Author: Jeffrey Powers

Belkin Boost Up Wireless Charging for the Connected Home

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBelkin showed off several wireless charging solutions at CES 2018, including devices that could be added to furniture for quick and easy charging. These chargers are iOS 8/X and Qi compatible, and can charge up to 7.5W for faster charging. Belkin is the #1 third-party maker of wireless charging. They are working with furniture makers so you can not only purchase items with the charger included, but also convert your older desk, chair, and more to include a wireless charger. The Boost Up charger is available now. Also check out the Belkin website for other cool, innovative items.

iRig Stomp I/O is a Pedalboard for Guitar, Voice, or Any Instrument

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we get into this digital music age, we want to feel safe when we put something in front of our feet. We don’t want iPads damaged, or iPhones stolen during a gig. IK Multimedia – an innovative music company – has been working to merge iOS, tones and pedals. The iRig Stomp I/O comes from years of building, learning, and re-building. The end product is something you will use for both practice, and for performance. I talked with Dan from IK Multimedia about this new product coming to shelves this year. What is the iRig Stomp I/O It’s a pedalboard for your need. Set up with 4 main buttons and a expression pedal, you can make these buttons do whatever you need. You connect this up to your guitar, then add your PC, iPad, Mac, or any device that will...

The Robots Uprise at CES 2018: Yamaha MOTOROiD and UBTech Stormtrooper

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRobots have been a part of CES for a long time. This year, they got their own wing in South Hall to show off all the cool things they can do. From utility to sport, and even getting you a beer at the end of the day. You’d be surprised how many people have robots in their homes already. Maybe it’s a vacuum. It could be that stationary personal assistant you call Alexa, Google, or Siri. So why not embrace these cool robots as well… Omron Plays Ping Pong It’s simply a concept, as Omron is not in the business of making ping pong table robots. Still, it was cool to see them serve, and react to oncoming ping pongs. Omron does create many different types of autonomous devices, mostly for the workplace – Agriculture, Manufacturing, Health care, and mobility. Still, pitting...

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LG TWINWash System with SideKick for Family Size Needs.

LG’s new TWINWash is an appliance that the whole family is going to love. Mom and dad will especially love it because it allows them to two loads of clothes in half the time. As the name implies, LG’s latest front loading washer allows you to wash two loads of laundry at the same time, making it somewhat revolutionary. I don’t have to tell you how much laundry you need to do in your home, just like I don’t have to tell you how much easier life could be if you were able to do two loads at once. You already love the idea and so do I. What this does is give you a bit of freedom back from your chores. The LG TWINWash with SideKick is all about efficiency. Two Loads at a Time. You get your clothes cleaner in less time. Because we all have...

Taff Optical Pickups at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost instruments get amplified using either Microphones, pickups, or Piezo sensors. But Taff has been introducing a new way to amplify the sound – through optics. Host Sergio Michel talks with Taff Optical about their line of optical pickups at NAMM. What is an Optical Pickup? Using the instrument’s body to modulate a path of light, the Taff optical sensor will be a great way to give the fullness of their instruments through only one pickup. Constant volume, all without distortion. Taff Optical helps stringed instruments like the cello, upright bass, acoustic guitar, and many other acoustic instruments. More information at TaffOptical.com including release dates and prices.  

Silver Lake Reverb Pedal by Seymour Duncan

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStopping at the Seymour Duncan booth for two reasons: to talk with Pantera Bassist Rex Brown, and to find out about a new pedal called Silver Lake Reverb. Host Sergio Michel talks with Riley Giffen about this new pedal What is Silver Lake Reverb? This is a digital reverb workstation, with stereo inputs, and MIDI control. With 8 types of reverb, you can move from a room sound, to a spring, gated, or hall sound with the turn of a dial. You can add dynamic expression to adjust the Mix, Mod, or Damp settings, depending on how you are playing. There are over 100 preset locations, MIDI switchable for song setup, and the ability to send in Stereo to your amps, or mixer. Sergio also inquired about the Solid State guitar amp heads. Riley talks about the PowerStage 700 wth stereo...

Richard Bosworth Talks Stone Tone for Piano

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe talked with Chris Poland about the Stone Tone for guitar. Now, Sergio Michel talks with Richard Bosworth – concert pianist – about how Stone Tone gives him an extra boost playing. Stone Tone uses Granite to create a sustain that adds to the stringed instrument. Whether Guitar, Piano, Bass, or another stringed instrument, the granite piece adds more clarity when you strike the notes. We learn more about Bosworth, including his performance at the White House in 1999.

