DxO PureRAW review

DxO announced PureRAW, its newest application, to the press on March 29, 2021. DxO AI-based PureRAW removes noise, chromatic aberrations, unwanted vignetting, distortion, and insufficient sharpness with an unprecedented level of quality. When a company tells the press its new product can turn any RAW image into a perfect linear DNG that can be further processed in any linear DNG aware image editor, reviewers become suspicious, so I it was with some devilish pleasure I took a pre-release version of PureRAW to the test.… Read More DxO PureRAW review

DPA Microphones 4015A reviewed

The DPA 4015A Wide Cardioid Mic  is a cardioid microphone with 100% linear off-axis characteristics, a wide pickup area, beautifully natural reproduction, and directional ambience pickup. As I can attest to, the microphone performs exceptionally well when capturing vocals. It’s even better for that purpose than DPA’s d:dicate 4017 and d:dicate 4018 shotguns I reviewed… Read More DPA Microphones 4015A reviewed

GoPro’s The Remote reviewed

Until recently, there was no way to remotely control the HERO8 and HERO9 Black as these cameras weren’t compatible with the existing Smart Remote. The Remote is the next generation remote control. In trying it out, I found it to be a mixed bag of experiences. It works well but really there should be a good user guide and The Remote does lack a couple of features I expected it to have.… Read More GoPro’s The Remote reviewed

Your Mac is a Zettelkasten note taking system

Originally an “analogue” index card system invented by a German academic, the zettelkasten (or slip box) note taking method is the subject of hefty discussions on Reddit and other note taking forums as to whether the best software to manage a zettelkasten is Roamer, Obsidian, DEVONthink, Bear app, Ulysses, Drafts, or the new kid on the block, Craft. As much as it’s a pleasure to read the pro and cons, the essence of the zettelkasten is that it’s an interlinked, richly connected system of atomic information.… Read More Your Mac is a Zettelkasten note taking system

Amaran 100x review

Aputure’s Amaran 100x is a video and photography COB LED lamp that delivers 2470 lux at 2700K and 3400 lux at 6500K and a 1m distance without the Hyper Reflector and has a colour temperature range of 2700-6500K. It’s the colour temperature customisable sibling of the Amaran 100d with the same form factor and the same affordable price. I tested the lamp under several circumstances.… Read More Amaran 100x review

Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

The Mercury Helios 3S is an aluminium dual-port 85W charging Thunderbolt 3 expansion box with a dedicated DisplayPort 1.4 port for an 8K display. The Mercury Helios 3S accepts one PCIe (x16) slot for half-length, full-height, single or double-width cards. You can daisy-chain up to five additional Thunderbolt devices. OWC added the capability to install a U.2 Shuttle in the Helios 3S. My test unit came preconfigured with OWC Aura P12 Pro SSDs.… Read More Testing the OWC Mercury Helios 3S with U.2 Shuttle

Testing an Adam Audio A7X speakers with a Sub8 subwoofer

Last year in December, I got myself a pair of Adam Audio A7X’s. The A7X is a well-known, well-established nearfield studio monitor for sound engineers, sound editors and sound designers. Three months later, Adam Audio offered me the opportunity to review their Sub8 or Sub10 Mk 2 subwoofer — I went for the Sub8. The… Read More Testing an Adam Audio A7X speakers with a Sub8 subwoofer

Hear a difference a cable makes: the SOMMER Cable Epilogue

I am sort of a cable freak, so when I read claims that a cable sounds better because it has a very, very low wire-to-wire capacitance of 35 pF, I simply must know more about it and ideally try it out for myself. And that’s how I got to test a pair of the SOMMER Cable (in some countries sold under the brand name Hicon) microphone cable with the name Epilogue which is wrapped in a bright yellow sheath and fitted out with Neutrik “SATIN” XLR connectors, which have rotated, genuine gold-plated contacts in the male and female versions… Read More Hear a difference a cable makes: the SOMMER Cable Epilogue