At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, Samson has just unveiled its new Q9U, a dynamic hybrid microphone for studio use. After Samson’s own Q2U and Audio Technica’s similar pair of ATR-2100 & AT2005USB (all of which I began to review in 2012), there was stagnation in hybrid mic innovation, until very recently. For those unfamiliar, hybrid microphones are those which offer both a broadcastable analog output and a digital output. Although there have been a plethora of microphones of each type (analog or digital), there have been very few hybrid models offering both broadcastable outputs… until RØDE
Although I am the first to admit that there are about 3 advanced video production apps that are still exclusive for iOS, this article is about 5 Android advantages compared with iOS in 2020. First, I’ll review 3 iOS-only apps for extremely advanced video tasks. Then I’ll go into the 5 unique Android advantages which are the reasons why my primary mobile phone is not an iPhone, although I absolutely continue to use macOS on my laptop. I’m a very happy Mac/Android guy who loves the combination, despite the nonsense “lack of synchronization” myth promoted by uninformed naysayers.
I just received review samples of the Saramonic SmartRig+ portable audio interfaces, which handle two channels, either XLR balanced or TRS unbalanced. Yes, they offer optional phantom power for the former and bias voltage (“plugin power”) for the latter. They feature a pair of surprisingly powerful preamps (even for dynamic mics), ADC (analog-to-digital converters) and DAC (digital-to-analog converters) for playback. The ADC can be set to allow for discrete 2-track recordings or to combine the two into a dual mono signal, more appropriate for live broadcast or live-to-drive, with little or no post-production. They use a are available for USB-C
I just received the AKG Lyra to review it. This unusual microphone has a striking, vintage-looking yet state-of-the-art look. Unlike many inexpensive replicas of the Elvis type (rounded) mics, which sadly look cheap when seen in real life, the AKG Lyra looks just as authentic and solid as in photographs. It also has inboard latency-free monitoring.
The US$295 1080p Blackmagic ATEM Mini video mixer (“switcher”) is amazing for the price, especially with its 10-bit 4:2:2 processing, DVE and linear keyers (luma or chroma). The ATEM MINI supports PNG with alpha channel for translucent graphics and lower thirds. It’s great that the ATME MINI has a built-in scaler to work ideally whether your 1080HD cameras output a pure progressive video signal at the native framerate… or even authentic 1080i interlaced video (sigh) if that’s what you have. However, with the current software/firmware, the ATEM Mini (or any other ATEM) sadly does not consider the existence of the
In addition to the new US$2495 “Pocket” Cinema Camera 6K with EF mount, you’ll be blown away by the new DaVinci Resolve beta 16.1. Watch the webinar and learn about the Source Overwrite, Live Overwrite, Face Detection Closeup, Sync Window (for material which lacks timecode), Sync Bin in Resolve; external timecode on the “Pocket” Cinema 4K; free Blackmagic RAW Speed Test and more.
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On Beyond Podcasting episode 16, Anthony Mattana discusses 3D binaural audio recording, distribution and consumption with me. Anthony Mattana is the founder of Hooke Audio and the creator of the Hooke Verse headset I recently covered here in ProVideo Coalition (link ahead). Listen to the audio interview ahead.
Last year, I reported how the Chrome browser had started to truncate URL prefixes (both the scheme/prefix and ALL subdomains). That time, the Chrome team got numerous vocal complaints — mainly because it had then truncated ALL subdomains (not just WWW). As a knee-jerk reaction, the Chrome team immediately did a full about face (instead of simply adjusting its level of subdomain truncation at that time). In other words, last year, the Chrome team ran away like a dog with its tail between its legs, until now. Both the scheme/protocol (and partial subdomain) truncation is fortunately back with Chrome 76. Continue reading “Chrome URL truncation is back, but better”
Although it is not yet clear whether Adobe has fixed any the issues we previously exposed (link ahead), Adobe just released a new feature for its intriguing, multiplatform cam/editor app called Premiere Rush. That new feature is called Speed, as in fast or slow motion, not amphetamines. The Speed feature allows velocity ramping and audio pitch compensation. I haven’t yet been able to test this feature (or to test whether Rush now records its raw audio in proper native 48 kHz). Ahead are videos and details about the Speed feature and a link to my prior articles.
I first covered the Apple Pro Display 6K back in June (link ahead). In addition to its amazing performance and specs for its price (and its available matte option!), the Apple Pro Display XDR is the first time I recall ever seeing an Apple display which officially supports non-integer framerates (in addition to integer framerates). This I love! On the official web page, it says that the Apple Pro Display XDR supports: 47.95 Hz, (which I prefer to call 47.952 Hz, but that’s okay), 48.00 Hz, 50.00 Hz, 59.94 Hz and 60.00 Hz.