Rex Brown Debuts Seymour Duncan Signature Pickup

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe got a chance to catch up and talk with Rex Brown at NAMM 2018. Sergio Michel interviewed him on the new Seymour Duncan Rex Brown Signature Pickup. We also talked about his latest solo album, and how he was testing the pickup during the recordings. About the Seymour Duncan Rex Brown Signature Pickup A pickup for Active and passive guitarist. Rex plays heavy, so having a 4db push can help give you a sound that you need. A push knob will switch between passive and active. Simply tap for the boost. The Quarter Pounder pickups now give a growl that Brown is excited about. Rex indicated a guitarist could also benefit from this idea. He plays guitar on his solo album “Smoke on This”, which is out now. More information on this pickup will be available later this year. Find...

Mooer Debuts Preamp Live Pedal at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGuest host Sergio Michel takes us to the Mooer booth at NAMM 2018 to find out more about the Preamp Live pedal. What is Mooer Preamp Live This footpedal is design do you can set a preamp as desired. It’s perfect for those musicians that use a lot of different gear, but need to have their sound dialed in for each show. The Preamp live allows the musician a base line to work from when they get to the next amp. Visible buttons select the source, target, sync, and active. You select the channel through A-B-C (Two button press). The four buttons will function to each channel. Therefore, you can create clean channels, boosted channels, and more. Multiple dials control the Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Gain, and Boost – which can be set to pre or post. The pedal also has...

Chris Poland Talks Stone Tone, Gear, and OHM at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you watch a guitarist like Chris Poland, you see the years of hard work look like it’s nothing to do. The former guitarist of Megadeth is also a cool, laid back person who will talk guitar shop until your ears fall off (only to put them back on with his guitar skills – like a surgeon). While at NAMM 2018, Sergio Michel and I got a chance to hang with Chris while he was showing off the Stone Tone Rock Block system. Sergio has known Chris for a long time, so they had some fun, candid moments in this conversation. About Stone Tone: Granite Sustain Blocks The idea is simple – use more of the elements to make your stringed instrument sound better. Most guitars with a sustain block (for example) are made of metal – steel or brass. Changing...

Floyd Rose Shows FRX Tremolo, Pick Glide Signature Line, and 3D Headphones at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSpecial Guest Host Sergio Michel Interviews Floyd Rose at NAMM 2018, as we get a look at the newest version of FRX tremolo, The new Signature line with Pick Glide, and the Floyd Rose Headphone series including Bluetooth, and wired headsets. Add a Tremolo to Your Guitar with FRX A pretty hefty tremolo system for your guitar, the FRX tremolo allows you to customize your Les Paul, SG, or Flying V guitar. The best part of this system is there is no additional router modification needed to install. Simply swap out the bridge for this easy-to-configure system. “We have tried this a couple times in the past with no success” said Rose. “We gave it one more try and came up with the FRX”. The spring tension is on top, which makes for easier adjustments. The Tremolo assist helps bring the...

Auto-Tune Pro: Anteres Updates Auto Tune with Key Detection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAnteres introduced Auto-tune twenty years ago. It has been a versitile tool in making music sound it’s best. It also started a new sound in music. Now it’s time to up the game to make the music production easier and faster with Auto-Tune Pro What’s New in Anteres Auto-Tune Pro The biggest new features are pitch and time correction. This allows you to automatically find the key, the note being sung, and it’s duration. With that, you can make sure it’s exactly where you need it to be, how long you need it to be, and in the right frequencies. Bring in any track – a rap, a background vocal, and even an instrument – add the plugin (to any VST3 compatible DAW), and start tweaking the sound. Anteres also includes Audio Random Access (ARA) support to give you the classic...

Ring Security Systems: Now More Than a Doorbell

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRing made a name for themselves with a doorbell system that allowed you to capture who was at your front door. Of course, thieves will try to find other ways into your home. When I had a break-in last year, they came through the back. So Ring has been working on more security, including acquiring a light company to give you more peace of mind. New to Ring Coming spring this year will be the Ring Alarm – a central hub that sends instant mobile alerts if door and window sensors are tripped. It can put your cameras on instant record, turn all lights on, so you can contact police quicker and easier. A updated Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available, along with a series of outdoor security cameras that are either wired, or on battery/solar power. Sensors for Smoke, CO,...

