Field test: Beyerdynamic DT-240 Pro

As a field recordist it is crucial to attentively listen to what you record before and while you record it since there’s quite a difference between what your microphones capture to what you actually hear with your plain ears.
That for we need good headphones to monitor and evaluate what we record.

But what is a good headphone?
Answers to this question can quickly become very emotional and esoteric. And that’s ok because personal taste plays a big role.
Until now I used Sony MDR-7506, Senneheiser HD-25 and Beyerdynamic Custom Street for field recording. I was very happy when Beyerdynamic announced the DT-240 Pro and ordered it directly. Testing it for about two weeks now. It accompanied me while recording on a junk yard, in forests and fields, on the street and indoors.
So let’s have a look at what I think is crucial to pay attention to when choosing a headphone for field recording and how the DT-240 Pro performs:

Accessory, Size & Weight
Yes, size does matter and so does weight when you have to wear the headphone all day on your head or around your neck.
Of course it would be cool to take my DT-1770 Pro out for field recording (and I did) but it’s simply too heavy und bulky for this purpose.
The DT-240 Pro weighs just 195g (without cable).
It ships with a coiled detachable cable, a proprietary threaded 1/4″ inch adapter and a cloth bag.

General Comfort
Over-ear or on-ear or even in-ear? How’s the padding and stiffness of the headband? How’s the size and padding of the ear-pad? For me the only way is over-ear, with nice and soft paddings on the headband and the ear-cups/ear-pads. I just don’t like in-ear and I can’t wear on-ear (e.g. Sennheiser HD-25) because my auricle starts to hurt after about half an hour.
When I first put on the DT-240 Pro it felt like I didn’t. Their low weight and smooth paddings on the headband and the ear-pads with artificial leather. The size of the ear-cups is just right and easily fits over my ears (where the Custom Street were very tight). Also the headband pressure is quite pleasing and lets you work with it for a long time without pain.
Unfortunately it is not foldable as the Custom Street or MDR-7506 but the ear cups can be rotated by 90° to better fit a bag or backpack.

The Sound
Besides the the general sound, the reproduction of the recorders output two more things are very important for a headphone for field recording:
The Impedance and the Exterior Noise Cancellation. So you can fully focus on the sound reproduced by your microphones and recorder.
The DT-240 Pro has an impedance of 34 Ohms that lets you monitor at higher levels even if the headphone preamp of your recorder is not that powerful.
The Exterior Noise Cancellation is – due to it’s fully closed design – very good.
Something that I noticed when I was recording while it was very windy outside is that there can be a quite annoying noise due to wind-fraction on the HP’s enclosure. I’ll to get rid of this by attaching some fur on the outside.
The general sound comes well balanced without any negative resonances or notches. Maybe missing a bit little in the mids. Of course they’re not even close to my DT-1770 when it comes to resolution, detail and pulse accuracy but on the other hand it’s just 99,00 € and they were made for field recording and pod casting.
I wouldn’t trust them enough for doing final mixing or mastering sound effects, music or other productions. But for monitoring while recording and most editing jobs it’s just fine.

The Cable
Compared to the Custom Street and other Beyerdynamics headphones from the DT-series the spiral cable is much thinner and lighter. The length (1,25m / 3m stretched) is perfect for field recording and I – being skeptical in the first place –  like it. And I also appreciate that the cable is detachable from the headphone (mini jack).
That makes it much easier in the field when you want to put your bag to ground and don’t have place for the headphones. I also like this feature for recording extremely loud stuff using the headphone just for ear protection. And of course for easy replacement of a destroyed / worn out cable.
The cable comes with a threaded 1/4″ adapter but unfortunately the thread is proprietary and not compatible with other standard threaded 1/4″ adapters.

Replaceability
The field is not the studio. And even in the studio accidents happen. Even more so when alone, in rough terrain, with lots of unpredictable stuff and always a bit of euphoria.
Barring it’s weight I don’t want a 600€ studio Headphone  to get dirty, damaged or destroyed.
The detachable cable gives a +1 to replaceability. And another +1 for the ear-pads also being replaceable.

Conclusion & Specs:
The Beyerdynamic DT-240 Pro will definitely accompany me on many future recording trips in my main recording bag (Sonosax SX-R4+ + Sound Devices MixPre-D). Especially the  great comfort, detachable cable and the price-performance made it to my current #1 for field recording.

What I liked:
+ Size, Weight & Feel
+ Detachable, compact Cable
+ General Sound
+ Replaceable ear-cups
+ Price

What I didn’t like:
– Proprietary 1/4″ adapter
– Wind-fraction noise
– Not foldable

Manufacturer Beyerdynamic
Design Closed
Impedance: 34 Ohms
Frequency Range 5 Hz – 35000 Hz
Weight 196g (without cable)
 Price  99 € / about 115 USD / about 88 GBP

 

SoundBits | Sound Effects and Krotos Audio

SoundBits | Sound Effects in Krotos new “REFORMER” Plugin

our friends at Krotos Audio just released their new incredibly awesome tool called REFORMER that lets you perform sound effects libraries in real-time.

