Microphone

Deity S-Mic 2S Short Shotgun Microphone

In October 2019, DEITY Microphones will begin shipping a short shotgun microphone they call the S-Mic 2S. While this sounds similar to the original DEITY S-Mic 2, this microphone is much smaller and lighter. It doesn’t reject ambient sound quite as well as the original S-Mic 2 but it also doesn’t run as high a risk of phase and comb-filtering issues when recording indoors in reverberant rooms. Let’s take a closer look and a listen!

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre II series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

DEITY S-Mic 2S Short Shotgun Microphone - B&H: Coming Mid October 2019 Amazon: Coming Mid October 2019

DEITY S-Mic 2 Medium Shotgun Microphone - B&H Amazon

Sennheiser MKH 416 Medium Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Azden SGM 3500 Short Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K - B&H

Sigma ART 24-70 f/2.8 EF Mount Lens - B&H Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com, B&H Photo, or other affiliate links.

Shure TwinPlex Lavalier Microphones: What Does a Premium Mic Have That a Cheap One Doesn't?

Shure’s next generation, premium lavalier microphones, TwinPlex, include a number of features sought after by many sound professionals. In this episode, we have an overview of the TwinPlex TL47 and TL48 lavalier microphones from the perspective of a sound for film mixer.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used or mentioned in this episode:

Shure TwinPlex Lavalier Microphones - B&H

Microdot Adapters - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H - Key Light in this video

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Sound for Video Session: Q&A 15 September 2019

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, we'll take a shot at answering your sound for video questions. You can submit them live, or for future sessions, just sign up for free over at our school and I'll email you when its time to submit.

Here are a list of some of the shotgun microphones we discussed in today's session:

RODE NTG-3: B&H

Sennheiser MKH416: B&H

Sennheiser ME66 & K6: B&H

Audio Technica BP4073: B&H

Stereo Microphone recommendations:

Audio Technica BP4025 Stereo X/Y Microphone: B&H

Schoeps CMC641 Matched Pair: B&H

RODE TF-5 Cardioid Matched Pair: Amazon B&H

Other audio gear discussed:

Tentacle Sync Track E Wide Dynamic Range Body Pack Recorder - Coming in Q1 2020

Shure SM7B Dynamic Broadcast Microphone: Amazon B&H

Sound Devices MixPre-10T (preamp for this session - link is for the newer, less expensive version): B&H

Deity S-Mic 2S short shotgun microphone - review coming soon

Shure TwinPlex TL48 Lavalier Microphone: B&H

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are Amazon.com, B&H Photo, or other affiliate links.

Saramonic Blink 500 B2: 2 Wireless Microphones, One Receiver

Saramonic just released a new consumer grade wireless microphone system with some really interesting features. The new Blink 500 system comes in several different kits for different situations. The B2 kit, for example, comes with a dual channel receiver, two transmitters with integrated microphones, and two lavalier microphones. There are other kits with a single transmitter as well as special receivers for iPhone, iPad, and even a receiver with USB-C output for Android phones and tablets. Let’s take a closer look and listen to the Blink 500!

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including how to process dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F4, F8, and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

Saramonic Blink 500 Wireless Microphone kits - B&H

Aputure C120T - B&H

Aputure C120DII - B&H Amazon

Panasonic GH5 - Amazon

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Learning to Record Acoustic Instruments - RODE TF-5 and Harp with Riley Johnson

In this week’s Sound for Video Session, I put my very first efforts at recording acoustic harp on display to illustrate that the best learning happens when you do a bit of research, then go try to do it yourself.

Hear more of Riley Johnson’s music over at Bandcamp.

Please consider my sound, post processing, and recording classes.

Gear used to record this episode:

RODE TF-5 Cardioid Condenser Microphone - Used to record the reverb dialogue sample

Amazon

B&H

Shure SM7B Dynamic Broadcast Microphone - My voiceover

Amazon

B&H

Sound Devices 633 Audio Recorder

B&H

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Saramonic Blink 500 Preview, Zoom H1n Special Pricing

In today's live stream, we take a first look at the new dual channel wireless microphone system from Saramonic called the Blink 500: 2 microphones/transmitters, 1 receiver. And it works with cameras, iOS, and Android (with lightning and USB-C output options). And it is dirt cheap for a wireless system. We're starting to see some pretty impressive options in the consumer wireless microphone space! You can see the pricing and availability of the Blink 500 in various kits below.

For two days, September 2nd and 3rd 2019, B&H and Zoom are offering exclusive pricing on the Zoom H1n. Come on over to LearnLightAndSound.com to see the details.

Gear discussed in this episode:

Saramonic Blink 500 Wireless Microphone kits at B&H

Copyright 2019 Curtis Judd

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PicoMic - 2 Microphones 1 Receiver 2.4GHz Wireless Microphone System

PICOGEAR, a small French company recently released a new dual channel wireless microphone system called PICOMIC. This prosumer level wireless mic system comes with two transmitters with integrated microphones and a dual channel receiver. The design priorities of this system are to record simple, quality audio for two people at the same time.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Gear used and mentioned in this episode:

PicoMic Dual Channel Wireless 2.4GHz Microphone System - Amazon

Panasonic GH5 Camera - Amazon

Rycote Over Covers - B&H

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - Amazon

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Sound for Video Session: Q&A

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, we'll take a shot at answering your sound for video questions. You can submit them live, or for future sessions, just sign up for free over at our school and I'll email you when its time to submit.

Michael Wynne's video on setting up a com system for sound mixers, boom operators and utilities:

Mikme Pocket & DISH.TC

Two quick audio for video gear Kickstarter campaigns: 1) Mikme Pocket - a wireless lavalier body pack recorder and bluetooth transmitter. 2) DISH.TC - a super-simple to use timecode generator which jams with satellite time.

See the DISH.TC kickstarter page.

See the Mikme Pocket kickstarter page.

Copyright 2019 Curtis Judd

Marantz PMD 750 Wireless Microphone System: Dual-channel on a Budget

Marantz has been in the audio business since the 1950s and was founded by Saul Marantz. They were mostly known for high-end Hi-Fi systems and are also quite popular in the DJ gear world. Recently, Marantz released a wireless microphone system aimed at DSLR and interchangeable lens hybrid cameras with a dual channel receiver - the Marantz PMD-750. To date, this is the least expensive dual channel 2.4GHz digital wireless microphone system. Let’s see how it holds up under some pretty tough testing.

If you’d like to learn how to make great dialogue audio for your film and video projects, please have a look at my courses including processing dialogue audio in Adobe Audition and DaVinci Resolve/Fairlight, recording sound, how to use the Zoom F8 and F8n, and how to get the most from the Sound Devices MixPre series of recorders.

Links to gear used in this video:

Marantz PMD-750 Transmitter/Receiver Kit - all of the sound in this video was recorded with the PMD-750

Additional Transmitter Only

Falconeyes 120TDX - (Amazon) 4’ x 4’ LED roll-flex panel light used as a key light and for the table-top product shots

Lupo Superpanel Full Color 60 - Used for the background light

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 OIS Lens - (Amazon) used on the Pocket 4K for the product shots

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - used for the product shots

Panasonic GH5 - (Amazon) Used to shoot the talking head and distance test shots

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Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd