Tuesday, 25 August 2020 / Published in gear

Welcoming new member Goefon from Lom instruments!
Looking forward to the comparison test with Barcus berry 4000 contact microphone.

Sunday, 13 October 2019 / Published in gear

New microphone from Sanken
cms-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Professional Shotgun

It is a small MS mic that might fit in my field recording bag in the future…

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Model Name

CMS-50

Transducer

Self – polarised condenser

Directivity

M: Cardioid,  S: Figure-8

Frequency response

(60Hz – 20kHz)

Sensitivity (at 1kHz)

-28dB (40mV) (0dB = 1V/Pa)

Equivalent noise level (A weighted)

18dB SPL  (A weighted)

Max SPL (1% THD)

138dB SPL

Output impedance( 1kHz )

140 ohms

High pass filter cut off freq.

60Hz

Powering

+48V ± 4V Phantom U.P.F

Current consumption

4 mA (each channel)

Weight

4.6oz (130g)

Dimensions

5.4″ (137mm) length
0.87″ (22mm) diam.

Surface finish

Matte Black

Connector

XLR-5-12C(M) equivalent
( 1: GND, 2: M-Hot, 3: M-Cold, 4: S-Hot, 5: S-Cold )
POLAR PATTERN
FREQUENCY RESPONSE

Saturday, 28 September 2019 / Published in gear

FIELD RECORDING BAG

I’ve been looking for a variety of field recording bags, and in the past, I used to curry microphones in arc’teryx miura 45 and pieces of equipment in another bag, but now I can store much in this Peak Design Travel Duffelpack bag.
As you have already seen how Tim Prebble uses this bag, this bag opens from your back so no need to worry about getting dirt on your back anymore!

I tested compatible as a field recording bag, and the result was It could hold gears more than I thought.

But how about its maximum load capacity? I’ve asked them before purchasing, and their quick kind answer was they tested at well over 200+ without signs of failure!
YES! & NICE! They have such great customer support!

It is the best bag for me so far which I’d like to recommend to all colleagues and field recordists out there.
chao

SPEC:
CAPACITY
45L min, 65L max

EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS
Standard: 66cm x 38 cm x 30cm (26" x 15" x 12") Circumference: 110cm (43")

Expanded: 66cm x 42 cm x 34cm (26" x 17" x 13") Circumference: 134cm (53")
(expansion panels expand bag diameter the most thus creating a large volume increase of 20L)

INTERNAL DIMENSIONS
Standard: 26in (66cm) x 9.5in (24cm) x 9in (23cm)
Expanded: 26in (66cm) x 15in (38cm) x 9in (23cm)
Thursday, 04 July 2019 / Published in gear

NEW ZOOM F6
The Zoom F6 features both 32-bit float recording and dual AD converters which very interesting!
They are growing rapidly in the field recording & location sound industries these days.
We are really proud of zoom in Japan!!

More detail on ZOOM WEBSITE

Recording Media:
SD cards, SDHC cards, SDXC cards (that conform to standards)

INPUTS
Inputs 1–6:
Connectors XLR jack (pin 2 hot)

Input (mic):
Input gain +12 dB – +75 dB
Input impedance 3 kΩ or more
Maximum input level +4 dBu

Input (line):
Input gain −8 dB – +55 dB
Input impedance 5 kΩ or more
Maximum input level +24 dBu

Phantom power:
+24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel

Equivalent input noise:
−127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 Ω input)

OUTPUTS
Line output:
Connectors 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output
Output impedance 100 Ω or less
Reference output level –10 dBV, 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load
Maximum output level +10 dBV, 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load
D/A dynamic range 95 dB typ (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)

Headphone output:
Connector 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output
Output impedance 15 Ω or less
Maximum output level 100 mW + 100 mW (32Ω load)
D/A dynamic range 108 dB typ (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)

RECORDING FORMATS
When WAV selected:
Supported formats:
44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192 kHz, 16/24-bit/32-bit float,
mono/stereo/2-8ch poly, BWF/iXML

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:
14 (6 inputs x 2 (Linear and Floating) + LR mix)
6 (6 inputs (Linear or Floating) at Float(32bit) Mode, 192 kHz)

When MP3 selected:
Supported formats:
128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:
2

RECORDING TIME
Using a 32 GB card:
30:46:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
7:41:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)

TIMECODE
Connectors:
3.5 mm stereo mini (Tip: IN, Ring: OUT)

Modes:
Off, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec
(audio clock can be synchronized to timecode)

Frame rates:
23.976 ND, 24 ND, 25 ND, 29.97 ND, 29.97 D, 30 ND, 30 D

Precision:
±0.2 ppm

Allowed input level:
0.2 – 5.0 Vpp

Allowed input impedance:
4.6 kΩ

Output level:
3.3 Vpp

Output impedance:
50 Ω or less

POWER
Options:
AC adapter : DC 5V (supports USB bus power)
Sony® L-Series battery
4 AA batteries (alkaline, lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries)

