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You have probably collected more than a few pieces of audio hardware as a voice actor. After all, we are always looking for that special something that will make our voices sing! Apogee is hoping the ONE is the single piece of kit you will use in your Mac-based recording studio.
The ONE is a compact USB microphone and digital audio interface. And with a 2.25” x 4.75” footprint it is actually small enough to fit in your pocket. But you probably would not want to do that with a sensitive piece of audio equipment.
A USB 2.0 cable powers and connects the ONE to your Apple computer. Other connections include a breakout port and cable that sports one balanced XLR microphone preamp input and one unbalanced ¼” instrument input for all you musicians out there. There is also an ⅛” stereo headphone jack that doubles as an output to powered monitor.
At the heart of the ONE is the encoder knob. Just like its big brother, the Duet, a simple click and twist of the knob can select and adjust most of the ONE’s features. You do have to use the included Maestro software to switch between the internal mic, external mic and instrument input.
Apogee is known for the quality of its analog to digital and digital to analog conversion. That is the process that converts sound into a digital signal on your computer and then back into an analog signal you can hear. When using an external microphone, the ONE actually lives up to the company’s stellar reputation. But there is some room for improvement.
When testing the product, the ONE worked with my power-hungry Shure SM7B dynamic mic, but the input was very low. I could not get it to record at the optimum levels even with the knob turned up to its maximum input. But when I connected a Rode NT1-A condenser mic it reached proper levels with little to no noise.
But the ONE has something that most other interfaces in its class do not, a built-in condenser microphone. The mic records some respectable audio. But as expected, it cannot stand up to a full-size condenser mic with a 1” capsule. Plus there is no real pop filter to stop the puffs of air that come from hard consonant sounds.
If you like traveling light, I could see using this neat little unit to set up a portable studio with just the ONE and a MacBook. The sound quality from the internal mic is not perfect, but it is good enough to record auditions. You get a lot of value here for the MSRP of $249.
It’s not just music videos that are being shot on cellphones these days. Short films are, too. Even full-length films are being shot on mobile devices — Oldboy director Chan-wook Park’s Paranmanjang will soon be released in movie theaters, for example.
We’ve found seven superb short films — documentary, action, and even the world’s smallest stop-motion movie — that have been shot on cellphones. So, grab some popcorn and have a look through our gallery of great mobile-made clips. Let us know in the comments which ones you like best.
Filmed and edited by Lenaic Marechal on a Nokia N8, this bike-themed short shows off some great BMXing skills, as well as some great cell-phone cinematography.
2. Golden Harvest
Shot on the Panasonic Lumix GH1 and the iPhone 4, this is a lovely montage of harvest-time activity. The director reveals some tricks of the trade in the video description — the time-lapse shot was snapped on the iPhone attached to a home-made tractor dolly with Legos and Blu-Tack!
3. The Commuter
Shot in four days by the McHenry Brothers, Nokia’s official showcase film for the N8 stars some big names — Pamela Anderson, Ed Westwick, Dev Patel and Charles Dance all make appearances.
4. Apple of My Eye
Director Michael Koerbel shot this entirely on the iPhone 4 and edited it in iMovie — all within 48 hours. The $103 budget shows how much you can achieve with very little.
5. 156 Turns
Billed as the “first corporate iPhone 4 film,” 156 Turns takes you inside the world of motorcycle racing at the 2010 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Another Nokia-backed project sees “the world’s smallest stop-motion animation character” filmed on an N8, thanks to the addition of Professor Fletcher’s “CellScope” microscope attachment.
7. Space Balloon
Luke Geissbuhler and his son Max launched an iPhone into space from the unlikely location of Newburgh, NY. They posted this incredible video once the photo made it back down to Earth.
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