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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:23 — 383.8MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Note: 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...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:27 — 202.7MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I 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...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:01 — 91.6MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS IK 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...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:02 — 136.5MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Right 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...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:51 — 225.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS While 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,...

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Carlo Libertini Talks Cakewalk Sonar Software – CES 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:52 — 274.3MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS While 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....

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iRig2 for iOS, Android – Time to Rock on Your Guitar – CES 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:08 — 192.4MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I have been a big fan of IK Multimedia and the iRig. However, since I moved to Android devices, it got tougher to use these great musical additions. At CES 2015, they changed that with the new iRig 2 guitar interface which now supports Android devices. I talked with Derek of IK Multimedia about the new iRig 2 adapter for your guitar. Along with the Amplitude for Android you can now add pedal effects to your guitar for practice or performance. With the additional...

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Motorola Droid Turbo Give Battery Life to Your Phone

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:27 — 294.0MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In today’s mobile world, we want one thing from our smartphones – the ability to hold battery life. The Motorola DROID Turbo is the latest in high-end battery smartphones that not only holds charge, but can recharge 30% within 15 minutes. On the Verizon Network it becomes the workhorse you need for when you need it. Now usually I take a week or two to get to know the phone then review. Every now and then I like to slow a review period...

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Sleep Number Brings SleepIQ Kids Bed with Monster Checking – CES 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:06 — 187.0MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Monsters? There are no monsters here. How do you know? The SleepIQ Kids bed will keep you safe from monsters and also give your kids a better nights sleep. Taking a cue off the x12 smart bed, the SleepIQ Kids bed from Sleep Number helps children get a better night sleep in a bed that will adjust to their growing needs. Sleep Number announced this new bed at the 2015 International CES show in Las Vegas. We got a first hand look (or...

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Zolt Charger Plus: Alternate Power Brick for Your Laptop – CES 2015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:27 — 111.7MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Our laptops are getting smaller and smaller. Yet the power brick you use to charge up the battery seems to stay the same large device. The folks at Zolt want to change that with the Zolt Power charger – a laptop charger that is a fraction of the size. The Zolt power charger looks similar to any tablet or smartphone charging wart. Four times smaller than your laptop charger, this could fit into your bag easy. Best part – your laptop charger can...

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

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:41 — 313.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Back 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...

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WorkSpace Wall Organizer by OmniMount for Any Room

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 5:38 — 63.9MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Its your tech medicine cabinet for any room. The WorkSpace wall organizer by Ergotron / Omnimount is a mountable cabinet that flips down to be a standing desk to put your laptop on, store tech to charge or even keep it away from the kids. The WorkSpace allows you to have a desk in any room. Office, living room, kitchen, garage or wherever. Best part is this desktop can become something different. In the kitchen you could have a tablet that holds recipes,...