Buyer's Brief: Microphones

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In this month’s Buyer’s Guide we examine a number of microphones designed for production, each engineered to provide pristine audio. Whether you’re recording on a stage, set or studio—or while on location (even from the North Pole)—you need performance, reliability, and often portability. Here are some options to capture your dialogue, effects, ambient sound and, of course, Godzilla’s roar.



Azden’s most popular DSLR audio products are now compatible with smartphones and tablets. The new Azden i-COUSTICS WHD-PRO+i (wireless system/shotgun combo kit), WLX-PRO+i (wireless system) and SGM-990+i (shotgun microphone) include a new adapter cable that makes them compatible with any mobile device with a TRRS jack, including Apple iPhone and iPad, Samsung Galaxy and Galaxy Tab, and most Android devices. The WLX-PRO+i is a wireless microphone system designed with the DSLR shooter and the micro-filmmaker in mind. The system includes the WR-PRO wireless receiver with a shoe mount for on-camera use, and the WM/T-PRO beltpack transmitter with a studio-quality lavalier microphone. Both components run off 9V battery power. 

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IK Multimedia

iRig Mic HD

iRig Mic HD is a digital handheld microphone for iPhone/iPad. This mobile digital condenser microphone delivers high-quality digital sound via an electret condenser capsule, a 24-bit A/D converter (with 44.1/48 kHz sample rate) and a built-in low-noise high-definition preamp. iRig Mic HD sports a gain control for optimum audio capture at any sound pressure level. iRig Mic HD is compatible with newer iPhone/iPads via included Lightning cable; an optional 30-pin connector is available. In addition to many third-party apps, IK apps compatible with iRig Mic include iRig Recorder, an audio and editing app for field recording and interviews; VocaLive, a vocal processor and recording app; AmpliTube, a guitar studio app; and EZ Voice, a vocal recording app. iRig Mic HD is available for $129.99. 

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Just Add Power Welcomes Dante and AES67 Audio Networks to the Ultra HD-Over-IP Family at ISE 2019

Just Add Power (J+P), a leader in Ultra HD over IP video distribution, announced its technology lineup for Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2019, taking place Feb. 5-8 at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre. In Stand 1-N110, the star of the show will be the company's new 3G+ 767DSS Dante® Enhanced Sound System transmitter, which adds compatibility with Dante and AES67 audio networks to Ultra HD-over-IP systems, with separate switching of audio and video. J+P will also highlight its 726TVI 2G/3G+ TVI and 709P2P 3G Point-to-Point PoE transmitters, in addition to the award-winning 3G Ultra HD over IP Series Daisy Chain PoE receiver and Just OS family of firmware and app-based solutions.


BenQ Brings Meetings to Life With First 4K UHD HDR Laser Projectors

BenQ, an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions, today unveiled two new 4K laser projectors designed to support 4K HDR presentations in boardrooms, huddle rooms, and collaborative spaces. The LK953ST and LK952 Blue Core displays are the first HDR laser projectors for business with razor-sharp 4K UHD resolution.