News, Reviews & Resources

Welcome to Factory Sound News & Resources. With a mixture of deep-dive product reviews, a series of “how-to” articles and news blogs, you’ll find that it’s informative, and sometimes unscripted.

When our camera is rolling, we’ll also try to find out who is doing what for our entertainment industry.

Latest from our blog

AudioTechnica
20th Sep

AudioTechnica AT2020USB-X

Dig in to find out why we like the new AT2020USB-X

AudioTechnica AT2020USB-X

Dig in to find out why we like the new AT2020USB-X

Holiday
19th Sep

Thurs-Frid Public Holiday

It’s a double-whammy of Public Holidays in Victoria this week, so our showroom will be closed on Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd Sept…

Thurs-Frid Public Holiday

It’s a double-whammy of Public Holidays in Victoria this week, so our showroom will be closed on Thurs 22nd and Fri 23rd Sept…

Audiovisual
19th Jul

Cordial Cables – ready made goodness

Since 1995, the German-born Cordial has been making robust cables for all kinds of interconnect purposes. AV cables you can trust It took us a little while to cotton on to just how good the range of pre-made Cordial cables actually are, but since 2014, we’ve been big fans. Cordial’s range of 3.5mm stereo mini-jack […]

Cordial Cables – ready made goodness

Since 1995, the German-born Cordial has been making robust cables for all kinds of interconnect purposes. AV cables you can trust It took us a little while to cotton on to just how good the range of pre-made Cordial cables actually are, but since 2014, we’ve been big fans. Cordial’s range of 3.5mm stereo mini-jack […]

Store Information
22nd Apr

Anzac Day 2022

Closed on Monday 25th April to observe Anzac Day 2022.

Anzac Day 2022

Closed on Monday 25th April to observe Anzac Day 2022.

Milab VIP-60 front view with dials

Microphones
21st Apr

Milab VIP-60

Released in Dec 2021, Milab VIP-60 is fast gathering acclaim as a studio mic for the ages

Milab VIP-60

Released in Dec 2021, Milab VIP-60 is fast gathering acclaim as a studio mic for the ages

Holiday
14th Apr

Easter 2022

Closed: Good Friday – Easter Monday

Easter 2022

Closed: Good Friday – Easter Monday

Home Studio
28th Feb

SSL BiG SiX now with FREE cover

We all know that old adage: “A busy console gathers no dust” – but that’s not entirely true.

SSL BiG SiX now with FREE cover

We all know that old adage: “A busy console gathers no dust” – but that’s not entirely true.

Holiday
25th Jan

Closed Wednesday 26th January (Public Holiday)

A quick note to let you know our Factory Sound showroom will be closed on Wed 26th Jan, for the public holiday

Closed Wednesday 26th January (Public Holiday)

A quick note to let you know our Factory Sound showroom will be closed on Wed 26th Jan, for the public holiday

Holiday
23rd Dec

2021 / 2022 Christmas / New Year Opening Hours

Opening hours for the festive season

2021 / 2022 Christmas / New Year Opening Hours

Opening hours for the festive season

Product Specials
7th Dec

Product Special: RCF HD35A Powered Speakers

Limited stock special on RCF HD35A – a portable, powered speaker, but we like to think of it as more of a portable weapon!

Product Special: RCF HD35A Powered Speakers

Limited stock special on RCF HD35A – a portable, powered speaker, but we like to think of it as more of a portable weapon!

Latest reviews

Product Review
22nd Aug

Handmade European Microphones – Part 1: Pencil Condensers

There is a lot more history than what you may realise, in these hand-crafted European pencil condenser microphones. With nearly 100 years of microphone innovation emanating from Europe, let’s dig into some key moments that our favourite manufacturers have provided – including inventing phantom power – something we all now take for granted. Here is […]

Handmade European Microphones – Part 1: Pencil Condensers

There is a lot more history than what you may realise, in these hand-crafted European pencil condenser microphones. With nearly 100 years of microphone innovation emanating from Europe, let’s dig into some key moments that our favourite manufacturers have provided – including inventing phantom power – something we all now take for granted. Here is […]

