Sound Thu, 19 Jul 18 19:19:25 -0600 Sound en-CA Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro Wed, 18 Jan 2012 06:02:45 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 2044@/talks/discussions image image

Price: about $250

Available at:

More info:

Zoom F4 with six inputs and eight tracks (is like a new low priced F8!) Tue, 06 Sep 2016 08:18:03 -0600 IronFilm 15665@/talks/discussions image



My blog post on this news: (some of it repeated below)

I thought the Zoom F8 when it was announced was a groundbreaking new recorder in what it brought to a new low price point for soundies.

Now the F4 is even cheaper ($650 vs $1K), and has nearly everything the F8 has! Except for most notably the lack of extra XLR inputs (8 vs 4, thus the names: F8 vs F4. The "F" = field recorder, "H" = handheld recorder such as H1/H4n/H5/H6) and the lack of an app for the F4 to mix on a tablet like you can with the F8. Oh, and in a more minor point the F4 has a monochrome screen vs the 4 color screen of the F8.

But everything else (such as pre amps, and time code) is basically exactly the same as the F8!

Some specs

Designed to provide big Hollywood sound on an affordable indie budget, Zoom F4 is a 6-input / 8-track professional field recorder featuring super-low-noise preamps and timecode with pinpoint accuracy. The unit provides recording and playback resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz with impressive audio specs including an extremely low noise floor (-127 dBu EIN) and high gain (up to +75 dB), with +4 dB line-level inputs. The on-board temperature-compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) generates timecode at 0.2 ppm accuracy and supports all standard drop-frame and non-drop formats, as well as jam sync for external devices.

The advanced on-board limiters provide overload protection for all inputs and outputs, which lets you capture audio in a wide range of environments. Limiting can be applied simultaneously at full resolution with 10 dB of headroom and features controls for setting threshold, attack, and release.

The F4 offers four combo XLR-1/4" inputs, a 1/8" stereo input, and includes a Zoom mic-capsule input for recording six discrete tracks with an additional stereo mix, all at full 24-bit/192 kHz resolution. Additionally, inputs 5/6 can function as a camera return for audio monitoring only for confidence checks. The dual-SD card slot features simultaneous recording to both cards allowing you to make a backup or split recording with all eight tracks on one card and a stereo mix on the other. Each of the four XLR-1/4" inputs offers a dedicated preamp with gain control, phantom power, a six-segment LED level meter, plus a Record Ready and PFL switch. In addition to the 1/4" headphone output with a dedicated volume control, the F4 provides two main balanced XLR outputs, as well as two sub outs on a single unbalanced 1/8" stereo mini-jack, enabling easy connection to a camera. All timecode I/O is provided on BNC connectors and the unit includes a variable-frequency slate-tone generator to confirm levels.

An easy-to-read 1.9" LCD display is suitable for use in all lighting environments including dark low-light sets to bright sunlight. The on-board mixer not only provides user-adjustable level, pan, and input/output delay, but also offers high-pass filtering for noise and wind reduction, phase inversion, and Mid-Side decoding. The F4 ships with a camera-mount adapter, AC power adapter, and download codes for Cubase LE and Wavelab LE.

  • Six-input / eight-track multitrack field recorder with integrated mixer
  • Six discrete inputs, including four with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors, a stereo 3.5mm input, and Zoom mic-capsule input
  • Compact and lightweight metal chassis, weighing just two pounds (without batteries)
  • High-quality mic preamps with up to 75 dB gain, less than -127 dBu EIN, and +4 dB line inputs
  • Support for up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording as well as 96, 88.2, 48, and 44.1 kHz, plus 47.952 and 48.048 kHz for HD video compatibility; 16-/24-bit resolution
  • Accurate timecode (0.2 ppm) I/O on standard BNC connectors; dropframe/non-drop formats with Jam Sync
  • Two different power supply options: 8x AA batteries or external DC battery pack with 4-pin Hirose connector
  • Dedicated gain control knob, 6-segment LED level meter, and PFL/Solo switch for each channel
  • Phantom power (+48V/+24V) on every preamp
  • Advanced on-board limiters for input and output
  • High-pass filter, phase invert, and Mid-Side decoder
  • Input delay of up to 30ms per channel / output delay of up to 10 frames per output
  • Compatible with all Zoom mic capsules; optional ECM extender cable enables remote positioning
  • Dual XLR balanced Main Outs plus 1/8" stereo mini-jack Sub Out
  • Dedicated headphone output (100mW) with front-panel volume control
  • 1.9” white, backlit monochrome LCD
  • Dedicated PFL display with viewable trim settings
  • Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots, up to 512GB each
  • Records in BWF-compliant WAV or MP3 file formats
  • Support for extensive metadata (BWF and iXML); input time, date, project, scene number, etc.
  • Built-in tripod mount; camera-mount adapter also included
  • Use as a 6-in/4-out USB audio interface (@ 96 kHz)

Available for $650 at

BOYA BY-MM1 On Camera Small Cardioid Microphone Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:47:02 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19536@/talks/discussions

Nice small microphone


Zoom F8n Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:47:32 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19419@/talks/discussions image

Do not see any mention or press release, only our team photo.

