Three ways to change the sound characteristics of your microphone without a DSP-capable audio interface

In the past, we have tested and reviewed an sE Electronics V7 dynamic vocal microphone, an sE2200a large-diaphragm condenser and a RØDE NT1 condenser mic. We found the clarity and flat tone response of the V7 and the NT1 great, but they lack the warmth of the sE2200a. So, after reviewing the Universal Audio DSP-capable Arrow interface, which allows you to use a near-zero-latency Unison plug-in as a preamp that can dramatically change the sound characteristics of the mic you’re using, we wondered if it would be possible to change the sound recorded with the V7 and NT1 in such ways that they would sound more like the sE2200a without losing their own unique qualities. In other words, we wanted to know if you can make your audio sound as if it were recorded with a Universal Audio Unison tube preamp UA 610-B.


How good is your video camera slider at steady slow speeds? One simple way to find out

Rhino Motion mounting on the slider

What good is a video camera slider if it can’t provide rock-solid motion, with no vibrations? And if it does, what can you do about it? By accident I found out there are circumstances the Rhino slider EVO Carbon with its Motion motor creates footage that makes your zoomed-in subject look like a Parkinson patient. This …

Simple but complete Guide to using the Hahnel Captur Module Pro (2)

In this tutorial you’re going to learn how to use the Hahnel Captur Module Pro and all of its capabilities. Before we start, you should also have a Captur Remote Control set with a Transmitter that is put in Digital Channel Matching mode with at least one Receiver. In addition, you should put your Captur Module Pro in Digital Channel Matching (DCM) mode with at least one other Captur Receiver.

Simple Guide to using the Hahnel Captur Remote Control

Captur Module Pro

With the Hahnel Captur Remote Control you can control a camera or a group of photographic flashlights. The Captur Remote Control is the basic part of a bigger system that includes sensor triggers and intervalometers. This tutorial discusses how to use the Hahnel Captur Remote Control to its full extend and is the first of a series of two. The next tutorial covers the Hahnel Captur Module Pro.

How to use your GoPro HERO3+ skilfully and dazzle your audience

HERO4 Black

Your GoPro HERO3/3+/4 Black Action Camera is quite a capable camera. How you make the most of it for any type of movie to look perfect, depends on how you set it up. The secret here is to tap into the best quality the sensor and electronics are capable of. This tutorial is based on my experience with GoPro cameras from the HERO2 to the HERO3+, and takes you through the most important settings and issues.

Hahnel Captur: working with the InfraRed module

Captur Module Pro

With Hahnel's Captur Module Pro comes a IR transmission module for free. The IR module has two settings: High and Low. I noticed that, when I set the switch to High nothing would happen with my usual setup — the Module Pro and the IR component about 75cm apart. Setting the switch to Low works just fine, so it wasn' the IR module that was broken. I did some research and this is what I came up with.

Complete walkthrough of Audio Hijack 3 features

different routings

In the Audio Hijack 3 tutorial I’ll be taking you through the entire app right from when it has been installed on your system. I will cover the basic operations and the interface elements. I will show you how to properly set up a recording workflow. And we'll cover an advanced topic: recording to iTunes loudness specs in Audio Hijack 3 with a third party plug-in. The tutorial contains four screencasts, a large number of screenshots and guidance in text format.

Using the GoPro 2.7K mode as a virtual zoom

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition 2.7K as zoom: Spatial Transform in FCP X.

GoPro Hero3 cameras are great but they lack a lens that you can focus and zoom as you want. But with the 2.7K capability, there's a trick so you can virtually zoom in on areas of your scene, provided that you work with Final Cut Pro X and your sequence or timeline is no bigger than 1080p.

How to optimise your Røde NT-USB for best results

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The Røde NT-USB is a USB microphone. USB microphones have one major benefit: you don’t need a driver or an ADC (Analogue-Digital-Converter) to make it work. To get best results from a USB microphone you need to set the gain correctly. The NT-USB has an optimised gain for its internal circuits, but unless you have a loud voice, that gain setting may be too low. Here is how you set it for optimimum results.