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V-Moda Crossfade M-100, V-Moda XS Headphone Review

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen it comes to headphones, we want functional and we want it to look good. Especially when you have an over-the-ear set of headphones. Portability is a key functionality in these types of headphones. That is where the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 comes in. Foldable, adaptable, comfortable. Those are three things I use to describe these headphones. If you owned the M-80 headphones, these are definitely a step up. So let’s look at the specs of this, and I also have a pair of the XS headphones. About the V-Moda Crossfade M-100 Headphones V-moda headphones have been a favorite for DJs for years. The Crossfade M-100 headphones contain a 50 mm dual-diaphragm driver. This patent pending process allows the Bass to stay separate from the mids and highs via an inner and outer ring system. This is a corded headphone only, but...

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Affordable Studio and Video LED Light Solution from Neewer

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have been a fan of these camera lights for a few years now. I own several Neewer CN-126 and CN-160 camera lights. Some I use for my video shoots, a couple in the studio and one even illuminates me during my solo-acoustic shows. But did you know you can get add-ons that will turn this light into a great studio light? No batteries needed! The Neewer CN-160 Let’s start with this small camera LED light. The dimmable LED comes with 2 filters – diffusion and 3200K light for a warmer look. Take the filters off and you have 5700k lights to brighten any situation. The CN-160 LED can throw over 600 Lumens up to 20 feet. In my 10-12 foot studio (a.k.a. the second bedroom), two of these lights would be more than enough. I am adding a third to...

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Monoprice ActionCam Video Camera MHD 2.0

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn this world of “record everything”, we want ways to capture our adventures – whether biking down the side of a mountain, driving the strip, or just walking around. Small fish-eye lens cameras help in capturing that moment. That includes this Action Camera from Monoprice. The MHD 2.0 is a fun little sub-$100 camera so you can catch your favorite moves. I use these cameras a little different, as they become part of the production. Instead of lugging around several $1,000 cameras, I can now bring one or two of those, then bring my small based cameras like the GoPro HERO4 or this Monoprice ActionCam camera. You can record and post-edit, or connect directly to an HDMI cable to stream and mix live. Specifications of the Monoprice ActionCam MHD 2.0 The Monoprice Action Camera MHD 2.0 supports video resolution up to...

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge – My Love – Hate Relationship with this Phone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS  Samsung has always tried to be on the cutting edge of mobile technology. They have continuously tout they have cooler features than the iPhone, and in some cases, they are right. However, the newest phone in their arsenal – the S6 Edge – while cool, shows that not all ideas are great. Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Specs This is a 32 GB device and this particular one is on the Verizon Network. The “Revolutionary design” is basically a side-less phone. The edge of the screen wraps around the phone and can serve as a small display that can tell the time, let you know if someone has called, get calendar alerts, and more. The phone itself is a 5.1 inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass to protect from scratches and drops. The rest of the phone...

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight and Alarm Monitor

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHome automation is valuable in not only keeping us safe, but informing us when something is wrong. Internet connected thermostats and detectors are great, but some of us rent as opposed to own. In those cases, we might be stuck in what we have. But it doesn’t mean we can’t be informed. Enter in the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight. This is an Internet connected device that’s primary role is to illuminate your hallway, stairs, or another area of the house. But the nightlight is only one of the few cool things it does. First of all, let’s look at how easy it is to activate. Simply plug in the nightlight, then download the iOS or Android app. Connect via the peer-to-peer Wifi Leeo emits to configure this device and add to your home wireless system. The Leeo smart alert will then...

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Video Streaming Computer Build Part 1: AMD Processor, Gigabyte Motherboard

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember when you changed out your desktop computer every 18 months. Yet, I have been using the same computer now for the last 6 years. The AMD Phenom II 4-core processor has not failed me in those years of work. But now with newer chipsets and faster speeds, I can more than quadruple the power of my desktop. Therefore, I am off to start building a new machine – with one of the top AMD processors out there. Why a Desktop? Why not a Laptop? I have laptops that also do the job. While ultimately portable, the desktop has a level of adjustability. If I need to add a drive or card, I can do so rather easily. I also like the idea of having a workstation. Sometimes that gets lost in a laptop. This corner is where I can...

