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Posted 04/06/21
A.B. Belinfanti takes a look at Sennheiser's second-generation MKE 400 on-camera supercardioid shotgun microphone. Whether you’re a videographer or content creator, using a camera or smartphone, this versatile shotgun mic is made for on-the-go filming! Watch the video, then learn more in this article on  Sennheiser's latest mics, mobile kits, and other products. How will you use Sennheiser's gear in your own production? Let us know in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 02/23/21
Thanks to significant enhancements over the original Wireless GO, including two-person shoots, onboard recording, greatly extended range, and highly flexible output options, the  RØDE Wireless GO II  compact true wireless microphone system—now in stock—lets videographers, vloggers, and mobile journalists of any experience level confidently and quickly run-and-gun in the world of wireless audio, whether recording to a camera, computer, or mobile device. Boasting secure Series IV 2.4 GHz digital transmission, easy operability, and built-in mics (lavalier mics available separately), the system is ready to go at the press of a button; you can focus on getting the shot knowing that the Wireless GO II is delivering quality audio at a range of up to 656'. There are no menus and no finicky dials, just simple power-on-and-go functionality and a bright, informative LCD screen showing you what you need to see. When you’re ready for more, use RØDE’s Mac/Windows companion app (iOS/Android apps coming soon) to access a powerful feature set and extended customization of settings—onboard transmitter recording, configurable safety track recording in dual mono mode, file playback and export, and more.            Whereas the original Wireless GO employed a single channel, version II is a dual-channel system, capable of handling two transmitters at the same time for simple, two-person shoots with low latency (3.5 to 4 ms). Since the Wireless GO II can handle two transmitters at once, it features the ability to switch between stereo or dual-mono recording. This enables each transmitter, and therefore each subject, to be recorded to a separate channel, or signal from both transmitters can be mixed together and recorded identically to left and right channels. Use the app to activate safety track recording at-20 dB on the right channel. Each transmitter provides an onboard audio recorder offering up to 7 hours of uncompressed recording or 24 hours of compressed recording, perfect for worry-free backup recording or a fast and easy way to capture sound from your subjects. Export files in various formats, such as MP3 or WAV (16-, 24-, or 32-bit float) with date and time stamp information, as well as automatic markers anywhere the transmitter-receiver link was broken. In addition to the traditional 3.5mm TRS analog output, the Wireless GO II receiver has a USB Type-C digital audio output for operation as a 24-bit / 48 kHz audio interface. This can be connected to a computer with the supplied USB Type-C to USB Type-A cable, to the Lightning port of an iOS mobile device via the RØDE SC15 cable, or to the USB Type-C port of a laptop, iPad Pro, or Android mobile device with the RØDE SC16 cable (SC15 and SC16 cables available separately). For its 2.4 GHz digital transmission and 128-bit encryption, the Wireless GO II has been improved with Series IV technology (the original Wireless GO had Series III, which is not compatible with Series IV). As a result, the line-of-sight operating range of the Wireless GO II can reach approximately 656' compared to the 230' maximum range of the original Wireless GO. Plus, it offers increased signal strength in crowded wireless environments. Capture top-notch audio quality for two subjects even if you don't have an external mic; the Wireless GO II is a complete dual-channel system comprised of two miniature clip-on transmitters (each with a built-in true wireless omnidirectional microphone capsule), a dual-channel miniature clip-on receiver, and a slew of accessories—everything you need to get up and running in the field. Whether you use each transmitter's convenient, high-caliber integrated mic or hook up the companion RØDE Lavalier GO (available separately), you're assured to achieve clear, crisp, intelligible audio. There’s much that RØDE’s Wireless GO II can do for busy videographers who can’t be slowed down by complex audio systems. Share your own ideas on how you’d use it in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 01/17/21
