Tagged: music

Playing the Yamaha Clavinova CVP-709 with Piano Room

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM2018, I was able to try out the Clavinova CVP-709 digital piano. A fun piano that has many options including the Piano Room – giving you options for sounds and backline for practicing. About the CVP-709 A wood key keyboard gives this digital keyboard a realistic touch response. Being a digital piano, you can choose from many voices on the keyboard. Piano Room This is a dedicated area where a player can go in to play. The new features include 2 world-class CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial grand pianos, along with many vintage electric pianos. You can also enter into “jam” mode to play with a virtual band. The band allows you to perform and practice with 40 different musical styles. The Yamaha Clavinova CVP-709 starts at $14,499 and is available now. Check out Yamaha for a retailer.

OMB Guitars Gives You a Band Behind Your Music

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I got to try out the new OMB Guitars system that turns your solo acoustic practice or performance into something with backing tracks. The device will tell the computer how to work the Bass and drums around your playing. Change chords, and the device will react to it. Play a rock song, get a rock beat. Play a reggae song, geta reggae beat. OMB also turns your guitar into a multi-tone instrument. Switch to Solo mode and your guitar becomes a piano, accordion, violin, or many other MIDI sounds. All controlled through the app. OMBGuitars was successfully funded while at NAMM. You can get the device to mount on your acoustic or electric guitar, or you can buy a guitar with it already installed. OMB just finalized crowdfunding and will be available soon. Check out OMBGuitars.com for more...

Taff Optical Pickups at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost instruments get amplified using either Microphones, pickups, or Piezo sensors. But Taff has been introducing a new way to amplify the sound – through optics. Host Sergio Michel talks with Taff Optical about their line of optical pickups at NAMM. What is an Optical Pickup? Using the instrument’s body to modulate a path of light, the Taff optical sensor will be a great way to give the fullness of their instruments through only one pickup. Constant volume, all without distortion. Taff Optical helps stringed instruments like the cello, upright bass, acoustic guitar, and many other acoustic instruments. More information at TaffOptical.com including release dates and prices.  

Richard Bosworth Talks Stone Tone for Piano

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe talked with Chris Poland about the Stone Tone for guitar. Now, Sergio Michel talks with Richard Bosworth – concert pianist – about how Stone Tone gives him an extra boost playing. Stone Tone uses Granite to create a sustain that adds to the stringed instrument. Whether Guitar, Piano, Bass, or another stringed instrument, the granite piece adds more clarity when you strike the notes. We learn more about Bosworth, including his performance at the White House in 1999.

Mooer Debuts Preamp Live Pedal at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSGuest host Sergio Michel takes us to the Mooer booth at NAMM 2018 to find out more about the Preamp Live pedal. What is Mooer Preamp Live This footpedal is design do you can set a preamp as desired. It’s perfect for those musicians that use a lot of different gear, but need to have their sound dialed in for each show. The Preamp live allows the musician a base line to work from when they get to the next amp. Visible buttons select the source, target, sync, and active. You select the channel through A-B-C (Two button press). The four buttons will function to each channel. Therefore, you can create clean channels, boosted channels, and more. Multiple dials control the Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Gain, and Boost – which can be set to pre or post. The pedal also has...

Chris Poland Talks Stone Tone, Gear, and OHM at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you watch a guitarist like Chris Poland, you see the years of hard work look like it’s nothing to do. The former guitarist of Megadeth is also a cool, laid back person who will talk guitar shop until your ears fall off (only to put them back on with his guitar skills – like a surgeon). While at NAMM 2018, Sergio Michel and I got a chance to hang with Chris while he was showing off the Stone Tone Rock Block system. Sergio has known Chris for a long time, so they had some fun, candid moments in this conversation. About Stone Tone: Granite Sustain Blocks The idea is simple – use more of the elements to make your stringed instrument sound better. Most guitars with a sustain block (for example) are made of metal – steel or brass. Changing...

