Sound Devices, builders of top end audio field equipment, has introduced the new flagship 664 Field Producer Mixer. It builds on the features of the popular 552 Production Mixer and offers expanded input/output connectivity, additional recording capabilities and full-featured time code. Key features in the new model include six high-bandwidth, low noise microphone preamplifiers with phantom, limiters, high-pass, pan and direct outputs per channel. There are four output buses, left, right and aux 1, aux 2; transformer-balanced for freedom from ground loops; and multiple output connectors—including dual multi-pins.
Audio specialist Sennheiser has unveiled the Digital 9000, a digital wireless system that can transmit completely uncompressed audio, artifact-free and with superb dynamics. The Digital 9000 system, which includes the EM 9046 receiver, SKM 9000 handheld and SK 9000 bodypack transmitters, and a comprehensive suite of accessories, has been meticulously designed for the highest channel counts in today's increasingly dense frequency environment. "This system is a masterpiece, both in the digital and in the wireless realm," said Kevin Jungk, portfolio manager for wireless microphones at Sennheiser. "It offers unprecedented sound quality and ease of use."
Neyrinck has announced that their new SoundCode LtRt Tools for Pro Tools 10 is now available. It features LtRt encoding and Pro Logic IIx decoding for audio post production. Neyrinck's older SoundCode Stereo LtRt plug-in for Pro Tools can be upgraded to add the new Pro Logic decoding features. SoundCode LtRt Tools is a suite of Pro Tools AAX Native, AAX DSP and Audiosuite plug-ins designed for post-production studios, TV mixers, video game mixers, and broadcasters that monitor or deliver stereo down mixed and LtRt encoded audio compatible with Pro Logic I and II decoders.
The new MX410 from Rolls, priced on the street at about $270, is a four-channel microphone mixer with some professional features for videographers on a budget. It's not perfect, but comes a long way toward offering many of the essential features needed to make usable video with audio in the field. It weighs only 2.45 pounds, though it's in a solid, all-metal case. The size is convenient, at nine by 6.75 by 1.5 inches. Included is a case, though it may cover up labels on the mixer's case and limit easy access to some controls.
Sennheiser has introduced the first prototype microphone that employs Audio Video Bridging (AVB) technology. AVB allows time-synchronized low latency streaming services through IEEE 802 networks. Audio and video equipment connections historically were analog one-way, single-purpose and point-to-point. Even digital A/V standards often were point-to-point and one-way such as S/PDIF for audio and the serial digital interface (SDI) for video. This resulted in large confusing masses of cables, especially in professional and high-end consumer applications.
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.