Author: Jeffrey Powers

Lenovo Mirage, Yi Horizon VR 180 Cameras at Google VR

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSChecking out Google VR area at NAB, and learning more on the Google Daydream VR system. Two new VR 180 cameras from Lenovo and Yi to make video and photo capture easier. I take a look at both. What is VR 180? Otherwise known as Stereoscopic Video, or even 3D, These half-spherical cameras are spaced such like your eyes to take in information. The video is then matched together so it can be seen on a 3D device, such as the Daydream VR glasses. Half-spherical gives you 180 degrees of view – allowing you to turn your head and see more of the event. Panels can be covered where you can choose what to look at and see it just like if you were there. Lenovo Mirage The Lenovo Mirage camera is expected by May. The camera is 4K VR180, with...

Live at Epiphan NAB Booth: Looking at Avio Capture Cards, Pearl Mini, Webcaster X2

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt NAB 2018, I got to go live with the folks at Epiphan to learn more about their line of streaming products. We use the Webcaster x2 at vBrownBag, and we also streamed live using the X2. Epiphan Avio Capture Cards HDMI, SDI, and DVI Avio USB capture devices are available for single stream capture – up to 4K 30fps or 1080p 60fps. Other resolutions in 4:3 TV, 16:9 Widescreen, 16:10 and 5:4 monitor. Pearl and Pearl Mini These are smaller switchers for 2 HD source video. You can connect any type of camera to stream, and even configure it for overlays, text, and more. Webcaster x2 A simple way to connect your HDMI source to YouTube, Facebook Live, and Vimeo (just announced). Program the box to your settings, link up your accounts, then simply hit a button to start streaming. You...

HP ZBook x360 and New Detachable Keyboard x360 with Dreamcolor

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe ZBook is more powerful than ever for anyone needing to run higher-end graphics programs. A whole line of new convertibles with Wacom Pen, and a new detachable keyboard tablet give you versatility in your creations. The new line of ZBook include convertible and detachable PCs. With 8th gen Intel 6 cores, AMD Radeon graphics, and Dreamcolor 4K display with 600 NITS RGB. A Wacom AES pen is available for artists and other creators. Higher end ZBook models come with a removable back side to upgrade memory, change the battery, and more. The ZBook x2 detachable comes with the same features, Quad core processor, along with the same features as the other ZBook notebooks, the detachable keyboard turns on the Bluetooth so you can continue to use the keyboard. Macro buttons on the side allow for quick switches when the keyboard...

Newtek Simplifies Tricaster in TC1, Expands NDI to Skype, Avid

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSYou might think this is going to be a highly technical post, but if you end up doing any live streaming or video content creation, you’ll most likely be using the NDI protocol in the near future. I have been for the last year, and it’s been amazing – allowing me to leave some of my expensive hardware at home. A more comprehensive interview will be conducted later. For now, the following video talked about what happened at the live event.  

Installing a Tronical Tuner on My Epiphone Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Last month I installed a Tronical Tuner on my guitar. If you’ve seen them on Gibson guitars, it’s labeled “Min-E Tune”. It takes about an hour to do, and fairly straightforward. So let’s get into it. What is Tronical Tuner This is a device that will self-tune the guitar. Similar to those clip-on tuners, the device will take it one step further and tell each tuning peg whether to fix a flat or sharp string. To do this, it needs to replace the tuning pegs on the guitar. The new pegs have a small motor inside that will turn when you run the tuner. Simply press a button, then strum the guitar. The device will get you ready within seconds. Installing the Tronical Tuner You can get this done when it’s time to change your strings. You’ll need a wrench...

Orbi AC3000 First Look (RBK50)

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAt CES, I got to talk with Netgear about the popular Orbi satellite system. Since then, Netgear has sent an Orbi AC3000 for review, which I’ve been checking out for the last few weeks. I have been using similar “Bridge” networking options by Netgear so my Wifi signal covers my whole house. What is Orbi AC3000 Satellite System? This is also called “Mesh Networking”, the initial RBS50 device is the router, with 4 – 1GB LAN ports, and a USB 2.0 port for external storage. The router itself has 6 antennas, and an Internet speed of over 150 Mbps (if available by your service provider). Add the Satellite Router (RBRS50) While the router can give you 2,500 square feet of coverage, adding a single repeater can double that coverage. The satellite also has 4 – 1GB LAN ports, and 1 USB...

