Category: NAMM

Bob Heil Celebrates 50 Years, Talks the New PR-781 Dynamic Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I caught up with Bob Heil of Heil Sound to talk about new microphones. They were showing off the newest version of the Heil PR-781. They are also celebrating 50 years at Heil Sound and they are excited with the next 50 years. Of course, many great artists have been using some of Heil Sound Microphones over the last couple years. the PR-40 is the microphone of the podcaster, while their fin microphone being used by ZZ Top, and can be seen in the Hunger Games and Last Man Standing. About the PR-781 This microphone comes in black or gold mesh on a black body. The XLR based Dynamic micrphone can be used on it’s own, or attached to a shock mount. Frequency response is 50Hz to 16 kHz and has a Cardiod Polar pattern. At 14 oz, it will...

Cubase Pro 9 DAW Brings Customer Enhancements

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSCubase music software has been around since 1989 by German musical software company Steinberg. The idea was to help with recording and arranging music. I remember using early versions of Cubase when I was even studying music in the early 90’s. Thee ability to create scores and record thoughts took me to a whole new level with my music. If it wasn’t for Steinberg Cubase, we wouldn’t have many features for recording, including the Virtual Studio Technology (VST). Fast forward to 2017 and Cubase is continuing strong with Cubase Pro 9 series. More gearing toward the laptop with touchscreen capabilities, this ninth symphony of software geared toward incorporating enhancements the customers needed to make the software work for them. Greg Ondo shows me the features at winter NAMM 2017. New Features in Cubase Pro 9 Zoning – The first new feature is...

McPherson Carbon Series Guitars Bring Strength, Quality Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHigh end Acoustic guitars have been made of wood to get the body and brilliance. While carbon fiber isn’t the best sounding material in it’s rough state, the folks at McPherson knew they could eventually mold it into something that does not only have the sound quality, but also the strength for any touring musician. About the McPherson Carbon Series Guitar Created in Sparta, Wisconsin. McPherson Guitars builds the Carbon Fiber alongside their other custom wood guitars. The carbon fiber shell is pressed using a special mold and a special proprietary blend is used on the back of the guitar to control sound and give it the mellow tones, resonance, and sustain. The carbon fiber body makes this guitar more resistant to heat, humidity, and the accidental drop. The neck is made with a 57 million modulus truss rod in the neck (steel...

VOX NBX150H Amp with NuTube Technology and Starstream Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn the last year, VOX has been coming out with great amplifiers with their new NuTube technology. Tubes that take up less space and power while adding great functionality to your sound. While at NAMM 2017, I got to check out the newest prototypes of amp head in the NBX150H. Vox NBX150H The NBX150H is a Prototype amp head that can go all the way down to 5 Watts. The head gives you a high gain amplifier that also gives you the sounds you might need. Inside is the NuTube technology – a flat tube that takes up 30% of a standard tube. It gives you the same drive at 2% power. This design came from the Noritake Company who manufactures high-end televisions. Vox acquired the technology to improve the amp. Vox Starstream Guitar The Starstream provides a wide range of guitar sounds from...

Tascam Track Factory is an All in One Box System

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you are not tech savvy and still need to set up a small recording studio, then Tascam has a solution for you. Track Factory is an all-in-one solution for you to start recording your songs and more. Jeff Laity of Tascam talks more about it. About Tascam Track Factory Track Factory contains an Intel NUC core i5 computer with Windows 10 and their Cakewalk SONAR professional DAW software. The NUC contains 8 GB RAM, 3 GB cache, a 256 GB SSD, USB 3.0 ports for keyboard, mouse, and other devices, Mini Display 1.2 port, Mini HDMI 1.4a port and both Ethernet and Wifi inside. This is a system in a box from @tascampro including computer for $1299 #audiorecording #namm #geekout pic.twitter.com/n77kBfQqDy — geekazine (@geekazine) January 19, 2017 The box is rounded up with Bluetooth 4.2, although it’s probably not best to edit...

Mackie Reach Personal PA, Pro DX Mixing Console

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI was impressed by Mackie and their lineup of products this year at NAMM. Two in particular for the acoustic artist with the Reach and home recording/podcasting in the Pro DX. Both products give you the ability to setup and play within minutes. Mackie Reach Professional PA The Mackie Reach is an all-in-one PA system for a solo artist or band, karaoke system, boardroom or wherever you need to project the sound. The Reach contains a 4 channel mixer, speaker system with advanced ARC (Amplified Radial Curve) and Ear Shot personal monitors on the sides. If you are a duo, you might put the Reach in-between the performers. The Ear Shot monitors are set on both sides so the artists can hear the music. You can also link Reach systems together if you have it set up conventionally on the sides. The...

