Tagged: audio

Canon 80D Camera with headphone jack

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSCanon EOS cameras are great for not only capturing quality photos, but also for creating video for your YouTube channel, or other video projects. At NAB, I got to see one of the latest versions – the Canon 80d Camera. With a wide-area, 45-point, all cross-type AF system, this camera will work in lower light with a luminance performance to EV-3. The camera has a 24.2 Megapixels CMOS sensor to create high-resolution images. The 80D camera will also work well as a video camera. Fast autofocus, built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and 1080p 60fps MP4 video will allow for great video shots. The base unit comes with an EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Stabilized USM lens. An optional Røde microphone can be added for capturing video. But the 80D also includes something videographers have been asking for – a headphone jack to monitor audio capture. Canon also...

Monster Elements Hybrid Over the Ear Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI’ve had many pair of headphones since the 80’s. I’ve had dollar store phones to high-end audio driving sound. So when it came to reviewing these Monster Elements over the ear headphones, I was sure I’d get a great sound. I wasn’t disappointed. About the Monster Elements Over the Ear Headphones Monster has created a set of headphones for your need. Wired when you’re working on music or battery is low, wireless Bluetooth for those times a cord gets in the way, and even USB audio so you can connect that headset up to the computer. Elements headphones are not noise cancelling, but they do have plush ear cushions that knock out a lot of sound. There are also dual sound modes and echo suppression technology inside to deliver great sound, from music on the bus, to a movie on the plane....

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...

Earin M-2 Wireless Earbud Headphones for iPhone, Android

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAs we move away from wired headsets, we look for devices that will not only deliver great sound, but also stay in our ears. Last year, Earin came on the scene with a wireless earbud and power capsule to go with your new iPhone 7 or Lenovo Moto Z (both devices without headphone jack). The folks at Earin came on the scene last year with their M-1 earbuds. Bluetooth earbuds with a charging case for up to 9 hours of listening pleasure. This year at CES 2017 Bluetooth Conference, Earin shows off the new M-2 earbuds. These headphones now include a microphone technology so you can take calls, talk to Siri or Android Assistant, or record audio for podcasts or voice messages. The microphone drivers include a proprietary noise removal algorithm technology so you can have a phone conversation in a noisy...

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...

Rosewill SP 7260 Computer Speakers for Movies, Music, Gaming

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you are looking for a sub-$100 set of stereo speakers for gaming, movies, or music, the Rosewill SP-7260 speakers will fit the job. These 60 Watt speakers have a range of 60 Hz – 20 kHz to capture a full range of sound. I tested these speakers in multiple capacities – as the replacement speakers at the TV and in the studio for music and podcasting. My results were a decent 4 ohm speaker for your listening needs. One issue I found with the speaker was the “wood case”. Inside I saw press board, over an oak board they had in the graphic. While pressboard does also give a fuller sound over plastic casing, I was a little disappointing over this feature that Rosewill mentioned. Another issue was the 6 foot 4-pin cable used to patch speakers together. While it worked...

Sony URXP03D Easily Connects Wired and Wireless Microphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIf you wanted to mic up a guest to an interview such as this one, you would need two wireless receivers to do it. Sony is now helping fix that with the UWP-D series wireless mics. The URXP03D is a receiver that not only can connect two wireless sources but also allows for two more inputs for many different operations. While at NAB 2016, I talked with Andy and learned about all the types of wireless they offer. The UWP-D series includes in-camera adapters and external adapters such as the URXP03D. This receiver is a 4-input, 2 output device. This means you can connect 2 wireless microphones – lavaliere or handheld – and either one or two microphones through the Mic Input (stereo connection). This will give you ability to mic the room and the speakers, then adjust for maximum performance. The two...

Comparing the Default Drum Scene in QSC Touchmix

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSThe QSC TouchMix 16 is a powerful mixer for bands, conferencing and more. When I saw the mixer at NAMM, I was definitely impressed. And looking for a good replacement to my mixer of 8 years, I found it in this product. I wanted to see how easy this was to set up and go. Therefore, I miced up my drums in the basement and plugged the QSC Touchmix in. The only thing I did was set levels to each drum. By plugging in a USB drive, I could record tracks easily. Each track is recorded in 32-bit with a bit rate of 1,411 kbps. That made for a 31 MB file for each track at about 3 minutes. Since I was recording 6 tracks, the end result was 180 MB. Get the QSC TouchMix [aff] Drum Set: Yamaha Stage Custom – 20″...

