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An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

An unfair yet justifiable mic comparison: AT2005USB versus Plantronics .Audio 326

I have covered the Audio Technica AT2005USB hybrid microphone (analog XLR + digital USB) in past articles and ebooks, and it has been my chosen studio microphone for my recent…

Review: Samson Q8X supercardioid dynamic handheld microphone, headless with A81WS

Review: Samson Q8X supercardioid dynamic handheld microphone, headless with A81WS

This is my review of the ≈US$100 Samson Q8X dynamic handheld, XLR vocal microphone, headless with the ≈ US$30 Shure presidential A81WS windscreen. Two details make the Samson Q8X…

Samson Q2U headless mic with Shure A81WS presidential windscreen

Samson Q2U headless mic with Shure A81WS presidential windscreen

After hearing, reading and watching many reviews of the Samson Q2U, I sought out to cure its only important Achilles heel. The Q2U is a hybrid dynamic “handheld” type microphone…

Monitoring challenges when using multiple digital USB mics simultaneously

Monitoring challenges when using multiple digital USB mics simultaneously

Digital USB microphones have improved in quality and multiplied in availability on the market. This can simplify systems and often reduce overall cost. Thanks to several ingenious software developers —including…

Mobile journalism and mediography update & buyer’s guide: 2016.12

Mobile journalism and mediography update & buyer’s guide: 2016.12

Whether you prefer the Android or the iOS platform (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch), mobile journalism and mediography keeps getting stronger. This applies to both audio-only and audio-with-video…

Branded windscreen vs mic flag: let’s compare

Branded windscreen vs mic flag: let’s compare

Back in 2014, I published the article RT and DirectTV Sports go beyond conventional mic flags by using branded windscreens, together with all of the advantages I perceived. A while…

Review: ATH-AG1x mic/headset for isolation

Review: ATH-AG1x mic/headset for isolation

In the past, I have reviewed several different headsets. I always cover their practical uses, and also how close they come to sounding to the studio mics I use and…

Use the under US$50 Kindle Fire as a 48 kHz audio recorder

Use the under US$50 Kindle Fire as a 48 kHz audio recorder

The lowest priced 7-inch color Kindle Fire tablet currently costs less than US$50 (or less than €60) and has received great reviews for its original purpose: to consume…

A return to multitrack USB audio on Mac

A return to multitrack USB audio on Mac

A few years ago, I had to abandon multitrack USB audio on Mac because it became complex and unreliable after a system upgrade. That just changed! Thanks to Hindenburg Journalist…

Review: iRig Mic Studio omniplatform digital microphone

Review: iRig Mic Studio omniplatform digital microphone

I have reviewed several microphones, preamps and other devices from IK Multimedia (and many other brands). The iRig Mic Studio is the first microphone from this innovative Italian company to…