are options I am considering:
- Zoom H4n, Marantz 551 portable field recorders with XLR inputs
GOOD: XLR, portable
BAD: pre-amps not that good, battery life, size
- Tascam P2 HD or Roland/Edirol R44 field recorders
GOOD: XLR, 4 XLR inputs, line input, sound quality, pre-amps
BAD: battery life, size, price
- Sony PCM-M10, Olympus LS11, Zoom H2/H1
GOOD: small, cheap, good pre-amps, size, battery life
BAD: no XLR inputs

I would like to hear how you guys are recording audio and what works and what not (from your experience).
Saramonic UwMic 10 Tue, 03 May 2016 12:24:42 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15039@/talks/discussions

LAV MIC for GH4 Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:12:34 -0600 IS2 16737@/talks/discussions I had a Rode smart lav - it wasn't great I've since moved onto the Audio Technica ATR 3350. I used these microphones straight into my GH4/GH3 for interview audio. Now I want to upgrade my audio quality as I noticed with certain tones etc there's distortion. Can anyone recommend any options?

I'm not wanting to buy a Zoom I don't think and I would like price to be reasonable and the ability to get to lavs into one system if possible.

Takstar Pro 80, now ISK HF2011 Headphones Fri, 20 Jul 2012 00:42:48 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 3982@/talks/discussions Got myself three different headphones.

All three are considered best amoungs Chinese designed and manufactured headphones :-)


As for manufacturing quality, it is clear that thay can compete with best and pricey phones.

Sound is also very good, and different amongst all three. This is usual thing for heaphones. :-)

But my favourite is still Panasonic HTF890.

I'll write more about this phones later.

Philips VoiceTracer DVT7500 recorder with XLR Sat, 25 Mar 2017 08:52:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16641@/talks/discussions image

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

Tascam DR-70D, more and better Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:33:25 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11584@/talks/discussions image

Main specs

  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card as recording medium (up to 128 GB)
  • High-quality recording inputs through Tascam original High Definition Discrete Architecture (HDDA) microphone preamps with NE5532 operational amplifiers for even higher audio performance.
  • Simultaneous recording of up to four channels is possible. Four channels can be mixed down to a stereo signal.
  • Recording levels can be adjusted independently
  • Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels
  • 44.1/48/96 kHz, 16/24-bit, linear PCM (WAV format), Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) supported
  • Two built-in omnidirectional microphones
  • Four XLR/TRS combo inputs can provide phantom power (+24V/+48V)
  • +24 dBu maximum input level (20 dB headroom)
  • Additional unbalanced input for channels 1 and 2 (stereo mini jack) supports mics that require plug-in power
  • Switchable low-cut filter conveniently reduces low-frequency noise (40 Hz, 80 Hz, 120 Hz)
  • Switchable limiter to prevent clipping
  • High-quality audio can be output to a DSLR camera for recording
  • Camera input enables convenient monitoring of audio from a DSLR camera
  • Selectable mid-side decoding for use with MS microphone setups
  • Slate tone functions (automatic/manual) to simplify synchronization of video files when editing
  • Pre-recording function allows the unit to record the two seconds of sound before recording is activated

Available at:

Aputure A.Lyra digital lavalier Sun, 27 Nov 2016 07:11:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16110@/talks/discussions

  • Brass rugged electret capsule
  • 96Khz, 24bit sampling rate
  • 16gr weight
  • Comes with windscreen and small deadcat
  • Special case