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Posted 09/19/21
AB examines the Hollyland Solidcom M1, a full-duplex wireless intercom system that's ideal for small-to-mid-size production teams that need a robust communications solution for all their events. Check out the video to see all the great components and features, such as 1.9 GHz full-duplex transmission, 4 or 8 beltpacks, LEMO headsets, and more. Tell us what your production communication needs are and how the Hollyland Solidcom might address them, in the Comments section below.
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Posted 08/24/21
Throughout the history of modern recording, Tascam has been there for countless consumers and professionals alike—and now the company has something sure to ignite in our modern digital age: the Tascam Mixcast 4, a tabletop mixer and recorder geared for the podcasting space. With sound effects, independent headphone outputs, and remote guest support via mix-minus functionality, the Mixcast 4 is perfect for multi-person panel podcasts and livestreams. Tascam Mixcast 4 Podcast Mixer, Recorder, and USB Audio interface Record up to four people in person with the built-in mic pres, which accept XLR-1/4" connections for all manner of microphones. Additionally, you'll find stereo line inputs with selectable 1/4" TRS or 3.5mm TRRS connections to interface with phones and consumer devices. Pair these features with a Bluetooth input for wireless connections to phones and devices, and you'll have almost everything you need to capture audio right at your fingertips. On to the headphone jacks: Four independently controlled headphone outputs are on hand, but that's not all; a 3.5mm TRRS headphone output mirrors headphone output 1, should you only have a headset with a 3.5mm connection on hand. Tascam knows people also crave tactile controls. That’s why it built the Mixcast 4 with eight faders and eight sound pads—divvied into eight banks—under your fingers. With these appointments on hand, you'll feel like a consummate professional. You'll have full sound pad control for editing and triggering sound effects, and transport functionality for one-touch recording. Record to an SD card to work without a computer if you wish. Or, route the Mixcast 4 into a compatible device for 14-in/2-out audio capture. The unit works with Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android devices. When you’re finished, you can export files in WAV, MP3, or MP4 formats. With the Mixcast 4, you'll have everything you need to record a high-quality multicast podcast right away, including powerful software in Tascam’s Podcast Editor. We’re excited about the impending arrival of yet another fantastic Tascam product in our SuperStore—but how about you? What excites you the most about the newest unit from Tascam? Let us know in the Comments section!
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Posted 08/08/21
AB takes a look at the Hollyland LARK 150, a cost-effective and portable wireless mic system perfect for videographers, mobile journalists, and content creators. It comes with all the accessories you need, including a lavalier microphone, for crisp audio recording. Would you use this wireless microphone system for your video recording needs? Join us in conversation below in the Comments section.
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Posted 07/28/21
Purpose-built for podcasters and content creators on a limited budget, the Audio-Technica AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone benefits from A-T’s decades of expertise in constructing trusted microphones for the studio and stage. It features a large-diaphragm dynamic capsule in a classic end-address configuration, just like traditional broadcast-style mics used by pros on and off camera for years. Not only does the mic deliver a warm, yet robust vocal tone, but it also picks up minimal background noise and room reflections, thanks to its hypercardioid polar pattern. Audio-Technica AT2040 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphone By incorporating an internal multistage pop filter, the AT2040 is able to reduce vocal plosives—popping sounds from strong consonants such as “p” and “b”—without relying on an external pop screen. Additionally, the integrated shockmount helps prevent noise from stand handling and other vibrations while keeping the overall size down. The included pivoting stand mount makes positioning the mic problem-free, and it’s equally friendly to 5/8"-27 and 3/8"-16 threading. So, whether it is perched atop a studio mic stand or swinging from a tabletop boom arm, the AT2040 will be secure. Due to its XLR 3-pin output connector and low sensitivity, the AT2040 should be used with a mic preamp that can provide moderate to high gain. Since it is an “XLR mic” rather than a USB mic, it won’t connect directly to your computer; it needs an XLR mic input as commonly found on audio interfaces, mixers, and outboard preamplifiers. Being a dynamic mic, it requires no batteries or phantom power; just plug it in and turn up the gain. For those who like to examine mic specs, there is something worth writing down. The AT2040 has a frequency response of 80 Hz to 16 kHz, so it doesn’t capture as much sub-bass or extreme treble as a condenser mic that charts from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Is that a problem? No. It’s an advantage. It means that after recording your voice with the AT2040, you won’t have to use filters or EQ to remove rumbly lows or hissy highs. Many 20 Hz to 20 kHz mics have switchable low-cut filters at frequencies such as 75, 80, or 100 Hz to “clean up” the tone when tracking vocals, but that isn’t necessary with the AT2040. Combine the AT2040 with a modest audio interface or a respectable preamp and you’ll be rewarded with a simple recording chain that’s perfect for capturing quality speech for your next podcast, online show, or livestream. Simple or wild, small or large, we love equipment here at B&H, so don’t be shy about sharing your gear-related hopes and dreams in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 05/23/21
A.B. takes a look at Audio-Technica’s 4th Generation 3000 Wireless Microphone System, which sports a handful of pro features for a variety of audio applications. If you're a musician, live sound engineer, worship leader, or anyone looking for a powerful and versatile microphone setup, check out this video to find out why this system could be a great choice for your wireless needs. And let us know how the 3000 Wireless Microphone System will help with your next gig in the Comments section, below.
