Sound http://personal-view.com/talks/categories/sound/feed.rss Thu, 18 Oct 18 00:50:58 -0600 Sound en-CA ZYLIA ZM-1 - Mike system with 19 mikes http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16067/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

https://zylia.co/

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Sennheiser G4 wireless mikes available in April http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18810/sennheiser-g4-wireless-mikes-available-in-april Wed, 17 Jan 2018 22:42:49 -0700 IronFilm 18810@/talks/discussions

https://en-us.sennheiser.com/wireless-microphone-broadcast-film-evolution-g4

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Saramonic SmartRig+Di Audio Adapter and Microphone Mixer http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20629/saramonic-smartrig-di-audio-adapter-and-microphone-mixer Sun, 07 Oct 2018 14:45:06 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20629@/talks/discussions

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Ultra affordable wireless options? Boya BY-WM6 vs Saramonic UwMic10 vs Azden PRO-XD? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/14943/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.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/For-Boya-BY-WM6-Lavalier-Wireless-Microphone-System-For-ENG-EFP-Canon-Sony-DSLR-/282001404702

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)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Azden-PRO-XD-2-4-GHz-Digital-Wireless-Lavalier-System-/171940834701 http://www.4kshooters.net/2015/11/11/azden-pro-xd-new-budget-digital-wireless-microphone-system/ http://cheesycam.com/azden-pro-xd-2-4-ghz-wireless-lavalier-microphone-system-just-199/ http://www.learnlightandsound.com/blog/2015/10/26/good-budget-wireless-lavalier-azden-pro-xd

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). http://www.saramonicusa.com/products/saramonic-uwmic10-digital-uhf-wireless-lavalier-microphone-system-with-bodypack-tx-and-portable-rx http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/2016/02/28/saramonic-uwmic10-dual-body-pack-2-channel-receiver-now-out/ http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/2016/02/15/saramonic-uwmic10-dual-channel-uhf-wireless-system-review/ https://lensvid.com/gear/saramonic-uwmic10-uhf-wireless-lav-review/

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/Amazon.com 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: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1060929-REG/audio_technica_atw_1701_l_system_10_digtal_wireless.html

But it was merely US$220 at Adorama only a month ago: http://dealnews.com/Audio-Technica-Camera-Mount-Microphone-System-for-220-free-shipping/1618268.html

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! http://soundandpicture.com/2014/12/audio-technica-system-10-camera-mount-wireless-review/

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!

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BOYA BY-HM100 Reporter Mike http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/17160/boya-by-hm100-reporter-mike Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:58:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17160@/talks/discussions image

Price is below $50 shipped - https://www.aliexpress.com/item/BOYA-BY-HM100-Aluminum-Omni-Directional-Dynamic-Wireless-Handheld-Microphone-Mic-XLR-Extra-Long-Handle-for/32809963897.html

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 https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/983578-REG/senal_eng_18rl_hand_held_omni_dynamic_eng.html I really love the sound and performance of it.

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NAB NY 2017: Zaxcom Deva 24 Audio Recorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18469/nab-ny-2017-zaxcom-deva-24-audio-recorder Wed, 13 Dec 2017 07:11:45 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18469@/talks/discussions

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Deity SMic Original 2 http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19826/deity-smic-original-2 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:34:43 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19826@/talks/discussions

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BOYA BY-C10 Shockmount efficiency demo http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20605/boya-by-c10-shockmount-efficiency-demo Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:52:23 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20605@/talks/discussions

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Sennheiser Memory Mic http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20246/sennheiser-memory-mic Wed, 15 Aug 2018 23:44:44 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20246@/talks/discussions image

At IBC 2018, Sennheiser will show the wireless Memory Mic for smartphones – an absolute must-have for mobile journalists. The size and quantity of equipment that journalists and reporters require to create professional quality content has decreased considerably within just a few years. In many instances, the smartphone is now the tool of choice, offering a quick and simple way to capture documentary or commentary. The key drawback is the sound quality of the mobile phone’s built-in microphone – which more often than not, performs poorly and fails to satisfy professional broadcast requirements. Enter the innovative Memory Mic: The small, lightweight wireless microphone not only offers excellent, broadcast-quality sound but also works at any distance from the smartphone. The mic and the accompanying app for Android and Apple are available now.