High-Fidelity Blue Headphones Lola is Comfortable and Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhether you are playing an MP3 or listening to your vinyl, you want the best experience from your sound system and even your headphones. That is why Blue Headphones created a line of comfortable earwear. Last year they introduced Mo-Fi, changing the look and design of the conventional over-the-ear headset. This year is Lola with the same functionality but without the in-headset amplifier. The best part about Lola is the construction – allowing for the ear cups to create a seal around your ears. This is not only perfect for listening to music, but also for gaming, creating music, and much more. Inside Lola is a 50 mm fiber-reinforced dynamic driver. This allows for a crisp frequency response of 15 Hz to 20 kHz. Perfect for any binaural recordings you might want to listen to. I got a chance to talk with...

QSC Touchmix Series Mixers for Professional Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYears ago you would get different mixers to fit your need and they would also need many different accessories based on your use. QSC has shown us with the TouchMix series that ideal has changed and you can get one mixer to do it all. From boardroom to live band. The QSC TouchMix is a series of compact digital mixers that can get you the right sound your looking for. With only two models available in the TouchMix-8 and the TouchMix-16, you can get your sound up and running in no time. A device the size of a laptop, the TouchMix has the ability to mix from either the console or from a tablet or phone. It records up to 32-bit in 44.1 or 48 kHz. It has a dynamic range of 105 dB and input noise of -126 dBu. The mixer...

Record Anywhere in HD: PreSonus Studio 192 and 192 Mobile

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSStudio recording devices have gotten a lot smaller even in the last 5 years. Gone are the days of effect racks and power conditioners. You can record multiple tracks through one device to your computer. PreSonus has helped lead the way in this type of recording and with the new Studio 192 and 192 Mobile, you can get high definition audio wherever you go. The Studio 192 Mobile is a 4 input, 4 output box that connects to your computer via USB. Using the software, you can set all levels, effects and more, then record. Whether a podcast or live music, the 192 Mobile can record at 192 kHz to give you the best recording for mixing. Each channel also gives 118 db of dynamic range and XMAX microphone preamps will help you record anything from a piccolo to a bass drum....

Revolutionary Gittler Instruments Introduces B4F Bass

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMade of Titanium, the Gittler Guitar is a lot different than any other out there. Not only does it look wild, it’s also very interesting to play. Yet I get the chance to noodle on this guitar and check out the new B4U Bass. The Gittler Guitar has been around since 2013. These guitars are all titanium and move away from a traditional guitar. For example, there is no conventional fretboard, so you can do more with your guitar such as push to bend notes more. I was making a full vibrato strumming chords. The guitar was created by Allan Gittler, a musical visionary who tried to dispel common misconceptions of guitars. The biggest hurdle to overcome – making a guitar that doesn’t look like one. The Gittler guitar is made of abrasion resistant Titanium. LED lights up key frets like a...

StompLight brings out Quick and Powerful Lighting Scenes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI play acoustic solo shows. Even with the band we sometimes get stuffed in a corner by the dart board and the only lighting I have is the ones I bring. That is where StompLight can help as it’s a personal lighting effects pedal for me and my band. The StompLight Lighting Effects Pedal is a non-DMX controlled pedal that can put put into your guitar effects board or simply placed on the floor. A 3 button, 2 knob pedal will allow you to turn on and off the lights, set the color and even set the mode from a single color to strobe, fading and more. The built-in microphone allows the pedal to listen and react to the music. You can even plug it into your sound so the StompLight only reacts to what you play or sing. Adjust the sensativity to...

Always Keep Tabs on Your Guitar with TaylorSense Smart Battery

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAcoustic guitars can be very temperamental. You need to make sure the humidity is right or it will crack. Of course, any bangs to the guitar can also affect the sound. That is why Taylor Guitars created TaylorSense. The TaylorSense Battery Pack turns any Taylor acoustic guitar into a smart guitar. Simply replace the 9-volt battery pack with the TaylorSense. Then download the app (when available) to connect your guitar with the phone. The app will not only monitor your guitar’s vitals, it will also help you tune and even record your guitar tracks. The app will be available for everyone to download, with the recorder and tuner available for all to use. But for those of you who take your acoustic guitar on the road, this app will let you know a lot about your guitar when you are not using...

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