Tagged: microphones

DPA Core Microphone Technology Minimizes Distortion Wherever the Mic is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you are micing up a orchestra, musical, or simply a public speaker, vocal dynamics can cause distortion because the mic is not in a direct placement to the mouth, and the sound engineer has to control volume. DPA core technology solves this with a new idea for their miniature microphones. I talked with them at NAMM 2018 to find out more. What is DPA Core Technology This is a system that expands dynamic range up to 14 db. The inside of the microphone will boost the dynamics so you can hear a whisper, but also takes into account that sound could change to a scream at any time. When you boost a signal, you have to account for distortion if someone raises their voice. The Core technology is ready to take any signal, and keep it from clipping, so all...

Bob Heil Celebrates 50 Years, Talks the New PR-781 Dynamic Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I caught up with Bob Heil of Heil Sound to talk about new microphones. They were showing off the newest version of the Heil PR-781. They are also celebrating 50 years at Heil Sound and they are excited with the next 50 years. Of course, many great artists have been using some of Heil Sound Microphones over the last couple years. the PR-40 is the microphone of the podcaster, while their fin microphone being used by ZZ Top, and can be seen in the Hunger Games and Last Man Standing. About the PR-781 This microphone comes in black or gold mesh on a black body. The XLR based Dynamic micrphone can be used on it’s own, or attached to a shock mount. Frequency response is 50Hz to 16 kHz and has a Cardiod Polar pattern. At 14 oz, it...

Saramonic Smartmix for iPhone, Android, DSLR Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI always try to find a good solution for audio when recording out. When I am portable, I need a rig that has a small footprint but can do much more. When I first saw the Saramonic Smartmix, I thought it could be a great video companion for my smartphone. Yet, it does a lot more. The Smartmix is a microphone preamp that allows you to record up to 3 microphones to your camera or smartphone. The mixer also gives those DSLR cameras a headphone jack so you know what type of sound is coming out. The Unboxing First part of the video is the unboxing, which unveils the main unit, clamp and handle for most Smartphones (iOS or Android), two position-able microphones, mini XLR to XLR adapter cable, and two cables to connect to your smartphone. The Specs: Saramonic Smartmixer...

Audio Technica 8004L vs. Sennheiser MD 46 Long Handled Interview Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis video was created with no audio changes. The idea is for you to hear the raw version of each microphone and make your own decision. A few months ago, I compared this Audio Technica vs the SM58 and AT2100 microphones for use in interviews. I got a comment on the YouTube video from CapWKidd asking “What about the Sennheiser MD 46 microphone?” I turned around and tweeted SennheiserUSA, who actually got back to me within 24 hours. They sent me the MD46 long handle microphone. These are two different types of microphones that you can use for getting interviews, capturing speeches or podium announcements, and more. As always, I’ll review each microphone while talking through the microphone. For my receiver, I’ll be using my Sony UWPV6 wireless camera microphone capsule for each, as if I was at a live event....

Interview Microphones: Shure SM58 vs. Audio Technica AT8004L, ATR-2100

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI chose to upgrade my podcast Interview microphone to something that actually had a longer handle. In doing the research, I found the Audio-Technica AT8004L had a lot of the features I needed, including the long handle. So when I received the mic, I had to make sure it was going to do as good of a job as my Shure SM58. I also realized that most podcasters also have the Audio-Technica ATR-2100 USB/XLR handheld microphone. I wanted to make sure they were represented as well. Shure SM58 A great microphone to use in many different situations. The SM58 is synonymous for musicians, and I’ve used it in my podcast rig since I started podcasting. My first 2-3 podcast episodes originate from this microphone before it went into the road rig. The Shure SM58 is a Unidirectional (or Cardioid) pattern microphone. The...

Podcast Microphones: Audio-Technica ATR2100 vs. IK Multimedia iRig mic HD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe have another podcast microphone showdown as I look at two USB podcast mics that you can use for recording audio. Audio-Technica’s popular ATR2100 USB/XLR hybrid microphone and IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic HD USB/iPad microphone. I have pitted the 2100 against the 2500 but now we’re looking at podcast microphone vs. podcast microphone. You can use these microphones with all iOS, Mac and PC software. These microphones will not work on an Android phone without 3rd party adapters. IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD This is a Condenser microphone only in USB format. The micro USB cord is interchangable with USB, iOS 30-pin and lightning cables. One side of the microphone is a db volume dial and the other is an indicator light. The light is blue during passive sound states, green when signal is coming through and red if the signal is clipping. The...

