It's always quiet before the storm, and the storm heading our way soon is B&H's own Depth of Field conference centered around fashion, wedding, portrait, and event photography. Being both in person and online this year means that anyone can experience it. In other news, RØDE released the NTH-Mic, a detachable, high-quality microphone for the
Videographers, podcasters, and content creators looking for a powerful and portable audio-recording solution will find a lot to like in TASCAM’s Portacapture X6, a streamlined version of its popular X8 model, but scaled back for smaller productions requiring fewer inputs and tracks. The more compact size makes the X6 easier to position for dialog recording while still allowing you to record up to six simultaneous 32-bit-float tracks at
Synthesizer designs in the 21st century have returned to hands-on control knobs for immediate, tactile sound sculpting, but when you switch between stored patches, the knobs don't accurately reflect the settings. This mismatch can lead to sudden, abrupt changes in the sound—like that time your dramatic live filter sweep accidentally began with the frequency knob maxed out. Well, all that is set to change with the introduction of the
Audio-Technica bills its AT2020USB-X as “the best microphone for streaming, podcasting, recording music, gaming, and video recording.” This is a pretty lofty claim, but if anyone can live up to it, it’s Audio-Technica. The company has a stellar reputation in pro audio circles for sonics, reliability, and relatively low prices; one can get a lush studio sound with Audio-Technica mics at a fraction of the cost of, say
In June 2021, Apple revealed two exciting developments for music lovers: Apple Lossless and Apple Spatial Audio, each on offer for Apple Music, and each available now—provided you have the right hardware and the right OS.
What does this mean for you, the consumer? Let’s take a look.
We need to begin by defining “lossless” and “lossy.” I’ll use a mnemonic device to make it simple:
A lossless file exhibits no loss of audio quality when compared to the original master. A lossy file—such as an MP3 or an AAC—does exhibit a loss in
Building upon the success of the company’s SSL 2 and SSL 2+, Solid State Logic has announced the SSL 12, a 12-in/8-out USB bus-powered audio interface capable of being a studio centerpiece and a portable production hub to take on the road. Compact and competitively priced, this new desktop interface puts legendary SSL analog character, pristine conversion, ADAT input, and an intuitive console-style software mixer within
Updating its lineup of USB microphones, RØDE has recently announced the new iteration of the company’s popular NT-USB, the NT-USB+ desktop USB-C microphone with next-generation features for recording exceptional audio directly to a computer, smartphone, or tablet.
NT-USB+ Desktop USB-C Microphone
Aimed at musicians and content creators
As the holiday season approaches, you might be wondering what the best gifts are for a music lover or musician in your life. You might even be one of those yourself, looking for a nice treat! Regardless of your situation, we have assembled a variety of musical gifts to please a variety of folk. Let’s take a look.
Bose® QuietComfort™ 45 Noise-Canceling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
You will be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have a pair of noise-canceling headphones on their wish list. There is no right or wrong, because we all have our
Deity Microphones has announced the V-Mic D4, a hybrid analog/USB camera-mount shotgun microphone for content creators, run-and-gun videographers, livestreamers, and podcasters. The mic improves on the original V-Mic D3 with significant upgrades to the sound quality, shockmount, gain knob, wind protection, cable, and with the very cool addition of a USB-C port, all offered at a surprisingly affordable price.
JOBY’s popular lineup of audio/video products just got even more expansive, with the announcement of several new additions: the Wavo PLUS on-camera microphone, the Wavo Boom Arm, the HandyPod 2 Tripod Stand, the
Solid State Logic, the company with 50 years of experience defining the sound of the world’s top music artists, film, and TV audio, has introduced SSL CONNEX, a high-quality, portable USB microphone for use with laptops and tablets.
A technology powerhouse in a sleek, portable form factor
RØDE is launching its new line of RØDE X microphones, which feature built-in DSP and are primarily aimed at streamers, podcasters, and gamers. The first releases are the XDM-100 dynamic USB microphone and the XCM-50 condenser USB microphone, along with the companion UNIFY virtual audio-mixing software, offering a complete audio
Avid is shaking up the personal and project studio market with the release of its new MBOX Studio Desktop, a 21 x 22 USB-C interface offering a wealth of flexible input and output options, seamless integration with the included Pro Tools Studio software subscription, and a powerful plug-in package. Well suited to a wide range of studio applications, from making beats and tracking guitars and vocals to mixing and podcasting duties, the MBOX
Summer is here, so why not start a vlog indoors, comfortably shielded from the sun and all its unpleasant warmth? Obviously, you’ll need something to capture video, be it a camcorder, camera, smartphone, or tablet. What about the sound, though? Often overlooked by newcomers, the vlog’s audio quality really does matter and it makes a difference to your audience, even if they don’t know why some content sounds better than others. Thankfully, you need not attend an expensive masterclass to get clean, quality audio for your productions, because
No matter what area of audio production you work in, you’re constantly listening. Loud and proud or whisper quiet, through headphones or speakers, in your studio or on the road, you’re constantly listening. And naturally, you need to hear your productions through various transducers to accurately assess how they translate.
What you don’t want is to be relegated to a life of vibe-killing, time-wasting repatching—you know, power-down those speakers, unplug them, plug in the other speakers, power them on, etc.—or adjust your DAW’s master fader to