“High sound quality remains an important area for differentiation and a hallmark of quality for video content. Currently, there is no other product on the market that is able to compete with the Memory Mic and offer the same fantastic combination of audio quality, price and mobility,” said Tobias von Allwoerden, Senior Product Manager, Professional Audio at Sennheiser. “The benefits for the mobile journalist include audio pick-up in broadcast quality via the free Sennheiser app, one-touch synchronization of audio and videovia Bluetooth, no issues at all with range, up to four hours of operating time and convenient recharging via USB.”

Ready within seconds

For a report, commentary or documentary, the Memory Mic is simply synchronized with the smartphone app and attached to the clothing via the magnetic clip – and you’re ready to go. The 30g microphone replaces much heavier equipment while still allowing the journalist to deliver excellent audio quality for the job at hand.

The perfect mix

When recording with the Memory Mic, the integrated microphone of the smartphone is also active and works to concurrently pick up ambient sound. Using the dedicated audio mixer of the Memory Mic App, the user is able to select the optimum balance between ambience and the audio captured with the Memory Mic at a later point in time.

Interview situations

As the wireless Memory Mic does not occupy any input on the smartphone, journalists can still employ additional accessories such as a gimbal or connect an additional wired microphone for interviews. For iPhones, Sennheiser offers the HANDMIC Digital or the ClipMic digital, for example. The AMBEO Smart Headset for spatial 3D audio recordings is ideal too, as it is fully compatible sonically with the Memory Mic.

Some tech facts

The Memory Mic features a high-quality Sennheiser condenser capsule with omni-directional pick-up pattern. The omni characteristic is particularly resistant to wind noise and very forgiving if a speaker changes the angle and/or distance at which he or she is talking into the microphone. Via the app, the sensitivity of the microphone can be set at three levels in order to adapt to louder or softer voices. The operating time of the microphone amounts to up to four hours – a full recharge of the integrated lithium-polymer battery via the USB port takes two hours at most. Within an hour, the battery has recharged to about 70% of its full capacity.

The Memory Mic is available now and comes complete with a USB charging cable and a quick guide; the free Sennheiser app is available in the Apple App Store or from Google Play. For outdoor recordings in windy conditions, a windshield will soon be available.

Sound examples of the Memory Mic

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Zoom H3-VR Ambisonic Microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20426/zoom-h3-vr-ambisonic-microphone Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:37:14 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20426@/talks/discussions image

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Tascam DR-10L - small recorder with lav http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15838/tascam-dr-10l-small-recorder-with-lav Mon, 03 Oct 2016 04:55:45 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 15838@/talks/discussions image

Specs

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Zoom F8n http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19419/zoom-f8n Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:47:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19419@/talks/discussions image

Do not see any mention or press release, only our team photo.

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Zoom F1 Audio Recorder - take on Tascam DR10 series http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18859/zoom-f1-audio-recorder-take-on-tascam-dr10-series Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:15:50 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18859@/talks/discussions image

Specs

  • 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

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Boya BY-WM8 Pro Wireless Double Transmitters Microphone System http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20453/boya-by-wm8-pro-wireless-double-transmitters-microphone-system Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:39:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20453@/talks/discussions image

  • Dual-Channel Wireless Receiver
  • 48 Selectable UHF Channels
  • Broadcast-Quality Sound
  • Includes Two Transmitters and One Receiver
  • Selectable Stereo and Mono Mode
  • Mic and Line-in
  • Selectable Mute function
  • Easy-to-read LCD displays
  • Automatic LCD-locked Function
  • Monitoring sound by headphone output on receiver
  • More than 6 Hours Continuous Operation
  • Operation range can reach up to 100m(300'), without obstacles
  • Two AA batteries for both transmitter and receiver

The BOYA BY-WM8 Pro-K2 is an upgraded UHF Dual-Channel Wireless Microphone System for capturing audio with dual subjects, features an easy-to-read LCD display, a wide switching RF bandwidth, PLL-synthesized tuning and digital companding circuitry.

