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.

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September 24, 2012

Sound Design Improvisation

What does a Shure SM57 recording microphone and glass of wine have in common with each other?  – Absolutely nothing.  That is unless you’re tinkering with its resonance properties and exploring the limits of the types of sounds it can produce and effect.  Since there is no shortage of mad scientists out there finding ways to create music, we are not surprised to see this.

Enrico Ascoli used a small 45 record, his turntable, a microphone, and wine glass to alter his voice before it enters the microphone.  He uses the same properties one would encounter when they blow on the tops of bottles with varying amount of liquid inside.…


August 26, 2011

Edwin McCain Live Recording and interview | Unique Squared Mobile Studio

Edwin McCain

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting some great guitar playing and singing by Grammy-nominated musician Edwin McCain on board the UniqueSquared Mobile Studio.

Edwin and his personal sound engineer Brent Moreland were inside the Unique Squared Mobile Studio to talk about the PreSonus Studio Live 24.4.2 since it is the mixer of choice that they use while out on the road. With 11 albums in the bag and a wall of platinum and gold albums that have sold in the millions, the main thing Edwin is concerned with is, ‘the moment’:

it just has to do with people coming together and sharing a moment, that’s it. And that’s all I ever wanted to do. I just love that moment in the small club and bar where every single person in there has a moment where it’s silent and they get it and it’s beautiful, that moment where


August 24, 2011

ID Festival in Atlanta, GA || Unique Squared Mobile Studio

The IDentity Festival in our hometown! Atlanta, GA life has now been changed… for the better of course. Dee jays, producers, and all sorts of butterfly-winged, pixie dust-having, bass cone-loving kiddies came to Lakewood Amphitheatre to have a great time and hail all things bass.

 The Unique Squared Mobile Studio right next to the stage baby!

The crowd and Steve Aoki – having a good time

The Atlanta crowd knows how to show love to their dee jays

The Crystal Method deciding whether or not to bash a Darth Vader piñata

The answer was yes, they did bash out the Darth Vader piñata

It’s been a great task to bring you guys all the activities from the tour. Stay tuned for our full wrap up of our stops on the IDentity Festival Tour.

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August 17, 2011

ID Festival @ Charlotte, NC | Unique Squared Mobile Studio

ID Festival @ Charlotte, NC – We’re HERE!

 Whew – WE DON’T STOP!!

Yesterday we we’re in the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte, NC for one of the stops at IDentity Festival and MAN, was it a good time. If you needed a full helpings worth of deep bass, great atmosphere, and all around goodness – then you had to look no further.

Festival-goers with light posts going up in flames in the background (ok light posts weren’t really going up in flames)

Le Castle Vania getting the crowd pumped

Thousands of electronica heads infiltrated Charlotte, NC and descended onto the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater to participate in a massive congregation of dee jays, producers, and musicians all with one thing in mind – bang beats hard!

Chemical Brothers

Chemical Brothers and the crowd – Call and response

During our stay we met/saw many of the staple artists in what seemed …