Category: Music Tech

Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless Surround 5.1 Speakers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEnjoy your movies and music the way you want with the Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless speakers. The next generation in the Fidelio line with Surround on Demand (SOD) : A set of speakers with subwoofer that contain 2 extra wireless speakers which can be put behind you for 5.1 surround without running wires. When done, simply replace on the main speakers to charge for the next movie. “The consumer enjoys 2 movies, maximum 5-6 hours a week. But you always have two speakers sitting in the back of the living room” as Ken Chan from Philips explains. The Fidelio wireless speakers also can be used as independent Bluetooth speakers, connecting to any device you need. When connecting Google Cast or Spotify Connect, you can conveniently listen to your music without turning on the TV. The main speakers also feature the center...

Mackie Reach Personal PA, Pro DX Mixing Console

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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....

High-Fidelity Blue Headphones Lola is Comfortable and Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

QSC Touchmix Series Mixers for Professional Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Record Anywhere in HD: PreSonus Studio 192 and 192 Mobile

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Revolutionary Gittler Instruments Introduces B4F Bass

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

StompLight brings out Quick and Powerful Lighting Scenes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Always Keep Tabs on Your Guitar with TaylorSense Smart Battery

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Play Keyboard in a Different Way with Roli Seaboard Rise

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you are a keyboard player, you’re going to love this. A 2 1/2 octave keyboard that does a lot more than you’re old stand up piano ever did. The Roli Seaboard keyboard allows you to bend, vibrato and even change instrument by how you touch the keys. The tactile unit can connect to iOS, Mac, Windows through an app. The keyboard reacts by how you touch the keys. Start Leggero then crescendo to Maestoso. You can even Glissando to a new note by sliding the finger across the board. The Roli Seaboard is more than just the physical keyboard. The free app on iOS allows you to do the same things on the go. If you have an iPhone 6s (Plus) you can utilize the touch sensitivity to match what you would do on the unit. Roli Seaboard Rise is available for...

GigSalad Helps Find Musicians, Speakers and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am not only a videographer, I am also a musician. My band plays regularly and its always difficult to find the right gig. That is where GigSalad comes in. While at SXSW, I got to talk with Steve Tetrault about GigSalad and how it works for not only a perfomer, but also people looking for those performers. GigSalad is not just for bands. Magicians, Clowns, Face painting and even motivational speakers are on this service. As an artist you can sign up and get listed for free. For an additional fee, an artist can get access to add media, links, banners and a better visibility when being searched for. If you are an event looking for performers, simply browse through the listings. Choose who you want a quote from and work with them on the event. When all said and...

Neil Young’s Pono Player Brings Hi-Fi Mobile Music

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSBack at SXSW, Neil Young talked about a new media compression algorithm that keeps a lot more of the music at a comparable filesize. The Pono music system allows you to listen to music at a higher fidelity than even 320 kbps MP3 files. I got to talk with the folks at Pono while at CES 2015 and check out the player itself. The Pono player itself looks pretty simple but big. Inside is 64 GB for storage with a removable 64 GB card slot for more music and albums. It has two 3.5 mm jack options – one for headphones and one for high quality stereo output. This system could give you at least 5,000 songs on your player at any given time. From the high-fidelity Pono FLAC system, to mp3 files you already have. Therefore you can compare your MP3...

Gibson 2014 Lineup – 120th Anniversary Guitars at CES 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAljon and I go way back when it comes to CES. It was great to see what he and Gibson are up to for 2014. Of course its the 120th anniversary of Gibson, so we get treated to a special line of guitars with a lot of great tech that’s been added! Gibson’s tent at CES was not only filled with great guitars, but all the Gibson staff were dressed up in Sci-fi attire. Aljon was dressed as Dr. Evil. Earlier in the week they parked the Delorean in the front of the tent and Doc Brown jumped out yelling “Great Scott!” Which brings up the question: Did Marty McFly Play a Gibson in Back to the Future: According to Aljon: YES! Michael J. Fox played a 1958 Gibson ES 345 custom. He went back to 58 to get the guitar...

Monoprice 615808 – 8-Channel Mixer for Podcasters, Musicians

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday’s item I have for review is the Monoprice 615808 8-Channel mixer. This is a sub-$100 mixer that is perfect for 2-4 vocals, or 2-3 musicians. About the Monoprice 615808 Mixer This mixer has 4-XLR inputs, 4-line in inputs and 4 auxiliary inputs. You can also plug in a CD or RCA stereo jack and send out via the 2 track mains or RCA jacks. The mixer also has a USB port (playback only) and aux send if you choose to add effects or compression to your mixer. The first 4 channels of the 615808 contain an overall gain, two EQ options, the aux-pre channel, pan and volume level. Channels 5/6 and 7/8 only have EQ, aux-pre, pan and level. Main outs are 1/4″ cables and the headphones is balanced 1/4″ jack. Advantages of Monoprice 615808 Mixer This mixer is small...

Monoprice: High quality cables – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMonoprice CEO Ajay Kumar participated in the Tech Podcast Crew at CES to provide understanding into the business that has actually made a significant supplement to podcasting by offering high quality cable television equipment and add-ons at very affordable prices. The eager feedback from CES attendees displays just how essential Monoprice worth can be to fledgling and developed firms alike. The company has more than 250 workers and $125 million in revenues and is expanding incredibly swiftly. Feedback from customers helps them with the decision to include categories and items. Their objective is to cover a great experience, and to that end their employees are constantly checking their new product additions. Expert Sound items have actually simply been included, sure to be exceptionally eye-catching to podcasters and various other new media manufacturers. New product locations in house automation, action cams and...

BAMM.tv: Chris Hansen Talks Independent Music – TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 SF

BAMM.tv: Chris Hansen Talks Independent Music – TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 SF

Jeffrey Powers talks with Chris Hansen from BAMM.tv about how independent artists can get their music out there.

Producing a Podcast with Sony Acid Music Studio, WordPress

Producing a Podcast with Sony Acid Music Studio, WordPress

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSA listener asked the question: How do you produce your Day in Tech History Podcast? A very good question. Jeffrey Powers shows the process he uses to put the show together. Using Sony Acid Music Studio, he creates a template, places the daily audio and adjusts levels. Jeffrey also shows how he uses WordPress and a plugin called Duplicate post to create the template for the Day in Tech History. Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to send them through geekazine at gmail dot com or call 608-205-4378 Audio Version: Produce a Podcast with Music Studio

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