REVIEW: Viviana Straps eXtreme

A bit ago, I reviewed the original Viviana Straps from Soundfish.  I was a big fan of them, particularly because I had been previously using Neopax and, quite frankly, there is no comparison in my opinion (unless you’re trying to stay warm in the winter, because those things are thick and very hot).  You can see the review of the original straps here. Fast forward … Continue reading REVIEW: Viviana Straps eXtreme

REVIEW: Zoom F8n – The Full Realization Of The F8

Back in 2015 when the F8 was released, Zoom began to be known for something other than their prosumer or documentary tools. Prior to this, for better or for worse, the infamous H4n was the face of the company for pro sound mixers (despite their array of other products). While not at all a bad device for what it did, it was so often one … Continue reading REVIEW: Zoom F8n – The Full Realization Of The F8

Youtube channels for the location sound recordist

A (moving) picture is worth a thousand words. When I am in the market for a new sound related “toy”, I google the heck out of it, check the JW Sound Forum and the various Facebook groups for some hand on experience on the item in question. And there is YouTube. A couple of years ago that was not a viable option. All the “location sound” related videos were made by so-called “videographers” barely touching the info we as location recordists/mixers need, more focusing on how thinks look like, if it fits on a gimbal, those kind of meta details. Continue reading Youtube channels for the location sound recordist

REVIEW: K-Tek KMBC1 Mighty Boom Cable

An XLR cable. That’s what this is. Enough said, right? Well, actually no because this XLR cable is mighty!  And I came up with that designation all on my own.  Without any help.  I’ll take my award now. What makes it “mighty” is the very heavy gauge wire that comprises its structure.  K-Tek claims that this cable is robust, and indeed it is.  I took … Continue reading REVIEW: K-Tek KMBC1 Mighty Boom Cable

New Sennheiser XS entry level wireless announced…….. mostly…..

In the recent press kit for Sennheiser’s new SK2000 mini transmitter, they briefly made reference to a “new entry level wireless kit for musicians and videographers”.  Not much else was mentioned on the subject.  So the fastidious people over here at Wavreport went looking for some clarification.   Subtly located deep within the bowels of the FCC filings, we discovered Sennheiser’s new system, complete with … Continue reading New Sennheiser XS entry level wireless announced…….. mostly…..

REVIEW: Rycote PCS Boom Quick Release System

I caught a glimpse at this little guy back at the 2018 NAB show.  It was a prototype and it wasn’t on display.  Simon Davies at Rycote whipped it out from the cupboard as a preview.  It wasn’t quite there yet as it wobbled a bit, but it was still very exciting.  It weighed almost nothing, it had a click-in system that felt very secure, … Continue reading REVIEW: Rycote PCS Boom Quick Release System

REVIEW: K-Tek KSH1 Stingray Audio SunHat

I wanted to do a quick shout-out to another fine piece of manufacturing from those lovely people over at K-Tek. How do I know that its from K-Tek? Why, because of this! Yes yes, the beloved stingray brand which has brought us such magical wonders as the audio bags, the harness, and the flashlight souvenirs from trade shows. I’m not going to have a whole … Continue reading REVIEW: K-Tek KSH1 Stingray Audio SunHat

REVIEW: Halter Technical Field and Scene Monitors

Are you tired of low grade IFB headphones?  Are you sick of your flimsy kit monitors snapping or buckling after a long day in the hands people who just don’t love them the way that you do?  Are you saddened to watch Director and Scripty show up with their own cans, leaving yours to face the eternal darkness of their storage case?! Well Halter Technical … Continue reading REVIEW: Halter Technical Field and Scene Monitors

REVIEW: Ursa Mini Mounts (vs RM-11 & DPA Concealer)

I want to approach this review from a standpoint of options. We all know as sound mixers that one of the holy grails of our profession would be a laving tool which works on every outfit, every time. Well, to the shock of no one, no such tool exists. However there are several tried and true tools which make it easier, and can even work … Continue reading REVIEW: Ursa Mini Mounts (vs RM-11 & DPA Concealer)

TA4 Connectors are Bullshit And We All Know it

There seems to be this nothing in our industry that TA connector are somehow the future, better than what we’ve used in the past. And in some regards that is true.    Lectrosonics adopted the TA5 connector and set the stanard for how TA5 connectors should be wired for use with a lavalier.  The TA3F/M earns its nickname “mini XLR” because it follows the same … Continue reading TA4 Connectors are Bullshit And We All Know it