Lavalier or shotgun microphone: which one should you use for your interview? There are pros and cons for each and in this B&H video, Gabriel Richards discusses the benefits and drawbacks so you can make an informed decision.
0:00 - Introduction
0:24 - Lav Microphones
1:51 - Shotgun Microphones
3:13 - Richards’
As the holiday season approaches, you might be wondering what the best gifts are for a music lover or musician in your life. You might even be one of those yourself, looking for a nice treat! Regardless of your situation, we have assembled a variety of musical gifts to please a variety of folk. Let’s take a look.
Bose® QuietComfort™ 45 Noise-Canceling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones
You will be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t have a pair of noise-canceling headphones on their wish list. There is no right or wrong, because we all have our
Podcasting—all the cool kids are doing it. Maybe your kid wants to be cool. Maybe it’s your dad who wants to pontificate online (let him, it’ll keep him quieter at dinner). Or maybe you’ve got a friend who’s getting into podcasting but doesn’t have all the bells and whistles just yet.
If that’s case, check out this holiday gift guide, geared toward the podcaster—or wannabe podcaster—in your life!
1. Studio Broadcasting Mic on a Budget: The RØDE NT-USB Mini
A previous version of this GUIDE advocated for the
The year 2020 intensely changed the landscape for office employees, sending masses of people home to handle conferencing, collaboration, meetings, interviews, and even high-profile presentations from their personal spaces, be they makeshift offices in miniscule apartments or dedicated rooms in sprawling vacation homes. To make a great impression and command attention in such situations, your voice should sound as clear, present, and intelligible as it would in person; for that you need a high-quality microphone that won’t bog you down with a
So, you want to try your hand at playing the piano? Maybe you’re spending every waking and unconscious moment indoors (thanks, 2020) and you need a new hobby, perhaps you find yourself drawn to writing and performing your own songs, or it could be that you know a little one who has expressed interest in becoming the next Mozart and could use a strong start. Whichever the case, an aspiring player won’t get far without a keyboard of their own. So, whether it’s a small and portable keyboard that would be best or only a full-size model that feels
At one point in the not-so-distant past, you either needed a decked-out analog studio or a painfully expensive digital audio workstation to attain the type of sound deemed to be at the professional level. Much to the collective rejoicing of songwriters, producers, musicians, audio engineers, and content creators literally everywhere, that can be filed away as a memory of the olden times. Thanks to clever tech and manufacturing by brands such as Universal Audio, Antelope, Apogee, and more, there are powerful audio interfaces that contain high-
Here at B&H, we’d like you to celebrate the pro-audio people in your lives, so we’ve compiled a list of stocking stuffers for the studio supplicant in your circle, whether that person be a musician, an engineer, or as is usually the case these days, some horridly undercompensated combination of the two.
Pro audio gear can be quite expensive; it’s not uncommon for engineers to spend hundreds—if not thousands—of dollars on some essential product that won’t even look cool or make any sound whatsoever (I’m looking at you, room treatment). Thus
Summer is here, so why not start a vlog indoors, comfortably shielded from the sun and all its unpleasant warmth? Obviously, you’ll need something to capture video, be it a camcorder, camera, smartphone, or tablet. What about the sound, though? Often overlooked by newcomers, the vlog’s audio quality really does matter and it makes a difference to your audience, even if they don’t know why some content sounds better than others. Thankfully, you need not attend an expensive masterclass to get clean, quality audio for your productions, because
With more and more companies offering CD-quality streams, hi-res tiers, and lossless audio options, the temptation to reserve a bit more of the paycheck for pleasurable listening is greater than ever. Apple, Amazon, Tidal, Quboz, Deezer, and others have concluded that giving music lovers extra fidelity is a worthwhile endeavor, a move that is generally applauded by industry professionals and “normal people” alike. However, before you shell out various monies on high-quality streaming services, make sure your hardware (physical devices) can
If you feel the urge to podcast, you’re not alone. This fast-growing form of entertainment is virtually free of gate-keepers; all you need is a bright idea and some basic audio tools to get started. But what are these tools?
Well, it depends on the kind of podcast you’d like to make. If you’re running a one-person show, you don’t need much. But someone orchestrating a four-person panel requires a more complicated setup.
In the next few paragraphs, we’re going to break it down and make it simple: whether you see yourself making solo podcasts or
No matter what area of audio production you work in, you’re constantly listening. Loud and proud or whisper quiet, through headphones or speakers, in your studio or on the road, you’re constantly listening. And naturally, you need to hear your productions through various transducers to accurately assess how they translate.
What you don’t want is to be relegated to a life of vibe-killing, time-wasting repatching—you know, power-down those speakers, unplug them, plug in the other speakers, power them on, etc.—or adjust your DAW’s master fader to
Do you have a budding podcaster in your life? Do you have no idea what to get them this holiday season? Read on!
The USB microphone is a perfect gift for anyone curious about getting into podcasting. It collapses several pieces of equipment into one affordable package. We're recommending the RØDE NT-USB Mini, a condenser mic that offers a warm, clear sound. This wallet-friendly mic naturally rejects room tone, which is great
Studio monitors come in all shapes and sizes. From quad 15" behemoths to the tiniest 3" pico-size, there are many factors that come into play when selecting monitors. Price is the obvious choice, but perhaps you have space constraints or fussy neighbors. Or maybe you are looking for a nice pair of “B” monitors to complement your mains. In this article, we’ll be looking at some pint-size powerhouse micro-monitors for a variety of applications. With so many compact monitors (5" and above) on the market, I decided to showcase only the true “micro
With clubs, venues, and events starting to come back to life, things have been getting better this year; but let’s face it, your favorite DJ could still use all the love and support you have to give. With that in mind, here are a few gift ideas for the special spinner in your life.
Samsung 256GB USB 3.1 Gen 1 BAR Plus Flash Drive
From the earliest lo-fi rock platters of the Flintstones era, to compact discs in the 1980s and ’90s, to today’s portable drives, DJ media has certainly evolved over the years. The days of lugging vinyl around have
It’s that time of the year again. The “holidaze” are upon us and with them comes the stress of finding the perfect gift for that special someone. I’m a terrible procrastinator, especially when holiday shopping, so I’ve compiled a roundup of the best portable Bluetooth speakers.
Bluetooth speakers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Portability is subjective, so we’ll be looking at a broad variety of offerings. From beach karaoke and whitewater rafting to spreading holiday cheer with ambient background music or rocking out while preparing