Resource Guide | Audio Equipment & Technology
BUY, RENT & SERVICE + SUPPLIES
New York City's audio/video/photo supermarket featuring (almost) everything under the sun.
closes at sundown on Friday and reopens Sunday, following the sabbath.
FYI: show up early in the day to avoid the crowds and receive more personalized attention.
for audio broadcasting equipment.
for pro audio equipment.
microphones and other equipment for digital enthusiasts.
mainly for musicians but also featuring general audio and video equipment.
a forum for sharing techie information.
mics & cables.
site mainly for consumer audio equipment and supplies.
you definitely need this to stay on top of troubleshooting Macs.
DAT, CD and MiniDisc repairs.
rentals, sales and service
my personal choice for audio & video rentals in New York City; call Ross and tell him I sent you.
site for mini disc recorders and supplies.
mainly for musicians but also featuring general audio equipment and supplies.
my recommendation for digital and analog recording supplies.
one of the two best Mac stores in New York City -- the other, of course, is Apple Soho -- when it comes to buying and repairing your computer, and receiving free seminar tutorials on just about anything digital for the Mac: Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro, Avid.
the least expensive Pro Tools set-up is now $410 which includes the latest software and the Mbox hardware interface -- compact, portable and simple to use.
Tensimount … inexpensive mic isolators.
AudioTalk< … minidisc forum.
The BBC's 5 Minute Minidisc Guide to the Sony MZ-R55.
Marantz field recorders
an open forum web community where info on mini disc technology is shared, including what to buy and usage tips.
Recommended field recorders and mics by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Macauley Library.
Recommended field recording equipment by the Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics.
although this addresses documenting nature, the technological tips are applicable to all audio production.
Sony TC-D5 cassette recorder< … old reliable.
Sound Devices … all-digital recorders.
the journalists' first stop for technology recommendations.
Audio Technica mics
K-TEK … mic boom poles and windshields.
mics … addresses music recording but fully applicable to all audio recording; by Pete Thomas.
mics for podcasting … at the NAMM show.
to get audio into and out of a Mac or PC laptop, a USB interface is needed. For Pro Tools, the Mbox is just one portable option. Unfortunately, you cannot run Pro Tools -- even for simple field editing -- without an interface. So, instead of lugging the Mbox around as a rather absurdist dongle, try the smaller M-Audio Transit which runs with Pro Tools M-Powered v7 software. Or try one of the other software recommendations above that do not require proprietary connections.
you should opt for an extra drive exclusively for audio unless you're doing the most bare bones, basic — and short — production work. You can have one installed directly into a new laptop OR buy an external drive optimized for such use ((such as those made by Glyph or LaCie)).
AUDIO & RADIO
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JOURNALISM: THE NEWS AND THE MEDIA
PODCASTING AND BLOG MEDIA
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