Product Review
28th Jun

Unmatched pair: Sennheiser e609 vs e906

Over the past couple of decades, the shape of microphones for guitar cabs has really settled nicely into the classic side-address form, made famous by the now-legendary Sennheiser MD409. Early model – The table microphone, MD 407, was the original model from which the MD 409 arose. Form factor: snug Both of these guitar amp […]

Unmatched pair: Sennheiser e609 vs e906

Over the past couple of decades, the shape of microphones for guitar cabs has really settled nicely into the classic side-address form, made famous by the now-legendary Sennheiser MD409. Early model – The table microphone, MD 407, was the original model from which the MD 409 arose. Form factor: snug Both of these guitar amp […]

Product Review
26th Apr

RCF HDM45A

RCF powered, portable PA speakers are already trusted by working professionals – and have been since the first ART300A rolled out of the factory door back in 1996. They have now ratcheted things up another couple of levels with the introduction of the top-of-the-tree D-Line series speaker – HDM45A. Powerful, Portable Point Source It’s not […]

RCF HDM45A

RCF powered, portable PA speakers are already trusted by working professionals – and have been since the first ART300A rolled out of the factory door back in 1996. They have now ratcheted things up another couple of levels with the introduction of the top-of-the-tree D-Line series speaker – HDM45A. Powerful, Portable Point Source It’s not […]

shure mv7 in use

Product Review
3rd Mar

Shure MV7 review: and a tiny shootout

Shure MV7 is foremost a USB microphone designed for voice, and it does a great job. Let’s take a look at why it’s so often recommended for content creation, gaming, podcasts, voice overs and more. USB for now, XLR for later Yes, MV7 has all the classic features of a USB microphone – including a […]

Shure MV7 review: and a tiny shootout

Shure MV7 is foremost a USB microphone designed for voice, and it does a great job. Let’s take a look at why it’s so often recommended for content creation, gaming, podcasts, voice overs and more. USB for now, XLR for later Yes, MV7 has all the classic features of a USB microphone – including a […]

Product Review
10th Feb

Product test: HK Audio Move 8

There are a few choices for battery-operated, portable PA speakers out there, so what makes HK Audio MOVE 8 stand out from the crowd? Hint: It’s the sound level – there is lots of it. Before we get to the really nice features – like the multiple input on-board mixer with effects, iOS or Android […]

Product test: HK Audio Move 8

There are a few choices for battery-operated, portable PA speakers out there, so what makes HK Audio MOVE 8 stand out from the crowd? Hint: It’s the sound level – there is lots of it. Before we get to the really nice features – like the multiple input on-board mixer with effects, iOS or Android […]

Product Review
16th Dec

Sennheiser e906: way more than a guitar cab mic

Plenty of us play with microphones when we’re not ‘on the clock’ at Factory Sound. On a recent drum recording session, we tried out Sennheiser e906 on a tom tom (rack 1), right next to the old faithful MD421-II on rack tom 2. The results were quite eye opening, and ear pleasing! MD421-II is well […]

Sennheiser e906: way more than a guitar cab mic

Plenty of us play with microphones when we’re not ‘on the clock’ at Factory Sound. On a recent drum recording session, we tried out Sennheiser e906 on a tom tom (rack 1), right next to the old faithful MD421-II on rack tom 2. The results were quite eye opening, and ear pleasing! MD421-II is well […]

Product Review
12th Nov

Trolley full of new Rode

In recent months, there has been a veritable slew of new products released by RØDE. Because we love a good list, here’s our attempt to rank the recent additions – by the level of staff excitement for each product. #1 – AI Micro A clear “number 1”, the tiny AI-Micro has taken function and flexibility […]

Trolley full of new Rode

In recent months, there has been a veritable slew of new products released by RØDE. Because we love a good list, here’s our attempt to rank the recent additions – by the level of staff excitement for each product. #1 – AI Micro A clear “number 1”, the tiny AI-Micro has taken function and flexibility […]