Get REFORMER now for free with free Black Leopard Sound Library

There’s already a vast amount of performable Sound Effect Libraries that are “built for Reformer” from SoundBits, BOOM Library, Coll Anderson and Krotos.

Dear SoundBits | Sound Effects Customers.

If you are planning to purchase one of the SoundBits “Reformer” libraries listed below in the Krotos Audio​ shop and already own the appropriate library from the SoundBits Shop or from one of its resellers, then please drop me a message first for some special conditions:
–> https://soundbits.de/contact

Sound Effects variations in Nuendo 7

This is a quick video on how to create a vast amount of sounds effects variations in no time. Using Steinberg Nuendos “Loop Automation” mode, “Create Initial Parameter Events” and “Cycle Marker Export” and the random functions  of Zynaptiqs “Wormhole” and “ReShape FX” from AudioGaming.
Of course you can try this with any other effects plugin or combination of effects too and create more subtile adjustments…

 

SoundBits SFX for Music Production pt. 2

Here comes the 2nd production from composer Kai Schröer (The Wild Tusker Music Production). Again he used lots of SoundBits | Sound Effects for further sound design, sfx, ambience, transitions and hits to spice up this production. Hear for yourself:


In the “naked” version you can hear a mix that focused only on the Sound Effects that Kai used. Have a listen:

Sounds from the following Sound Effects Libraries were used in this track:


 

Whooshes & Impacts 2

 

Computer Sound Effects 2

 

 Dark Sci Fi Drones

 

Just Transitions – Sci Fi Movement

Just Impacts – Designed

SoundBits Sound Effects for Music Production

“The Earth” (The Wild Tusker Music Production) is a soundtrack composed by Kai Schröer. He used several SoundBits | Sound Effects as percussions, transitions and hits to spice up this production.


In the “naked” version you can hear a mix that focused more on the Sound Effects. Have a listen.

Sounds from the following Sound Effects Libraries were used in this track:


Cinematic Hits & Transitions  Cinematic Hits & Transitions 1

  Cinematic Hits & Transitions 2

  Just Transitions – Creepy Trailers

  Just Impacts – Processed


If you’re interested in professional compositions and high quality music production then check out:
The Wild Tusker Music Production” | Web | Facebook

 

Ultra Mobile Fieldrecording Kit

ee_3Here’s just a little  recommendation for super-mobile-light-wight-Fieldrecording:
There are so many situations where I really want to have a Fieldrecorder with me but it’s impossible or inappropriate – or when I am just too lazy – to take the big rig with me (SD 744T, SD MicPre-D, several Mics, Blimps, Stands, …). Meanwhile – fortunately – there are many quite good handy recorders from Zoom, Tascam, Sony and others. In my case it’s a “Sony PCM-D100” which I really like.
Of course – like most handy recorders- it’s totally useless when used without an appropriate grip handle and suspension because of too much handling noise.  decided for the “Rycote Portable Recorder Suspension” and the “Grip Extension Handle” also from Rycote. These are quite expensive but worth every penny. What I was missing was a small stand with a 3/8″ thread that would easily fit into my jacket pocket and is instantly operational.
I think i found a near perfect solution with the “K&M 231/1” table stand. The special about this is the little 3/8 inch screw that can easily be plugged into the stand itself and which can then be folded around the Grip Extension Handle.
This way I have everything with me recording sound effects holding the recorder shock protected in hand or catching ambiences by placing it anywhere on the stand (with or without the grip handle) in just a second. Without carrying an extra Bag with me. Works good for stealth recording.

 

Review: Revoice Pro 3.1


General


In 2006 Synchro Arts released their audio alignment tool VocAlign. A very powerful tools when it comes to aligning one or several dub tracks to a guide track, like double tracked or backing vocals that should sync perfectly to a lead vocal or aligning several guitar tracks. It especially is an awesome helper in Film Audio Postproduction when it comes to dubbing/ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement). This is what Synchroarts is most focused on.
Now, with the standalone application Revoice Pro 3 (3.1 to be exact) Synchro Arts brings (automated) alignment to a whole new level. Not only that now it’s possible to align several tracks at once, no, in addition you can apply the pitch envelope and even the dynamics / volume envelope of a guide track / audio clip to one or more dub tracks. This is called Audio Performance Transfer – short APT. This function is the heart of Revoice Pro.
But there are many other extremely powerful functions that come with it.
Revoice Pro can also be used generate great and realistic additional / artificial double tracks. Even pitch correction like you might know it from Celemony’s Melodyne can be made in Revoice Pro.

Workflows


If you are working with Pro Tools you get the possibility to work incredibly fast. There are three Audio Suite Plugins that come with the installation of Revoice Pro 3.1. Two of these plugins allow you to instantly apply aligning and artificial doubling processes without leaving Pro Tools. This is an absolute no-Brainer:

APT:
The “Audio Performance Transfer” is THE go-to Tool to quickly align out of sync ADR/Dub Recordings, Backing vocals or doubled instruments like electric guitars.

