Unless you’ve been sleeping under a rock somewhere, it’s hard to deny that more and more photographers are branching into Hybrid – the skillful blending of still photos, video, audio, etc. to create a new art form.  As I’ve stated many times in this space (and others), one of the most important yet commonly overlooked pieces of the Hybrid Puzzle is Audio.  Frankly, a lot of those taking their first steps into Hybrid Photography are a bit perplexed by the video aspect of it, and don’t even want to consider good quality audio, but quality audio is the key component [More]
Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews checks in with a great comparison of 2 excellent microphones from RODE – the VideoMic Pro and the Stereo VideoMic Pro.  Although these two microphones have similar names, they yield very different results, over and above the fact that one is mono and the other is stereo. The RODE VideoMic Pro has become the industry standard for recording high quality audio.  By design, it’s a “Shotgun” microphone, and is therefore a Unidirectional Microphone (which means that picks up sound from one general direction.  This is great for isolating audio from one source in crowded or noisy [More]
John Maier (CEO of Blue Microphones) showcases the new Blue Mikey Digital Microphone for iOS devices.  These days it seems that more and more audio, photo and video companies are figuring out ways to utilize the sophisticated technology that’s built in to iOS devices to provide the brainpower for their gear and apps.  With the Blue Mikey, you now have a portable and affordable way to tap into Blue Microphones’ high quality audio. Product Features The Blue Mikey Digital Microphone has two custom-tuned Blue capsules for stereo recording, a line-input, USB pass through and a 230-degree rotating design which is [More]
New from RØDE, the smartLav – a lavalier microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone®, iPad® or iPod® Touch.  Can the smartLav provide professional quality audio recordings from an iOS device? Here are the Details from RØDE The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone designed for use in a wide range of applications, from the boardroom to the pulpit, the car to the classroom. The RØDE smartLav uses a standard TRRS connection, which plugs directly into your Apple iOS device’s headset input. By employing an omni-directional capsule that picks up sound equally from all around the microphone, the smartLav can [More]
I often find myself musing that when I went to college, we used a huge mainframe computer that occupied most of the space in a large building, and today…  the “smart phone” that I carry around in my pocket is hundreds (if not thousands) of times more powerful than that mainframe ever could have hoped to have been.  Heck, it’s even more powerful than the computers that NASA used to put a man in the moon. Smart Innovations Today, smart companies are figuring out new and innovative ways to adapt those powerful mini computers for their own uses. Witness the [More]
Our good friend Chuck Jones over at theCameraForum posted this excellent video from Chad Johnson on Vimeo featuring a shootout of 4 of the top Shotgun Microphones of the past couple of years. The Sennheiser MKE400 The Rode VideoMic The Rode VideoMic Pro The Que Audio Micro Shotgun As the new era of Hybrid Photography emerges and video becomes more integrated with the work that every day photographers do, great audio quality will become more and more important.  After all, when shooting video, audio is half of the game. What kinds of mics can I use? There have been great [More]
Tascam has upped their game with firmware updates to their DR40 Portable Audio Recorder, but is it a serious contender to the Audio King of the Hill, the Zoom H4N? DSLRNoob posted a great video that compares the features of each. DSLRNoob writes: I’ve had the Tascam Dr-40 for quit some time, but until Tascam added the firmware update that gives you independent control of the input volume, I hadn’t really considered it a true competitor to the Zoom h4n. Now that this feature is available, the Tascam is a very affordable alternative to the Zoom h4n. Take a close [More]