Buyer's Briefs: Microphones

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Sound Advice
In this month’s Buyer’s Guide we examine a number of microphones designed for production, each engineered to provide pristine audio.

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A handheld interview microphone, DPA Microphones’ d:facto offers voice clarity and linearity, as well as minimal handling and wind noise.

Featuring an omnidirectional pattern, the microphone uses the same head for both wired and wireless work, so production teams have the flexibility to employ it with current and future pro wireless brands and standards.

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MOTIV Microphone Line

Shure’s MOTIV line features four new Apple MFi (made for iPhone, iPod, iPad) certified devices: three condenser microphones and a digital audio interface that can connect directly to any iOS device without additional adapters or connection kits.

The interface provides 24-bit/48 kHz audio, as well as file sharing and gain control. The line includes the MV5 digital condenser microphone, MV88 iOS digital stereo condenser microphone, MV51 digital large-diaphragm condenser microphone, MVi digital audio interface and MVL lavalier.

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MicroLite Series

The MicroLite series of miniature wearable reference microphones offers superior sound quality and durability in a tiny, discreet form factor. The series includes lavalier, ear-hook and headworn options. The tiny LC81 MD cardioid lavalier microphone features a diameter of 4.8mm, a length of 10mm and a weight of 2g. The microphone’s sensitive cardioid polar pattern picks up a wide range of frequencies and provides flexibility in getting the best sound from the source. The LC82 MD omni-directional lavalier microphone, with a diameter of 3mm and length of 6.5mm, features a moisture-resistant design.

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The AT2020USBi cardioid condenser USB microphone features high-resolution audio recording and compatibility with iOS, Windows and Mac OS X devices. Modeled after the AT2020, this digital output mic features an A/D converter with a 24-bit/96 kHz sampling rate to deliver high-resolution articulation and intelligibility appropriate for home studio recording, field recording, podcasting and voiceover use. The AT2020USBi works with both USB and Lightning cables (included). The integrated gain control adds to the convenience, allowing users to adjust the input level directly on the microphone.

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Azden Corp.

Azden’s recently introduced i-COUSTICS line is designed to improve audio for smartphone and tablet users. The newest i-COUSTICS product, PRO-XD, is an ultra small, high-performance digital wireless lavalier microphone system that operates on 2.4 GHz, so interference is never a concern. High gain output alleviates noise and hiss produced by low-quality camera preamps. The transmitter and receivers link to each other quickly and up to four systems can be used simultaneously. The PRO-XD is compatible with action cams, DSLRs, video cameras and most mobile devices.

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RØDE Microphones

RØDE announces its smallest ever on-camera microphone, and latest addition to the VideoMic family, the VideoMicro. Made from ultra-light aluminum, it includes the Rycote Lyre shock mount and a furry windshield. A directional microphone, VideoMicro reduces distracting peripheral sounds and focuses on the audio in front of the camera. Its pickup is more forgiving than RØDE’s other on-camera microphones, providing a more natural sound when recording indoors. Rycote Lyre, featuring a suspension structure composed of a hard-wearing thermoplastic, is far more effective at minimizing unwanted vibrations, handling and cable-borne noise than traditional elastic suspensions.



InSync Technology at the 2019 NAB Show

At the 2019 NAB Show, InSync will announce availability of the new FrameFormer plug-in for Adobe Premiere Pro for macOS. This addition to the range provides further flexibility and options for deploying FrameFormer.


Black Box at the 2019 NAB Show

At the 2019 NAB Show, Black Box will showcase products across its high-performance Emerald™ unified KVM (keyboard, mouse, video) portfolio and will unveil a new offering that enables even greater flexibility in establishing agile remote desktop connectivity. The Black Box booth, SL12716, will feature demo areas dedicated to Emerald KVM solutions that address the need for convenient and intuitive real-time access to multiple computers from multiple locations, whether across rooms, floors, buildings, sites, or even cities. Black Box offers consultation and design services along with every solution delivered, and the company's representatives at the 2019 NAB Show will highlight complete IP-based and 4K AV visualization and distribution solutions tailored to the unique requirements of modern control rooms, post and media productions, and broadcast playout environments.


Yamaha UC Brings IT-Ready UC Solutions to IT Partners France

Yamaha Unified Communications will demonstrate its broad portfolio of unified communication solutions (UC) in stand E67 at IT Partners France, March 13-14 at Disneyland Paris. Strengthening enterprise UC strategy through simple deployment and management while delivering best-in-class collaboration experiences, the company will feature its portable YVC-200 speakerphone for on-the-go conferencing, along with the CS-700 Video Sound Collaboration System for huddle rooms and the Yamaha YVC-1000 conference phone.