Herman Pro AV/Sennhriser Microphone Webinar May 28

Audio For Video and Film Production – May 28, 1:30 – 3:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time

Presented by Herman ProAV and Sennheiser

This two-hour course starts with microphone basics, as it relates to production sound for film and video. This webinar also delves into a practical approach to capturing great audio in the field by understanding the real capability of the microphones used and the technology behind them so that the right tool can be chosen depending on the application.

Sennheiser’s microphone presentations are always informative and well done. What you will learn here is applicable to microphones used for any application, not just audio-for-videons. It’s free, but advance registration is required.

Click here to go to the registration form.

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Free Stuff! – AmpliTube for iPad and iPhone

Our friends at IK Multimedia are offering a full copy of the iOS guitar/bass amplifer/effects app free for one week (regular price $19.99). Of course they’d like to sell you their iRig, a high quality guitar interface for your iGadget as well as some additional FX and fanous amp simulators, but you can have a lot of fun with this app by using an adapter cable to plug your instrument into the mic input of your phone or pad.

Visit the iTunes app store before May 18 to get your copy:

AmpliTube for iPhone

AmpliTube for iPad

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Herman Pro AV Webinar – USB Type C Now On Line

USB Typc C seems to be getting some traction as the next big thing after Thunderbolt when it comes to connecting computer peripherals, among which are DAW audio interfaces. Buy a new MacBook Pro and that’s the only I/O port you get. The manufacturers who were dragging their feet with Thunderbolt love it because they don’t have Thunderbolt’s expensive license fees.

The live webinar has past, but you can watch the archive version at the Herman AV Pro web site.  It’s pretty interesting. I recommend it.


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A Few More NAB Show Quickies

Since this is a largely a show for the broadcast industry, it’s appropriate that Audio-Technica introduced the BP40, a large diaphragm dynamic mice intended for broadcast studio use. It looks a good bit like the versatile E-V RE20. It’s a hypercardioid with about a 10 dB rise between starting at 1 kHz and peaking at 4 kHz, then dropping back to normal at 5 kHz.

Sennheiser partnered up with Apogee to make a few new mics that interface digially with iOS devices through the Lightning connector. The pro version uses their MKE2 miniature clip-on omni capsule mated with an Apogee preamp and A/D converter providing a digital stream of up to 96 kHz sample rate at 24 bit resolution. The ClipMic Digital is a similar system with a lower grade capsule. Also from Sennheiser is the AVX wireless mic system designed to work with a video camera. The receiver is an XLR plug with a little lump behind it that’s phantom powered. There are various matching mics, both clip-on and hand-held. The wireless technology is similar to the performer’s mic system that they introduced at the NAMM show that does all the setup work on its own – finds a good frequency, sets the mic to that frequency, and it’s ready to go.

RME previewed (not much of a preview as it was introduced at Music Messe the day after the NAB show) the Babyface Pro, a large facelift of the long running Babyface desktop audio interface. The Pro has updated preamps and converters for better fidelity and the analog mic/instrument inputs are now on XLR combo jacks on the box rather than using a breakout cable.

Several years back when we first started using field recorders that store data on flash memory cards, I wished for a gadget that you could plug a card into, push a button, and it would dump all the files to a hard drive quickly. That was important back in the day when we were recording low budget weekend-long festivals and a 1 GB memory card was about $50. Nowadays a single card can handle a weekend’s programs for about $10 so a transfer box is not so important, but I finally saw a good one at this show. The NEXTODI ND2901 is battery powered (rechargeable) and can back up more than 200 GB of SD/SCHC cards to its internal 500 GB drive. For the photographers, there’s an LCD screen for picture preview, and for real backup, it will dump its internal drive to an external USB drive.

A couple of updates/corrections from yesterday’s quickie:
The TASCAM 64-channel recorders’s model number is DA-6400. Its “internal” drive is a removable SSD drive, and its multi-channel digital I/O option cards include MADI, Dante, AVB, and AES/EBU.
The proper name for the Yamaha “Bento Box” is RSio64D. No wonder the engineers there gave it an easier name to remember. Appropiate, too, as that’s the name for the Japanese worker’s lunch box, which containes a variety of treats.

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Quickies from the NAB Show

Boxes –

“Bento Box” from Yamaha – A format converter and router for every multi-channel digital audio format imaginable.

“Field Box” from Calrec – Eight mic preamps and A/D converters with an assortment of digital outputs. I see a trend here – you don’t know what you’re going to have to connect to next, so the more possibilities, the better.

TASCAM previewed a single rack space 64-channel recorder which, following the trend, has four card slots for just about any input source. This is aimed at capture from a large format live sound console. I also picked up a DR-44WL handheld recorder from them for a review, so stay tuned.

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Free Quirky Plug-In From Sound Toys

4/1 – Free offer extended until April 3 (no fooling)

Every now and then Sound Toys offers up a free plug-in in exchange for putting you on their mailing list. This time around it’s once called Little Alter Boy, a pitch modification tool with among other things a “robot voice” (so year-before-last). If you’re not already signed up with Sound Toys, you’ll need to do that (and if you are, you probably already know about this offer). Although you don’t need an iLok key, you need an iLok account (also free) because that’s how they distribute the authorization codes.

To get your free Little Alter Boy, go to the Sound Toys web page where you’ll find the registration form and a demo video if you want to see what you’re getting first. You’ll need a redemption code. There are a bunch floating around the ‘net. Here’s one:



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News From The Bob Moog Foundation

The Bob Moog Foundation has announced a raffle for a vintage Moog Liberation synthesizer. This is a fundraiser to support the Foundation’s projects and runs through April 20, 2015 or until all 2,000 tickets are sold. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased through the Foundation’s website. Included with the synthesizer is an original owner’s manual for the Liberation, written by Rock Wehrmann in 1980. The Moog Liberation is a guitar-shaped synthesizer, sometimes known as a Key-tar. It was introduced in 1980, and provided freedom to move around stage while playing.

For more about the Moog Liberation and information on how to participate in the raffle, visit the Moog Spring Raffle web page.

In other news, back in August 2014, in the interest in preserving vinatage instruments and to celebrate their 8th anniversary, the Bob Moog Foundation released a series of technical drawings and schematic diagrams from their technical library, some hand drawn by Bob himself. They’re making this effeort in the interest of preserving and repairing vintage instruments. This month they dusted off another batch. The most recent collection can be found here.   There’s a link near the top of that web page to the first set of drawings.

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