Seahorse Cases offers a selection of watertight and dust proof equipment cases in various colors and configurations. You can order them empty or with a multi layer protective cubed matrix “Accuform” foam to customize for your equipment.
i-Series microphones from micW are designed to be used with iOS devices but can work with other handheld devices as well. They come in many different types and applications including measurement, recording and even a lavalier model. The i456 cardioid mic (above) sells for around $120. They also have a lot of cool accessories such as a split adapter for headphones or the mic stand shown below.
Although this may not be a big deal to some, every year I lobby the major mic manufacturers, SONY, Shure, Sennheiser, and Audio-Technica to bring out new professional USB equipment to provide us with more choices. Not to diminish new releases from Samson which I’ll talk about tomorrow, because I was thrilled to see this new microphone from Audio Technica – The AT2005USB is a cardioid mic that sells for $99 (including the tripod stand) that features XLR AND USB AND a headphone jack for direct monitoring. The XLR and USB can be used simultaneously.
K-tek’s Tadpole’s unique design allow you to stick your small camera such as the GoPro or iPhone into hard to reach areas or help steady them for tracking or moving shots. They sell for around $100, more or less depending on the length
Sampson’s Meteor Mic has one of the largest condenser diaphragms (25mm) of any USB mic available. Its cardioid pickup pattern, smooth frequency response and 16-bit, 44.1/48kHz resolution give you professional audio results no matter what you’re recording. Meteor Mic’s chrome-plated body includes a fold-back leg design that adjust to the optimal position for any recording application from acoustic guitars to vocals or speech. It also contains a stereo 1/8-inch headphone output for no latency monitoring and headphone volume knob as well as a microphone mute switch for privacy while video conferencing. There’s an integrated a mic stand adapter into the bottom so you can mount on a boom or desktop stand.
The Meteor Mic can plug right into your iPad with Apple’s USB connector.
The Zoom H2n features four unique recording modes: Mid-Side (MS) stereo, 90° X/Y stereo, 2-channel and 4-channel surround sound. The H2n is the first handheld recorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording, a technique used for many years in film and broadcast, where ambiance and surrounding noise are crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right. By increasing or decreasing the level of the Side mic, you can control the width of the stereo field, which gives you incredible flexibility over your recordings. If you record in RAW mode, you can even adjust the stereo width after recording.
The onboard 90° X/Y stereo condenser mics are arranged with the right and left mics on the same axis. This design ensures that the mics are always equidistant from the sound source for perfect localization and no phase shifting. The result is brilliant stereo recording with natural depth and accurate imaging.
Using the H2n’s Mid-Side and X/Y mics together, you can create stunning 360° surround sound recordings. Choose between 2-channel mode, which combines the Mid-Side and X/Y mics, and 4-channel mode, which records two separate stereo files, allowing you even more post-production capability. No matter which mode you use, you’ll get perfectly balanced, surround sound recordings.
The H2n also functions, including Auto-Gain, a compressor/limiter, time stamping and a new data recovery function. Whether you experience battery loss or an accidental power-down, this feature will automatically restore your data the next time the H2n is powered on.
The H2n provides over 20 hours of continuous operation on just two standard AA alkaline batteries. The built-in reference speaker lets you know your recordings have been captured. With its 1/8-inch stereo output, you can also playback your recordings on your home audio system or listen to your masterpiece using your favorite pair of headphones.
The H2n can accommodate up to a 32GB SDHC card for over 50 hours of recording time using the 16-bit/44.1kHz WAV format. With 128kbps MP3 format, you get an incredible 555 hours of stereo recording. The H2n comes with a 2GB SD card to get you started.
The Sampson Go Mic is a portable recording microphone that clips to your laptop or sit on your desk. It features a switchable cardioid and omni polar patterns and is compatible with Mac or PC.
American ingenuity at it’s best, the Padcaster. Why? Because they can, that’s why. Check out the video about the device and then check out the website for some sample footage. Pretty crazy stuff.