The package is suitable for a wide range of wireless applications such as interviews, electronic news gathering (ENG), electronic field productions (EFP), film production, business and educational applications, and more.

The BY-WM8 Pro-K2 system consists of two bodypack transmitters, a camera-mount receiver, and two omnidirectional lavaliere microphones. Also included with this system is a shoe-mount adapter, a single 1/8" to XLR output cable, a single 1/8 to 1/8" output cable, carrying case.

The receiver is built with mic and headphone output jacks. The bodypack transmitter includes a MIC jack and LINE IN jack.

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RODE SoundField NT-SF1 microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19437/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.

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Zoom F4 with six inputs and eight tracks (is like a new low priced F8!) http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/15665/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

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My blog post on this news: http://ironfilm.co.nz/news-leak-zoom-f4-with-six-inputs-and-eight-tracks-is-like-a-new-low-priced-zoom-f8/ (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 https://www.amazon.com/Zoom-F4-Multitrack-Field-Recorder/dp/B01KZHQWY0/


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BIRTV 2018: Boya BY-WHM12 Wireless Microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20446/birtv-2018-boya-by-whm12-wireless-microphone Sun, 16 Sep 2018 23:28:27 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20446@/talks/discussions

  • Compatible for Smartphone, Tablet, DSLR, Camcorder, Audio Recorder, PC etc.
  • 12 switchable channels to keep you free from interference,
  • High-band VHF operation for superior sound
  • Two MIC jacks for transmitter,
  • Automatic matching
  • Volume control wheel,
  • Detachable and flexible antenna with rotating 360° function
  • Operation range up to 40m (131 feet), without obstacles,
  • Powered by two AA size alkaline batteries for both Receiver and Transmitter

https://www.amazon.com/BOYA-Microphone-Smartphones-Camcorders-recorders/dp/B07H4KSK8Z/

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Senal AWS-2000 System http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18941/senal-aws-2000-system Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:44:22 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18941@/talks/discussions image

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1357911-REG/senal_aws_2000_a_advanced_wireless_microphone.html

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Boya BY-PM700 USB Microphone http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19525/boya-by-pm700-usb-microphone Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:45:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19525@/talks/discussions

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BIRTV 2018: Boya New Microphones for Smartphones http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20400/birtv-2018-boya-new-microphones-for-smartphones Sun, 09 Sep 2018 11:58:36 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20400@/talks/discussions

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BIRTV 2018: Boya New On Camera Shotgun Microphones http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20392/birtv-2018-boya-new-on-camera-shotgun-microphones Fri, 07 Sep 2018 11:54:58 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20392@/talks/discussions

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Lavalier Showdown http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/2115/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:

BEST SOUND QUALITY

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.

INTERESTING, BUT NOT PERFECT

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.

AN OLD STANDBY

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:

THE EVENTUAL WINNER

(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.

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Best indoor mic for under $1,000? http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/7630/best-indoor-mic-for-under-1000 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 22:19:53 -0600 acuriousman 7630@/talks/discussions I'm going to get some serious gear soon and I have to upgrade my current shotgun.

I'll be shooting a lot of interior diagloue shots in small to medium sized rooms. From what I've been told, a shotgun mic like the MKH 416 is terrible for indoors, correct?

What's the best indoor mic for $1,000 and under?

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Zoom F8 - 8 track audio recorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12806/zoom-f8-8-track-audio-recorder Tue, 14 Apr 2015 18:04:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 12806@/talks/discussions

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Rode SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20178/rode-sc6-l-mobile-interview-kit Thu, 02 Aug 2018 13:34:08 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 20178@/talks/discussions

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Boya BY-TM7 Digital Dual Transmitter Wireless Mic System http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/20158/boya-by-tm7-digital-dual-transmitter-wireless-mic-system Mon, 30 Jul 2018 23:03:38 -0600 halfmac 20158@/talks/discussions How would like a digital dual transmitter wireless mic system for two people that is reliable and easy to use? With the Boya BY-TM7 all you do is put in the AA batteries, put the mic on you talent, turn on the transmitter and receiver and it does the rest. No setting frequencies, adjusting mic levels and no pairing. Now you are ready to do a two person interview.

