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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

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 Devices MixPre II Series with Paul Isaacs

Sound Devices recently announced an update to their MixPre series of recorders. The update brings some impressive new features including wide dynamic range recording (up to 142dB), 32-bit float recording, backup to USB Drive, longer pre-roll times, increased output levels on the MixPre 10 balanced outputs, and more. In this episode, we talk with Paul about the new features and where they'll be most useful.

Multistage analog-to-digital conversion patent

Sample 32 bit float files from MixPre II series

Comparison Chart of MixPre II Series models

MixPre II FAQ

MixPre II 32-bit Float Files Explained

Gear discussed and used in this episode:

Sound Devices MixPre Series II recorders - B&H

(I used the MixPre-10T first generation to record this session)

Hawk-woods Battery Adapters for MixPre-3 and 6 - B&H

Shure SM-7B - My favorite broadcast dynamic microphone. And no, with the MixPre, you do NOT need a cloud lifter or Fethead - B&H

Panasonic GH5S - my streaming camera - B&H

Panasonic 28-35mm f/2.8 OIS lens - super versatile zoom for the Panasonic GH cameras - B&H

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.

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

Ethics statement: Some of the links above are affiliate links which means that if you click on them and buy, I get a small commission. You don't pay more by clicking these links than if you just went to the retailer’s web site on your own. I use the proceeds to buy additional gear to review and help you improve your sound, lighting, and video. Thanks for your support!

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

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

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

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:


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

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