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ZYLIA ZM-1 - Mike system with 19 mikes Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:12:02 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16067@/talks/discussions

  • 19 microphone capsules
  • LED ring status indicator
  • 48 KHz / 24 bit recording
  • USB connectivity
  • Easy to deploy

Cinegear 2018: Deity SMic Original 2 Wed, 06 Jun 2018 02:34:43 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19826@/talks/discussions

VideoMic Me-L - microphone for iPhones Thu, 21 Jun 2018 18:55:40 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19945@/talks/discussions

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Microphone placement Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:57:30 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 968@/talks/discussions ]]> NAB 2018: Zaxcom ZFR300 and ZFR400 Portable Small Audio Recorders Mon, 21 May 2018 07:39:33 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19753@/talks/discussions

Saramonic SR-VRM1 XLR Recorder Tue, 03 Oct 2017 08:44:15 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17894@/talks/discussions

Sennheiser AVX wireless mikes Thu, 27 Aug 2015 22:04:18 -0600 MikeLinn 13619@/talks/discussions Setup

Mikes Difference


Tascam DR-40 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 14:15:37 -0600 skiandbike 951@/talks/discussions

•Handheld 4-track Portable Recorder
•Built-in cardioid condenser microphones, adjustable to XY or AB position
•XLR / 1/4” mic/line input with phantom power
•Record the built-in microphones with the XLR mic or line input for a four-track recording
•Dual recording mode captures a safety track at a lower level to avoid distortion
•Overdub mode allows recording along with a previous take
•Peak reduction automatically sets the ideal recording level
•15-hour battery life from three AA batteries
•Up to 96kHz/24-bit WAV/BWF or MP3 recording resolution
•2-second pre-recording buffer
•Variable speed playback from 50-150% speed without changing the pitch
•Adjustable limiter and low cut filter (40 / 80 / 120 Hz)
•Built-in speaker and chromatic tuner
•1/8” headphone/line output
•Playback EQ and level align
•Stereo Reverb effect
•Tripod mounting hole
•SD/SDHC card slot supports up to 32GB media (2GB card included)
•Locking Neutrik Combi jacks
•USB 2.0 jack and cable for transferring recordings to computer
•Powered by three AA batteries, AC adapter (optional PS-P515U), external battery pack (optional BP-6AA), or USB bus power


Order and pricing:

Pricing is $157.59

Missing some of the analog features of the DR-100, but control dial looks much better. Zoom H4n killer?

I have been going back and forth on the DR-100 and H4n for a few weeks. Anyone have insights into how this might compare?]]>
Going hard-wired with a lavalier mic? Wed, 28 May 2014 23:28:55 -0600 Sangye 10481@/talks/discussions So I've been looking for a good solution that'll allow me to use lavalier mics as wired units. I had previously been running my Oscar SoundTech TL-40 (it's a great mic, by the way) into a Tascam DR-05, which I planted on or near the subject. However, that setup doesn't let me monitor the audio, which is scary and very bad form. Worse, it has on occasion come unplugged. Nothing like telling a personal friend of the Clintons and a colleague of Joseph Campbell that she needs to repeat everything she said over the past 30 minutes. Yes, that happened.

Although one can find locking TRS extension cables, they apparently act like radio antennae, and the longer the distance the worse the distortion. Balanced XLR seems like the obvious choice, but that presents another issue: how to adapt a mic that requires 10v mic power, to an XLR cable that either has no power or has 12V / 48V phantom power.

After a little research, I bought a Provider Series PPA XLR to Sennheiser (threaded TRS) power adapter, to match my TL-40. The Provider Series PPA is small tube just larger than an XLR plug, that uses 48V phantom power from XLR on one end, to power any kind of lavalier mic on other end, and balances the signal at mic level for transmission through the XLR cable. By the way, I got a PPA with AUT plug on eBay for $1 with shipping (usually $90), and ordered a SENN replacement plug from Performance Audio for $29 -- but instead they sent me another PPA WITH a SENN plug: another $90 value!. Got lucky on both counts!

