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Introducing the NEW Viviana Bag!

The new Viviana Bag provides a great way to organize and protect your lavaliers or accessories and easily fits into your backpack or case.

Key Features:

  • Foldable Design, Easy to Carry: Easy to fold, convenient and easy to slide into your backpack or case
  • Solid Protection: Made of premium nylon outside and well sewn. The soft inner lining and padding can protect your lavaliers and accessories from bumps and scratches
  • Easy to Access: The transparent pouches allow you to easily see what’s in each pouch and you can also label your pouches

Sizes:

  • Small – 3 pockets OR
  • Large – 8 pockets with external pouch for additional accessories

Colours:

Green or purple

Place your order:

Order through our website products here or contact Jose on +27 (0)87 551 1034 or jose@stratosphere.co.za

Introducing the Bubblebee Industries Lav Concealer for Sony ECM-V1

The Lav Concealer for Sony ECM-V1 lavalier microphone is specifically designed to match the contours of the lav mic that comes as standard with the Sony UWP-D Wireless Kits. Available in BlackWhite, and 6-pack variations, The Lav Concealer is made of natural, biodegradable rubber. This acts as a shock mount, protecting the mic capsule from vibration and absorbing friction noise to give you clearer sound recordings.

The Sony ECM-V1 is the microphone that comes as standard with the Sony UWP-D range of wireless mic kits (UWP-D21, UWP-D26, and UWP-D27), which deliver the sound quality of digital audio processing combined with the reliability of analogue FM modulation. Video producers need to match beautiful pictures with sparkling sound. The Sony UWP-D wireless kits lets you capture pristine audio with ease, providing an impressive natural sound quality which The Lav Concealer helps to maintain with the following features:

CREATES SPACE:
Keeps material away from the Sony ECM-V1 microphone capsule in tight spaces under or in clothing, protecting the mic from friction noise and vibrations; making your recordings sound cleaner.

SHOCK ABSORBING:
The moulded rubber concealer is made for excellent vibration and friction absorption, while the metal clothing clip and fabric guard prevent the transmission of vibration through the concealer to the microphone capsule.

COLOUR OPTIONS:
Available in Matte Black or Matte White finish. The matte finish is non-reflective for discrete hiding.

WIRE FABRIC GUARDS:
The removable wire fabric guard keeps fabric from touching the microphone capsule. The combination of wire and rubber materials acts as excellent friction absorption, cutting transmission of friction to the mic capsule.

CLIP, TAPE OR SEWING MOUNTING OPTIONS:
Provides many options for mounting Sony ECM-V1 lavalier mics on talent easily, effectively and quickly, many times under high pressure on sets.

ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND:
The Lav Concealer is made from 100% natural rubber, which is biodegradable and kind to the environment. The black and white versions don’t use any harmful chemical compounds to achieve the colouring.

 

Bubblebee Industries – Win with Bubblebee In The Wild!

Welcome to the Bubblebee family! We love seeing stories from production sound mixers, location sound recordists, boom operators, cameramen and more using Bubblebee sound tools ‘in the wild’. We thought it was only fair we give something back, so here goes:

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Tag #BBIinthewild on pictures of you using your Bubblebee gear ‘in the wild’ on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to follow us so we know who you are. Each month we will select our favourite photo with the #BBIinthewild tag and crown you winner for that month. Not only will we feature you on our In The Wild series of stories, but you will also win some awesome prizes…

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Bubblebee Industries – Three examples of how you could use the Invisible Lav Covers – Original

Aj takes us through three examples of how you could use the Invisible Lav Covers – Original to hide a radio mic on talent. If you can spare 5 minutes from your busy day, why not take a little break with us?
 

PREPPING YOUR LAV MIC MOUNT (0:28)

To make the mounting process most efficient, it’s very important that you prep your lav microphone mount before approaching your talent. The packs of The Invisible Lav Covers – Original come with everything you need to do this.
Stick your lavalier mic on the Invisible Lav Tape with the mic capsule sitting in the middle of the pre-cut window. This keeps your microphone free from sticky residue, and helps to create a space of dead air around the capsule.
When sticking your The Invisible Lav Covers – Original to the tape, ensure the bigger holes are facing out and the smaller holes are being stuck to the tape.
You’re ready to go to set!

MOUNTING A LAV MIC ON THE CHEST (1:18)

For this mount, we’re going to hide the lav mic straight onto the chest, in the middle of the sternum. It’s perfectly safe to apply The Invisible Lav Covers directly to the skin as our super sticky Invisible Lav Tape is hypoallergenic. Using some micropore tape, you can secure the cable to the side of your talent’s torso.

