Rode ProCaster – the video

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This video pits the Rode ProCaster up to the famous Electro-Voice RE-20 and RE-27. Is the Rode a contender as a broadcast standard?

The very loyal following of Rode fans have requested this video.

The ProCaster is a great broadcast dynamic microphone. At record time, it is a bargain too, coming in at almost half the price of (what I consider) its broadcast peers; the Electro-Voice RE-20 and RE-27.

Have a look and listen as we put the ProCaster up against the RE-20 and RE-27…

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Broadcast Mic Wars – Rode ProCaster vs. Electro-Voice RE-20

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This show was going to be just about the Rode ProCaster dynamic mic. But then, the wheels started turning. Rode has a very devoted following, but the ProCaster is a relative newcomer to broadcasting. Here in the USA, the Electro-Voice RE-20 or RE-27 can be found in many broadcast control rooms. Rode is offering a broadcast alternative at almost half the current price of the 20/27.

Since I have a new RE-20 on boom 3, why not compare them “on-air”?

The basic shape of the Rode and EV RE-20 have a lot in common …but, that’s where there similarities end.

Classic grilled ports tell you right away it’s an RE-20. Squint your eyes and it could be mistaken for the newer, higher output (and brighter – in look and sound) RE-27ND.

Both the Rode and EV are no-nonsense microphones. You won’t get cherry-wood, velvet lined cases. The RE-20 comes packed in a plastic (I mean space-age polycarbonate) case with foam lining. The Rode is held in place with heavy box lining and comes with a leatherette pouch. Both mics offer basic mounting, but the larger (optional) shock mounts actually help keep hands off the mic and on the mount.

I’ll let you decide. Have a listen…

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Ham Radio Reception – NAB 2010

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Sarah, Bob Heil, Tim Schwieger (BSW Pres) and Steve Kawasaki (BSW) wrapping up NAB 2010 with the Ham Radio Reception.

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NAB: The National Association of Broadcasters Show 2010

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NAB 2006. PodSqod (now NewMediaGear) at the Symetrix booth creating “Live” Podcasts!

When I first attended NAB as a ‘Podcaster’ in 2006, most of the show was spent explaining the word to traditional broadcasters in the radio hall. Broadcast News legends, such as Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather were among the many speakers that year.

A lot can change in 4 years. The trademarked NAB Show slogan for 2010 is “Where Content Comes To Life“, with the word Content highlighted in blue. I remember the apprehension on the faces of many broadcasters that year, but also remember a surge in interest – curiosity.

Here we are in 2010 …and a lot has changed. First; podcasting. I changed the name of our site several years ago from PodSqod (terrible name) to NewMediaGear. I think that was a good move. Podcasting never “faded”, but rather served as the launchpad for a media revolution that had started long before. The hobbyist podcaster hasn’t gone away, but simply taken their mic and mixer to work. The entrepreneurs (including traditional media moguls) of the world found just how easily and cost effectively they could advertise using dozens of different “rich” mediums using audio and video, not to mention social and viral means. Just think of the overhead involved in traditional television broadcasting. Huge, city-centric buildings and infrastructure, large payrolls and amazingly complex data centers feeding transmitter sites and towers. How many of us still use rabbit ears or television antennas with rotators to capture those signals? Meanwhile, Hotspots are everywhere. This entire nation is being inundated with rooftop cell transceivers. It is no longer a one-way path. Users are interacting with media, not just consuming it. No longer will we, as listeners and creators, work our schedules around a network time slot to view programming. DVR it. Watch it on your phone (while your eyes are still young!)

When I was a kid, there was media (print/radio/television) and that was it. Cable! Cable brought, and continues to bring us more information than we (or our DVR’s) could ever engage. Our phones now double, not only as media receptors, but mini HotSpots when we’re in the few areas that aren’t served by one. No HotSpot – just take one out of your pocket.

What does it all mean? If I knew the answer, I’d be typing this from a yacht instead of my office. And yes, even with a yacht, I’d still be on a laptop!

The only certainty is that we can never go back. I don’t gamble, but would say with certainty that the days of 3 networks and an independent are gone for good. The consumer, not the provider, decides what and when they consume. Content is the future, and there’s plenty of it – both good and bad. How we get it is still up for grabs and the choices are growing every day.

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Processing – An A/B

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“Compression-Wars” radio processing …or dynamic range mountains. What type of processing do you prefer?

Regardless of the product, one-size-fits-all never seems to work out as well as made-to-order.

Processing is always a hot topic, so I wanted to smooth out the processing as well as punch it a little. Notice that (if you keep listening), your ears eventually begin to adjust. The brain is an amazing A/B comparator.

When enjoying music after work, I want to hear the soaring highs and dramatic lows. The extra bandwidth and bit depth of Home Theater has (arguably) taken over the audiophile hobby, trumping transparent audio with exaggerated bass and dynamic range. However – when I’m listening to talk radio in the car, a ‘classical’ approach would be ineffective. Much of this can be translated to how we, as broadcasters process our audio.

Have a listen as we twist the knobs on first and second level processing in Studio1A…

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