The divide between pro studio and portable studio just got narrower, with the  Antelope Zen Go Synergy Core, a compact USB Type-C audio interface that offers pro-grade conversion, transparent preamps, and rock-solid Antelope clocking in a desktop form factor. Now artists recording at home, musicians recording on the road, and all kinds of content creators have a leg up in crafting a truly formidable, mix-ready sound. This 4x8 interface has two preamps on hand for mic, line, and Hi-Z instruments. Each pre can offer phantom power for your favorite condenser microphone. Monitor privately with two headphone outputs or pump up the volume to your studio speakers by means of mirrored balanced/unbalanced monitor outputs. All of it is easy to control by means of a handy, prominent knob, a few buttons, and easy-to-read metering on the top of the interface. Add S/PDIF I/O ports to the bargain, and you have a powerful hub for your studio—one that’s expandable as well: Feed external converters, set up multiple cue mixes, and do it all with the clocking for which Antelope is known. In addition to its pristine-sounding hardware, the Zen Go Synergy Core comes stocked with 37 analog-modeled effects, all powered by Antelope’s DSP and FGPA tech to give you the utmost in analog tone and ultra-low latency, all without taxing your computer’s CPU. A word on these FX: All the analog stalwarts you’ve come to expect in digital form are here, such as ’76-style compressor, British pres, and the like. However, Antelope has also emulated gear that can’t be found in the box quite yet. Offerings from companies such as BAE, Gyraf, and Gates are on hand. These effects can add even more nuance to your mixes if used wisely. If this looks interesting to you, please check out the Zen Go Synergy Core today and share your thoughts in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 12/06/20
A.B. takes a quick look at Earthworks’ new Icon and Icon Pro streaming microphones, either of which would be a fantastic addition to your home studio setup. To see how they differ from each other and to hear more about their features, watch the video. Then  click here  to learn more at B&H Explora! Would you use either of these as a microphone for YouTube videos, streaming, voice-over, or podcasting? Tell us about it in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 11/22/20
A.B. takes a look at the Saramonic Blink 500 Pro B2, a wireless lavalier microphone system and an upgrade to the original Blink 500 series. With built-in OLED displays, better mics, and extended range, this is a great wireless mic system for YouTube videos, livestreaming, or a variety of other recording applications! How do you see yourself using the Blink 500 Pro B2? Share your thoughts in the Comments section, below, then  click here  to learn more about this wireless lav mic at B&H Explora.
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Posted 11/19/20
When RØDE released firmware version 2.1.0 for its  RØDECaster Pro, its already-powerful podcast machine became even more versatile. In this video, A.B. shares his podcast tips using the cool, often lesser-known features from that firmware update, and he briefly discusses what RØDE has planned for future upgrades. Is the RØDECaster Pro part of your podcast setup? Tell us about your experience in the Comments section, below, then watch our  hands-on review.
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Posted 10/25/20
The lofty legend of the Shure SM7B microphone has been reincarnated for the digital age of podcasting, livestreaming, gamecasting, and home recording in the form of the new Shure MV7 (available in a traditional black hue or a striking silver finish), featuring XLR and digital USB outputs, as well as embedded tech for instantly polished sonic performance that’s perfect for one- or multi-person podcasts. Drawing from decades of experience in broadcast production, studio environments, and mobile recording, Shure engineered the MV7 to surmount the challenges of working in suboptimal conditions and deliver a powerfully clear and impactful vocal presence, liberated from the burden of background noise. Shure MV7 Podcast Microphone Black and Silver Though the MV7’s exterior shares an instantly recognizable shape with the SM7B—the profile seen in countless radio stations, recording studios, and podcasting rigs—it’s what lies beneath the visible layer that changes everything. Far from your typical dynamic transducer, the MV7 features voice-isolation technology to push extraneous room noise into the background and pull out the special sound of your unique voice simultaneously, yielding strong, professional vocals ready for the world to hear. Gone are the tedious troubles of having to adjust recording levels manually and fiddle with compressor settings; the auto-level mode of the MV7 automatically manages gain and compression to make the capture of your voice stable and consistently intelligible with no manipulation required from you. Another massive advantage afforded to you by the MV7 is its ability to integrate seamlessly with analog and digital recording equipment. Outfitted with XLR and USB outputs, the MV7 is ideal for connecting directly to a USB port on your device for easy solo podcasts, or it can slide right into a panel podcast setup by plugging into the XLR input of an existing audio interface, outboard mic preamp, or external mixer. It can even do both at the same time to accommodate concurrent livestreaming and recording to different platforms. Like the SM7B, the MV7 utilizes a built-in mount to allow smooth positioning and secure attachment to a mic stand, boom arm, or desktop stand. Unlike the SM7B, it comes with cables for USB Type-C and USB Type-A connectivity. For additional convenience and customization, the MV7 supports configuration via the ShurePlus MOTIV app for iOS and Android mobile devices. If you’re unsure of how you’ll attain a competitive edge in your podcasts, livestreams, gamecasts, and vocal recordings, grab a Shure MV7, plug it in, and let it do the work for you. Visit the B&H SuperStore or check out our website to learn more!