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Roland Video Mixers VR-50HD and VR-3EX at NAB 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThose of us moving to streaming or recording video are always looking for a good switching unit. While at NAB 2015, I checked with Roland and their VR-50HD and VR-3X mixers. Roland VR-3EX The VR-3EX is a four-channel SD video mixer. This mixer will send a 480i signal through the USB 2.0 port, or upscaled 1080p through HDMI. The 3EX includes 4-HDMI input support, RGB/Component in support, HDCP support, 4 channel audio, and can be controlled through the LCD touchscreen control center. Roland VR-50HD If you need a little more power, the VR-50HD unit allows for HD streaming and recording using the USB 3.0 connection. You can also connect both HDMI (4 ports) and SDI (4 ports), and also connect RGB components (2 ports), then pass the RGB signal out to an external monitor. 3 HDMI out allows to connect to...

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Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is Small and Customizable

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSVideo cameras are getting smaller and more functional for that cinematic look in whatever you do. That is the case for the Blackmagic Micro Cinema camera. The best part – it’s a fully open and customizable camera. The Cinema camera is only 2.57 inches high by 3.25 inches wide and 2.74 inches deep. With a weight of only 10 ounces, this camera can be placed on a helmet, drone, or just held in your hand. The Super 16 sensor allows up to 1080p to 60 fps with rolling shutter. The Dynamic range is 13 stops for anything from daylight to low-light video. Of course, the open camera system allows you to customize this camera however you need. Add any lens you need, bring audio into the camera, or use the expansion port to create your own control and power options. The...

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HP Z1 G2 All-In-One Workstations for Powerful Editing

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAB 2015, I checked out the powerful Z desktops and the Z1 G2 All-in-one workstation. This is a 27-inch touchscreen all-in-one. Inside is an Intel – i3,i5, i7 or Xeon E3 processor – DDR3 non-ECC RAM at 1866 MHz, Intel or NVidia graphics and more. The HP Z1 G2 is easy to open to fix or replace parts. Simply slide it down, and open the top up from the latches in the front. The hydraulic arms keep the unit from crashing down. Green tabs show you where you unlock-and-pull to take out hard drives, memory, fans, and more. Other features include an internal USB for wireless mice or any special dongles that need to be locked up. Speaking of locks, a Kensington lock option not only keeps the workstation on the desk, but also prevents unauthorized users from opening...

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Sony Xperia Z3v is a Powerful Android Smartphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the last few weeks I got to use the Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone on the Verizon network. Being a big fan of the Z2 tablet, I was excited to really delve into the cool features of the Z3v phone and use in tandem with the tablet. Lets start with the specs of this device. The Sony Xperia Z3v is a LTE phone running Android KitKat. The phone has a 5.2 inch display on the 5.75 x 2.83 inch enclosure. The 3100 mAh battery allows up to 920 hours standby and more important – a 16 hour battery for Facebook, Twitter, photos and the occasional phone call. The cameras on the Z3v include a 20 MP with auto focus, but only a 2.2 front face camera. Just like the Z2, if you close up all the doors, this phone is waterproof...

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Interview Microphones: Shure SM58 vs. Audio Technica AT8004L, ATR-2100

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI chose to upgrade my podcast Interview microphone to something that actually had a longer handle. In doing the research, I found the Audio-Technica AT8004L had a lot of the features I needed, including the long handle. So when I received the mic, I had to make sure it was going to do as good of a job as my Shure SM58. I also realized that most podcasters also have the Audio-Technica ATR-2100 USB/XLR handheld microphone. I wanted to make sure they were represented as well. Shure SM58 A great microphone to use in many different situations. The SM58 is synonymous for musicians, and I’ve used it in my podcast rig since I started podcasting. My first 2-3 podcast episodes originate from this microphone before it went into the road rig. The Shure SM58 is a Unidirectional (or Cardioid) pattern microphone. The...

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Kinoma Create: JavaScript-Powered IoT Construction Kit

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I got a chance to talk with Andy Carle, Ph.D. about Marvell’s Kinoma Create. This is a device that allows you to create and learn hardware and software through the “Internet of Things” (IoT). We stood in front of a Labyrinth as Andy controlled the marble using the Kinoma. This device does a lot more than that. You can learn how to create and setup many different things. We saw a LED light change colors with the interface and a basic Red Blue Green toggle. Another Kinoma was set up to unlock a door. Sensors attached to another Kinoma could tell the temperature and time. The Kinoma create comes with a capacitive touchscreen, Wifi, Bluetooth, speaker and microphone unit, USB, micro SD card, battery compartment (AA Batteries) and a serial console port. Projects are found through Kinoma, or...