Product Review
21st Oct

Beyerdynamic PRO X headphones vs DT Classic

NEW in October 2021 – the PRO X series from Beyerdynamic has a few differences between the classic DT700-PRO and DT990-PRO. DT700 PRO X and DT 900 PRO X are now in stock, so let’s unpack! The Look, The Feel Of course, the headphone sound is paramount, but let’s firstly describe what you’ll see and […]

Beyerdynamic PRO X headphones vs DT Classic

NEW in October 2021 – the PRO X series from Beyerdynamic has a few differences between the classic DT700-PRO and DT990-PRO. DT700 PRO X and DT 900 PRO X are now in stock, so let’s unpack! The Look, The Feel Of course, the headphone sound is paramount, but let’s firstly describe what you’ll see and […]

Product Review
7th Sep

ART9 series

Usually this section is reserved for a product review.. but since the newly released RCF ART9 Series won’t hit us until middle of September, we’ll run with a PREview instead. RCF ART9 Series – a long time in the making There’s plenty of history – and innovation – built into this latest, flagship ART 9 […]

ART9 series

Usually this section is reserved for a product review.. but since the newly released RCF ART9 Series won’t hit us until middle of September, we’ll run with a PREview instead. RCF ART9 Series – a long time in the making There’s plenty of history – and innovation – built into this latest, flagship ART 9 […]

Product Review
29th Jul

Videos: Capsule comparison with EW-D wireless

It feels like a while since we’ve had a good old microphone capsule shoot-out, so we recently gathered up some goodies for a play. If you want some back-story to the capsule swapping exercise, this test was inspired by our recent article “build your dream handheld” – but save that for later reading… and grab […]

Videos: Capsule comparison with EW-D wireless

It feels like a while since we’ve had a good old microphone capsule shoot-out, so we recently gathered up some goodies for a play. If you want some back-story to the capsule swapping exercise, this test was inspired by our recent article “build your dream handheld” – but save that for later reading… and grab […]

Latest tips and help

Live Sound
6th Sep

Choosing a talkback mic for FOH mixing

There’s an important piece of equipment that every FOH (front of house) engineer should take to a gig. Your talkback mic: Of course, there are a heap of different options out there, but really, we’ve done the ‘hard’ work for you and chosen one. Far-and-away the most requested engineer’s talkback mic (as asked for by […]

Choosing a talkback mic for FOH mixing

There’s an important piece of equipment that every FOH (front of house) engineer should take to a gig. Your talkback mic: Of course, there are a heap of different options out there, but really, we’ve done the ‘hard’ work for you and chosen one. Far-and-away the most requested engineer’s talkback mic (as asked for by […]

13th Apr

Earplugs for music

Earplugs for music and potentially loud environments. When it comes to hearing, let’s not do too little, too late. Ahead of the most recent World Hearing Day (3rd March 2022), WHO released this news article, with the ‘slightly’ concerning opening sentence: Over 1 billion people aged 12 to 35 years risk losing their hearing due […]

Earplugs for music

Earplugs for music and potentially loud environments. When it comes to hearing, let’s not do too little, too late. Ahead of the most recent World Hearing Day (3rd March 2022), WHO released this news article, with the ‘slightly’ concerning opening sentence: Over 1 billion people aged 12 to 35 years risk losing their hearing due […]

Live Sound
29th Nov

The best mic stand isn’t the most expensive: Studio and Stage choices

Which microphone stand is the best? The answer to that question is always going to depend on what you’re intending to use it for – but when it comes to stands, we’ve got a massive chunk of real-world experience, so let’s dig in and have a look at the best options for stage, studio and […]

The best mic stand isn’t the most expensive: Studio and Stage choices

Which microphone stand is the best? The answer to that question is always going to depend on what you’re intending to use it for – but when it comes to stands, we’ve got a massive chunk of real-world experience, so let’s dig in and have a look at the best options for stage, studio and […]

Live Sound
13th Aug

Guide to choosing headphones (part 2)

Following on from our Guide to choosing headphones (Part 1): Studio and Live Sound article, we explore some nice choices for a bunch of other pro audio applications, including field recording, filming, podcasting plus DJ. But first…sometimes it feels like all the headphone adaptors run off together for a secret meeting – just at the […]

Guide to choosing headphones (part 2)

