Author: Erik Vlietinck

Aputure Amaran AL-MX videolamps throw impressive light, accurate colour

The size of a pack of cigarettes but a lot heavier; that was the first thought that came up my mind when I first got the Amaran AL-MX in my hands. Aputure’s smallest on-camera LED light throws 2400 lux at a distance of 30cm, 880 lux at 50cm and 200 lux at 1m, according to the specs. It does all this with a CRI/TLCI of well over 95 and colour temperatures of between 2800K and 6500K.

Shotgun microphone Deity S-Mic 2S

The Deity S-Mic 2S is the indoors shotgun mic for pros and Youtubers

Deity’s S-Mic 2S is a new shotgun microphone with a short interference tube that has the same look and build quality as the larger S-Mic 2. It’s also made of brass, keeping out RF interference, but it’s smaller and much less heavy. The S-Mic 2S (the “S” stands for “Short” or “Small”) is about half as long and weighs less than the S-Mic 2; only 85 grams. The S-Mic 2 was a revelation because it only costs around 350 Euros but has a performance that comes close to that industry standard, the MKH 416. As most shotgun mics, though, it doesn’t handle indoors sound very well due to the inevitable reflection of sound in smaller spaces. Indoors is where the S-Mic 2S shines. It might be not as good at rejecting off-axis sound as its larger brother, but, unlike its family member, does perform much better indoors. In contrast to the S-Mic 2, the 2S also auto-switches between 24V or 48V of phantom power. If 24V is all you have, you can still use it; …

how to become a professional illustrator, designer, painter, visual artist

How to become a professional artist/illustrator

How do you become a professional artist in an age where almost everything we do is challenged by AI-driven generators, filters and what else is there? “Professional” means that you can live at least partly from what you create. If we hold on to that definition of the word, there are many categories of visual artists with some of them earning a lot more than others, so the first thing to decide when you’re thinking about making a career out of art is why you’re doing it and what you’re willing to sacrifice.

izotope ozone audio mastering plugin

Ozone 9 delivers effortless, perfect audio mastering control

Ozone 9, iZotope’s audio mastering plug-in, builds further on its predecessor’s strengths. New features assist newcomers at the art and science of mastering while speeding up the workflow for experienced sound engineers. With services and products that automate the mastering process to a more or less acceptable result breathing down their neck, iZotope has chosen the path of assisted mastering with Ozone which does not exclude the real sound engineer’s personal touch.