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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Exclusive Pricing on Zoom H1n

Just a quick piece here - our regular video comes later this week

When I first started learning about recording sound, my first recorder was the Zoom H1. And it wasn’t just at the start - its still in my kit.

If you’re just starting out, have a tight budget, but you love learning, the H1n is a great way to get started. I learned how to record better dialogue sound and with those recordings, got to spend lots of time learning post processing and mixing. But even when you are able to add microphones better suited for dialogue recording to your kit, the H1 is still a great tool for recording sound effects and ambience. I still have the original and pull it our from time to time.

Thanks to B&H and Zoom, we have an exclusive pricing event for September 2nd and 3rd. Normally the H1n is priced at $119 USD but is on special via this link for $84.99

And for old-time’s sake, here’s a video from 2011 - way back in my early YouTube days - where I used the H1 to record the dialogue. And thumbs up for that Cary Judd music at the start of the video! (and please no thumbs down for the bad framing):

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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Sound for Video Session: Sound Devices MixPre II Series

In this week's live Sound for Video Session, We talk about the just announced Sound Devices MixPre II Series of recorders. Sound Devices has added 32 bit float wav recording which they claim enables recording of 142dB of dynamic range. In addition, The 3 and 6 now both have 192kHz sample rate support, all three have USB backup copy capability, adjustable limiters, and 10 second pre-roll.

Sample 32-bit float files from MixPre II: https://www.sounddevices.com/sample-32-bit-float-and-24-bit-fixed-wav-files/

Explanation of the benefits of 32-bit float audio recording: https://www.sounddevices.com/32-bit-float-files-explained/

Gotham Sound's Summary/Comparison of the new MixPre II models: https://www.gothamsound.com/news/mixpre-ii-mix-harder

Gear discussed in this session:

Sound Devices MixPre 10 II - B&H

Sound Devices MixPre 6 II - B&H

Sound Devices MixPre 3 II - B&H

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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Aputure Spotlight Mount - A Leko or Spotlight for Bowens Mount Video Lights

Aputure’s COB series of LED lights for video production have been the core of my lighting kit for over 3 years now. The reason I like these lights so much is that you can do so many different things with them. They work great as a flood light, with the Light Dome II they’re create a beautiful key light for interviews or talking head shots. There’s the new Lantern which allows you to light an entire room in a natural sort of way and control where light spills with its included skirt. There are also the hard light modifiers like the Fresnel 2X which allows you to focus a circle of light into an intense beam and there are the barn doors allowing you to cut the light with hard edges. Today, Aputure released the new Spotlight Mount which is a spotlight with 3 different lenses allowing super intense beams of spotlights, a gobo holder which allows you to cast patterns or logos on your subject or on a surface behind them. And it also has a gel holder allowing you to add gels to stylize the light with cool effects.

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 and mentioned in this episode:

Aputure Spotlight Mount - B&H

Aputure Spotlight Mount 19 degree lens - B&H

Aputure Spotlight Mount 26 degree lens - B&H

Aputure Spotlight Mount 36 degree lens - B&H

Aputure Spotlight Iris - B&H

Aputure Light Dome II - B&H

Aputure Lantern - B&H

Aputure Barn Doors - B&H

Aputure Fresnel 2X - B&H

Aputure COB120DII LED light - Amazon

Aputure COB300DII LED light - B&H

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

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

Get a free trial of the best music for your videos at Musicbed

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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

Azden SGM-3500 Series Shotgun Microphones

Azden has made microphones for video production for a number of years. About five years ago, I reviewed their SGM-250 which was a decent, entry level short shotgun microphone. But now it looks like Azden is moving up market and making some higher quality shotgun microphones. Let’s take a look at and have a listen to their new SGM-3500 and SGM-3500L shotgun microphones.

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 and mentioned in this episode:

Azden SGM-3500 Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Azden SGM-3500L Shotgun Microphone - B&H

Deity S-Mic 2 Shotgun Microphone - B&H

RODE NTG4+ - B&H

D&O 180W LED Panel Light used as a key light - Amazon

Aputure COB120DII LED light used for background - Amazon

Panasonic GH5 Camera - Amazon

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

Get a free trial of the best music for your videos at Musicbed

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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

Zoom F4 Course Announced

If you work with the Zoom F4 or are planning to, this course will help you get up to speed and making great recordings quickly. You can see the details by clicking the School link above.

This one was the most requested course over the last 2 years. We finally managed to carve out enough time to put it together and I hope you find it useful if you work with the F4!

Sound for Video Session: Q&A 25 August 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 http://school.learnlightandsound.com and I'll email you when its time to submit.

Video on Syncing Camera, MixPre, and ATOMOS recorders via HDMI:


Which LED Lights for Each Situation? 5 Soft LED Lights for Video

With the massive number of LED lights available for video these days, and now that their color quality has dramatically improved from just a few years ago, when might you want to use one type of LED light versus another? In this episode, we demonstration when you might want to use a very small LED panel (e.g., 5 inch) versus a tube LED versus a medium sized panel or mat light versus a huge four foot by four foot mat LED light.

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:

Andycine Boling P1 RGB light with effects - Amazon

CAME-TV Andromeda RGB LED Slim Tube Lights - Amazon

- Remote Amazon

- 4 pack + Remote Amazon

D&O Lighting 180W - my pick for best all-around light - Amazon

Westcott Flex Cine 1x1 Mat LED Lights - Best pro level travel kit

- Amazon

- B&H

FalconEyes 120TDX 4x4 Mat LED Light - My pick for getting cinematic shots you cannot get with smaller lights

- Amazon

- With Honeycomb grid to prevent spill - Amazon

- Direct from Vitopal

Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K - B&H

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

Get a free trial of the best music for your videos at Musicbed

Copyright 2019 by Curtis Judd

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

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 the Learn Light and Sound School and I'll email you when its time to submit. You can also find all of our sound for video courses there.

MixPre setup video:

Mark Owens mentioned this combination for powering the Zoom F8n:

Sony BP-U60 Battery - B&H

Battery adapter plate - Amazon

Copyright 2019, Curtis Judd

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