Sound Sun, 28 May 17 23:48:38 -0600 Sound en-CA Sony ICD-SX2000 small recorder Tue, 23 May 2017 12:30:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16996@/talks/discussions

Price starts around $195 from Asia -

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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 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.

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

Tascam DR-680MKII - improved and enchanced Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:07:53 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12230@/talks/discussions image

Main changes from first version:

  1. Improved audio quality
    Through extended listening tests, a new op-amp and capacitor were selected for the mic preamps to deliver improved audio quality.
  2. Support for SDXC cards
    Readily available SD/SDHC cards are used for recording media. The DR-680MKII also supports SDXC cards, which have higher capacities - enabling recording for long periods of time.
  3. Take (file) numbers can be reset using the "Take No. Init" function
    The numbers added to recorded file names can be reset. Resetting the take numbers used for each recorded scene is now possible, making file management even easier.
  4. Improved battery life
    The newly improved battery life of the DR-680mkII means that the battery now lasts 150% longer than previous DR-680.
  5. Improved clock precision
    The precision of the built-in clock oscillator has been improved – making synchronization more accurate when used with video devices.
  6. Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels.
    A second file can be recorded simultaneously at a lower level for a distortion-free safety track. This allows you to set the recording level high and make a backup recording at a lower level in case of an unexpected sudden increase in sound level, which may create distortion in the primary file. The DR-680MKII can make −12dB backup recordings of audio input through inputs 1, 3 and 5.
  7. Playback of multitrack recordings.
    The DR-680MKII can load multitrack audio files. Multitrack materials (multiple mono files) prepared with a DAW, for example, can be played back.
  8. Support for lithium batteries
    In addition to alkaline and NiMH batteries, lithium batteries - which can provide extended power - are supported.

More info -



  • SD/SDHC/SDXC cards used as recording/playback media
  • 6 balanced mic/line inputs (1-4: XLR/TRS combo jacks, 5-6: TRS jacks)
  • 6 unbalanced outputs (RCA pin jacks)
  • COAXIAL digital input and output (S/PDIF, AES/EBU)
  • Recording/playback formats: BWF, WAV, MP3
  • With BWF format, recording starting times can be stored in files
  • 8-track recording at 24-bit/96kHz (BWF, WAV)
    6 mic/line inputs and stereo mix recording or 6 mic/line input and digital stereo recording •Record MP3 files at 96, 128, 192 and 320 kbps
  • Record 4-channel MP3 files
    • From 4 mic/line inputs (XLR/TRS combo jacks) or 2 mic/line inputs and digital stereo inputs •2-track recording at 24-bit/192kHz (BWF, WAV)
    • From 2 mic/line inputs or digital stereo inputs •Digital inputs and outputs support double speed 96 kHz and quad speed 192 kHz
  • Sampling frequencies
    44.1, 48, 96, 192 kHz (BWF, WAV) 44.1, 48 kHz (MP3) •Quantization bit depth: 16/24-bit (BWF, WAV)
  • 6 channels of TASCAM HDDA mic preamps for high audio quality with 48V phantom power
  • Limiter and low-cut filter available on each mic/line input
  • Built-in stereo monitoring mixer for headphone mix and/or recording
  • Dual recording function allows two files to be recorded simultaneously at different levels
  • GANG function allows the input gain of multiple channels to be operated simultaneously
  • Pre-recording function allows the capture of audio two seconds before recording is started
  • Automatic recording function can start and stop recording automatically in response to the input signal level (−48, −24, −12 or −6 dB)
  • Even when multiple tracks are used, all recordings made at the same time can be managed as a single take/file
  • Track incrementation allows a recording to be split by creating a new file at the desired point without interrupting recording
  • Up to 1000 takes and 5000 files can be recorded on a single card
  • Mark function can be used to move to specific points (up to 99 marks per take)
  • Wheel can be used to change the playback position
  • Repeat playback function
  • Panel lock function to prevent misoperation
  • Cascade function allows transport control of multiple DR-680MKII units using a master unit
  • File name format can be set to use a user-defined word or the date
  • High-speed transfer of files to a computer using USB 2.0
  • 128×64-dot matrix display with backlight
  • Built-in mono speaker with 500mW output
  • Headphone output and level control (50mW+50mW/ 32ohm)
  • Powered by 8 AA batteries or the included AC adapter
  • USB cable and shoulder strap included
  • Folding stand convenient for tabletop use
Sony UWP-D system Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:13:16 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 11038@/talks/discussions image

Available at

Takstar HI-2050, now ISK HF2010 headphones Sun, 22 Jul 2012 09:52:17 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 4006@/talks/discussions Here we go to the next headphones.


Not pricey, available at ali:

ISK HF2010 headphones

Really good looking headphones, and made to the same high standards as Pro 80.

As for comfort, they are very similar due to similar design. Ear pads are more comfortable on 2050.

Same thing must be said about large head. Be very careful, as these can be uncomfortable if you have one.

This ones have most pronounced sibilance. They are quite bright with punchy bass. Less monitor like, compared to Pro 80.

But sound is very good.









I got images above from

Zoom H6, first modular audio recorder presented Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:45:53 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 6657@/talks/discussions

Some specifications

  • 6-channel portable recorder equipped
  • 4 XLR/jack mic inputs
  • two microphones are included
  • you can attach two additional jacks (making it up to 6)

Available at:

Sennheiser HD-598 copy for $22 Sun, 08 Dec 2013 23:13:10 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 9015@/talks/discussions image


Cost: $22 shipped :-)

Saramonic SR-AX107 Two-Channel Preamplifier with XLR Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:33:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12632@/talks/discussions Small initial overview

Cost is around $200

Zoom F4 with six inputs and eight tracks (is like a new low priced F8!) Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:18:03 -0600 IronFilm 15665@/talks/discussions image



My blog post on this news: (some of it repeated below)

I thought the Zoom F8 when it was announced was a groundbreaking new recorder in what it brought to a new low price point for soundies.

