by Adam Plowden | 17th September 2016
The Sennheiser MKE-440 is an on-camera microphone that features dual-stereo capsules for greater sound capture. Sound is as important as the visuals when it comes to video content creation, and for interviews or atmosphere the Sennheiser MKE-440 allows you to capture a much wider stereo field by including two mic capsules in the left and right mic housing. For shooting scenarios like two person interviews, or capturing the ambient sound of a location, the polar pattern and microphone coverage is wide enough to hear much of the surrounding sound, but cancels out sound from behind the microphone (from the camera operator for example). The capsules are shock mounted independently in the metal casing to remove unwanted movement noise, rather than the entire microphone on the camera hot shoe. The 3.5mm TRS jack cable has been relocated to the front of the microphone to avoid it coming across the camera screen or viewfinder while filming. It runs on 2xAAA batteries with an impressive battery life of 100 hours. Specifications of the Sennheiser MKE-440 at a glance: 50Hz to 20KHz frequency response. Stereo supercardioid microphone capsules. Runs on 2xAAA batteries for 100 hours of operation. Low cut filter and 3-level sensitivity switch. The Sennheiser MKE-440 is available to purchase now from CVP from €294.33, and from B&H from $349.95.Read more
by Tim Fok | 16th August 2016
Rode has announced a series of new products, all incorporating the already popular Rycote Lyre shock mount system. Perhaps most significant for filmmakers is the new VideoMic Pro Rycote. I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”. Well, that’s exactly what Rode did with the Rycote Lyre shock mount system. Initially released on the VideoMic Go, Rode tested the Rycote merger on a product lower down in the line before sneaking it into a few further products. Now Rode brings us a whole host of new products sporting the fuss-free & effective Lyre mount. Rode VideoMic Pro Rycote The new Rode VideoMic Pro Rycote takes the spherical design of its closest predecessor, but this time with the aforementioned Rycote Lyre Shock Mount, an industry standard design in capsule isolation. Also new is a more durable kevlar cable that helps with interference, as well as upgraded condenser capsules. Here’s some press spaff: “RØDE’s all new…. Rycote® Lyre® suspension system… isolates the Stereo VideoMic Pro capsules and electronics from mechanical vibration and handling noise, preventing unwanted rumble and vibrations in recorded audio. Completing the upgrade is an all-new matched pair of condenser capsules with an improved foam windshield, giving the new Stereo VideoMic Pro even higher sensitivity and lower self-noise…. thicker, Kevlar-reinforced braided cable has been introduced [allowing use] with the RØDELink Wireless System, or Wi-Fi heavy locations without fear of RF interference ruining critical audio takes.” SM3-R, SM4-R, PG2-R and PG2-R Pro Cable Furthermore, Rode is integrating the Rycote Lyre Shock Mount across their line. The SM3-R is a cold shoe mount for mating shotgun mics directly to your camera. The SM4-R is a similar product but with a 3/8″ thread for boom pole mounting, and the PG2-R (with PG2-R Pro Cable) is the pistol grip version for handheld operation. The new Rycote Lyre upgrades across the board open up compatibility to the entire range of short RØDE pencil condenser microphones, or longer RØDE shotgun Microphones.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 27th September 2015
Audio accessory manufacturer Røde introduced a lot of new products for indie filmmakers at this year’s IBC. In fact CEO Ryan Burke told us it was their biggest product launch to date. We reported about the new Røde i-XLR, a little box that turns your iPhone into a quality audio recorder a two weeks ago. Ryan showed us the following: RodeLink Newsshooter Kit This is a wireless mic kit for cameras with hot-shoes (like DSLR’s and Mirrorless cameras) that connects to an XLR adapter for reporter style handheld mics. The really nice thing about this one is that on top of being powered with two AA batteries it can be used with widely available Sony NPF batteries that are probably already part of your kit. This one goes for $499 (LINK) VideoMicro You’re probably familiar with Røde’s popular VideoMic Series. The VideoMicro is an ultra-small version of this. This looks like a great, affordable way to easily enhance the built-in audio of your mirrorless camera. It uses Rycote’s shockmount technology which is proven to be very convenient as it’s sturdy yet cancel’s noise effectively. Also nice, this mic doesn’t need any power. The VideoMicro costs $59 (LINK) VideoMic Me This one is also a great idea. The same tech as the VideoMicro but designed for iPhone, iOS and Android devices to improve audio shot on your phones on the go. This one has no price yet, I suppose it’s gonna cost a little less than the Micro. LINK Micro Boompole Besides their new Boompole Pro, they introduced the Micro Boompole which intrigued me. Together with the VideoMicro this is the smallest boom audio kit I’ve seen. Granted you probably won’t achieve many things you’d get as a pro with a pro boom, especially the microphone will be inferior to professional directional mics used on your filmsets, but this one could cater to a niche audience for special situations where high quality audio isn’t critical, but lightweight and affordable is. Costs $99 (LINK)Read more
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