MOUNTING A LAV MIC IN A SHIRT 1 (2:44)

A great way to mount your lavalier microphone in a shirt is between the shirt seams amongst the buttons. For extra transparency, it’s best to mount the microphone with the capsule facing out of the shirt. The choice of three different The Invisible Lav Covers – Original colours allows you to closer match your lav mic mount with your talent’s costume.

MOUNTING A LAV MIC IN A SHIRT 2 (3:38)

Another way to hide your lav microphone in a shirt is by folding over the top edge of The Invisible Lav Covers – Original to encase the capsule. The pre-cut window should be big enough for you to do this without getting glue stuck to the lav capsule. Now you can place the microphone a little closer to the edge of the shirt seam, and the extra protection helps against very low winds and those pesky vocal plosives. This mount is also great when mounting in the brim of a hat.

 

Bubblebee Industries – Choosing the best Invisible Lav Covers for hiding your mic – What’s the difference?

The Invisible Lav Covers are the ultimate tool for hiding your lav mic.

The Invisible Lav Covers are available in 3 variations: OriginalMoleskin, and Fur Outdoor. But what’s the difference?

We made the three versions to cover as many different microphone hiding options as possible, giving you a complete set of tools for quickly and cleanly micing talent under the rigours of life on set.

In this video, Aj talks through the differences between the 3 versions of Invisible Lav Covers and when best to use them:

 

KEY POINTS

0:29 – ORIGINAL
Designed for ultimate TRANSPARENCY and INVISIBILITY when hiding your lav microphone. The combination of porous material and space of dead air around your microphone’s capsule ensures your mic will perform at its best.
 
0:44 – MOLESKIN
Designed for ultimate INVISIBILITY and NOISE REDUCTION when hiding your lav microphone. This low-profile mount is made from super-soft, sustainably-sourced bamboo material, helping to reduce friction noise in tighter spaces.
 
1:00 – FUR OUTDOOR
Designed for ultimate WIND PROTECTION and NOISE REDUCTION when hiding your lav mic. Acting as a furry microphone windscreen, this synthetic multi-pile fur cover is the best lav mic mounting tool for situations with heavier layers of clothing or reducing wind noise.
 
1:21 – THE INVISIBLE LAV TAPE
The hypoallergenic Invisible Lav Tape is compatible with all variations of The Invisible Lav Covers. The pre-cut window allows your microphone’s capsule to remain free from a build up of sticky residue, maintaining its natural frequency transparency. The Invisible Lav Tape is included with all standard Invisible Lav Covers packs, and is available to purchase separately for use with the Big Bags or if you need a top-up!

Lauren Banjo talks tools and speed in capturing high quality sound for ENG

* Pic above – US-Based Sound Engineer Lauren Banjo with The Lav Concealer and Zaxcom TRXLA3

US-based sound engineer explains how having the right tools for the job helps her achieve the best results for her clients.

Location recording engineer Lauren Banjo works in the fast paced world of ENG, corporate and social media content creation and has joined a growing band of professionals who are turning to Bubblebee Industries for their specialist sound accessories.

“Most of my projects involve one or two days of shooting, in various locations,” Lauren explains. “I’m also often involved in ‘Run & Gun’ productions, where environments can change quickly and there is no set subject or script. In those situations, I am the person who follows the camera crew wherever they go, which could mean being inside one minute and outside the next.”

Lauren Banjo holds The Spacer Bubble over the Hudson River
* Pic – Sound speeds over the Hudson River with The Spacer Bubble

Topping off her list of favourite Bubblebee wind protection is the Spacer Bubble, a multipiece adaptable windshield solution for shotgun microphones that is specifically designed to help boom operators and sound recordists cope with changeable conditions.

The Spacer Bubble consists of a mesh base for use indoors, protecting against light winds caused by moving the boom, and a long-haired fur cover that slips over the base, providing excellent wind protection when moving outdoors. The whole setup can be easily adapted in a matter of seconds, so you always have the most transparent option for your surroundings.

“The Spacer Bubble is so lightweight and portable, and I can quickly slip the fur cover over my microphone and be confident that the sound will remain clear and intelligible” ~ Lauren Banjo

“The great thing about the Spacer Bubble is that it is so lightweight and portable. If I’m outside in windy conditions, I can quickly slip the fur cover over my microphone and be confident that the sound will remain clear and intelligible. And when I don’t need it, the cover can be scrunched up so that it fits easily in a bag or in my pocket.”

