Echo 7 Sierra: A Studio for Military Music Lovers

Echo 7 Sierra: A Studio for Military Music Lovers

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I'm excited to share my studio setup with you! As a brief overview, I use a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro as my main camera, which gives me beautiful, high-resolution images and the ability to shoot in both RAW and ProRes formats. The Sigma 18-35mm lens, is a great pair for the BMPC6k Pro, and is versatile and gives me a range of focal lengths to choose. For audio, I rely on the Sennheiser MKE600 shotgun microphone, which has great sound quality and is perfect for capturing dialogue or narration. The microphones, music video audio, and backup audio are recorded through my Zoom F6 and directly feed into my ATEM Mini Pro. I store all of my media on a QNAP TS-h973AX-32G NAS drive, which gives me plenty of space and fast access to my files. Finally, I use the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones for monitoring audio and making sure everything sounds perfect. Overall, I'm really happy with my setup and feel like it gives me the tools I need to create professional-quality content.

I upgraded to the Sennheiser MKE600 because I was looking for a high-quality shotgun microphone that could handle a wide range of recording situations. The MKE600 has a directional polar pattern, which helps to reduce background noise and focus on the sound source in front of the microphone. It also has a built-in shock mount, which helps to eliminate handling noise and vibrations. Overall, I found that the MKE600 offered excellent sound quality and versatility, making it a great choice for my recording needs.

I am currently using the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro for creating YouTube military interviews and music reactions because it offers excellent image quality and a range of features that make it perfect for this type of content. The 6K resolution provides incredible detail and clarity, which is essential for capturing the emotions and expressions of the people I'm interviewing. The camera also has a compact and lightweight design, which makes it easy to take on location shoots and capture candid moments. Additionally, the ability to shoot in both RAW and ProRes formats gives me a lot of flexibility in post-production and allows me to achieve the look and feel that I'm going for. I enjoy using the BMPCC 6K Pro - maybe not saying the full name, though - because it has a lot of features that are usually found on much larger and more expensive cameras. The 6K resolution provides incredible detail and clarity, and the ability to shoot in both RAW and ProRes formats gives me a lot of flexibility in post-production. The camera is also compact and lightweight, making it easy to take on location shoots. Overall, the 6K Pro has been a solid choice for my YouTube content and I'm very happy with the results.

I know the Zoom F6 is overkill for such a small project; however, I have made this purchase because it will help me with future projects! So, be sure to stick around to see how I'll be incorporating the field recorder. 

I haven't had the opportunity to live stream, yet; however, for live streaming and video production, I use the Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro. This powerful little device allows me to switch between multiple (4) cameras and input sources, and add transitions and graphics to my productions. 

As a content creator, having reliable and fast storage is essential to my workflow. That's why I'm excited to share my experience with the QNAP TS-h973AX-32G NAS drive. From the moment I set it up, I knew that this was a special device. The setup process was straightforward and user-friendly, and within minutes I had all of my media stored on the drive and accessible from any device on my network.

One of the things that sets the QNAP TS-h973AX-32G apart is its speed. With a total of 32GB of RAM, it can handle multiple tasks simultaneously without any lag or slowdown. This has been a game-changer for me, as I can now edit BRAW 6k video, transfer files, and stream media without any delays or hiccups.

Another thing that I love about the QNAP TS-h973AX-32G is its expandability. The drive has room for five hard drives, and four solid state drives, so I can easily add more storage as my needs grow. Currently, I have (4) Seagate Iron Wolf 14Tb drives, (2) Crucial MX500 4Tb SSD's, and (2) Samsung EVO 850 500Gb SSDs for caching (which I will upgrade to the Crucials, eventually). And, with the built-in RAID support, I have also set up redundant storage to protect my data in case of a drive failure. 

Overall, I'm extremely happy with the QNAP TS-h973AX-32G and would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone looking for fast and reliable storage for their media. It has been a great investment and has made my workflow so much smoother and efficient.

My guest(s) and I both wear Sony WH-1000XM4, and to be honest, I absolutely love them. I've owned the XM3, as well, for several years. The upgrades in the XM4's make them ideal for my situation. 

  1. Great sound quality: The Sony WH-1000XM4 are known for their excellent sound quality, and it's easy to see why. The headphones use advanced noise-cancelling technology and a powerful audio processor to deliver rich, detailed sound that's perfect for listening to music. Whether you're into rock, pop, hip hop, or anything else, the WH-1000XM4 have the range and clarity to bring out the best in your favorite tunes.

  2. Comfortable and lightweight: Another thing that sets them apart is their comfort and portability. The headphones are lightweight and have soft, padded ear cups that make them comfortable to wear for long periods of time. They also fold down for easy storage, making them a great choice for traveling or commuting. Just like the XM3's, they are great for long flights - believe me, I flew from Miami to Brazil half a dozen times with them, and to/from Japan on several occasions. You won't notice that crying baby a few rows over but you might miss the dinner bell when they serve food. 

  3. Advanced features: In addition to their great sound quality and comfort, the Sony WH-1000XM4 also have a host of advanced features that make them even more appealing for music lovers. These include touch-sensitive controls for easy operation, a long battery life (up to 30 hours with noise cancelling on), and the ability to connect to multiple devices simultaneously. They also have an app that allows you to customize the sound, equalizer and noise cancelling settings to your liking.

The Sony WH-1000XM4 are an excellent choice for anyone who loves listening to music and wants a high-quality, feature-packed pair of headphones. Whether you're at home or on the go, these headphones will help you get the most out of your music.

Just like MTV's Cribs: "Get out!" Hope you enjoyed this short tour of my "studio" and what I currently use. I'll update this, as required.