My evaluation of the ≈US$75 USB-VOX studio microphone from Plugable involved several happy surprises, beyond its high quality sound for voice. Before its arrival, I knew that it’s a condenser type mic with a cardioid pickup pattern, and that it’s USB-only (which is great for some situations, not for all); that it came with its own table stand, and is also compatible with professional boom arms like my Heil PL2T. However, I had no idea that it would excel in several other aspects, despite one missing feature for some users.
After creating the 48 kHz Alliance this year and several prior articles an increasing number of people now ask me how to set our standard 48 kHz in Android, macOS and Windows. Ahead is all of the information, and why to never open GarageBand on macOS, since it silently violates the system without our consent or knowledge and cruelly resets all hardware to 44.1 kHz, damaging the use of other innocent apps. Ahead are more details.
Welcome to the world of 3D binaural sound, thanks to Hooke Audio, which graciously offered me the opportunity to review its Hooke Verse hardware and software. 3D binaural audio goes beyond stereo to 360 degree space. It’s a whole new world for those who have never tried it. Hooke Verse works perfectly with Android, as well as macOS, Windows and more. This is thanks to the proprietary Hooke Audio Bluetooth códec and exclusive 48 kHz recording, with very low latency. The Hooke Verse hardware is also compatible with camcorders and recorders which have an analog audio input. Ahead, I’ll clarify
This is my review of the ≈US$100 Samson Q8X dynamic handheld, XLR vocal microphone, headless with the ≈ US$30 Shure presidential A81WS windscreen. Two details make the Samson Q8X unusual (although not unique) in its dynamic handheld category: It has a supercardioid pattern (not cardioid or omnidirectional) and it has a neodymium dynamic mic element. I’ll explain what that means, both technically and in practice (pros and potential cons), and I’ll include recording tests, including the general sound with vocals (male and female) and handling noise.
This is my review of the US$229 RØDE Procaster dynamic cardioid studio microphone, which RØDE sent to me together with the RØDECaster Pro. Because there has been so much to cover with the multifaceted RØDECaster Pro mixer/recorder (as indicated in my prior articles), I am only now getting to reviewing the Procaster microphone itself with the WS2 windscreen. However, all of the in-studio recordings I have made for the past few episodes of my BeyondPodcasting and CapicúaFM shows have been done with the Procaster for my voice (not for the remote guests). Ahead you’ll find more information, photos, comments and
If you record audio in an untreated room (or your remote guest does), often you’ll get excessive echo/reverberation, as sound waves reflect and return to their starting point. This is true whether you record audio only or audio with video. In my case, I find that I have a much more severe echo issue with some of my remote guests’ audio than my own. That’s especially true with those who have have more reflective environments and —in some cases— use standard phone earbuds when interviewed. This article will explore one software solution to solve this: the CrumplePop EchoRemover plugin, in
While I await the review unit of the RØDE Wireless Go microphone system (which I first covered upon its release at NAB in April), I am now sharing with you TLDR Filmmaker’s must-see video about it. It’s entitled 6 tricks with the RODE Wireless GO you need to know about! Ahead is the video with my comments.
In BeyondPodcasting episode 15, Chris Curran of Podcast Engineering School and I introduce a new sniglet for all casters (which I also explain). Max Flight of Airplane Geeks joins the 48 kHz Alliance with a pre-recorded acceptance speech. Even if you don’t remember (or never knew) sniglets, I’ll get you up to speed. Spoiler: This one has to to with post-production and distribution. Finally, I’ll talk about the new online show you probably plan to create. Listen ahead.
In CapicúaFM’s episode 42 (in Castilian), Ecuadorian attorney Viviana Paredes and I discuss the concerning situation regarding our freedom of speech, the US Constitution’s First Amendment, WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, its founder. There are now four countries which are pushing and pulling his fate. Those countries include his homeland of Australia, the South American country of Ecuador (which protected Assange in its London Embassy for almost seven years before changing its mind right before NAB 2019), the United Kingdom (where Assange is currently in jail) and Sweden. Right after the US State Department added an additional 17 new charges
Although Apple omitted it from the WWDC keynote last week, several beta testers of iOS 13 and iPadOS have now confirmed and demonstrated that trackpad and mouse support has finally arrived to both, without need of jailbreaking. This has been something that many people (including me) have requested for a long time. They have also confirmed that it works both via USB or wireless Bluetooth, and can trigger Siri Shortcuts, which are like macros. One proved that it even works with an external monitor with the current leading pro video editing app for iOS, LumaFusion, which I have covered before.