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Video Production and Hardware: July 2009 Archives

Did you know that all Mac computers have the ability to start up in Target Disk Mode?  What that means is, is that you can configure your Mac as a hard drive, which can be plugged in to another computer.  This makes it really easy to copy media between your computer and another system.  And, if you have a MacBook or MacBook Pro, you can configure your laptop as a hard drive that runs on its own battery.

How, you ask?  Well first of all you would have to completely shut down your Mac.  Hold down the T key when you restart your computer.  It will eventually display a FireWire symbol on the screen, which means it is ready to be hooked up to another computer using a FireWire cable.  The computer mounts just like any other computer's desktop.  Then you can copy media between the two!

firewireicon.gifAlso, be sure to check out this article about using Target Disk Mode to install Mac software.

Which microphone should I be using?

Excellent question.  There are so many microphones in the market today for so many different uses.   Without boring you to tears on the aspects of each kind, let me just cut to the chase on which is best for you in the studio.

Every sound engineer would agree that you MUST have a large diaphragm mic to record with if you want to get every little sound.  The difference?  Night and Day. Large diaphragm mics are built to pick up the lightest sound and still be able to handle the harshest.

If you are going to do voice-over work, or recording vocalists and instruments, the large diaphragm is the way to go.  I recommend a microphone with that has at large a once inch diaphragm.

at0404 microphone.jpgMy recommendation to have a fabulous microphone and not send you to the poor house is the Audio Technica  AT-4040.  For just $299.00,  you get a great mic that will handle the highs and lows that need to be put into the sound environment. The AT-4040 has proven to be a workhorse for me in my studio for every aspect of the genre. I use this microphone for all my recording into Soundtrack Pro 2 and it works excellent.  Any one working in music or video production that wants quality for their audio, this mic is for  you.


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