Continuous recording time:
48 kHz/16-bit 2ch recording to SD card (LINE OUT off, TIMECODE off, LED/LCD Brightness 5, headphones into 32Ω load, PHANTOM off):
Alkaline batteries 7.5 hours or more
NiMH batteries
(2450 mAh)
10.5 hours or more
Lithium batteries 16.5 hours or more

48 kHz/24-bit 6ch recording to SD card (LINE OUT off, TIMECODE off, LED/LCD Brightness 5, headphones into 32Ω load, PHANTOM off):
Alkaline batteries 5.0 hours or more
NiMH batteries
(2450 mAh)
7.0 hours or more
Lithium batteries 10.5 hours or more

192 kHz/24-bit 6ch recording to SD card (LINE OUT on, TIME CODE set to Int Free Run, LED/LCD Brightness 60, headphones into 32Ω load, PHANTOM at 48 V):
Alkaline batteries 0.5 hours or more
NiMH batteries (2450
mAh)
1.5 hours or more
Lithium batteries 3.5 hours or more

Display:
1.54″ full-color LCD (240 × 240)

USB
Mass storage operation:
Class USB 2.0 High Speed

Multitrack audio interface operation (driver required for Windows, no driver required for MacOS):
Class USB 2.0 High Speed
Specifications Sampling rate 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz
Bit Rate 16/24-bit
Channels 6 in/4 out

Stereo mix audio interface operation (no driver required):
Class USB 2.0 Full Speed
Specifications Sampling rate 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate 16-bit
Channels 2 in/2 out
Note: iOS device audio interface operation supported (stereo mode only)

AIF with Rec operation (driver required for Windows, no driver required for MacOS):
Class USB 2.0 High Speed
Specifications Sampling rate 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate 16/24-bit
Channels 8 in/4 out

Power consumption:
10 W

External dimensions:
100 mm (W) x 119.8 mm (D) x 62.9 mm (H)

Weight:
520 g

Tuesday, 18 September 2018 / Published in gear

According to SONOSAX, it is a lightweight 2 channels high resolution dual-domain microphones preamplifier with integrated USB audio Class 2.
Looks good and simple Swiss design.

Details at SONOSAX

Inputs / Outputs
2x mic/line inputs on TA3, electronically balanced, with phase reversal, 48V phantom, LF cut and level control on the front panel
1x AES3/AES42 on TA3, transformer balanced input with phase reversal, 48V phantom, LF cut and level control on the front panel
1x line output on TA3, 2 channels analog unbalanced
1x AES3 output on TA3, 2 channels transformer balanced with ASRC (48/96/192k)
1x USB audio 2 channels input/output on micro USB type B connector
independent line/headphones stereo output on mini-jack

Performance
135 dB (A-weighted) overall dynamic range
THD < 0.001%
90 kHz overall frequency response @192kHz
24-bit 48/96/192kHz

Powering
external DC 9-18V on Hirose 4-pin
external DC 5V on micro USB
removable lithium-ion battery, charged with external DC input
intelligent energy management
User interface
128×64 monochrome OLED display
two rotary encoder for gain control
intuitive menu navigation

Mechanical
Machined aluminum housing
overall dimension: 74 x 28 x 130 mm (2.9’’ x 1.1’’ x 5.1’’)
weight 300g (0.44lbs) with battery
mounting holes on both sides
optional mounting bracket for still camera
Note: preliminary specifications, subject to change without notice

(C) SONOSAX

Tuesday, 21 August 2018 / Published in gear

Since Line Audio cm3 is so tiny, it was hard to find a windshield that fits. On top of that, ws10 might be too gorgeous…Plus I wanted to make a small set to fit in my bag along with mkh8040s in ws10.
So this BBG came better than what I expected! The actual dimension of oball’s smaller circle was just as size as rubber bushing which Inside dimension was the same size as cm3 (20mm). PERFECT!^^!

I just made quick comparison of DIY BBG and Rycote baseball
(nnn…baseball is not so good for outdoor use, but…)

Audio is just as raw from inside Rycote baseball.

Wave from BASEBALL

Audio is just as raw from inside Oball.

Wave from Oball

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 / Published in gear

This is great solution for zoom f8 using external battery.
With this Anker PowerCore 10000 mobile battery (10000mAh, full charged) and LANMU’s 5v to 12v usb to dc connector, Zoom f8 could run 8 hours ( 11.7~6v continuously ) with 8 tracks phantom on.
That means with internal battery I can go a day which is good enough for field recording as I just need to power up zoom f8 right before hit rec. If you are location sound guy, you can go for more powerful mobile battery.

Size of this mobile battery is 92 × 60 × 22(mm) and Weight 180g, so much smaller and lighter than carrying extra AA batteries and much nice to walk around with full of gears!

And importantly, usb mobile batteries are affordable and convenient, so I don’t think I need to invest on Np1 or sony’s batteries anymore!^^!

Thanx to Saturday Sound Guy for great introduction.

Monday, 28 May 2018 / Published in gear

Korg MS20 tips by gattobus