Azden SMX-10 Microphone Review
Small and Powerful If you've ever been disappointed with the sound from your camera's built-in microphone - and who hasn't - you've probably considered buying an external mic. There are literally hundreds of options, many costing more than your video camera. But maybe you don't need all the...
Mackie 1402-VLZ3 Compact Audio Mixer Review
Solid Sound The whole reason to have a mixer in your editing suite is to, well, mix stuff. Most small studios, whether home-based or small business, have at least a half-dozen audio sources that occasionally need to be either captured or routed for different monitoring outputs. Getting all of...
Azden SMX-10 Stereo Microphone
Azden makes a lot of microphones well suited for the video hobbyist because they're generally less expensive than the competition and when it comes down to it, they get the job done. The new SMX-10 falls right into that category going for $100 and features a 100Hz to 18kHz...
reprinted from an Azden press release: Franklin Square, NYNew from Azden Corporation, the SMX-10 mini stereo elec-tret-condenser microphone provides a high quality alternative in terms of sound and performance to built-in video camera mics at an affordable price. The SMX-10s dual unidirectional design allows video professionals to record directly...
Samson Zoom H4 Handy Portable Digital Recorder Review
Handy Dandy Audio The move to HD has sparked a new debate about audio acquisition. Since HDV audio is compressed, some producers are now looking at using separate audio recorders to capture pristine audio. But quality digital audio field recorders can be quite costly. So, with street prices around $300,...
Audio-Technica AT897  Shotgun Microphone Review
Riding Shotgun Every serious shooter needs a good shotgun microphone in the arsenal. When handhelds, lapels and even wireless won't work, shotgun mics come to the rescue with their tight patterns and distance pickup. What's that? You don't own a shotgun mic? If you're in the market, you should consider...
Our "Hands On" segment finds Mark discussing Synk Audio's MusicBed DV, an inexpensive but powerful program for the Mac that offers a new approach to music creation.
TAPCO Mix.120 Audio Mixer Review
Mix It Right Get In the Mix TAPCO by Mackie is a less expensive, entry-level brand. A poor man's Mackie, sort of, that still maintains a consistent and honorable quality at a reasonable price point. The Mix.120 is the top model in the Ultra-Compact Mixer Series and upon opening the...
AKG Perception 100 Podcast Microphone Review
Bright Beginnings Life keeps getting better for semi-pros, who need inexpensive solutions with professional results. The AKG Perception 100 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that can hold its own, even against models with significantly higher price tags. In The Box The Perception 100 is a no-frills voice-over microphone. You won't...
Focus Enhancements FireStore FS-100 Portable DTE Review
Focus on the Future Portable DTE (direct-to-edit) recording has been around for a few years now, thanks to Focus Enhancements' 2001 invention. Focus recently decided to stratify their offerings with a host of new camera-specific recorders. The original Focus FS-4 brought us a speedier DV workflow and more options by...