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Saloote is the Best Way to Collaborate with Others Through Your IOS Device

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSometimes musicians just want to jam with others. It gets difficult because there might not be others around. But Saloote might be able to help as it uses your iPhone to record and mash up videos to create your virtual band. Saloote is an app that allows you to sing or play an instrument with your favorite song. You could be all about that Bass, Happy, or just want to stay together. You record your track and look for other instrumentalists to help give you that one-of-a-kind sound. If you find someone better, simply replace them in the mash-up. Create videos and share them with friends. You might even be able to practice with some musicians in another town to see if they could actually play out when you get there. Dylan even mentioned a collaboration version, which will be in...

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Domainskate Helps You Protect Your Domain’s Intellectual Property

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW, I ran into Howard Greenstein, COO of Domainskate. We got a chance to sit down and talk about protecting your domain’s identity on the web and how Domainskate.com can help in that. Big name companies have seen this – people try to cash off your idea. For instance, Apple Watch is coming, so there are hundreds trying to get similar domain names so they can try to get some of the massive traffic Apple will see. Therefore, Apple lawyers will be busy on the taking down of those sites. Domainskate is for the smaller businesses who still have to worry about those posers. You simply enter your domain and the service will start monitoring it. If it sees any suspicious activity, you will get notified. One of the issues most domain owners see is the email from another...

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Zuta Portable Mini Robotic Printer from ZutaLabs – SXSW 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at the Paypal lounge at SXSW 2015, I got to hear Sir Mix A Lot talk about the projects he works on. Thats where I first heard about Zuta. This is a personal printer that can fit in a bag and print anything when paired to a phone or other mobile device. Zuta Personal Printer The Zuta printer is a device shaped like a teardrop. The corner allows you to align the Zuta on the page (top-left corner). Pair your device to the Zuta and a blue light comes on. It’s now ready to print. This is a black monochrome printer that pulls the image from the phone and prints out. While photos might not come out too well, you could print out tickets, emails and other things you want a paper copy for. Don’t expect this to be a...

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2015 Ford Edge First Drive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFord has redesigned their Ford Edge CUV for 2015. They invited me to come down to Scottsdale, AZ and take this car through its paces. I got to ride in one last year before production to check out the new park assist features. I also got a first-hand look at the newest version of the in-car computer called Sync3. Now it’s time to get an idea of how the rest of the CUV operates. About the 2015 Ford Edge The Ford Edge Crossover is clean and sleek with a lot of great additions. The 2 liter Ecoboost engine had a lot of power to it with a six-speed transmission and paddle capabilities to get this guy running through the city pretty quick. For those who need more power, the V6 would be the better alternative as it really can punch on...

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New HP Color LaserJets are 33 Percent Smaller, 40 Percent Faster

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you ever had to change toner in a printer, if you ever had to wait five minutes for the first print of the day, HP Small Business has some new answers in a faster, smaller color Laserjet. I am in New York City at the HP press event to check out these sleek new printers. New, Smaller HP LaserJet Color Printers The new series of printers include the Color LaserJet Pro M252, LaserJet Pro MFP M277 and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M552 and M553. Each of these printers is geared toward everything from the small business to the Enterprise workplace. The best part is they are smaller than their predecessor. The M252 is 33 percent smaller itself. The size now allows you to put the printer in new areas – maybe even in a cabinet under the desk. Wake...

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Gibson ES Les Paul, Epiphone Gary Clark jr. Casino “Blak and Blu” Guitars

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThere was a lot to see at the Gibson booth for CES 2015. Aljon Go and I talked about the 2015 Les Paul line, now its time to continue to the holobody and acoustic guitars. ES-Les Paul 2015 Aljon first showed us the ES Les Paul guitars. Manufactured in Memphis, TN, this holobody has all the great features of a Les Paul with that deep-wood sound. Humbucker pickups, low profile frets and rolled neck bindings, this guitar will give you a sound and feel no matter what type of music your playing. Epiphone Gary Clark Jr Casino Model Gary Clark Jr has a blues sound that brings old and new blues together. He has been playing Epiphone holobody Casino guitars for years – so Gibson decided to honor the artist with his own “Casino” model. The Epiphone Gary Clark Jr. Casino...

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Gibson Guitars Celebrates Les Paul’s 100th Birthday with Innovation

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year, Gibson is celelbrating innovation and the centenial of Les Paul with an improved series featuring the creator of so many items musical. I sat down with Aljon Go at the International CES 2015 to find out more about these great guitars. The new series of Les Paul 2015 models – including the Les Paul Junior Single Cut, Double Cutaway, Les Paul Plus, Les Paul Classic and many more – are all hand crafted and will contain features that every guitar player should use – from beginner to advanced. G-Force Min etune The Min etune is Gibson’s self-tuning system. We go over how the Min etune works and how you can get it. This is also an after market item so you can retro-fit your older guitars with this great self-tuning system. Get yourself one of my favorite Les Paul...

