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…]

PQT – Speaker Test Your Podcast

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Listening to your podcast while you edit with headphones on might lead you to think your audio is just right. That everything sounds perfect. But what about the most important listener…your audience?

Make sure the audio you’re publishing sounds as good to your audience as it does to you. Take your podcast for a trial run on as many speakers you can find. Play your podcast in your car where a large number of people are listening on their commute. Can you hear it clearly over the traffic and other sounds inherent to driving?

Try your podcast on cheap earbuds that came with your mp3 player as well as the speakers on your computer, TV, and phone.

Testing your audio in as many places as possible will give you a good gauge of how your audience hears your podcast. Make sure what you’re publishing can actually be heard most places it might be played and you’ll keep your listeners coming back for more.

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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…]

Remove Room Reverb from Your Podcast Recordings with a Plugin.

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Here is some audio from a test I ran using a plugin that claims to remove echo from your recordings. In other words, a plugin to help podcasters with large empty rooms facing the challenge of getting the resulting reverb out of their recordings. When listening to this, you’ll want to make sure to wear some good headphones so that you can hear the reverb in the room.

The plugin seems to work pretty well which is quite an accomplishment however at over $50, I don’t think I would purchase it. But that is still cheaper than sound proofing your studio.

You can download and try the De-Verb plugin for yourself at the Sound Performance Lab website.

If you enjoy the demo, “Likes” are appreciated but make sure to let me know in the comments what you think overall. Would this be helpful for your recordings?

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