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Old January 20th, 2011, 02:40 PM   #1
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RØDE PinMic Song

Well here it is. With no prompting from Rode I decided to make this song/video for the heck of it because business is slow and I have a lot of time on my hands this month.


Drums by Justin Hoopes. Everything else by Chad Johnson.

So I got myself this thing called a “PinMic” from Rode Microphones. It’s a kind of lavalier that is less visible than your typical lavalier because the cables go behind your clothes, and the capsule just sits on your shirt or jacket looking like a button or something. I thought they sounded pretty good, so on a lark I decided to record a whole song using only the Rode PinMic (for most tracks), the Lavalier (on lead guitar and kick drum) and their Hs1 headset mic (on backing vocals). It was an exercise to show that used the right way, you can get a great recording without using the traditional high priced studio mics that are the norm. Not that I would really choose a PinMic to use in the studio, but it does show that it’s a pretty decent mic. I think it’s hecka tight.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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Awesome.

Couldn't help myself but leave a voicemail message for Craig at Rode. He'll get a real kick out of it.

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Old January 20th, 2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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Cool Andrew!
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Old January 21st, 2011, 12:39 AM   #4
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Hopefully they might even reward you with whatever Rode mics you don't own yet. :-P

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Old January 21st, 2011, 12:47 AM   #5
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Hopefully they might even reward you with whatever Rode mics you don't own yet.


Not to mention a Grammy. That was excellent.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 09:21 AM   #6
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WOW! Chad that was fantastic.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 10:39 AM   #7
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chad-

very well done

please take a well earned bow.

(shot w/your ex1?)

be well

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Old January 21st, 2011, 12:17 PM   #8
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Yeah, excellent. Are you in Rode pay? :-)
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Old January 21st, 2011, 01:55 PM   #9
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Thanks guys!

Andrew it would be nice to get my pick of mics. I hinted to Scott Emerton about the NT2000, and I think he'll send me one. If you want to put in a word for me for a matched pair that would be awesome!

Rob, yes the video was shot with my EX1, and edited in FCP and Apple Motion. Some tracks I recorded then lip synced on video, or play synced. The Lead guitar, Xylophone, shaker, & drums were recorded into Cubase & on camera at the same time, so what you see is what you hear. The lead track was take 6, as it's hard to get the whole thing all the way through with no mistakes. Drums were in 3 takes mixed together. After that my girlfriend was pissed and I had to stop and clean up.

Renton, I don't know what being "in Rode Pay" is but if there were some way I could work for Rode for actual money that would be a dream come true. My Girlfriend is tired of me cluttering up the house recording drums with PinMics and having lights and cameras everywhere, so she says it's OK for me to move to Australia and send my checks home. She didn't mention anything about missing me...

This was really just a work of pleasure for me. I'd record one or two tracks on a weekend, then forget about it and kept going like that until it was done. I have my own "regular" songs that I may do a video for eventually, but I enjoy making jingles and doing stuff with a comedic edge. I figure that will go further than a 44 year old trying to break into pop music! Ha. I do have a number about how Autotune is Satan, but I don't think Anteres would appreciate that one. Ha ha.

Here's that song if anyone is interested: Sexy Satan (Autotune) Chad Johnson at HumboldtMusic.com

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Old January 21st, 2011, 03:40 PM   #10
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What a great mic for events. Thanks for mentioning!
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:03 PM   #11
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That was awesome!

I was expecting a solo voice and guitar like you've done in some other reviews here. Those are way fun, but this was over the top. Love it!
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:30 PM   #12
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Well done Chad!

You can tell the fine folks at Rode that your video sold me on TWO pin mics!
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Old January 21st, 2011, 04:41 PM   #13
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Thanks Reed. And good on you for getting a couple! I honestly have not used my Sanken COS11D since I got my Lavalier/pinmics. The sound is really balanced IMO. Clear without being harsh, and full without being muddy.
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 05:57 AM   #14
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Cool video and song. I have been trying to purchase a pin mike here in Sydney and do you think I can find one. Who is distributing these in Sydney?
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Old January 22nd, 2011, 08:47 AM   #15
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I don't know about Sydney, but videoguys.com.au in Melbourne should have them.

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