November 13, 2012
Coming off its predecessor the Zoom Q3HD, Samson Technologies (the company that owns Zoom) has released another portable audio/video recorder with the Zoom Q2HD. Zoom has kept much of the same functionality from the Q3HD intact but has also added some new and useful features that a lot of Q3HD users felt were missing. For an overview of the features on the Q3HD that are also available on the Q2HD, check our our review of the Zoom Q3HD. So what’s new on the Q3HD?
Zoom introduced the mid side recording feature on their portable digital audio recorder the Zoom H2n. Be sure to check out our review of the Zoom H2n if you want to know more. For those of you not familiar with mid side recording this is a recording technique that is especially useful for film and broadcast media where recording ambient noise …
September 26, 2012
IK Multimedia’s iRig devices have gained popularity in the iPad world due to their simple design and approach to an otherwise complicated idea. Today they’ve expanded on this with the latest addition to their line, the iRig Pre. This interface was designed to use specifically with vocalists, and should mount right up to a typical microphone boom stand.
It offers XLR inputs as well as phantom power and gain control. A separate headphone output is also available for live cueing. The iRig line now extends to everything from guitars to midi controllers can be used in type of recording situation that involves the use of an iPad.…
The Unique Geek
November 16, 2011
When I used to think of preamps, I used to think of them as a lifeless utility device. I suppose they are, ultimately – I’ve never had a conversation with one and they do serve a function. But, preamps also have their own personalities. Let’s go back to how I first really knew they existed.
Way back in time (a land before the laptop computer) I owned an acoustic guitar and bought a pickup to put in the guitar because I was too broke to own both an acoustic and an electric. But, recording the guitar was always awful because I captured a ton of noise and it was always so darned quiet. I don’t even want to tell you what I was recording on, it’s too dark, I can’t go back there – just know that there were about 10 people recording audio on the computer back then and …
DJ Scott Mad Flip
September 29, 2011
Sometimes I take things for granted. I’m getting paid up front, the club will be packed, and my mic will sound great, right? Wrong. It’s not always the case for any of those, but I can definitely help with the last. We had the pleasure of using the new Line 6 XD-V70 digital wireless handheld mic recently and discovered just how advanced wireless technology has become.
Microphone reliability is of paramount importance, especially in a live environment. These days most artists rely on a wireless microphone so they can have a broad range of mobility without fumbling over mic cables. For as long as wireless microphone technology has been utilized there have been issues with RF interference, signal loss, frequency redundancies, and recently a limited range of frequencies in which to operate. The XD-V70 offers the perfect solution to all of these issues as well as offering some unique mic-modeling …
February 23, 2011
We were lucky enough to receive the Samson Meteor Mic in today and Taylor jumped on the opportunity to try it out. The tentative release date for this mic is April 15th, so there is plenty of time for you to drool over how awesome it looks. Check out his video above and be sure to leave us a comment below.
Here’s what the box says:
Meteor Mic is the universal solution for recording music on your Mac or PC. Also ideal for Skype, iChat or voice recognition, Meteor Mic’s integral stand adjusts for any application. With Meteor Mic you can make incredible recordings that are out of this world.
- Large (25mm) diaphragm condenser for rich audio recording
- CD quality, 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution
- Patent pending fold-back leg design
- Stereo 1/8-inch headphone jack for no latency monitoring
- Headphone volume control with microphone mute switch
- Includes USB cable and carry pouch