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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Panic! At The Disco’s Dancing’s Not a CrimeShot on URSA Mini Pro in Blackmagic RAW

Panic! At The Disco’s Dancing’s Not a CrimeShot on URSA Mini Pro in Blackmagic RAW

Blackmagic Design announced today that the latest music video from Panic! At The Disco titled “Dancing’s Not A Crime” was shot on the URSA Mini Pro and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K using Blackmagic RAW. The video, shot by music video veteran Brandon Dermer, has become one of the fastest watched videos in the world and supports the bands hugely popular “Pray for the Wicked” world tour.