Category: Music Tech

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...

Floyd Rose Shows FRX Tremolo, Pick Glide Signature Line, and 3D Headphones at NAMM

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSSpecial Guest Host Sergio Michel Interviews Floyd Rose at NAMM 2018, as we get a look at the newest version of FRX tremolo, The new Signature line with Pick Glide, and the Floyd Rose Headphone series including Bluetooth, and wired headsets. Add a Tremolo to Your Guitar with FRX A pretty hefty tremolo system for your guitar, the FRX tremolo allows you to customize your Les Paul, SG, or Flying V guitar. The best part of this system is there is no additional router modification needed to install. Simply swap out the bridge for this easy-to-configure system. “We have tried this a couple times in the past with no success” said Rose. “We gave it one more try and came up with the FRX”. The spring tension is on top, which makes for easier adjustments. The Tremolo assist helps bring the...

Monster adds Joe Perry Sound of Rock Blaster Classic Rock Edition and Firecracker

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSJoe Perry and Monster Audio have combined their forces at this years CES. The Monster Blaster JP1000 Classic Rock Edition has a Classic Rock mode designed and hand-tuned by rock legend Joe Perry himself. This boombox brings all your music to life. It is a boombox for the modern age, with a modern design and wireless technology built in. This baby is going to enhance your classic rock to the max. Because older music doesn’t always sound great with the newer technology. About the Monster Blaster Joe Perry Sound of Rock It has 7 speakers, 2 drivers on each side, 2 passive radiators and a power subwoofer. The V shape of this full Bluetooth device means that the sound will come to you, unlike older boomboxes, where you had to tilt the unit to move the sound direction toward you. It...

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...

DPA Core Microphone Technology Minimizes Distortion Wherever the Mic is

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen you are micing up a orchestra, musical, or simply a public speaker, vocal dynamics can cause distortion because the mic is not in a direct placement to the mouth, and the sound engineer has to control volume. DPA core technology solves this with a new idea for their miniature microphones. I talked with them at NAMM 2018 to find out more. What is DPA Core Technology This is a system that expands dynamic range up to 14 db. The inside of the microphone will boost the dynamics so you can hear a whisper, but also takes into account that sound could change to a scream at any time. When you boost a signal, you have to account for distortion if someone raises their voice. The Core technology is ready to take any signal, and keep it from clipping, so all...

Kryo Smartphone Programmable Guitar Stomp Box to Whatever Pedal You Need

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMost iOS or Android app guitar pedals have to run on the mobile device. Kryo stomp pedals changed that idea as the pedal gets programmed, then you can turn off and put away that phone or tablet. The pedal takes the information to turn it into a distortion, reverb, phase, delay, gate, or other types of custom created stomp pedals. About Kryo The name itself was a late night think-tank decision. They made a play on the idea of making your guitar “cry”. The pedal is designed to go into your pedalboard without an issue. You connect via Bluetooth, and with the app, you bring the programmed tones into the pedal. You can even create a pedalboard with many Kryo devices, and change the tones as your playing. The pedal is a black aluminum die cast enclosure. Kryo is a 3PDT...

Roland R-07 High Resolution Audio Recorder for Music, Podcasting, School

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhether you need a recorder for your classes, personal notes for a song or presentation, getting audio for your podcast, recording your show, or other, the Roland R-07 is coming to help you with these jobs. This Personal Audio Recorder is ready for recording. It gets away from the Smartphone recording, but still uses the phone or watch to help you record. About the Roland R-07 The R-07 records in 16 or 24 bit MP3, and a sampling rate of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz at bit rates from 64 kbps to 320 kbps. Use the stereo microphone included, or plug in an external microphone through the mic/aux in for a more focused record. The R-07 also has Bluetooth capabilities for headphones, and connecting with a iPhone and watch to start recording, add marks for key audio points, and stream audio...

Bose S1 with Rechargeable Battery for All Your Gigs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS Bose has come out with a lightweight speaker that you can use in many ways. The Bose S1 is perfect for the solo artist, and then the speaker can be used as a wedge for your band. About the Bose S1 The S1 is a three channel mixer, with two channels for microphone and instrument. It also has a 3-band EQ, and ability to chain via the Line Out option. Built-in Bluetooth also allows for playing music from your mobile device. With 4 transducers, and 3- 2 1/4″ drivers mounted inside, your music will be heard. Bose has also put in an accelerometer, so the speaker will correct it’s EQ when turned, placed on the floor, or even on a pole – a micro switch will detect. This speaker amplifies 103 db continuous, 109 db peak. The unit also has...

First Look: Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAny podcaster or musician out there knows – the better the audio, the better chance people will give you. Adding in something that you might not expect can bring some great results. Next thing you know, people are asking you how you made it sound so good. That is where a program like Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac comes in. With a version for Mac and one for PC, you can bring in tracks, or even whole songs, and get all the bumps and bruises out. You can re-organize thoughts, and even extract samples for other projects. Even if you have a multi-track editor or movie creator, a program like Sound Forge Pro allows you to take time away from the whole project and focus on one bit. Most video and audio editors will have a function in the settings...

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...

Bob Heil Celebrates 50 Years, Talks the New PR-781 Dynamic Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

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...

