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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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India’s Renge Dragon Studio Colors 63 Commercialsin One Month Using Collaboration in DaVinci Resolve 15

India’s Renge Dragon Studio Colors 63 Commercialsin One Month Using Collaboration in DaVinci Resolve 15

Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve 15 was used to color grade 63 commercials in one month with the help of DaVinci Resolve 15’s collaboration workflow by RengeDragon Studio, an Indian boutique studio. As part of the 63 commercials, RengeDragon used DaVinci Resolve 15, along with DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel, for color grading the new Vaseline Sun & Pollution Protection commercial campaign.