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

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

Covid-19
18th Feb

COVID-19 Update: Feb 18th 2021

Showroom Open Again Whew! Following the Victorian 5-day Circuit-breaker, our doors are open again. Of course, our telephones stayed on, our email was working and the couriers never stopped… but it’s great to welcome you all back in the flesh. Normal Hours We are back to complete normality. No jokes. Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 6:00pmSaturday: 10:00am […]

COVID-19 Update: Feb 18th 2021

Showroom Open Again Whew! Following the Victorian 5-day Circuit-breaker, our doors are open again. Of course, our telephones stayed on, our email was working and the couriers never stopped… but it’s great to welcome you all back in the flesh. Normal Hours We are back to complete normality. No jokes. Mon-Fri: 9:30am – 6:00pmSaturday: 10:00am […]

Covid-19
12th Feb

COVID-19 Update: Circuit Breaker

A quick (5-day) Circuit Breaker Whoops. Seems like Victoria is going into lockdown. Again. As of 11:59 tonight (Friday 12th February), we’ll have to close our showroom doors for five 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. Unfortunately, there […]

COVID-19 Update: Circuit Breaker

A quick (5-day) Circuit Breaker Whoops. Seems like Victoria is going into lockdown. Again. As of 11:59 tonight (Friday 12th February), we’ll have to close our showroom doors for five 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. Unfortunately, there […]

Free
1st Feb

Special: RCF HD10A & HD12A – free bag

Don’t leave Dean holding the bag

Special: RCF HD10A & HD12A – free bag

Don’t leave Dean holding the bag

Store Information
22nd Jan

Closed Tuesday 26th January (Public Holiday)

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

Closed Tuesday 26th January (Public Holiday)

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

Free
22nd Dec

BOSE Portable PA – Summer Promotion

BOSE is here to brighten our Summer. Until 31/01/2021, purchase any of the Portable PA products listed..

BOSE Portable PA – Summer Promotion

BOSE is here to brighten our Summer. Until 31/01/2021, purchase any of the Portable PA products listed..

Store Information
7th Aug

COVID-19 Update: Stage 4 in Melbourne

Here’s a quick note to let you know what’s going on inside Factory Sound at the moment. If you’re ‘tuned in’, you’ll already be aware that from 6pm on Sunday 2nd August, Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions apply to Melbourne – which include a curfew between 8pm and 5am, a 5km radius to make your ‘one […]

COVID-19 Update: Stage 4 in Melbourne

Here’s a quick note to let you know what’s going on inside Factory Sound at the moment. If you’re ‘tuned in’, you’ll already be aware that from 6pm on Sunday 2nd August, Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions apply to Melbourne – which include a curfew between 8pm and 5am, a 5km radius to make your ‘one […]

Latest reviews

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 […]

Product Review
17th Dec

RODECaster Pro – first impressions

We took delivery of our first batch of RODECaster Pro today, and with all the hype building lately, we just had to plug it in straight away. Here’s the lowdown. The first thing you’ll notice as you unbox, is the ‘life-sized’ quick start guide… The 3x double-sided cards contain all the info you need, including what each […]

RODECaster Pro – first impressions

We took delivery of our first batch of RODECaster Pro today, and with all the hype building lately, we just had to plug it in straight away. Here’s the lowdown. The first thing you’ll notice as you unbox, is the ‘life-sized’ quick start guide… The 3x double-sided cards contain all the info you need, including what each […]

Latest tips and help

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 […]