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Posted 10/22/20
A.B. takes a quick look at Shure's SLXD Digital Wireless Mic System, which comes in several configurations that make it a good choice for installation sound in small-to-medium-size venues. Whether you work as a sound engineer in a house of worship or as a gigging DJ in need of a robust, reliable wireless mic system, the SLXD has several features that make it more than capable of handling a variety of audio applications. Are you currently using the SLXD, or considering moving to this wireless system? Tell us about it in the Comments section, below!
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Posted 09/24/20
You need to record high-quality podcasts with multiple people in mission-critical scenarios, so you need a streamlined, portable device to handle multiple people and remote guests all in one shot. Does this sound like you? Then you need to check out Zoom’s PodTrak P8, a dedicated podcasting machine that can handle all of your professional podcasting needs. Zoom PodTrak P8 Portable Multitrack Podcast Recorder Recently, Zoom released the P4, making high-quality podcast recording easier than ever before. The P8 offers all the functionality and ease of use of the P4, but expands the setup for ambitious podcasters in several key ways. First, it can accommodate more people face-to-face, giving you six high-gain mic inputs that can easily accommodate dynamic mics (like the venerated Shure SM7B) and condenser mics. With six controllable headphone outputs, the unit ensures all the people on the panel can control their own playback volume. Moreover, the unit gives you more tone-shaping and editing controls right in the box: Compress your audio, de-ess sibilant guests, apply noise reduction, or shape the tone, all without ever leaving the P8. Onboard editing functions let you fade, split, combine, and trim audio clips into produced products without ever using a computer. Remote guests haven’t been left behind as a mix-minus function ensures echo-free call-ins. The P8 gives you multiple, simultaneous options for handling remote guests from smartphones, tablets, and computers. One option is to plug your phone right into a dedicated stereo TRRS input, or make use of the BTA-2 Bluetooth adapter (available separately) to wirelessly stream audio from your smartphone into that TRRS channel.  If you’re talking to someone over VoIP, you can plug your Skype- or Zoom-enabled computer into a dedicated USB-C port. This input takes over the P8's sixth channel, which means that you can still use the TRRS input and have multiple remote guests on simultaneously. The unit boasts nine pads and four banks for storing and triggering jingles, cues, and bumper music. Thirteen prerecorded sounds come stock, and you can load up to 36 of your own. Remember that USB-C connection we just highlighted? It also lets you run the device as a 2-in/2-out USB audio interface with Mac, Windows, iOS, and even some Android devices. Use this connection to record your podcast to a stereo track, or to stream live. For multitrack recording, the PodTrak P8 offers an SD slot able to handle 512 GB of audio. You can record each XLR input, remote input, and soundboard to their own individual files. The PodTrak P8 also makes a master stereo recording of your mix for quick and easy exporting in mission-critical scenarios. Fitting an all-in-one podcasting solution, the PodTrak P8 offers multiple power options. Slip in four AA batteries, run it off the included AC adapter, or even USB bus power when connected to a PC. To read more about the P8—or to purchase it today—head on over to our website, or visit us at our SuperStore.
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Posted 08/31/20
Sennheiser, the company famous for its stellar line of industry-standard shotgun microphones, is releasing the MKE 200  ultracompact, on-camera mic for run-and-gun videographers, podcasters, and mobile journalists. Sennheiser MKE 200 Ultracompact Camera-Mount Directional Microphone Lightweight with a sleek and stylish finish, the MKE 200 microphone mounts directly to DSLR and mirrorless cameras or to smartphones (with a phone clamp available separately) and yields a radically improved sound compared to the built-in mics on these devices. The microphone features a supercardioid capsule with a directional pickup pattern that’s ideal for capturing speech and dialog with plenty of presence, even in noisy environments. Integrated wind protection and an internal suspension mount minimize handling noise and vibrations when you’re moving with your camera. The MKE 200 is plug-and-play. It is powered by your camera and does not require batteries to operate. Sennheiser ships the mic with a set of interchangeable TRS and TRRS coiled cables for connectivity to the 3.5mm audio jack on cameras or to the headphone jack on iOS/Android smartphones. A furry windshield is provided for outdoor shoots. You can keep all your equipment safe and tidy with the included carrying pouch. If you’re a DSLR/mirrorless- or smartphone-based shooter and looking for quality audio on the go, come by our SuperStore or visit us online today and check out the new Sennheiser MKE 200.
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