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Posted 05/11/21
Judging by its game-changing new Evolution Wireless Digital system, the staff at Sennheiser has been doing a lot more during lockdown than watching Netflix and baking bread. This fully digital UHF system offers a flexible and reliable solution that delivers pristine, nuanced sound with a 134 dB dynamic range for professional live events, performances, and presentations. What’s more, the EW-D does this while eliminating the major hassles that can make setting up a wireless system challenging, especially for first-time users, with an automatic setup assistant that you can use remotely from your phone or tablet. At the heart of all this is Sennheiser’s equidistant spacing-grid technology from its top-tier 6000 and 9000 systems, allowing you to use up to 90 mic channels simultaneously without having to worry about frequency coordination and channel groups. With an impressive 134 dB dynamic range on the transmitters’ inputs, the days of worrying about overloading your signal are over; the Evolution Wireless Digital can handle a wide variety of sound sources, including loud vocalists and performers, connections to musical instruments, and even line-level signals from mixers, all without requiring any gain adjustment at the transmitter. With the channels spaced apart equally across the wide 56 MHz bandwidth, intermodulation issues that can cause dropouts are eliminated and setup is made simple. The auto-scan function automatically searches among 2240 available frequencies in the UHF range, far away from the crowded 2.4 GHz spectrum used by Wi-Fi devices, to find a clean operating channel, while Intelligent Switching Diversity technology ensures a clean, interference-free signal you can rely on. You don’t even need to bring the transmitter close to the receiver to sync the components; that’s handled by a Bluetooth low-energy connection, so the transmitter can stay on stage and sync from up to 120 feet away. Bluetooth Low-Energy Connection The Bluetooth low-energy connection offers additional benefits via the EW-D Smart Assist app for Android and iOS phones and tablets; it’s a bit like having an engineer at your side ready to help. The app shows you battery status and gives you remote control over setup automation, manual frequency allocation (if you need it), channel naming, muting, and other functions on a maximum of 16 mic channels, via your mobile device. Additional channels can be controlled from another mobile device. Of course, settings can be updated directly from the receiver’s front panel, which offers status LEDs you can see at a glance and an easily readable OLED screen showing important settings, including transmitter battery life along with audio and wireless signal strength. Musicians and performers will also especially appreciate the EW-D’s ultralow 1.9 ms latency specs, helping them to stay in the groove and be spot-on at critical moments. The system offers an operating range of 330' under ideal conditions, more than ample range for a wide variety of applications for corporate events, houses of worship, live performance venues, and more. The lightweight, streamlined metal bodypack and handheld transmitters don’t offer unnecessary screens and controls, but they do feature mute buttons, although these can be locked out at the receiver to stop the talent from accidentally muting themselves. A pair of AA batteries will power the transmitters for up to 8 hours, but Sennheiser offers a separately available rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack that will give you up to 12 hours of operating time. A dual charging station for the batteries is also available. The half-rack receiver is housed in a fully metal chassis and rack-mounting hardware is included along with ¼-wave dipole antennas; these can be upgraded to ½-wave antennas or external antennas for added range and reliability. Wide Variety The Evolution Wireless Digital is available in a wide variety of configurations, including sets with bodypack transmitters, handheld transmitter mics, or a combo set with both. The bodypack systems include the EW-D ME2 SET  with an ME 2 omnidirectional lavalier, EW-D ME4 SET with an ME 4 cardioid lavalier, EW-D ME3 SET with an ME 3 headset mic, and EW-D CI1 SET with a CI 1 instrument cable for guitar and bass players. The handheld systems include the EW-D 835-S SET with an MMD 835 cardioid dynamic mic capsule, but the interchangeable capsule system lets you swap it out for a different Sennheiser (or even a Neumann) capsule, if you prefer. The combo EW-D ME2/835-S SET includes a bodypack with an ME 2-II lav and a handheld transmitter with an MMD 835 capsule. Base sets including transmitters only and no microphones or mic capsules are also available. Choose from three UHF frequency ranges: The Q 1-6 spans from 470.2 to 526 MHz, the R 1-6 from 520 to 576, and the R 4-9 covers 552 to 607.8. It’s been a long and quiet time for stages and events but we’re finally seeing a reopening world of exciting performances, live presentations, business opportunities, and new entertainment experiences. With their revolutionary combination of worry-free setup and pristine digital sound quality, Sennheiser’s Evolution Wireless Digital systems are arriving just in time for the party. If you have any questions about the EW-D or any of our other wireless microphone solutions, give us a call, or chat with us online—we’re always happy to help. Are you excited about the Evolution Wireless Digital system? Tell us why in the Comments section, below.
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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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