Based in New Jersey, USA, Lauren spends most of her working life in New York capturing sound for film and television, as well as for corporate clients who want professionally produced content for their internal communications and social media channels. In recent months her client list has included Adidas, Michael J. Fox, Samsung, World Umami Forum, Michael Bloomberg, New York Comic Con and Coach.

A musician at heart, Lauren’s interest in sound recording was initially triggered by her desire to record her own band. This led her to discover the music technology programme at NYU, from which she graduated in 2015. In her final year she attended a career’s talk about location sound recording and realised this what she wanted to pursue.

Lauren Banjo on set
* Pic – Lauren Banjo hanging out under the stage capturing redundant multitrack recordings for NYC’s Silver Sound

“It was my last semester, so too late to take any classes in it, but I had a friend who was in film school and he asked around on my behalf and found some people wanted help with the sound on their projects,” she explains. “Film people all need sound so there were a lot of takers because no one goes to film school to be a sound person. It’s a shame they don’t pair people at film school with people at audio engineering colleges! I started taking on these projects and realised it was lucrative because not a lot of people were doing it and I was picking up quite a bit of work. It helped pay off my student loan but it was also really interesting and I quickly found I was enjoying it.”

Lauren believes her success in her chosen career is mainly down to networking and learning from other people who do the same job. Within three years of graduating from NYU, she was working full time as a sound engineer and the only time work ran dry was during the COVID-19 pandemic when the entire industry stopped for a few months.

“Live sound work was hit hard by the pandemic, but it didn’t take long for production sound projects to come back online, so I began focusing on those,” she says. “I love everything about sound, and I don’t like doing the same thing all the time, so it’s nice to have different projects to tackle and go to different locations.”

Film makers and content creators – especially those who are new to the business – often don’t realise how critical sound is to the success of a project. A common, and costly, mistake is believing that poor sound can be fixed in post production, but as any sound engineer will tell you this really isn’t the case. If a crucial part of an interview is rendered unintelligible by external noise, the only way to save it is to record it again.

Lauren Banjo prepped to capture great sound
* Pic – Lauren Banjo prepped to capture great sound

“Outside of the studio environment you are at the mercy of the elements, and weather is certainly a factor you need to pay attention to,” Lauren says. “You also need to be aware of external noises and how sounds you don’t want can interfere with the audio you are trying to capture. A few weeks ago, I did a job where we were filming on the water in wind that was gusting at 55 miles an hour. Apart from being horribly dangerous, my main problem was the wind noise and how to deal with that. I used my Bubblebee Spacer and it was amazing – you could hear that it was windy but there was none of the distortion one would normally expect. If I had tried to record without the Spacer, I wouldn’t have been able to hear anything except wind.”

“Having the right accessories does make a difference”, Lauren adds, and “investing in the best tool for the job is always money well spent. If I am working quickly and I don’t know in advance what the wardrobe will be, using Bubblebee concealers is always a safe bet.” ~ Lauren Banjo

“I am not snobby – I use what works best for me,” she says. “If a product, be it a microphone or an accessory, is reliable and sounds good, then I’m happy to use it, even if it isn’t the most expensive. Having said that, when I first started out and couldn’t afford to buy accessories, I tried making my own solutions using things like gaffer tape. But eventually I realised that properly designed products are so much better and more cost effective because I could use them again and again.

For instance, I really like the Bubblebee concealer products for lavalier microphones. The rubber mounts have a very slim profile, and the metal guards stop friction noise from reaching my mic capsule. These days I use them as my default mounting option because they work well with the majority of wardrobe options. If I am working quickly and I don’t know in advance what the wardrobe will be, using Bubblebee concealers is always a safe bet. I also like Bubblebee’s lavalier Windbubble because these totally work when it comes to removing unwanted noise.”

Lauren Banjo on coast guard duty with her trusty first-mate, The Spacer Bubble!
* Pic – Lauren Banjo on coast guard duty with her trusty first-mate, The Spacer Bubble!
 
Creating corporate content for social media channels has become a large part of Lauren’s work and this means that she often works with people who are not film and television professionals.
 
“When I’m involved with corporate projects, the main difference I encounter is that people are not used to being mic-ed,” she says. “Actors will happily lift their shirts and let you stick microphones wherever you like, but corporate people find that disconcerting. They don’t work with costume designers, so they don’t realise what is involved when it comes to sound. They might turn up wearing a dress with a high neckline, for example, and you can’t clip a microphone onto that because it will sound terrible being so close to their throat. Also, they don’t realise how much their movements impact the sound – for example, if they touch their chest and knock the microphone. They can’t hear every movement they make, but the microphone can, and I can’t just go to the costume department and ask them to sew a mic pouch into a jacket.”
 