ModMic 5 Gaming Microphone for Your Favorite Headphones

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSModmic is an accessory for your favorite headphones that don’t have a microphone attached. While at SXSW, I talked with Antlion – the company behind the ModMic 4 and ModMic 5. What is ModMic? This is a microphone that can be affixed to many headphone combos to turn into a headset. Using a neodymium magnet and an adhesive attachment for the headphones, you simply let the two click together. ModMic 5 is switchable between a uni-directional microphone, and a Omni-directional. With a single flip of the switch, you can go from high-quality voice recordings, to noise-cancelling goodness if the surrounding environment is a bit noisy. The microphone is modular, with an extension cord, and a mute switch adapter. With the additional adapter, you can plug your ModMic 5 and headphones into your smartphone to take a call. A USB converter is...

Magnolia Audio Fest Brings Audio Gear of Your Dreams

Looking to upgrade your sound? Maybe a new home theater soundbar, or some studio speakers to help mix down your podcasts or music sessions. The Magnolia Audio Fest is remarkable deals on premium audio gear. From speakers, to receivers, along with wireless gear, including headphones, and more. Upgrade all your speakers around the house or studio. Weekly savings on some amazing offers, this AudioFest will give you products at incredible prices. Such as a new Samsung 3.1 Channel Soundbar system, or a Sony Core Series 10″ 115W Active Subwoofer for your Core series speakers. And while it’s also a good time to upgrade your video devices, audio is the heart of Magnolia. It brings emotion in what you watch, play, and envision. This premium selection of audio brands will help you fill your walls with great sounds, and powerful speakers. Sony Shelf Systems, LG Shelf Systems, turntables for...

Bose AR is Audio Augmented Reality in Your Headphones, Glasses

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you think of AR/VR, you might first think of video. Bose AR wants to change that with a new idea of Audo AR. The Bose AR system is a prototype that we got to see this year at SXSW. The idea is to give you a full experience without blocking your ears from important sounds. How Bose AR Works We got to experience two forms of it – in a pair of sunglasses, and with in-ear headset. The device would get information on something you are looking at – whether a product, or landmark – and bring back important information. If you get to work, it can change playlists for you, and even turn on noise cancelling features (for headset units). You can go on Virtual tours, where the device will direct you by using Binaural audio. If you need...

Sound Devices MixPre multi-track: I Record a Song at SXSW

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSound Devices is a good ole Wisconsin company that works in sound. These are high-end audio devices that are used in pro recording of music, video projects, and more. If you know what a Dead Cat is, you probably have heard about Sound Devices. But they decided to travel to SXSW and show everyone else what their new MixPre multi-track recorders do. What is MixPre-3 6 and 10? Small, lightweight, and can record up to 10 audio tracks. That is the MixPre-10T in a nutshell. Weighing in at under 2 lbs, the 10T can be placed under a DSLR camera, or attached to a mixing board to record interviews, panels, live concerts, and more. Sound Devices will be bringing out the 10M if you need to sync time code with video. Each MixPre comes with Kashmir microphone preamps inside. This gives...

Petting the Aibo Robot Dog at Sony Wow SXSW, Xperia Hello, Air Hockey

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSOnce again, Sony Wow pop-up shop at SXSW gave us a look into the future of entertainment, functionality, and AI with some inventive products. I also got a chance to spend some time with Aibo – the robot dog – to see how it interacts. Sony Xperia Hello Robot Coming into the WoW Experience, I saw a fun little group of robots dancing to song. This is the Xperia Hello. It’s a smart speaker that can respond to your voice, gesture, and facial expressions. It’s more than just a speaker, as it can take photos or video, play photos or video, check weather and traffic, news, and many other functions through the add-on apps. The Hello is a little pricey at $1,300, and isn’t out in the U.S. right now. Virtual Air Hockey I am pretty good at air hockey. This...