Revoice Pro - Quick APT in Pro Tools
Revoice Pro – Quick APT in Pro Tools

Quick Doubler:
If you quickly want to thicken your lead- or backing vocals or even for some voice sound design, where you need an additional, slightly different variation of the original to start with, the Quick Doubler quickly becomes your friend. It instantly generates a copy of your selected original that slightly varies by timing, pitch and dynamics. The results are mostly very natural. But you can switch to Revoice Pro and adjust all parameters to get heavily surreal results.

Revoice Pro - Quick APT in Pro Tools
Revoice Pro – Quick APT in Pro Tools

 
Link:
When using the Link-Plugin there is no direct automatic aligning. This way you have much more control over your your material and your editing is going to be more complex.

 


Working in Revoice Pro


Revoice Pro 3 - New Process
Revoice Pro 3 – New Process

When working with Pro Tools most of the time you won’t even see the GUI since for most aligning purposes you won’t import audio in Revoice Pro directly but edit it from your DAW through the Audio Suite plugins that come with it.

But if you work with another DAW or want to have more control of your audio you can switch to the Revoice Pro Stand Alone Application to make the edits and adjustments to your audio. When opening Revoice Pro the first time you get a very clean and intuitive user interface.
Once you have transferred your audio via the Audio-Suite, VST or AU Plugin or by drag & drop you can easily apply a new process to you audio by pressing ‘B’. This opens the ‘New Process Window’ where you can choose from the following options:
APT, Dobler, Volume, Warp and Analyze. Especially when working with the ATP tool the possibilities to tweak your audio are nearly unlimited. To get your desired results and beyond very fast.

For very difficult cases or for very creative sound editing you even can manually edit pitch and time of your audio. This way it is even possible to do pitch correction in the style of Melodyne.

Revoice Pro 3.1 - Pitch Correction Tool
Revoice Pro 3.1 – Pitch Correction Tool


Conclusion:


No matter if you are working in Film-Post as an ADR-Editor, Editing (Rap-) Vocals or aligning recorded instruments like electric guitars. Even for creative Sound Design or Pitch Correction Revoice Pro 3.1 is a Must Have!
Once you made yourself familiar with the program, plugins and workflows (which takes just a few hours) it speeds up your evrey-days work that will have the costs back in not even a week.

Even if you don’t want or can’t afford the full version at the moment you have the possibilty to rent a license for three months.
The very special about renting a license of Revoice Pro is, if you have rented it three times you will get a permanent license. This is something i wish more software / plugin manufacturers should do.
For more information visit the Synchro Arts Website: www.synchroarts.com

Pricing:


  • Full Version:                                                      €497.42
  • Trade-in Revoice Pro 2 or Revoice Pro 1         €148.96
  • Rental (3 months)                                             €149.23

Review: “La Petite Excite” – [Free] VST/AU plugin

Hi,
just a few day ago Attila Fodor, Sound Designer from LA, sent me a link to his new free VST/AU plugin “La Petite Excite“.
It is a very powerful low frequency and high frequency exciter.
I use these kinds of plugins a lot for sound design. For example Waves, Vitamine, LoAir or iZotope Ozone Exciter. Though i already have several of these plugins “La Petite Excite” will definitely have it’s place in my daily goto plugins for sound design.
“Low” gives you accurate control of the fullness of the low end and “High” brings in the high frequencies without becoming too harsh. “CV” adds a little ducking to the higher frequencies to have better control. “Noise Floor” – as the name suggests – adds some subtile noise.
This new little fella has its own sound and spices up my sounds.


Get more information and your FREE copy of “La Petite Excite” here:
http://www.finecutbodies.com

La Petite Excite from FIne Cut Bodies
La Petite Excite from FIne Cut Bodies

Get more information and your FREE copy of “La Petite Excite” here:
http://www.finecutbodies.com


 

PlugIn Tip: Spectral Autopan

Spectral Autopan


 

Here is a niBildschirmfoto 2015-03-31 um 20.54.29ce little free PlugIn that i want to share with you. This slumbered for a while on my hard drive.
It comes in very handy whnever yu need more, natural (or surrealistic) stereo-width. It is also very usefull if you want to have some more motion and modulation in yur sound and don’t want to use another phaser or chorus or whatever.

The Plugin is calle “Spectral Autopan” from Anarchy EffectsYou can split the signal in up to five bands. Each band gives you control over frequency amd pan positions. With that alone you could get great results for spreading a signal. But that’s not all. In addition you can add some movement by apllying an LFO to the pitch (the frequency) and the pan depth of each band.
Of course you can control the rate and the depth of each LFO as well as the waveform and phase.
Finally it is possible to interpolate the separation-curve.

This gives you great control on the stereo beahviour of your signals.

This Plugin and many other Plugins from Anarchy Effects with an very interesting approach to sound manipulation can be downloaded on their webite: http://anarchysoundsoftware.co.uk

Win: VST 32/64 | OSX: VST, AU

You should definitely check out “Corkscrew” too.

 

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