Auto-Tune Pro: Antares Updates Auto Tune with Key Detection

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAntares introduced Auto-tune twenty years ago. It has been a versitile tool in making music sound it’s best. It also started a new sound in music. Now it’s time to up the game to make the music production easier and faster with Auto-Tune Pro What’s New in Antares Auto-Tune Pro The biggest new features are pitch and time correction. This allows you to automatically find the key, the note being sung, and it’s duration. With that, you can make sure it’s exactly where you need it to be, how long you need it to be, and in the right frequencies. Bring in any track – a rap, a background vocal, and even an instrument – add the plugin (to any VST3 compatible DAW), and start tweaking the sound. Antares also includes Audio Random Access (ARA) support to give you the classic...

Sonos One is your Alexa, and soon Google Home, or Siri with Spotify

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSmart speakers have come into our homes in the last year. Something that can play music, become a hub for your other smart devices, and even be a personal assistant. Sonos One is a speaker that not only connects with Amazon Alexa, but is focused for the music lover. With 50 music services available, Sonos One allows you to play music, podcasts, and other audio right from the unit. Attach your Amazon account, and say “Alexa, tell me a joke”. Multiple Sonos devices in different rooms can enhance your experience. You can even mix in services with the Echo series, although you might lose out on some of the music services if they are not skills. Sonos One Can Be Part of Your Sonos Theater System Sonos Play and One devices are pairable, to create stereo sound. If you purchase the...

Using an iPad, Tonebridge, Tabs, and iRig Stomp when Playing Your Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you’ve played guitar, you’ve seen other’s guitar pedal rigs. A big box filled with pedals and power cords so they can get the right sound for a song. But what if you could jam that all into one pedal? What if I said you can with an iPad, two apps, and a single pedal? You can then play your guitar and make it sound as close to the actual artist as possible. My guitar setup Simply put, I have an iPad Pro 10.5 (2017 model). Inside are two apps: Tonebridge, and Tabs. Both of these apps are made by Ultimate Guitar. Tonebridge App A simple app that turns the tone of a song into a simple pedal. Want to play “Stairway to Heaven”? Maybe some “Back in Black”, or “Purple Rain”? Just choose the pedal from the list. Each pedal...

Monster Elements Hybrid Over the Ear Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Walking Down 6th Street in Austin for SXSW

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSo this small walk is not a full representation of what Austin is for SXSW, but it’s a small piece of it. 6th street is blocked off every year as bands play the many bars on this stretch of road. I take you on a 4 block journey to the historic Driskill hotel and give you a small taste of the festival during the early afternoon.

Cubase Pro 9 DAW Brings Customer Enhancements

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Earin M-2 Wireless Earbud Headphones for iPhone, Android

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Roli Blocks Makes Modular Music in Multiple Ways ???

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLast year Roli came out with a keyboard that disrupted the musical instrument. This year, Roli doesn’t disappoint with Roli Blocks, a modular pad system that allows you to create beats, play loops, or even solo on songs. It’s an easy way to make music on your iOS device. Downloading the Roli App Noise is the first step in this system. The app is free and you can start working the pads right on the screen. Adding the modular pads will bring more functionality, turning the iPhone or iPad into another screen for multi-touch use. You can also connect the pads up to your favorite software for more functionality. At CES Unveiled, they were playing saxophone solos right from the pads. Roli Blocks main pad starts at $179, and additional blocks start at $79. You can get Blocks at your local Apple...

Rosewill SP 7260 Computer Speakers for Movies, Music, Gaming

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Prototypes at Sony Future Lab

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at SXSW I got to check out the Sony FutureLab and several products that connect us more into the Internet of Things (IoT). From headsets with new earbud designs to interactive tables, and even new ways to game or interact with things. In this video, we look at two items. First is the touch interactive table where you can set down items to pull information right from the page. An overhead projector and sensor recognition with a poliphany of 8 points can move items around, pull text, or simply identify the item placed on the table. Story books can come alive, card games can become more interactive, and the imagination can bring limitless ideas. Best part is any table can become an augmented reality device. Another great IoT prototype was a simple alien shooting game they displayed. The projector is...