Following on from our Guide to choosing headphones (Part 1): Studio and Live Sound article, we explore some nice choices for a bunch of other pro audio applications, including field recording, filming, podcasting plus DJ. But first…sometimes it feels like all the headphone adaptors run off together for a secret meeting – just at the […]

Live Sound
30th Jul

Guide to choosing headphones

Need some headphones? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to try and simplify headphone choices – by focusing mainly on the BIG 3 (Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic & Sennheiser), to work out which models fit best for a whole bunch of pro audio tasks. One size fits all No it doesn’t.. well, at least […]

Guide to choosing headphones

Need some headphones? You’ve come to the right place. We’re going to try and simplify headphone choices – by focusing mainly on the BIG 3 (Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic & Sennheiser), to work out which models fit best for a whole bunch of pro audio tasks. One size fits all No it doesn’t.. well, at least […]

Live Sound
27th Jul

Do expensive microphone leads make a difference?

The humble microphone lead is far from the most glamorous part of your kit, but it’s nevertheless essential. Before we dive into anything too technical, let’s just answer the oft-asked question – “do expensive microphones leads make a difference?” In a word: No. You won’t hear the difference. Unless the cheap one is broken. Microphone […]

Do expensive microphone leads make a difference?

The humble microphone lead is far from the most glamorous part of your kit, but it’s nevertheless essential. Before we dive into anything too technical, let’s just answer the oft-asked question – “do expensive microphones leads make a difference?” In a word: No. You won’t hear the difference. Unless the cheap one is broken. Microphone […]

Recording
7th Jul

First Steps for Recording Vocals at Home

Choosing the right microphone There’s way more to recording vocals than ‘just’ choosing the right microphone for the job. That being said, let’s pick two for now, right up the top of this check-list. This is a First Step article, so we’re not shovelling all the money into a great microphone just yet. Rather, we’ll […]

First Steps for Recording Vocals at Home

Choosing the right microphone There’s way more to recording vocals than ‘just’ choosing the right microphone for the job. That being said, let’s pick two for now, right up the top of this check-list. This is a First Step article, so we’re not shovelling all the money into a great microphone just yet. Rather, we’ll […]

Wireless
12th Jan

Batteries for Wireless – Rechargeable vs Single Use

Batteries, Maths & Landfill When it comes to the best way to power your wireless systems – alkaline battery or rechargeable – there are many factors to consider. Let’s dive into a few in an attempt to un-muddy the waters. Less is more Much as we want to cut straight to the heart of it […]

Batteries for Wireless – Rechargeable vs Single Use

Batteries, Maths & Landfill When it comes to the best way to power your wireless systems – alkaline battery or rechargeable – there are many factors to consider. Let’s dive into a few in an attempt to un-muddy the waters. Less is more Much as we want to cut straight to the heart of it […]

Theatre
7th Jul

Keeping Microphones Hidden

Like our first two theatre & wireless help articles – Simple Wireless Tips and Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas – this one is aimed at either school musical productions or amateur theatre groups. We’ll focus on what to consider when you’re trying to keep microphones hidden for theatre performance. An incredible amount of research, design and […]

Keeping Microphones Hidden

Like our first two theatre & wireless help articles – Simple Wireless Tips and Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas – this one is aimed at either school musical productions or amateur theatre groups. We’ll focus on what to consider when you’re trying to keep microphones hidden for theatre performance. An incredible amount of research, design and […]

Theatre
5th May

Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas

Following our Simple Wireless Tips article, where Rule #1 was ‘Scan, Scan, Scan’, we’d like to dig a little deeper to focus on a successful, hassle-free integration of multiple wireless systems. Antennas are the focus here, with antenna type, placement, cable and splitters all being important parts to a happy RF world. Antenna Splitter When […]

Advanced Wireless Tips: Antennas

Following our Simple Wireless Tips article, where Rule #1 was ‘Scan, Scan, Scan’, we’d like to dig a little deeper to focus on a successful, hassle-free integration of multiple wireless systems. Antennas are the focus here, with antenna type, placement, cable and splitters all being important parts to a happy RF world. Antenna Splitter When […]