Now the F4 is even cheaper ($650 vs $1K), and has nearly everything the F8 has! Except for most notably the lack of extra XLR inputs (8 vs 4, thus the names: F8 vs F4. The "F" = field recorder, "H" = handheld recorder such as H1/H4n/H5/H6) and the lack of an app for the F4 to mix on a tablet like you can with the F8. Oh, and in a more minor point the F4 has a monochrome screen vs the 4 color screen of the F8.

But everything else (such as pre amps, and time code) is basically exactly the same as the F8!

Some specs

Designed to provide big Hollywood sound on an affordable indie budget, Zoom F4 is a 6-input / 8-track professional field recorder featuring super-low-noise preamps and timecode with pinpoint accuracy. The unit provides recording and playback resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz with impressive audio specs including an extremely low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to +75 dB), with +4 dB line-level inputs. The on-board temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) generates timecode at 0.2 ppm accuracy and supports all standard drop-frame and non-drop formats, as well as jam sync for external devices.

The advanced on-board limiters provide overload protection for all inputs and outputs, which lets you capture audio in a wide range of environments. Limiting can be applied simultaneously at full resolution with 10 dB of headroom and features controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.

The F4 offers four combo XLR-1/4" inputs, a 1/8" stereo input, and includes a Zoom mic-capsule input for recording six discrete tracks with an additional stereo mix, all at full 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. Additionally, inputs 5/6 can function as a camera return for audio monitoring only for confidence checks. The dual-SD card slot features simultaneous recording to both cards allowing you to make a backup or split recording with all eight tracks on one card and a stereo mix on the other. Each of the four XLR-1/4" inputs offers a dedicated preamp with gain control, phantom power, a six-segment LED level meter, plus a Record Ready and PFL switch. In addition to the 1/4" headphone output with a dedicated volume control, the F4 provides two main balanced XLR outputs, as well as two sub outs on a single unbalanced 1/8" stereo mini-jack, enabling easy connection to a camera. All timecode I/O is provided on BNC connectors and the unit includes a variable-frequency slate-tone generator to confirm levels.

An easy-to-read 1.9" LCD display is suitable for use in all lighting environments including dark low-light sets to bright sunlight. The on-board mixer not only provides user-adjustable level, pan, and input/output delay, but also offers high-pass filtering for noise and wind reduction, phase inversion, and Mid-Side decoding. The F4 ships with a camera-mount adapter, AC power adapter, and download codes for Cubase LE and Wavelab LE.

  • Six-input / eight-track multitrack field recorder with integrated mixer
  • Six discrete inputs, including four with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors, a stereo 3.5mm input, and Zoom mic-capsule input
  • Compact and lightweight metal chassis, weighing just two pounds (without batteries)
  • High-quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain, less than -127 dBu EIN, and +4 dB line inputs
  • Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording as well as 96, 88.2, 48, and 44.1 kHz, plus 47.952 and 48.048 kHz for HD video compatibility; 16-/24-bit resolution
  • Accurate timecode (0.2 ppm) I/O on standard BNC connectors; dropframe/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
  • Two different power supply options: 8x AA batteries or external DC battery pack with 4-pin Hirose connector
  • Dedicated gain control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channel
  • Phantom power (+48V/+24V) on every preamp
  • Advanced on-board limiters for input and output
  • High-pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoder
  • Input delay of up to 30ms per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per output
  • Compatible with all Zoom mic capsules; optional ECM extender cable enables remote positioning
  • Dual XLR balanced Main Outs plus 1/8" stereo mini-jack Sub Out
  • Dedicated headphone output (100mW) with front-panel volume control
  • 1.9” white, backlit monochrome LCD
  • Dedicated PFL display with viewable trim settings
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512GB each
  • Records in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats
  • Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • Built-in tripod mount; camera-mount adapter also included
  • Use as a 6-in/4-out USB audio interface (@ 96 kHz)

Available for $650 at

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


MXL FR-330M vs Azden SGM-PDII Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:58:42 -0700 IronFilm 16349@/talks/discussions MXL FR-330M vs Azden SGM-PDII , they're very similar in price, any thoughts on which would be better as an on camera microphone? (for a C300 mk1 in this case)

I know you VK have quite often suggested MXL shotguns as a good low price alternative, what do you think of this particular model?

Rode VideoMic Pro+ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:49:06 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16344@/talks/discussions

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

Mikes Difference


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

Zoom F-Control controller for F4 and F8 recorders Mon, 02 Jan 2017 14:44:06 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16265@/talks/discussions image


  • nine 60mm faders
  • Trim/Pan, PFL and Track controls for each channel
  • 12 segment level indicators
  • support keyboard for naming tracks
  • headphone output on controller
  • $349,99

Dialogue microphones for indoors and outdoors recording Fri, 18 Jan 2013 10:45:21 -0700 solarwnz 5822@/talks/discussions I'm looking to upgrade my current mic selection for recording an actor's dialogue on location. What mics and patterns do you folks use and are you happy with the results? I use a Sennheiser-ME66 Super-Cardioid Shotgun Microphone for most of my audio - especially sound effects and Foley. However, I'd prefer to find something better suited for recording actors dialogue. Any tips?