AmpRidge Mighty Mic S: iPhone, Android Boom Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I am looking at the AmpRidge Mighty Mic S. This is a boom style microphone which you can use for your iOS or Andriod device – anything with a 3-pole headset. The microphone is small so it can fit in your pocket. A windscreen is provided to help keep wind noise down and a case is also provided so it doesn’t get pocket lint. The mic also has a headphone jack so you can monitor the recording. AmpRidge doesn’t give any specs to this microphone, but within testing via a Real Time Analyzer, the microphone can reduce the background noise by 5-10 db. That means if you are trying to record that rock concert and someone behind you is talking, you hear less of him and more of the music. Get the Ampridge MightyMic S Shotgun Video Microphone MMS at Amazon...

Day 4: Microphones, Sliders, Recorders – NAB 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFinal day at NAB. This is my chance to get around and catch the interviews I missed before. Especially for those audio podcasters out there. I’m intrigued how radio broadcasting is further from audio podcasting. Sure, you can get a radio mixer for a podcast but it would be a little overkill. Still, there are some who like sliders over dials – and are willing to spring for the good stuff if it makes their podcasts better. Omnirax Broadcast Furniture I spent some time talking with Phillip of Omnirax – a company that creates furniture for the broadcaster. We talked about how a podcaster, videocaster, or even voice-over artists could use a well organized desk setup for their recordings. The desk I was at felt good to sit at and record. I was able to get up to the microphone and...

Podcast Microphones: Audio Technica ATR2100 vs. ATR2500

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe coolest thing about microphone technology is for under $100 you can get a decent microphone for video recording, podcasting or music. A lot of podcasters have been using the Audio-Technica ATR2100, which I reviewed here. But I just got the ATR2500 model and I am truely impressed with the sound it gives. Therefore, this video is a comparison of these two microphones. Audio-Technica ATR2100 This is a handheld dynamic microphone. The mic is meant to be used by musicians, comedians or anyone that needs to hold the microphone at times. It should be placed only a few inches from your mouth. This is a hybrid microphone – XLR to plug into a mixer and USB to plug straight into the computer. You can plug in both XLR and USB, then record from 2 sources. The ATR2100 has a range of...

MXL Tempo: Connect Microphone to iPad – CES 2012

MXL Tempo: Connect Microphone to iPad – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMicrophones for your lifestyle. That is what MXL has to offer. I interviewed Perry Goldstein of MXL at the TPN CES Live coverage. Today, they are showing off the new Tempo Microphones. These are iPad enabled microphones. Since the iPad puts out lower power, the microphone has to adjust. You would purchase the camera adapter kit, then connect the MXL up to the kit. If you have a Windows machine, you can also connect via USB. MXL also has some free software you can download. MXL also talks about the Trio, another product in the great line of MXL mics. Tempo is available now for $79.99  

Ear Force M5, X42, XP500 by Turtle Beach – CES 2012

Ear Force M5, X42, XP500 by Turtle Beach – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember my first Turtle Beach sound card. That was over 10 years ago. Since then, Turtle Beach has grown and turned it’s focus to headphones for gaming. Some pretty impressive stuff with customized surround sound, too. Turtle Beach introduced a new line of mobile headphones. Gaming on the Go, is what Ike said. Sleeker, trendier and portable. The M3, for example can fold up for travel. The Turtle Beach M5 headphones have 50 mm drivers. Complete with new logos and inline microphones, so you can take calls on your mobile device. Get Turtle Beach Headsets at Amazon The X-32 (Stereo Wireless) and X42 for XBox . They are dual wireless headsets. They work on 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz range. Finally, we learned about the XP300, XP400, and XP500. XP300 is stereo wireless, but the XP400 is 5.1 surround. You can...

Invoxia NVX 610 Handset Uses iPhone, iPad – #CES 2012

Invoxia NVX 610 Handset Uses iPhone, iPad – #CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are a business that looks for inventive ways to stay connected, then check out this new phone by Invoxia. Invoxia introduced a VoIP handset phone (Which won a showcase engineering award from CES), that connects to the smartphone interface. The NVX 610 uses Skype or a SIP telephony provider. Control of the desktop phone is via an app on the iPhone which uses Bluetooth to communicate with the dock. The magnetic smart holder keeps the handset in position when not in use. You can get the smart holder in multiple colors. The NVX created In Vivo Acoustic technology – 8 microphones and 8 speakers inside the device to “feel” the room. voices can be projected through different speakers so you can differenciate and hear the voices better. The NVX 610 is available now for $599. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central for the TechPodcast...

