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

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!

Covid-19
19th Nov

Small tweak to showroom procedures

Overnight we got a tiny tweak to our Covid Safe settings for Victorian workplaces, thanks to the latest tick that has appeared in our home state’s roadmap. Scan, Tick, Mask That’s it. They are the three current CovidSafe-related conditions of entry to Factory Sound. Scan the QR code to check in using the Services Victoria […]

Small tweak to showroom procedures

Overnight we got a tiny tweak to our Covid Safe settings for Victorian workplaces, thanks to the latest tick that has appeared in our home state’s roadmap. Scan, Tick, Mask That’s it. They are the three current CovidSafe-related conditions of entry to Factory Sound. Scan the QR code to check in using the Services Victoria […]

Holiday
1st Nov

Cup Day Holiday 2nd Nov

The first Tuesday in November is again upon us. Apparently the Melbourne Cup is the “race that stops a nation”. We’re not entirely sure about that, but we do know that it’s the race that stops Factory Sound. So, due to our massive passion for horseracing history of putting up our feet on a public […]

Cup Day Holiday 2nd Nov

The first Tuesday in November is again upon us. Apparently the Melbourne Cup is the “race that stops a nation”. We’re not entirely sure about that, but we do know that it’s the race that stops Factory Sound. So, due to our massive passion for horseracing history of putting up our feet on a public […]

Covid-19
29th Oct

Re-opening Sat 30th October

It feels like a really long time between drinks, but our showroom is finally re-opening on Saturday 30th October (10am)

Re-opening Sat 30th October

It feels like a really long time between drinks, but our showroom is finally re-opening on Saturday 30th October (10am)

Covid-19
9th Jul

COVID-19 Update: July 9th 2021

Masks are On Until we’re told “it’s safe” we are all masking up in store. No two ways about it. We get it, that mics will be a little hard to test for now. But most of our showroom is ready for action. Studio monitors? Ready for shoot-out. Powered Speakers? Tick. All we ask is […]

COVID-19 Update: July 9th 2021

Masks are On Until we’re told “it’s safe” we are all masking up in store. No two ways about it. We get it, that mics will be a little hard to test for now. But most of our showroom is ready for action. Studio monitors? Ready for shoot-out. Powered Speakers? Tick. All we ask is […]

Covid-19
27th May

COVID-19 Update: Circuit Breaker v2

7-day Circuit Breaker Victoria is going into lockdown. Again. As of 11:59 tonight (Thursday 27th May), we’ll have to close our showroom front door for a few days. Click and Deliver is still available Because couriers are champions, we’re still open for online orders, phone orders and any click-and-deliver sales. What about Click & Collect? […]

COVID-19 Update: Circuit Breaker v2

7-day Circuit Breaker Victoria is going into lockdown. Again. As of 11:59 tonight (Thursday 27th May), we’ll have to close our showroom front door for a few days. Click and Deliver is still available Because couriers are champions, we’re still open for online orders, phone orders and any click-and-deliver sales. What about Click & Collect? […]

Product Specials
9th Mar

Product Special: XSW1-835DUAL

Simplicity is the key with XSW1-835DUAL, and for March it’s priced better than ever.

Product Special: XSW1-835DUAL

Simplicity is the key with XSW1-835DUAL, and for March it’s priced better than ever.

Store Information
4th Mar

Closed for Labour day, Monday 8th March

Our showroom will be closed on Monday 8th March, for the annual LABOUR DAY public holiday

Closed for Labour day, Monday 8th March

Our showroom will be closed on Monday 8th March, for the annual LABOUR DAY public holiday

Latest reviews

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 […]

Product Review
1st Jun

Focus on: Mic capsules for Sennheiser wireless

Build your dream handheld With the introduction of Sennheiser EW-D series – specifically the SKM Baseset (handheld system, without a capsule) – singers and production providers have the chance to easily mix-and-match to create the perfect handheld vocal mic to suit any situation. A capsule to suit any singing style Of course, we are believers […]

Focus on: Mic capsules for Sennheiser wireless

Build your dream handheld With the introduction of Sennheiser EW-D series – specifically the SKM Baseset (handheld system, without a capsule) – singers and production providers have the chance to easily mix-and-match to create the perfect handheld vocal mic to suit any situation. A capsule to suit any singing style Of course, we are believers […]

Product Review
10th Feb

Focus on: Shure SLX-D wireless systems

Digital Wireless with Shure SLX-D There’s a lot more to Shure SLX-D wireless systems than ‘just’ being both the Prince of Presentation and King of Karaoke. To prove that good things did happen in 2020, Shure SLX-D range of digital wireless systems and components was launched. SLX-D will be here for a long time to […]

Focus on: Shure SLX-D wireless systems

Digital Wireless with Shure SLX-D There’s a lot more to Shure SLX-D wireless systems than ‘just’ being both the Prince of Presentation and King of Karaoke. To prove that good things did happen in 2020, Shure SLX-D range of digital wireless systems and components was launched. SLX-D will be here for a long time to […]

Product Review
29th Dec

Inside Rode VLOGGER Kits

Oh Rode. You’ve done well here! These VLOGGER kits are ready to ‘up’ your standard of mobile filmmaking – all you need to do is add a smart phone into one of the three available kits, and you are primed for a new look and sound for your documentary, journalism, vlog or even your FaceTime […]

Inside Rode VLOGGER Kits

Oh Rode. You’ve done well here! These VLOGGER kits are ready to ‘up’ your standard of mobile filmmaking – all you need to do is add a smart phone into one of the three available kits, and you are primed for a new look and sound for your documentary, journalism, vlog or even your FaceTime […]

Product Review
26th Aug

RODE DCS1 brings the team together

Rode are frequently dipping their long arm into the well of creativity and coming up with a big handful of happiness. Today’s announcement of FOUR new accessories has provided an easy way to raise your sound standards, without the need for too much extra space. First, let’s check the 38 sec video: DCS-1 dual cold […]

RODE DCS1 brings the team together

Rode are frequently dipping their long arm into the well of creativity and coming up with a big handful of happiness. Today’s announcement of FOUR new accessories has provided an easy way to raise your sound standards, without the need for too much extra space. First, let’s check the 38 sec video: DCS-1 dual cold […]

Product Review
2nd Jan

Allen & Heath AVANTIS: Video Review

Whilst we filmed this ‘way back’ in December 2019, it seems that Allen & Heath AVANTIS is (at the time of writing) just about to ship to Factory Sound. Like they say… “it’s a small step, to a giant leap”. Andrew Crawford from TAG takes us on a journey through some of the key features […]

Allen & Heath AVANTIS: Video Review

Whilst we filmed this ‘way back’ in December 2019, it seems that Allen & Heath AVANTIS is (at the time of writing) just about to ship to Factory Sound. Like they say… “it’s a small step, to a giant leap”. Andrew Crawford from TAG takes us on a journey through some of the key features […]

Latest tips and help

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 […]

Theatre
10th Mar

Simple Wireless Tips

Managing wireless microphones for a school or amateur theatre can be daunting. We’re putting together a series of articles in our How-To section, to help. This is our first in the series, so make sure you stay tuned for more articles. Troubleshooting Wireless  No matter how big or small the stage may be, wireless microphones […]

Simple Wireless Tips

Managing wireless microphones for a school or amateur theatre can be daunting. We’re putting together a series of articles in our How-To section, to help. This is our first in the series, so make sure you stay tuned for more articles. Troubleshooting Wireless  No matter how big or small the stage may be, wireless microphones […]