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I used this system for a lecture that was given in my area for sound support. I put the transmitter on the lecturer and the introducer and the receiver on the speaker system. I had the system on for over 2 hours with no drop outs and very clear sound. The lecturer was able to mute himself until the time he was ready to lecture and the introducer muted themselves after the introduction.

This new digital dual transmitter wireless mic system from Boya is well built with rugged aluminum construction. The system used dual channels that automatically scans channels to pair the transmitter to the receiver when turned on. It uses the transmission method of TDMA. What we get is very clear voice with a high signal to noise ratio.

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The use these units, take them out of the nice case that is provided. Put 2 AA batteries in each transmitter. Open the transmitter by using two fingers to push locking release on the battery compartment and it slides open and comes out. The symbols for the direction of the batteries. Close it back up by sliding it back in and clicking. The transmitter is small and weighs 159 grams with batteries. (111 grams without)

Clip the lavaliere mic on your talent and plug it in to the locking connector on the transmitter by turning the ring on the 3.5mm mic cable, clockwise to lock. Do the same for the second transmitter. The mics have small windscreens provided for out door use.

Put two batteries into the receiver which has a cold shoe for mounting on a camera. It has a 1/2 inch hole for mounting on a tripod. To do this, push the back of the receiver up at the arrow and the cover slides open. The AA batteries are the installed in the direction indicated on the battery compartment. Slide the cover back on until it stops and clicks. It weighs 128 grams with batteries. (80 grams without)

The next thing you need to do to be ready to use these units is plug in the proper cable to the receiver. The system comes with two cables, on with a male XLR plug and one with a 3.5 plug on it. On the other end that connects to the receiver is a Mini TA3F XLR connector. Plug the right cable in and the other end into the mixer, PA system, camera or recorder.

Because of the automatic pairing all you do is turn it on. The units tell you that the system is paired with blue lights on the units and on the easy to read LCD display on the transmitters. The transmitters have a big Red Power button on the left side of the unit. Push it in and the transmitter powers on. The LCD lights up and the pairing light turns red. The LCD indicates the battery level and signal strength. It show Tx when not paired. Do the same for the other transmitter.

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Turn on the Power switch on the right side of the receiver by pushing it up and the power indicator light turns red. When the unit automatically pair the power turns off and the blue pair light comes on the receiver and the transmitters.

Now you are ready to go. The two transmitters are on the same channel so two people can talk and it will be heard on the audio channel you plug into. The only way not to hear one of the people is to mute that transmitter by pushing the /Pair/Mute switch on it or turn it off.

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After the lecture all I had to do is hold for two seconds the Red Power button on the transmitter to power them off. To power off the receiver, slide the power switch down.

If the units don’t pair there is a Pair button on each of the units all you do is push them to repair them.

This Boya BY-TM7 is very easy to use and provides good, clear, reliable sound without much fuss.

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Aputure Deity Shotgun http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/16292/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.

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Zoom H1n Digital Handy Recorder http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/18712/zoom-h1n-digital-handy-recorder Wed, 10 Jan 2018 12:48:33 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18712@/talks/discussions image

Specs

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Zoom H6, first modular audio recorder presented http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/6657/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:

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Marantz PMD-750 Digital Wireless http://personal-view.com/talks/discussion/19005/marantz-pmd-750-digital-wireless Tue, 13 Feb 2018 20:43:58 -0700 IronFilm 19005@/talks/discussions image

Has a low low price of US$399

2.4 GHz Digital Transmitter (like RodeLink, no need to worry about what frequencies are legal)

All info on the top, which is nice. But perhaps my favorite feature: "Receiver Can Pair to Two Transmitters". Handy!

Annoyingly the input is a 4 pin XLR, which doesn't match up with any transmitters I own currently.

Unfortunately it is not shipping yet, and there are no reviews of it online, but it looks like a product to keep an eye on!

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1340330-REG/marantz_professional_pmd_750_2_4ghz_camera_mount_wireless.html

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