What equipment is included in the field kits?
Each kit contains all the gear someone would need for standard field reporting or recording:
- Zoom H5 portable recorder (with XYH-5 X/Y microphone capsule and wind screen)
- RØDE NTG4+ directional condenser microphone with inbuilt battery
- RØDE WS6 deluxe windshield
- Shure SM58 handheld vocal microphone (with wind screen)
- Sony MDR-7506 dynamic stereo headphones
- Two 6' XLR cables
- Two 32 GB SD cards
- Rechargeable AA batteries (with charger)
- Alkaline AA batteries
- Mini and Micro USB cables (for charging and data transfer)
- Should bag to hold all of the above
Do I have to be a member to rent the field kit?
No! Anyone is welcome to use it.
What if I'm new to using this equipment or field recording?
We will give you a quick tutorial on what all the equipment is and how it works when you pick up your rental. If you're looking for additional information to help with using the field kit, the following resources may be valuable:
How to Mic a Field Interview: http://airmedia.org/how-mic-field-interview/
Zoom H5: http://transom.org/2015/zoom-h5/
Recording Live Events: http://transom.org/2016/recording-live-events/
The ear training guide for audio producers: http://training.npr.org/audio/the-ear-training-guide-for-audio-producers/
How long can I have the field kit?
You can reserve the audio field kit for a half day or a full day, Monday through Friday, or a weekend. A half day starts at noon and ends at 8pm the same day. A full day starts at noon and ends at noon the next day. A weekend begins Friday at noon and ends Monday at noon. We do not rent the kit for more than one full day at a time, unless you check it out on a Friday. You must return the kit during our open business hours.
How much does it cost to reserve the kit?
Tune-Up Members pay $15 for a half day (8 hours), $25 for a full day (24 hours), and $40 for the weekend. Non-members pay $50 for a half day and $75 for a full day. We take payment at the time you check out the kit.
How do I reserve the kit?
Call us at least 48 hours in advance to reserve the kit. Our number is (617) 208-8911. Please keep in mind that we have a small staff - if you leave us a voicemail, we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. We are not open on the weekends.