Lauren adds that speed is also of the essence when she’s creating content for social media because clients want a quick turnaround.
 
“These projects don’t get a lot of post-production, so the sound needs to be as good as possible from the outset,” she explains. “It is a challenge, and you have to learn not to be too much of a perfectionist, but it does help if you have accessories that allow you to create better sound in the first place.”

Lectrosonics announces the NEW DSR, DSR5P & DSR4 Digital Slot Receivers

The DSR and DSR5P (2 channel) and DSR4 (4 channel) slot receivers represent the state of the art in portable wireless receiver technology. With design elements incorporated from the DCR822, these new receivers have an extremely high IP3 figure of +15 dBm making them operate well even in hostile RF environments. Also, they are directly compatible with digital transmitter in D2, HDM, Duet and DCHX modes, and are backward compatible with all Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid transmitters made in the last two decades.

The DSR and DSR5P are the logical successor to the SR line which has set the standard for portability and features since 2007. There is a huge array of accessories, docks, powering, audio output, and mounting hardware available for the SR line, and the DSR is compatible with all of them. These 2-channel receivers have full-time Vector Diversity.

The DSR4 is the answer to the request for a 4-channel, digital slot receiver, and is the only one available currently on the market. With a longer case and 4 audio channels, the DSR4 needs new mounting, audio, powering and dock accessories. However, it is compatible with the SuperSlot specification. Finally, with an on-board 5P connector, there is no need for a separate “5P” version. The DSR4 offers two diversity reception choices: antenna phase switched diversity (4 channel operation), or Vector Diversity (2 channel operation).

Key Features:

  • DSR4 is the only digital slot receiver with 4 independent channels
  • All channels in these receivers can tune anywhere in their bandwidth independently
  • Backward compatibility with Digital Hybrid Wireless® transmitters
  • D2, HDM, Duet, and DCHX digital transmitter compatibility
  • DSR & DSR5P compatible with all previous SR Series accessories and 3rd party docks, etc.
  • Wideband tuning in the A1B1, B1C1, and 961 versions.
  • High IP3 of +15 dBm for the DSR4 and +11 dBm for the DSR/DSR5P – these are capable of holding up in hostile RF environments
  • DSR – Vector Diversity full time
  • DSR4 – choice between antenna phase switching (4-channel operation) and Vector Diversity (2-channel operation) for operational flexibility
  • Wireless Designer compatible via USB
  • Built-in RF spectrum analyzer for quick local RF scans
  • SmartNR noise reduction for Digital and Hybrid compat modes
  • DSR4 – color display, built-in 5P connector on front panel
  • DSR & DSR5P – high resolution B&W display
  • IR Sync for quick setup, sharing tuning groups, managing encryption keys
  • 4 encryption key policies: universal, shared, standard, and volatile

Contact Jose on +27 (0)87 551 1034 or at jose@stratosphere.co.za to place your order.

World’s most recorded guitarist Paul Jackson Jr. demonstrates why he uses Lectrosonics Wireless!

Paul Jackson Jr. is one of the world’s most renowned guitarists with multiple Grammy Award recognitions as a composer, arranger, producer and guitarist! He has recorded with artists such as Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, the Temptations, Luther Vandross, Patrice Rushen, Chicago, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and others.
 
Here he gives a short demonstration on why he uses and likes Lectrosonics wireless audio.
 

Win monthly prizes in the #BBIintheWild Contest!

Welcome to the Bubblebee family! We love seeing stories from production sound mixers, location sound recordists, boom operators, cameramen and more using Bubblebee sound tools ‘in the wild’. We thought it was only fair we give something back, so here goes:

WIN MONTHLY PRIZES BY TAGGING #BBIINTHEWILD

Tag #BBIinthewild on pictures of you using your Bubblebee gear ‘in the wild’ on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Don’t forget to follow us so we know who you are. Each month we will select our favourite photo with the #BBIinthewild tag and crown you winner for that month.

Not only will we feature you on our In The Wild series of stories, but you will also win some awesome prizes…

You could win up to $200/€180 worth of BBI gear every month with our monthly BBIintheWild giveaway. Simply post photos of you applying your craft in a creative way with the hashtag #BBIintheWild.