Cabot: I Play with the Cajon Robot Drummer

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCabot is making a MIDI device you can attach to your Cajon drum. The result – a robotic drummer for your solo gigs. A device that is fun to watch, along with fun to play with. I know – I played along with it at SXSW. How Cabot Works The Robot drummer is controlled via app on your iOS device or via PC using your favorite MIDI software. You can create the rhythms through the app, then send to the device to play. A pedalboard is available to start, stop, and transition the drummer for your need. Cabot is Crowdfunding Soon The prototypes are now set, Cabot will be launching their crowdfund very soon. To get on the list, simply Go to Cajon-Robot.com and choose “News” and “Subscribe”.

Westworld Experience at SXSW: Walk Through Sweetwater With Me

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I’m at a major conference, I try not to take on anything that consumes 4-5 hours of my time. Of course, I make exceptions – which you have to do from time to time at SXSW. Long lines for movie premieres or major events are a common thing. When I found that Westworld was going to have an experience at SXSW, I knew I couldn’t pass this up – no matter how long it took. The end result was an event I will never forget. How HBO Built Westworld at SXSW About 30 miles northwest of Austin sits the J. Lorraine TX Ghost Town. A theme park open year round and host to many different events. Therefore, it would make sense that HBO and Westworld would use this to set up the town of Sweetwater – the main town in...

I Sat in the Justice League Batmobile at SXSW DC Popup

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis is a once in a lifetime opportunity as I was at the DC press event at SXSW. Even top artist Jim Lee was excited to do this. But I got to say, It’s not easy getting into a Batmobile… DC Panel at SXSW The press was invited to sit with top DC names to learn about 80 Years of Superman, along with the new TV show, Krypton on Syfy. Moderated by IGN Executive Editor Laura Prudom, we heard from Dan Jurgens, Jim Lee, Frank Miller, Brian Michael Bendis, Cameron Welsh, Nadria Tucker, and Lina Patel. About Krypton: The Making of a Legend Nadria and Lina are working on the show Krypton. The show focuses on Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El, who has to fight for his family’s honor as the House of El was shamed over false claims with Superman’s great-great grandfather. About the 80th...

Samsung S9+ Unboxing and First Look Exclusive

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis morning I unboxed the Samsung S9+ phone, which I got from Verizon (a returnable press review model, but all opinions are of Geekazine). I had the phone for the last 24 hours, and I will be taking it to SXSW with me to record video, create social posts, and more. This is a first look of the device. About the Samsung Galaxy S9+ This phone is all about the camera and it’s features, but it also has a powerful phone behind it. Some settings vary between the S9 and S9+, so check the specs page (and the slideshow) for more information. The camera is only 12 MP rear, 8 MP front, which is no different than the S8. Samsung did add super slow mode (960 fps) in 720p. They also added live focus and Bokeh features (overlays and Augmented Reality...

Relish Swiss Modular Guitars

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM, I talked with Sylvan at Relish Guitars about their modular options. The Mary, Jane, and Mary Aluminum guitars are a different way to think of building and repairing guitars. What is Relish Modular Guitars The guitars can be opened simply through a magnetic back. Inside, you can easily change out the pickups, change batteries, or add new hardware, then snap on the back and continue to play. The guitars are built using moulded wood veneer in a “Sandwich” construction. The fingerboard is made of Bamboo, with a Maple neck. The pickup touchpad works just like a toggle switch to move back and forth. Some models will have the touchpad, others with the toggle. All guitars are produced in Lucerne, Switzerland, and held high in Swiss craftmanship standards. Guitars will start at $2,500 and will be available in May....