DPA Core Microphone Technology Minimizes Distortion Wherever the Mic is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you are micing up a orchestra, musical, or simply a public speaker, vocal dynamics can cause distortion because the mic is not in a direct placement to the mouth, and the sound engineer has to control volume. DPA core technology solves this with a new idea for their miniature microphones. I talked with them at NAMM 2018 to find out more. What is DPA Core Technology This is a system that expands dynamic range up to 14 db. The inside of the microphone will boost the dynamics so you can hear a whisper, but also takes into account that sound could change to a scream at any time. When you boost a signal, you have to account for distortion if someone raises their voice. The Core technology is ready to take any signal, and keep it from clipping, so all...

Kryo Smartphone Programmable Guitar Stomp Box to Whatever Pedal You Need

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost iOS or Android app guitar pedals have to run on the mobile device. Kryo stomp pedals changed that idea as the pedal gets programmed, then you can turn off and put away that phone or tablet. The pedal takes the information to turn it into a distortion, reverb, phase, delay, gate, or other types of custom created stomp pedals. About Kryo The name itself was a late night think-tank decision. They made a play on the idea of making your guitar “cry”. The pedal is designed to go into your pedalboard without an issue. You connect via Bluetooth, and with the app, you bring the programmed tones into the pedal. You can even create a pedalboard with many Kryo devices, and change the tones as your playing. The pedal is a black aluminum die cast enclosure. Kryo is a 3PDT...

Roland R-07 High Resolution Audio Recorder for Music, Podcasting, School

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhether you need a recorder for your classes, personal notes for a song or presentation, getting audio for your podcast, recording your show, or other, the Roland R-07 is coming to help you with these jobs. This Personal Audio Recorder is ready for recording. It gets away from the Smartphone recording, but still uses the phone or watch to help you record. About the Roland R-07 The R-07 records in 16 or 24 bit MP3, and a sampling rate of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz at bit rates from 64 kbps to 320 kbps. Use the stereo microphone included, or plug in an external microphone through the mic/aux in for a more focused record. The R-07 also has Bluetooth capabilities for headphones, and connecting with a iPhone and watch to start recording, add marks for key audio points, and stream audio...

Bose S1 with Rechargeable Battery for All Your Gigs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Bose has come out with a lightweight speaker that you can use in many ways. The Bose S1 is perfect for the solo artist, and then the speaker can be used as a wedge for your band. About the Bose S1 The S1 is a three channel mixer, with two channels for microphone and instrument. It also has a 3-band EQ, and ability to chain via the Line Out option. Built-in Bluetooth also allows for playing music from your mobile device. With 4 transducers, and 3- 2 1/4″ drivers mounted inside, your music will be heard. Bose has also put in an accelerometer, so the speaker will correct it’s EQ when turned, placed on the floor, or even on a pole – a micro switch will detect. This speaker amplifies 103 db continuous, 109 db peak. The unit also has...

Meet Qoobo: A Headless Robotic Pillow Pet that Wags its Tail When you Cuddle it

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDo you live alone in a place that doesn’t allow pets? Maybe you grew up with a cat or dog that cuddled up on your lap, wagged it’s tail, and fell asleep – and you miss that interaction. Well fear not, because Qoobo will help you with that. What is Qoobo Qoobo is an animatronic pillow that wags it’s tail when you give it attention. Whether from stroking or patting, Qoobo will react to your movement with it’s own. As Martine Paris talked with Shunsuke Aoki about this pet, we learned it was from Yukai Engineering – the same team that gave people “cat ears” that reacted to brain waves. This is a part in a long line of robotic dolls, hangers that interact, and other unique devices. How to Get Qoobo This is currently a project that you can pre-order...

LG Ultrafine Monitors with Nano IPS Technology

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year, CES may have had a blackout, but they couldn’t keep the monitor technology down. At LG, we got to see some of the best screens yet. From the “LG Cavern” – a room with curved monitors showing different scenes, making it look like you were walking through a cave, forrest, and more – to their flattest TV yet – the Signature OLED W8 TV. ? I talked with Matthew on this new technology, and got to see the TV’s and monitors myself. With a large viewing angle, 600 nits of light, and DCI-P3 technology, these monitors were crisp, and showed so much detail that I will start to notice from older monitor technology. The 32UK950 monitor is also a Thunderbolt 3 connected device, so you can daisy chain multiple monitors for a bigger and better view. It’s hardware calibration...