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New YouTube Product Placement Rules: How to Create Content Going Forward

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNote: This is an interpretation of YouTube’s rules and could change at any time.  This is NOT AN OFFICIAL video of the rules. For more information on Product Placement, check out YouTube’s help page Youtube has made a major change that has many content creators up in arms. Yet they may have been working on flawed business models to begin with. We’ll look at this more in-depth on this 5 minute Smack! The Updated YouTube Rule on Product Placement Abigail Van Buren said “water may be free, but when they pipe it to you you’ve got to help pay for piping. And the Piper!” This week, the Piper YouTube had silently changed some of its legal-ease for those who run paid product placement within their videos. The new verbage states: You may include paid product placements in your video content. All...

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Gibson’s Neat Microphones: King Bee – Stylish and Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI sat down and talked with Skipper Wise at International CES 2015 while at the Gibson booth. Skipper was part of Blue Microphones until they sold it in 2013. He took some time off, but Gibson wanted him to bring out a line of microphones for their brand. So he came out of retirement to create something pretty sweet. Its called Neat Microphones, and their concept is around the “Bee” line. From Beestro to Beehive, Bumblebee to King Bee. I got to see the Worker and King Bee mics in action when Ryan Whyte Maloney recorded in their Gibson studio. Even the microphones get their own XLR Beeline cables and the shockmounts are open-faced to allow the microphone’s look to pass through. A line for studio recording, a line for home recording and podcasting. Best part – the USB desktop microphones...

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iRig Mic Field Improves iPhone, iPad Audio from IK Multimedia – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIK Multimedia showed off a stereo/mono audio device for your iOS device that allows for cleaner audio in the iRig Mic Field. Perfect when capturing that song you love at a concert or even when capturing video of your kids playing outside. The iRig Mic Field connects to the lightning jack of your iOS device. With the iRig Recorder, you can capture and edit your audio easily. Turn the Field to a landscape mode and record in stereo. Flip it the other way for a mono recording. The lighting plug allows for digital recording of up to 24-bit with a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate. The mic contains two condenser capsules that have a 115 dB SPL rating and built in low-noise preamp. This will help keep the live recordings sounding a lot clearer than from your iOS microphone. iRig Mic Field is...

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Western Digital SATA Express Dual-Drive with 4TB HD and 128 GB SSD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRight before the International CES 2015, Storage Visions holds a small conference about the state of storage. While there, I talked with the folks at Western Digital (WD) to learn about a new prototype dual-drive. This drive is a standard 4 TB hard drive but also has a 128 GB SSD inside. I caught up with Fleming Doreng of Western Digital to find out more about this hard drive. About the Dual Drive Prototype by WD The drive utilizes the PCIe 2.0 x2 interface using a special cable. If you do not have the interface, you will need to get an adapter cable for power, and 2 SATA cables for the drives. The drives can work as one or be separate drives. The SSD is like short-term memory and the HD is long-term. With this system and two SATA Express drives at...

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TASCAM DR-44WL Four Track Recorder with iPhone, Android Remote

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at the International CES 2015, I got to sit down with Jeff Laity of TASCAM to learn about new products coming soon. A fan of TASCAM recorders for many years (I still have my TASCAM 4-track tape recorder in the basement) and owner of the DR-60D, I was excited to learn about the DR-44WL and other new recorders coming out. TASCAM DR-22WL and 44WL Jeff showed off the DR-44WL in the video. This is a 4 track recorder with 2 XLR inputs, XY pattern microphone and dual recording feature so you can record a high-quality .WAV file and a lower quality audio file which could be transferred quickly to the web. Both devices handle sound pressure up to 132dB and reduce noise if you are holding the recorder in your hand with cradled shock mounts. The Microphone preamp in the...

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Carlo Libertini Talks Cakewalk Sonar Software – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at the International CES 2015 Gibson Booth, I got a chance to sit and talk with Carlo Libertini about Cakewalk Sonar. Carlo is a musician and songwriter, Grammy award winner and Melodyne specialist. Here, I learned a little bit about the Sonar software and the upcoming new version of Cakewalk Sonar Artist, Professional and Platinum versions. Cakewalk Sonar is audio editing software for the amateur to the professional musician. Three versions of the software allow you to get what works for you. As a podcaster, we also talked about using Cakewalk for recording and mixing down podcasts. With a full pro mixing console with built in EQ and 27 audio effects, you will be able to record and mix down your music. Get Cakewalk Sonar X3 Studio Music Production Software on Amazon Carlo also talks about all the great additions you...

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