McPherson Carbon Series Guitars Bring Strength, Quality Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSHigh end Acoustic guitars have been made of wood to get the body and brilliance. While carbon fiber isn’t the best sounding material in it’s rough state, the folks at McPherson knew they could eventually mold it into something that does not only have the sound quality, but also the strength for any touring musician. About the McPherson Carbon Series Guitar Created in Sparta, Wisconsin. McPherson Guitars builds the Carbon Fiber alongside their other custom wood guitars. The carbon fiber shell is pressed using a special mold and a special proprietary blend is used on the back of the guitar to control sound and give it the mellow tones, resonance, and sustain. The carbon fiber body makes this guitar more resistant to heat, humidity, and the accidental drop. The neck is made with a 57 million modulus truss rod in the neck...

VOX NBX150H Amp with NuTube Technology and Starstream Guitar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIn the last year, VOX has been coming out with great amplifiers with their new NuTube technology. Tubes that take up less space and power while adding great functionality to your sound. While at NAMM 2017, I got to check out the newest prototypes of amp head in the NBX150H. Vox NBX150H The NBX150H is a Prototype amp head that can go all the way down to 5 Watts. The head gives you a high gain amplifier that also gives you the sounds you might need. Inside is the NuTube technology – a flat tube that takes up 30% of a standard tube. It gives you the same drive at 2% power. This design came from the Noritake Company who manufactures high-end televisions. Vox acquired the technology to improve the amp. Vox Starstream Guitar The Starstream provides a wide range of guitar sounds...

Tascam Track Factory is an All in One Box System

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

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...

Sampletank 2 for iOS Walkthrough

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSToday I’m looking at Sampletank 2 – an iOS app that allows you to create grooves and samples for your DJ or acoustic rock shows. With over 1,900 high quality samples, you can create, save and play your works through your iPad or iPhone. Connect up a iRig Keys or iRig Pads for more control. Sampletank can be run in 2 modes – recording (Song) and live. In the live mode, set up your instruments and patterns you plan to play. You can change or mute them upon a touch. You can also adjust pan, volume, EQ, and reverb to get the right sound. Layer mode allows you to assign items to your MIDI controller, then recall by simply hitting a button. In Song mode you can create loops or samples. Create new patterns or choose from the pre-programmed patterns to...

How to Run QSC Touchmix App on Windows

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI am a big fan of the QSC Touchmix. Keep in mind, this device really marks the change in Live sound mixing. Sound professionals would haul in a heavy box consisting of a mixer, compressors, gates and EQs to do what this mixer the size of a laptop can. And it can also multi-channel record with only an SSD drive! I do have one problem with the mixer. While I can use iOS and Android to mix channels, there is no Windows app to do it. With a Windows app, I can use the Keyboard, mouse and other USB ports to control the mixer. Most important, I can set up a macro program to change multiple items. But worry not, because there is a way! An Android Emulator on Windows. Get the Touchmix 16 AMIDuOS After reviewing the versions of emulators...

Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless Surround 5.1 Speakers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEnjoy your movies and music the way you want with the Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless speakers. The next generation in the Fidelio line with Surround on Demand (SOD) : A set of speakers with subwoofer that contain 2 extra wireless speakers which can be put behind you for 5.1 surround without running wires. When done, simply replace on the main speakers to charge for the next movie. “The consumer enjoys 2 movies, maximum 5-6 hours a week. But you always have two speakers sitting in the back of the living room” as Ken Chan from Philips explains. The Fidelio wireless speakers also can be used as independent Bluetooth speakers, connecting to any device you need. When connecting Google Cast or Spotify Connect, you can conveniently listen to your music without turning on the TV. The main speakers also feature the center...

Mackie Reach Personal PA, Pro DX Mixing Console

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI was impressed by Mackie and their lineup of products this year at NAMM. Two in particular for the acoustic artist with the Reach and home recording/podcasting in the Pro DX. Both products give you the ability to setup and play within minutes. Mackie Reach Professional PA The Mackie Reach is an all-in-one PA system for a solo artist or band, karaoke system, boardroom or wherever you need to project the sound. The Reach contains a 4 channel mixer, speaker system with advanced ARC (Amplified Radial Curve) and Ear Shot personal monitors on the sides. If you are a duo, you might put the Reach in-between the performers. The Ear Shot monitors are set on both sides so the artists can hear the music. You can also link Reach systems together if you have it set up conventionally on the sides....

High-Fidelity Blue Headphones Lola is Comfortable and Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

QSC Touchmix Series Mixers for Professional Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Record Anywhere in HD: PreSonus Studio 192 and 192 Mobile

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | 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...

Revolutionary Gittler Instruments Introduces B4F Bass

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMade of Titanium, the Gittler Guitar is a lot different than any other out there. Not only does it look wild, it’s also very interesting to play. Yet I get the chance to noodle on this guitar and check out the new B4U Bass. The Gittler Guitar has been around since 2013. These guitars are all titanium and move away from a traditional guitar. For example, there is no conventional fretboard, so you can do more with your guitar such as push to bend notes more. I was making a full vibrato strumming chords. The guitar was created by Allan Gittler, a musical visionary who tried to dispel common misconceptions of guitars. The biggest hurdle to overcome – making a guitar that doesn’t look like one. The Gittler guitar is made of abrasion resistant Titanium. LED lights up key frets like...

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...

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