Tip Your Favorite Band any Time with TipCow

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs a band member, I know how hard it is to not only get what you are worth, but also promote with a tip jar. Even as a patron, I never get to the front of stage to throw a couple dollars in to support the music. Now, with TipCow, I can do it all from my phone and don’t even need to be at the show. Sitting down with Chris Bush (CEO of TipCow) at SXSW I found how they are different than any crowdfunding project out there. They vet and curate the artists on TipCow. That way someone else doesn’t claim to be your band and take money from your pocket. You must also be able to prove who you are or else they will not add you to the service. Tips can be outright, or parts of specials....

Monoprice Pro Audio Electronic Drum Set

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhether you are an up and coming drummer or a weekend warrior, you need a drum set to play and improve. Sometimes an acoustic kit is not feesable where you live. Electronic kits have been dropping in price and there are many to choose from. I take a look at one of the sub $500 kits in the Monoprice Electronic Drum Set. This is the first kit that Monoprice offers. With 5 drums and 3 cymbal triggers along with the module, you can work on your flams and paradiddles without filling the house with sound. The kit sets up in around 40 minutes. You will need a Phillips screwdriver for assembly. The kit comes with a drum key, but the only device that uses it is the bass drum pedal. The pads are single piezo sensor drums. The cymbals are dual...

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...

SXSW 2014 in Pictures

This was my SXSW. I had a lot of fun this year meeting new people and creating new interviews. Of course, this was the year of the selfie for me – Since selfies are suppose to be therapeutic. I got a lot of them with some great superstars My Celebrity SXSW Watch It all started at the Roku streaming lounge when I met one of my all-time favorite wrestlers Sgt. Slaughter. He was getting ready to talk about how the WWE was proud to be on Roku, and was gracious to be a part of the photo as I had to run to another interview. While at the Samsung lounge, I was able to get a picture with Dan Harmon (Community). He was singing phallic songs the crew had created. That night, I ran into Ron Pearlman (13 Sins) at an undisclosed location. We met in the bathroom, but I got...

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...

Aurasma: Augmented Reality Through Mobile Devices – NAB 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAndy McCaskey talked with Lauren Offers from Aurasma at NAB 2013 about the newest mobile Augmented reality platform. Adding a visual search, you can point your phone at an item and get video, audio and more. You can even create your own Auras to bridge the physical world with the digital. For example, you could point your mobile device as Carrie Underwood and you could easily download and purchase video and music. Same thing with Spiderman – pointing to the picture pulls up a game you can even play offline. Get Aurasma on iOS – Get Aurasma on Android Also check out my episode of iPad365 on Aurasma

Jhoombox Set Top Box with Karaoke – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJhoombox is a streaming set top box that lets you find the karaoke versions of songs which you can sing, record then upload to Facebook or YouTube. Jhoombox also lets you stream movies and music like any other set top box in your home entertainment system. Jhoombox also has a games and a web browser. They have a full list of games and social apps – from Angry Birds, SoundCloud, Blogger to Netflix, Skype, Shazam and more. Jhoombox will be available later this year. It comes in black or white and with a microphone and keyboard-style remote. To find out more visit www.jhoombox.tv Video by Nakia Mann of F5 Live.

Hercules Holder Turns Cup Holder into Smartphone Stand – CES 2013

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS I do this all the time; I pull my smartphone out of my pocket and throw it upside-down in the cup holder. When I need to get to the phone it’s always in an odd place. Well the crew at HerculesHolder.com might have the solution. These fit in the cup holders and look like hands that hold on to your smartphone. If you are using it for music, turn-by-turn directions or just trying to charge the phone the Hercules Holder will hold your smartphone for you. Hercules Holder can also sit on a desk to keep your phone upright. It works in any type of cupholder so the kids can use it to play games or watch videos. TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey, SDRNews  

Zimri Speakers: Little Speakers with Big Sound – CES 2012

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Zimri Speakers are small speakers with big sound. Bluetooth or 1/8″ input – These speakers can go for 6-8 hours on only a 2 hour charge. Zimri speakers have a microSD slot to listen to music from the device, and volume controls on the bottom. Zimri also has a charging solution battery pack, in both 3,000 and 6,000 mAH capacities. These chargers have two USB slots, with one being a rapid charger and go hand-in-hand with the speakers that they have. Interview by Nicholas DiMeo of F5 Live for the TechPodcast Network.

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