Aspen Mics HQ-S Stereo Lavalier Microphone

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Aspen Mics* has a new series of lavalier microphones called HQ (High Quality). I first saw these mics tweeted out by @cheesycam who often reviews lower priced gear for DSLR video shooters. For a mic called HQ, these mics had an interesting price point around $50 but what made that attractive was their quality. Upon first listen, the mics seem to produce nice clean audio without having to run your recorders preamp at full gain.

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TPS 076: Random Thoughts on Recording Audio

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I try a new way of recording my podcast (mic to Fethead to H4n, no mixer) and have a totally off-the-cuff episode filled with other thoughts about recording audio. In other words… I go off “script.”

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I also talk about SD vs HD video hosting and production. In my opinion, there is no reason to produce video in anything other than HD. You can always fall back to SD if you need it but you can never go from SD to HD. Future proof your productions by shooting in HD and then compress that file into whatever size you need. [Read more…]

Rode VideoMic Pro for DSLR Video Production – Demo

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*Best viewed and heard in HD. Select 720p in the player options. This demo also works best if headphones are worn.
 

Here’s a quick demo and test of my newest piece of Studio gear, the Rode VideoMic Pro (currently being sold with a free accessory mount AND PluralEyes3!)

Upon receiving this mic I plugged it into my Canon 60D to make sure it worked the way I’ve seen in previous tests online. In this demo I used the +20db gain switch to limit the use of the 60D’s pre-amp and compared that to the audio produced by the in-camera microphone on the 60D. [Read more…]

TPS Ep. 065 – Pro Mics into an H4n, Reducing Hiss, Hardware Processing, and Media Hosting

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First order of business is Zune. It appears that links to my podcast and everyone else for that matter, are broken. That’s because Zune.net is gone. This means that when you click your old link to Zune (if you had one on your site) you are now taken to xbox.com.

Zune is gone and so is your podcast listing on the web. Apparently the name Zune is no longer in play either. It’s podcast on Windows Mobile or something typically Microsoft (unfriendly). [Read more…]

Rode NTG-1 Microphone Demo and Review

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The NTG-1 shotgun microphone by Rode is the best mic I’ve used (in terms of audio quality) so far for DSLR video production. Just take a listen to the quality of the mic and learn why it’s important to get the microphone away from the camera and close to the talent.

Description comparison (as listed at B&H)

“The Rode NTG-1 Condenser Shotgun Microphone is designed for professional audio capturing in the field or indoors. With a history of manufacturing quality studio microphones, Rode has implemented low noise output electronics and wide bandwidth, both of which attribute to the NTG-1’s broadcast sound quality.”

In this video you can see I’m suing the Rode indoors. The mic performed really well and I didn’t have any issues with echo despite being in a fairly square, open room. Shotgun microphones can sometimes get confused when they recieve time delayed sounds that are a repeat of the sound they just took in however I didn’t have that issue with the NTG-1. One explanation is the proximity of the microphone to my mouth. I was really close to the mic. You can hear the mic really shine when used in the boom setup I used in the video. [Read more…]

PQT – Choosing a Mixer for Podcasting

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When you’re deciding on what kind of mixer to get for your podcast there are several things to consider before making your purchase. I run through the most important things I think you should be looking for in a mixer that will be used for producing podcasts.

Some of the things I like to have in a mixer include USB 2.0 or better, insert channels to properly attached effects processors, real faders, mute buttons, and a few more things you’ll hear about on this episode.

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TPS Ep. 034 – How to Avoid Losing Contact with Your Audience

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On this episode, Vincent, host of This Week in Virology, calls in to talk about his mix-minus setup. Grant wants to know about slow download speeds from files hosted on blip.tv and I talk about having a plan to stay connected to your audience if one or more of your broadcasting channels goes down or gets shut off.

I also answer a few questions that came in via twitter since the last episode including, wireless mics for video, getting phone call audio into your mixer, and an easy way for getting your podcast into the Zune Marketplace.

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Links for this episode:
Knowledge base article on Blip.tv for slow download speeds
This Week in Virology
Submit a Podcast to the Zune Marketplace
Sennheiser Wireless Mic Packages

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TPS Ep. 014 – Getting Audio into your Computer

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On this episode of The Podcasters Studio (TPS) I talk about the TPS website redesign, the importance of getting a business card made for your podcast, and some thoughts about mics, mixers, and audio interfaces.

The TPS website now has a cleaner look and incorporates a tumblr blog. If you don’t know about tumblr.com, go to the site and consider starting a tumblr blog for your show. It can also be used as a homepage for your podcast if you are looking for a really simple solution.
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Business cards make your brand look more professional. As well they give you an easy way to pass the word about your show. Leave them in random places where people who you might think would be interested in your content will see them. Give them out to everyone you come into contact with and get the message out about your show. Learn some great resources for getting your own affordable business cards for your show on this episode.

Getting audio into your computer is not always a simple process. Learn about different ways for doing this specifically if you are interested in getting a mixer or an audio interface for your professional microphones.

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