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June 4, 2014

Get to Know Blue Microphones: Baby Bottle, Bluebird, and Spark Review

Founded in 1995, Blue Microphones has become one of the leading manufacturers of studio quality condenser microphones and microphone technologies. In addition to having some of the most popular condenser microphones on the market, they also developed one of the first HD microphones for the iPod and iPhone with the Blue Mikey. Blue Microphones tout their microphone technology as, “perfectly situated to take advantage of today’s increased digital bandwidths. Or to put it simply: the perfect analog devices for the digital age.” This is a welcomed mantra in an age when most everybody is recording into some type of digital medium.

Blue Microphones are certainly built for the 21st century recording environment, but that doesn’t mean they fall short at all in terms of performance and quality. I myself have owned a Baby Bottle condenser microphone for years and it is still my go to microphone for vocals. Let’s take …

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November 7, 2013

Shure LensHopper VP83F Review

If there is one thing that DSLR camera users can agree on, it’s that the built in microphones are horrendous. Even with some slick postproduction tricks, the preamps on these cameras were considered an afterthought and are less than below average in terms of fidelity and general gain control. We can also agree that these cameras were not really intended to capture quality audio, which is why there are a plethora of audio options for DSLR users. One option that hit the market earlier this year was the Shure LensHopper VP83F. It’s worth nothing that in addition to the VP83F there is also a version called the VP83 which (besides not giving a “F”) has the same microphone but without the ability to store audio. It costs a little less and is better suited for the shooter who wants to keep audio synched to their video during shooting.

For …

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October 22, 2013

Apogee MiC Overview

In our continuing showcase of portable electronic devices from Apogee Electronics, we are looking at the Mac and iOS compatible condenser microphone dubbed Apogee MiC. MiC has all the professional sound quality you can come to expect from an Apogee product, but with a portable size and competitive price point that make it an ideal option for the guy or gal with on the go audio needs. We reviewed the Apogee MiC last year when it first arrived and not much has changed from what we saw then. As with the Apogee JAM, the only major difference on the Apogee MiC is the ability to connect it to new generation iOS devices like the iPhone 5 and the latest iPad tablet.

Although there are not any new features, there is still plenty to be excited about with this microphone. It can fit in your pocket but it also has a …

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February 19, 2013

Focusrite Scarlett Studio Review

It’s very rare for digital recording bundles to come packaged with three pieces of gear that are of a good quality and reasonably priced. Typically the included microphone or headphones are sub par at best while the interface is around the quality you expect given it’s price. The Focusrite Scarlett Studio package looks to break that mold by offering three quality pieces of gear into a recording bundle that is priced well below the normal studio package. While the Scarlett Studio package may not be the be all end all solution to your recording needs, it does have everything you need to get a solid recording without breaking the bank.

Here are some details and specifications on each piece of equipment that comes in the Focusrite Scarlett Studio package.

Scarlett 2i2 Interface

In light of the recent Dave Grohl directed Sound City documentary, its worth mentioning that Focusrite was founded in 1985 …

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January 9, 2013

CES 2013: A Prelude to NAMM 2013

This week saw the beginning of the annual Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Typically CES is home to the latest innovations and announcements from the world of cameras, televisions, and new smart phone technology. There are however a good amount of professional audio companies that are in attendance, and these companies are there to unveil their latest generic consumer products instead the more targeted and musician/producer focused gear we see at the NAMM show. There are some very interesting audio devices coming out of CES this year and while you are desperately waiting in anticipation for all the new gear at NAMM, here are a few things to whet your appetite.

IK Multimedia

iRig HD

IK Multimedia has been at the forefront of developing hardware and interfaces that allow for audio recording on your computer, iPad, and iPhone. They are committed to developing tools to compliment the ever advancing technological …