Test: sE Electronics DM2 “T.N.T.” inline microphone pre-amp

The sE Electronics DM2 TNT inline pre-amp lets you choose between a moderate +15dB or generous +30dB of gain with an ultra-high impedance input and eight load settings to match any passive microphone. It suits all your dynamic mics like the V7 and your passive ribbon microphones and it’s perfect for podcasting, recording, live sound, etc. I had the pleasure of reviewing the DM1 Dynamite when it came out and that one was a winner, so how did the DM2 perform?… Read More Test: sE Electronics DM2 “T.N.T.” inline microphone pre-amp

sE Electronics V7 Black dynamic mic review

Used by artists like Billie Eilish, Justin Timberlake and Sammi Doll, sE Electronics’s dynamic microphone, the V7, is now available in a full black version appropriately listed as the “V7 Black”. This mic has an all-metal housing and beveled spring steel grille with the handle in a black satin finish, and it just looks great. More importantly, this mic sounds great and can easily compete with more expensive mics.… Read More sE Electronics V7 Black dynamic mic review

iZotope RX 9 Advanced review

Audio processing has fallen victim to the idea that AI is always going to be better than the human touch. Yet, many AI-based solutions spit out results that are worse than a human expert is capable of achieving. Some aspects of AI combine well with human expertise, though, especially in the audio processing field. Using machine learning algorithms in audio, video and photo processing applications is a good thing, mainly because they leave the editor in charge and increase efficiency. Since a good few versions back, iZotope has relied on machine learning excellence for their RX Audio Editor and the newest version takes it to the next level. I tested RX 9 Advanced to see if it lives up to its promise.… Read More iZotope RX 9 Advanced review

Telestream’s Switch 5 Pro lets you check your video’s quality on lower-end iMacs fast

Switch 5 Pro gives you frame-accurate playback of all your media and lets you see detailed information about it, including metadata (e.g. AS11 with UK DPP metadata, AS03 and others), bitrate, video essence and codec, audio channels, speaker assignments, and loudness levels. You can also compare multiple files in a single window and play and convert Windows Media content on your Mac as Switch is a fully licensed Windows Media playback tool (all three versions).… Read More Telestream’s Switch 5 Pro lets you check your video’s quality on lower-end iMacs fast

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

NUGEN Audio Paragon, convolution reverb as you’ve rarely heard before

A few weeks back, NUGEN Audio announced its Paragon plug-in with a Youtube movie. It turned out the app the company have been working on is a convolution reverb. I was keen on reviewing Paragon as NUGEN Audio is one of only a handful companies in this industry that consistently develops high-quality, high-performance audio plug-ins. And Paragon doesn’t disappoint. It operates in up to 7.1.2 audio channels and it’s Dolby Atmos compatible.… Read More NUGEN Audio Paragon, convolution reverb as you’ve rarely heard before

Need a high-quality solution for interviews or documentaries? Check out DPA’s 4097 CORE Interview Kit

DPA Microphones had the brilliant idea to create the 4097 CORE Interview Kit that is a perfect fit for boom pole operators in the COVID-19 era. The 4097 CORE microphone is a Micro Shotgun Microphone with a super cardioid polar plot ending in a MicroDot cable of 1.8m and is blessed with a highly directional pick-up pattern.… Read More Need a high-quality solution for interviews or documentaries? Check out DPA’s 4097 CORE Interview Kit

Sound Devices MixPre-3 II offers 32-bit float recording, -130dB noise floor and more

Sound Devices’ MixPre-3 II is a 32-bits floating-point 192KHz capable mixer-recorder that uses Sound Devices’ perfectly silent Kashmir microphone pre-amplifiers. The unit has faster, more advanced hardware, supports internal LTC Timecode generation and output and has adjustable limiters.… Read More Sound Devices MixPre-3 II offers 32-bit float recording, -130dB noise floor and more