Meet Kevin: Your Noisy New Roommate

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS? Sometimes you come across a good idea and a young entrepreneur that is thinking outside the box. Step in Julius from Mitipi, and his roommate, Kevin. What is Kevin? Kevin is a theft deterrent. Most thieves don’t want to bother a home if they think someone is inside. Kevin allows you to simulate that with a simple device that sits on your table. You control Kevin with your smartphone to simulate lights, a TV running, and more. Add in sounds like people talking in the kitchen, doors closing, footsteps, and more to the speaker making it sound like people are home. This crowdfund will start soon. For more information, check out Mitipi.com

Kohler Konnect Smart Mirror with Alexa to Control Your Smart Home

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI guess we will have a magic mirror in our homes soon. The bathroom mirror is a central point during your day. It only makes sense that it should also become your personal assistant. Kohler is adding Alexa to the mirror so you can get your day started the right way. ?? I talked with Kohler at CES Unveiled about this new smart mirror. The Kohler Konnect is a series of smart devices in the bathroom and kitchen. Use Alexa, or use your phone app to start the shower, turn on the lights, and even start the coffeemaker. All from the one place you start at during the day – your bathroom mirror. The app also shows you stats so you are not wasting water. The app will be connected on the Kohler Cloud, which is powered by Microsoft Azure. The...

Geekazine Gear Roundup for Covering CES, NAMM 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt my first CES, I had a small budget, but needed to try and get as much interview content as possible. As the years progressed, I worked on better cameras, microphones, lights, and more. Nine years later, I have the most powerful video system that I’ve ever taken with me. I can’t wait to start recording some of the events for you – this year going full 4k. Here is the gear I am using. You can find it all at Geekazine.com/ces18gear Sony AX700 4K Camera I have been going back and forth between Prosumer and DSLR cameras. While I was happy with last year’s videos, I needed something that could work with less effort than a DSLR. Therefore I went back to the Sony brand of video cameras. The Handycam FDR-AX700 is the latest 4k video camera. It has a...

PrivateLine Brings You the Power of Mobile Privacy with No Crowdsourcing

There are over 240 million smartphone users in North America. According to a recent post from YouMail, an estimated 2.74 billion robocalls occurred in November, 2017 alone (a 10% increase from the year before). Private Line hopes to change that for personal, or business use. And with most of us having a SMB, we can have separate phone numbers with filters acting like a personal assistant – finding out who is calling and why even before you take the call. What is Private Line PrivateLine is a personal call screener app for your mobile device. The service is brought to you by Shuffle Ventures – who launched Shuffle in 2015. Instead of just seeing a number, you will get informed of what line they are calling on, who the caller is (if available), and what they are calling about. You can then take the call, send to voicemail,...

Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu with Live TV? the Comparison Throwdown 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOne of my top ten videos that still gets watched several times a day, the throwdown of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon is still the most popular of my videos. What’s more amazing is that people still ask “Which one should I get”? Lots of changes since I first did this review, so I thought it was time to update it and see what these services have to offer!   What Platforms Can Access Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime? Before we go forward, let’s get this out of the way – All three services can be used on laptop, desktop, Roku, XBox One, PS4, Fire TV, and finally, Apple TV. You can get all three services on certain Smart TV systems, but keep in mind, this can change at any time depending on contractual agreements. The Good and Bad of Netflix Since...

Contour Unimouse WL Ergonomic Mouse Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI still use a desktop, so I need a mouse. I also use a laptop and sometimes could use a mouse over the trackpad. The Contour Unimouse is an Ergonomic mouse that I can use wired or wireless, so I can move between computers without issue. About the Contour Unimouse WL This is an ergonomic mouse that can adjust to your hand for more comfort. 6 programmable buttons allow for whatever you need – gaming, video editing, or something else. The 2.4 GHz wireless mouse has a battery life of 3 months (although I haven’t had it that long to test), but does recharge within 2 hours. The Pros of the Unimouse WL Not only is it comfortable, it adjusts quickly for your need. It’s got a smooth movement to it, and it works well with more than one computer. I...

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