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Audio

Mikey Digital: Big Audio Recording Power In A Small Package

ImageI am a working studio producer and audio engineering teacher and I always need to record.  Whether it be in the studio teaching or quickly composing a song on the go, my life is full of miniature musical mementos that I need to capture.  The Mikey Digital iPhone microphone by Blue Microphones does everything I need and more... But the setup is beautifully simple, with snap in and record functionality. 

Sound Devices Introduces the 664 Field Production Mixer

ImageSound 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.

Sennheiser Launches Digital 9000 Wireless System

ImageAudio 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 Introduces New SoundCode LtRt Tools Pro

ImageNeyrinck 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.

Rolls MX410 Brings Low-Cost Field Mixer for Videomakers

ImageThe 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 Debuts the First AVB Microphone

ImageSennheiser 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 Uses SoundField Mic to Give NBA and NFL Viewers an In-Stadium Sound Experience

ImageMix 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..."

Sennheiser Introduces Entry Level Wireless Mic System

ImageAudio 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.

$36 Sescom Cable Helps Solve DSLR Audio Monitoring Issues

ImageWhen 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.

Clair Global's Antenna Used for Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting

ImageWhen 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.