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5 Microphones that Look Cool for Podcasting (Sound Good, too!)

OK, so you are doing your show. The people are complaining – you sound too weird during your Live Stream or Podcast. The Radio Shack microphone is not cutting it anymore. The computer microphone you got with that Pentium II years ago is making you sound like your in a can. Time to get a new mic – one that make you sound good and look cool. But which one? Today, I will go over 5 microphones for that professional audio sound. I’ll talk about their qualities and you will see how visually stimulating they look in front of a person. I’ll even give you a couple USB options if you want a pro sound, but don’t want to deal with audio equipment. Sure SH 55 microphone (aka – the Elvis mic). http://www.shure.com With a low-impedance balanced output, this mic screams “Rock Star”. You will see it from...

Andrea Electronics Superbeam Removes Microphones on Headsets

Andrea Electronics Superbeam Removes Microphones on Headsets

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRoland Nutter joins Todd and Tom in the TPN Live CES coverage. He is from Andrea Electronics, a company that makes earbuds where the microphone arms have been eliminated. With the microphones by the ear, along with the Superbeam technology, the filters take the ambient volume out. It then focuses on your voice. You can control the amount of the filter, therefore, you can talk and nothing else can be heard, unless you want it to be. In the video, Tom is going to talk while Roland makes noise in the background. Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central Interview by Tom Newman of Fogview Podcast TPN CES 2011 Live Coverage Sponsors: Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

Stabilizing Mount for Cameras, DSLR Cameras, iPhone with Camtrol

Stabilizing Mount for Cameras, DSLR Cameras, iPhone with Camtrol

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCamtrol was at CES showing off their handheld stabilizing mounts. The light weight cameras mounts can also change so you can turn it into a shoulder mount, a two handed mount or whatever you need. They have adapters for most cameras and even iPhones. The modular design means you can add what you need. Lights, microphones, LCD panels and more. The Moose is a two handed mount. It has all the functionality but holds larger cameras. It sells for$850. The Prime Mount would be for the smaller cameras. It sells for $399 Interview by Tom Newman of Fogview Podcast Thanks to Audible for sponsoring GoDaddy services saves you money! New Customers Save 25% on Hosting at GoDaddy. Thanks to Luxor for sponsoring

10 Things I Learned From @Blogworld Critique a Podcast Panel

10 Things I Learned From @Blogworld Critique a Podcast Panel

Last week I held a great panel of content creators who critiqued 4 shows during BlogWorld & New Media Expo. The panel – consisting of Steve Garfield, Rob Greenlee, Mike Cioffi and Mignon Fogerty – critiqued the good and bad. The idea was to improve not only those shows, but also make people think about their own podcasts. The panel made some great observations. It definitely made me think about my shows. I broke it down to 10 areas of focus. I can then work on each area within the next few weeks and improve my podcasts. In turn, people will interact. Here are the 10 things you might want to also consider to better your show: Audio is Important I have done this, too. You bust your butt getting the video done. You are running out of time, but the audio is not that great. You work...

Blue Snowball Mic – Geekazine Review

Blue Snowball Mic – Geekazine Review

This week we review the Blue Snowball Microphone. It is a powerful USB microphone from Blue that offers a functional mic over USB in a good price range. Blue offers many different microphones for commercial and professional use. If you’ve watched Todd Cochrane and the Geek News Central Podcast from uStream, you will have seen their mics. They have been used by Podcasters all the way to reporting from the Newsroom on a few Network news shows. If the Snowball is too big, you can also check out the Snowflake: a travel USB mic – or the Eyeball: with a built in Webcam. Also check out the YouTube Version of the Geekazine Review

Ramblings 3-21-09 – Where was I last week?

Ramblings 3-21-09 – Where was I last week?

So last week on Thurs. I got sick. Didn’t think much of it, took some nyquil and slept the day. That night I was feeling much better, but Friday was a different story. That night I was ok and Saturday I was good until I wasn’t. We did a show and when I got home, I knew it was something more. Sunday was a blur. Monday was a semi-blur.

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