Røde NT-USB microphone review

Rode NT-USB microphone

What do we imagine a studio microphone to be: perhaps a condenser mic with a large capsule, a heavy body, a shock mount and a XLR interface to begin with? And what do we imagine a USB microphone to be? Something flimsy, not really for “pros”? For a decent €160.00 you can buy yourself a Røde NT-USB, which is a robust metal quality mic with a nice large capsule, monitoring on-board and with a stand, a mount, pop screen, carrying pouch and 6m USB cable included with the device. It even supports the iPad. But is the sound any good?

iZotope BreakTweaker, a sequencing machine for cinema & video shooters

iZotope BreakTweaker

iZotope’s BreakTweaker is a drum sculpting and beat sequencing machine. That is not just good news for musicians, but also for online publishers who get a virtual instrument for their Digital Audio Workstation with which they can create moods using sounds. BreakTweaker is the result of a cooperation between iZotope and world famous producer and technologist BT. The plug-in can be extended using Expansions and there is one for Cinematics to play mood-inducing samples without lifting a finger.

Sony upgrades Sound Forge Pro Mac to version 2

Sound Forge Pro Mac 2

Sound Forge Pro Mac 2 responds nicely to what users most wanted: integration with SpectraLayers Pro 2.1 and FLAC support. Other new or improved features include an automatic trimming/cropping tool, a Volume plug-in, broadcast CALM-loudness compliant metering, event mode improvements and a new iZotope plug-in (Nectar Elements). Also brand new is the “Convrt” batch processing automation tool, which is a separate batch app.

Using the Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac as an external sound recorder

Apogee Duet

If you’re shooting video with a dSLR, a small semi-pro cam or a consumer level video camera, chances are your sound is not as good as you’d hope. And even if you have provided for an external prosumer audio recorder like the Zoom H4n, the quality of your audio will depend on the quality of the device’s microphone pre-amps. Those of the affordable recorders are good, but not exceptional. But those of the Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac are, so why not using an Apogee Duet as an external audio recorder?

Let Yate organise your iTunes database

Yate iTunes editor

Audiophiles who are mainly interested in classical music may find it hard to use iTunes for importing their CDs. iTunes messes about with CDs and if you have many of them, you’re bound to get lost in the ‘arrangement’ of Apple’s music player. What you need if you want to properly manage your music — any music, that is — in iTunes is a metadata editor that allows you to correct metadata fields before you import your CD. I found Yate to be a very powerful tool developed just for this purpose.