Category Archives: Audio

The ultimate video studio-on-a-desk

Have been spending a lot of time in video meetings, and running remote training over the last 12 months. Not to mention creating videos for online training, podcasts, youtube, instagram, tiktoks etc.

Found myself collecting a range of pieces of gear and tips and tricks to set the home studio up in such a way that it’s fast and efficient to create videos and hold meetings, trainings and events.

Some of the features it supports:

  • Zoom/teleconference calls have two webcams
    • one as main view front on
    • The other to ‘share’ which allows (via ATEM Mini) switching between 2 camera angles + an overhead camera + a laptop screen
  • Overhead view is used for ‘whiteboarding’, drawing diagrams and taking notes
  • Laptop screen is used to run slideshows or any software for collaborative viewing
  • ATEM Mini also allows for external audio sources (lavelier mic) to be mixed with audio from the laptop (can send video or spotify etc)
  • HDMI switch into the teleprompter display allows for:
    • An input running directly from the main camera, so you can monitor yourself while staring down the lens
    • An input from laptop which can be used to view a teleprompter script, or the participants of your zoom/remote call while you maintain eye contact with the camera
  • StreamDeck allows easy access to mute me, mute all others in zoom, or end the zoom call, as well as powerpoint controls and music controls
  • A Hue Smart switch controlled by Google Home allows for all the cameras, lights and ATEM to be powered on and off easily together

I may create a more complete run through of the different components and how to hook them together in future. Let me know if this interests you?

Otherwise, for now, here’s a parts list, from which you can piece all this together.

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Using Rode SmartLav+ microphones with the Zoom H6 audio recorder

It’s been a while between posting… lots going on. I’ll fill you in soon eventually. I promise.

Until then I’ve been thinking about starting a podcast! As I say, more about the topic to come—however for now, I’ve solved a problem, and the solution deserves to be published on the internet.

(When I was searching the interwebs for advice, none of the sites, forums, blogs, etc had useful advice. Very frustrating…)

SmartLav+ plus Zoom H6

Problem

If you happen to have or use Rode SmartLav+ lavalier microphones, you’ll know they’re intended to be connected to your smart phone for recording directly.

If you happen to have a Zoom H6 (or other audio recorder) and you’d really like to use your SmartLav’s to record to it, then you have a problem.

These devices don’t connect together easily. And once you have them connected, getting the right power level to them is a pain.

Solution

SmartLav+ connected to Zoom H6

Take your…

  1. Rode SmartLav+, connect it to…
  2. A Rode SC1 (or equivalent) for extension, connect it to…
  3. A Rode SC3 (or equivalent) to convert from TRRS to TRS, connect it to…
  4. A Rode VXLR+ to convert from TRS to XLR and convert down from 12V to 3V (thanks Paul Emile Graff for the tip) connect it to…
  5. The XLR inputs on the Zoom H6
  6. Set Zoom to +12V Phantom power (plugin power off)

This works! (thank goodness).

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