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....

Checking out Tascam DR-701D with Timecode Sync for Great Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhen I have to record one-on-one videos on the road, I go to my Tascam Video camera recorder. The newest version in the DR-701D adds video time-code so I can sync up audio better. I sit down with Jeff Laity at CES 2016 to learn more about this audio product. Whether using a DSLR, Prosumer camera, smartphone or other recording device, audio can become the single most important part. If you are recording multiple sources, separate tracks can be the difference if you have to fix any audio anomalies. When I first saw the DR-701D from Tascam, I was excited to see they added HDMI pass-through and time-code options. Add to it up to 6 audio sources in a multi-track recorder (4 tracks plus stereo mix). In talking with Jeff Laity, I learned Tascam improved not only the functionality of this device, but...

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ClarityOne: Improving Sound by Repelling EM Interference Fields – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSDean Kurnell joins the TPN CES Live coverage with ClarityOne Audio. They were on the show last year talking about their technology. Now, they are ready to bring this set of earphones to market. Any audiophile will tell you that Electro-Magnetic (EM) Interference occurs, which causes speakers to counter-respond. That means you might not get the best sound from a speaker, simply because it’s too close to another electronic device. ClarityOne simply makes an opposing EM field to counter. Not cancel out, but neutralize the incoming EM field. The end result is the speaker can work naturally to deliver quality sound. Some have even said they hear more sound in the music so they can enjoy what is being performed. ClarityOne Audio headphones will be out in the next month. It is priced starting at $109, but for something that adds this much quality, it will be...

Configuring for Ekiga Telephony 1

Configuring for Ekiga Telephony

I finally got around to configuring Ekiga to work from my new location. Actually, that’s not true. I got around to configuring my new location to work with Ekiga. Ekiga is a free and open source VoIP client for Linux and Windows. It was working fine at my old house, but now I’m on a new network with a new router and I just hadn’t gotten around to configuring the router to allow sip calls. I first set it up when I was in danger of blowing my cellphone minutes calling someone who was using another carrier; more about that later.

Week in Tech History – Happy New Year! 0

Week in Tech History – Happy New Year!

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSBrought to you by GotoMeeting – Try GoToMeeting free for 30 days – No CC needed: GoToMeeting.com/techpodcasts. This week we had a lot of “Sold to this Date” stories on the 31st. Of course it makes sense – you have to show some justification or brag about how many Vic-20’s you sold to date. I know I would. It doesn’t mean there is a lot of Good History here. Bill Gates Anniversary, Jobs and Wozniak form Apple, Coleco sells the Adam line. I could go on and on, but then you would have no reason to catch the Quickcast. Therefore, here is the audio of the show.

New Website and Media Move – JMPEnterprise.com 0

New Website and Media Move – JMPEnterprise.com

If you’ve listened to the podcasts, you will hear the tag line: …copyright Geekazine, and JMPEnterprise. Well, in light of all the media moves, I have started a new website which will host all the media. It is called JMPEnterprise.com. I will be moving the audio this weekend as well as the main contact information for those interested in website design, graphic design and more. The new website is www.jmpenterprise.com.

Watch Out for iPodestrians and iPodrivers. 0

Watch Out for iPodestrians and iPodrivers.

This issue is really not a new one. Ever since the birth of a portable stereo headphone radio, there has been concern about them not being able to hear the oncoming car. But now it’s getting worse and more accidents are being caused because of “Podestrians” – those listening to their favorite song or show over a type of MP3 player. Swinton Insurance, an insurance company out of the UK just released new statistics that say more accidents are being caused by those who are not paying attention to the surroundings because they are encompassed in music, podcasts or other audio and/or video content.  The average person relies on all 5 senses to go through the day. Remove one of those senses and you’re equilibrium can be off balance. Heighten one sense and the others will miss the obvious – like a car speeding at you without possibility...

Can Technology help Stabilize us Financially? 0

Can Technology help Stabilize us Financially?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAudio Podcast Brought to you by CareerSaver.com – Download FREE Practice Tests. Use Code Geek08 for discounts. The Economy is in Danger. Banks and Institutions are in a financial pickle. With the fall of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because of bad business decisions and a Blind eye to investors building more homes than Americans need, financial institutions could collapse upon themselves. To protect their money, they could make it harder for Businesses to get loans.