Anyway, I don't currently have an XLR recorder (I'm expecting a DR-60D in the mail on Friday), but I have been testing this new setup with my iRig PRE on my iPhone and on my DR-05. It works, but I'm a little surprised by how high the noise floor is, and how flat the sound is. I compare the recordings on the DR-05 with and without the iRig PRE / PPA adapters, and I get a MUCH cleaner and fuller recording plugging the lav mic directly into the recorder and turning mic power on. I was lead to believe that the iRig PRE is a decent pre-amp, with a low noise floor. Does that mean the Provider Series adapters are causing the degraded quality? Or maybe my iRig PRE is a lemon? Because of the error with Performance Audio I have two PPAs, and I get the same results using both of them. So I kind of doubt it's a bad copy, more likely the design is bad.

I will do more comparisons once the DR-60D arrives, and hopefully figure out which unit is the culprit. I'll post my findings here, but in the mean time, I wanted to know what everyone else is doing when they want to go wired with their lavalier mics.

Tascam DR-701D Wed, 18 Nov 2015 17:55:32 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 14083@/talks/discussions image

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Aputure Deity Shotgun Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:03:37 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 16292@/talks/discussions

Expensive, and do not see any reason to prefer it to MXL and alikes.

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This guys are after Zoom :-)

Lectrosonics PDR Portable Audio Recorder Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:01:20 -0700 Vitaliy_Kiselev 18305@/talks/discussions

NAB 2018: Boya BY-PM700 USB Microphone Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:45:49 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 19525@/talks/discussions

BOYA BY-HM100 Reporter Mike Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:58:10 -0600 Vitaliy_Kiselev 17160@/talks/discussions image

Price is below $50 shipped -

This is really cheap, do not know how good it is, need to make some tests. Just note that interview mike must be long and preferably omni.

For exhibition PV team uses I really love the sound and performance of it.

Ultra affordable wireless options? Boya BY-WM6 vs Saramonic UwMic10 vs Azden PRO-XD? Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:31:50 -0600 IronFilm 14943@/talks/discussions Currently have a RodeLink which I'm happy with, and brought it as I felt it is the "cheapest" wireless I could go with. But there are times when more than one (or two, or three...) wireless are needed. And I'm wondering if there are even more affordable options, which are still usable.

Been looking around for the last few weeks at the various wireless options which are priced significantly below the RodeLink, there are a surprisingly large number of them!! :-o

Unfortunately many of these ones are no good, but on the upside it appears wireless has taken great strides forward (all 5 of these wireless sets mentioned are only roughly a year old or less on the market), and I've narrowed it down to four which are cheaper than the RodeLink yet look appealing from what I can gather (here they are listed from cheapest to priciest):

Boya BY-WM6 vs Azden PRO-XD vs Saramonic UwMic10 vs Audio-Technica ATW-1701L

Boya BY-WM6

Is the cheapest of the four by far at only US$140 with free shipping. It uses the 584 MHz-608 MHz frequency range. Includes an XLR output cable. Runs on two AA batteries with a claimed run time of 8hrs. Comes with a portable case for the set. RX has a headphone jack.

Azden PRO-XD

Second cheapest of the three at US$199 with free shipping. Uses 2.4GHz wireless. Uses an internal battery (can't swap it out.... hmmm... a downside! But on the upside, it is the slimmest of the four, which is a bonus for a wireless system). Battery life is meant to be an impressive 16hrs (with a 3hr recharge time). Has a headphone jack on the RX. Internal batteries are rechargeable over USB (can see this being useful for bag use, to keep all the RX units charged up from a USB power pack. However careful battery management during the shoot will be needed with the TX units)

Saramonic UwMic10

If you squint they look almost the same as the Sony UWP-D11 sets! (it even has an XLR TX option like Sony does with the Sony UWP-D16. Which I am really looking forward to using on the boom pole, to get rid of the cable)

But the Saramonic UwMic10 costs half the amount of a Sony UWP-D11. As it is US$270 plus taxes/shipping to NZ (which does then significantly increase its cost, unfortunately).

The Saramonic is I think the system I'd like to go for, but once the final cost is worked out it ends up pushing up uncomfortable close to the RodeLink to really truly be a "cheaper option than a RodeLink" by a significant margin. Plus it is such a new item to the market that none of Adorama/B&H/ are selling it, maybe I should revisit this item in a couple of months time and see if this has changed.

Audio-Technica ATW-1701L

Cheapest price now is $330.79:

But it was merely US$220 at Adorama only a month ago:

I think that the current prices for the ATW-1701L are just a little too high right now, as it puts it too close in price to a RodeLink, so not much savings there. But if ever see it at that sale price then I'll buy one (two even!) in a heartbeat!

Well, I think this now is complete survey of the "good options" which are cheaper than a RodeLink. I've surely left out a few other possibly interesting options, and feel free to point out anything important I've left out, but what I'm left wondering now... is which of these four should I pull the trigger on and buy? Open to any thoughts on my options!