April 26, 2018

AES-SF Day 2 Part 2 – Portable Recorders

So I'm really getting tired of answering the question "What's the best handheld recorder" or "Which one should I get" or whatever permutation of that question gets asked. It's not that I don't like helping people, but I get bored of answering the same question over and over - plus, there's really no right answer - it's very much based on your needs. So, a month or two ago, I decided that I was going to do a handheld recorder roundup. Not just one that compares specs and all - that's as simple as data gathering, and anyone can do it with a little help from Google and your preferred audio retailer's site. What I want to do is to round up all … [Read more...]

AES-SF Day 2 part 1 – Avid Pro Tools 9

So for the second day of AES, I focused mainly on Avid and Portable recorders. Let's talk about Avid first. So ProTools 9 and tons of new fancy interfaces. This has probably been the most talked about topic amongst sound professionals for the past month. TONS of rumors floating around (many of them surprisingly true). So what's the biggest news about PT9? No more LE and no more hardware! No hardware you say? YES! Shockingly (because I know Avid, not because of common sense), you don't need to own ANY Avid (or Digi) hardware to run Pro Tools. Actually, you don't need any hardware at all... you can run it straight off your laptop's internal … [Read more...]

AES-SF Day 1 – Seals, Submarines, Skywalker and Scotch

My first full day in SF was quite an eventful one. I met up with Shaun Farley (from Dynamic Interference) to head up to Skywalker Ranch for the MPSE Sound Panel. We had some time to kill, so we headed over to Pier 39 because he was told there were some Seals that hung out over there. We got there, and sure enough, there were a bunch! They made all sorts of crazy sounds! Shaun had his Sony D50 with him and I had my Olympus LS-10, so we grabbed some (contaminated) recordings. Too many people around - but it was fun nonetheless. (Side note - went back there Sunday night with Nick Meade with a 702 and MKH60 / 30 M/S rig and boom pole. Much better … [Read more...]

129th Annual AES Roundup

Wow! Tons of stuff going on this week! Big news from Avid, great stuff from many microphone companies, Izotope, and tons more! The AES trade show floor was considerably smaller than usual, but there was a lot of cool stuff there. If you spent some time digging and talking to reps, inventors, presidents, etc... there was a lot of cool info to be gathered. I did my best at grabbing pics and info about topics and products pertaining to audio post and field recording / production audio. I'll cover a lot of it here, but if there's something I don't cover that you're wondering about, feel free to ask me if I happened to come across what you're … [Read more...]