Is Comcast Trying to Be the Next AOL? 0

Is Comcast Trying to Be the Next AOL?

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAudio Podcast Brought to you by CareerSaver.com – Special discount on Training materials if you use code “Geek08”. 1-877-654-2265. Comcast has been riddled in the news lately. Bandwidth caps, overage fees all for simply surfing the internet. However they simultaneously opened Fancast – a Video Download site which won’t go against that cap. They also have Comcast.net, Disney Connection and Rhapsody Player Plus – All within their community. There was another company that tried to keep their members contained within their virtual fence. That company was AOL.  However, AOL has been opening up for all to use. Still, I have to ask the question: Is Comcast becoming the next AOL?

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The Computers in My Life

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIt was a Commodore Vic 20. We were up North at our Grandma’s house for Christmas in 1981. Our cousins had a Vic20 and we played some cool games. When we got home at the end of the week, we opened our presents and low and behold, we had a Vic 20. I swear I got up early every day of Winter break to play on this new machine. I did have to fight for use with the rest of my family, but I think I got some good time on it.

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New Affilliate: Careersaver

It is with great pleasure to say we have aligned ourselves with Careersaver.com, the leader in Adaptive Learning. CareerSaver is the place to go if you are an IT professional that is working on getting certified. With Interactive Software, Audio, Video, Books and Expert advice, CareerSaver is committed in getting you, the IT professional, the tools to pass that next Certification Exam. Certification is an important key in showing you have the knowledge in a specific area. As an IT professional and a Microsoft Certified Professional, I can say that certifications not only help you land a job, but also advance your career. Careersaver is a child company of Interactive Study Systems. They work with many vendors including Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco, Oracle, Citrix, Sun and many others. They pride themselves with a highly comprehensive learning system. They also back up their systems with a money back guarantee. If...

Geekazine FAQ

Geekazine FAQ

Here is a comprehensive list of questions about Jeffrey Powers and Geekazine.com: 1. Does Geekazine use Mac or PC? Yes. I use Both. Macbook Pro (dual boot), Windows notebook, Windows desktop. 2. What does Geekazine use to get those cool graphics on your screen Photoshop to create the graphics. I use Wirecast for the overlays. For interviews in the field, I usually mix down later using Sony Vegas. 3. What do you use for cameras Canon VIXIA HD camcorder – Logitech c910 and 9000 webcams, Kodak Playtouch (Zi10) handheld 4. What is your Audio Rig? I speak into a EV Blue Raven Microphone for the podcast- running into an Alesis MultiMix 8 Firewire mixer. I run insert into a DBX 266XL and ART 355 EQ before coming back into the computer. The Geek Bar uses a MXL 991. The Mobile Rig is a 2 Channel Behringer mixer with...

Webware 100 Winners – Who won, and what’s new. 0

Webware 100 Winners – Who won, and what’s new.

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWeb Apps.  Can we live without them anymore? What did we ever do without them? Webware put out it’s top 100 and we’re going to go through them and see what was good, what was bad, and what was… well, you know.. Webware is a site dedicated to watching what is popping up out on the internet. Any application that a web developer puts out will be checked out and reported on by this organization. It’s a good thing, too. There are so many out there, it’s tough to keep up. On April 21st, Webware put out the list of the top 100 apps. There were ten categories, each with ten winners. There were 5000 nominees, and 300 apps were chosen as finalists. Over 1.9 million votes were cast to dwindle this list down to 100. According...

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Mr. Bitstrips Comic Creator

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSOK, so sometimes I go a little overboard. But it’s fun. This is my newest BitStrip based off the popular light beer commercial. Let me know what you think…. Audio for this strip is Below.

We’re Closed – When Sites and Services like Stage 6 end. 0

We’re Closed – When Sites and Services like Stage 6 end.

Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSOink, Wikileaks, Stage 6, MisicBrigade and Yahoo Music. What do all of these items have in common, well, they all are or will be shutdown. The internet grows daily – new websites start, and new websites fall.  Sometimes you can pick up the pieces and turn it into a profit, sometimes it’s just a name in the dust. On Monday, DivX Stage 6 – a popular video website and used to pirate a lot of videos, has decided to close it’s doors on Feb 28th. The site let users upload their favorite videos to share. Some of them were legal, home-made videos. Others were pirated movies and television series. You could watch them right there, or you could download them and watch them later – considering if you had installed the DivX codecs. –Hear the rest on...

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