New Features from Avid Pro Tools

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got to talk with Avid at NAMM about Pro Tools updates. I also sat in on a very interesting demo on MIDI drums. I talked with Adam Lebowski about those new features. What is in Pro Tools HD 2018 Seven new feature sets to help creators make music. Retrospective MIDI record allows you to add a MIDI performance into your timeline so your not distracted. Track Presets allow you to build sessions on the fly. You can create a chain of Effects that you may use on a regular basis. A vocal chain with light compression, and EQ for male or female vocals, a drum chain, a guitar chain, and even an overall chain. Improved MIDI editing with keyboard commands. Nudge a note left, right, trim, and transpose with a keystroke. Of course, Avid is also improving session data with...

aFrame Drum from ATV

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSElectronic Hand Drums can add a lot of new sounds and feels to music while keeping their roots in hand drumming. ATV has come out with a fun drum in the aFrame – a $1,599 device that matches that of a frame drum. About the aFrame Frame Drum To begin with, this drum is diamond shaped. This makes it easier to not only hold and position when you put on the drum strap, but also get different tones by where you strike the drum. The frame is Bamboo, with a polycarbonate surface. On the back is the drum module, with multiple buttons, USB, and microSD card support. The aFrame can be placed on a snare stand when you want to sit. The strap also can hold a battery if you want to be as portable as possible. Simply plug in a...

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.

DDJ-1000 by Pioneer DJ for Rekordbox DJ Controller

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhile at NAMM 2018, I got to check out the Pioneer DJ DDJ-1000 4 deck DJ controller. This is a device that works with Pioneer DJ’s rekordbox music management software. About the DDJ-1000 This is a two digital turntable DJ controller, with mixer. The jog wheel has undergone some updates, including moving several options to the LCD display in the middle of the wheel. You can check playback time, beats per minute, waveform, playback postition, loop points, and hot cue. You can also adjust the jog wheel so it can be as loose or tight as you need. 16 pad page buttons are available on the unit to add any sound. Add in effects, with some new ones including Mobius SAW. The DDJ-1000 can be configured to any DJ. You can even add 2 turntables for some old skool vinyl sound....

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...

Darbee DVP 5000S Adds Depth and Clarity to HDMI Video

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEach TV has it’s own color palette which they work off to create the video you see on your screen. You have the ability to adjust, but might not get the desired results. Maybe with a game or movie, you want to see more detail. That is where DarbeeVision 5000S comes in. To enhance depth and clarity. DarbeeVision is an HDR Mode for Your TV By adjusting settings, DarbeeVision allows for detail to come out, similar to HDR photo mode. With the DVP-5000S, you can adjust how much depth you would like to see. The remote gives you three modes which you can choose from. The DVP-5000S works best in up to 1080p 60fps TVs, but I was getting detail on my Vizio Smartcast M50 4k TV using the Roku Ultra. DVP-5000S for Camera Recording I’ve also seen some live stream and...

Sony C-100 Microphone is a Low Cost, Hi-Res, Dual-Element Condenser

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStepping up your game in recording, podcasting, or whatever you do can be easy if you have this microphone in your bag. This large Diaphragm condenser mic has a lot of features that can help you mic up any instrument – from Tuba to Piccolo. All with a price that doesn’t bring down the house. About the C-100 Condenser Microphone This is an alternative to the Sony C-800G microphone. Inside the cage is a dual-capsule that can cover the spectrum. The 25mm capsule covers 20 Hz to 25 kHz, while the 17mm capsule covers 25-50 kHz ranges. You can select it to be a cardiod, omnidirectional, or figure-8 polar pattern. A low-cut filter and -10db pad are also available options. Other microphones in the High-Resolution series include The EMC-100N (Omni-Directional) and the EMC-100U (Cardioid). The Sony C-100 starts at $1399 and...

Fusion Guitar with Built-In Amp, iOS adapter

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAs we continue to bring guitar modeling through iOS apps, it only makes sense to merge into the guitar. That is what Fusion Guitars did – an all-in-on guitar that you can use for practice, recording, or performance. What is Fusion Gutars A guitar with a built-in amplifier, full range speakers, and a Lithium-ion battery so you can play without being plugged into the wall. The iOS cradle allows you to connect your device right on the guitar to use any iOS app out there. Headphones to play in privacy, and a guitar cable to play a little louder. The guitar itself is a a full scale neck and fingerboard – in Maple or Rosewood. strings are held by an adjustable wraparound bridge. Two high output pickups with coil split switch. In all, the guitar is 8 pounds,9 ounces. You can...

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