Mix engineer Jonathan Freed is using the SoundField DSF-2 microphone and DSF-3 digital surround processor for his work on NBA games and Monday-night NFL match-ups. "I've known about SoundField microphones since they were invented, and I have always wanted to experiment with one," said Freed, who has been mixing audio for broadcast for more than 25 years. "The SoundField capsules have an extraordinarily smooth and wide response, at least equal to the very best microphones I have heard in 40 years of mixing..."
Audio specialist Sennheiser has launched its new XS Wireless Microphone Series, designed for users who want to easily go wireless without hassle. This entry-level series offers several complete sets with sturdy units, simple operation and high quality sound. The transmitters have a battery life of up to 10 hours, while a switching bandwidth of up to 24 MHz allows for flexibility in the choice of frequencies. The series is comprised of two vocal sets, an instrument system and presentation sets with clip-on microphone or a head mounted microphone.
When I bought my Panasonic DMC-GH2 camera, I really wasn't thinking about using it for video. Then―boom―it hit me how good the camera is both for stills and video and how it makes a very, very compact video package that I can carry anywhere. It was the light weight and low light picture quality that first attracted me, but I was soon rethinking video. Being of the old school, however, one thing bothered me. I couldn't monitor the sound. The DSLR manufacturers―for their own reasons―refused to put headphone monitoring jacks on this category of cameras.
When construction workers decorated a twenty-foot tree with paper garlands, cranberry strings and the tinfoil ends of blasting caps in the early years of the Great Depression, they had no way of knowing they were starting a beloved holiday tradition. Today, the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in midtown Manhattan is a national symbol of the season. The tree's lighting ceremony has blossomed into a two-hour television special, complete with nostalgic hosts, the Radio City Rockettes, and performances by pop music icons, both contemporary and enduring.
Tascam has introduced a pocket-sized iM2 stereo microphone for Apple's iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. It turns the portable device into a CD-quality digital (44.1kHz/16-bit linear PCM) stereo audio recorder. A pair of high quality condenser microphones plugs into the dock connector of the Apple device. The microphones are adjustable over 180 degrees for optimal sound placement. The iM2 contains its own microphone preamp and analog-to-digital converter for low noise and premium audio quality.