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Monster Clarity Bluetooth Headphones and Earbuds

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMonster unveiled some really amazing headphones at this years CES show. Jeffrey talked with Stephen at CES 2018 about not only the new Headphones and Earbuds, but also about the Joe Perry Sound of Rock Blaster. Monster Clarity HDX Headphones, Earbuds Monster’s Clarity HDX headphones are a breath of fresh air. They are packed with cool features. Let’s start with the Tile tracker circuitry that’s built in. This uses the same technology as the popular keychain finder tags, and you know what that means. It means that if you lose your headphones, you can find them using a smartphone app. How many times have you lost your headphones or earbuds? This is a great feature. Right now that technology is in their headphones and will shortly make its way to the earbuds. They also feature Google Assistant for voice-command features. These...

The Petwalk Pet Door Is A Smart Door For Your Pets and More

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSCES isn’t just about innovation for humans. Sometimes your pets benefit from the technology on display as well. Petwalk is showing off the world’s first fully connected pet door at CES 2018. This pet door can be controlled via remote, mobile devices and web browsers, or through the ID chip on your pet. With one tap, you can open or close the door. It can also open via a transponder implanted under your pet’s skin. Petwalk Secure Pet Door It’s a pet door for the modern age. Maybe it’s raining outside and you want Fido to stay in. You can keep the door closed. The door looks a lot like a vault and it is insulated door and airtight. This keeps your home secure from burglars and also keeps noise and bad weather out. The door connects to your alarm system...

Pilot Era 360 8K VR Camera from Pisofttech

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS4K  in 360-degree video it can still feel like it’s not so much. So Pisofttech is showing off one of the first 360 camera that can stitch 8K videos in the camera itself. The Pilot Era is a four-lens camera capable of shooting 8K 360 videos at 26 frames per second or 4K at 60 fps. About Pisofttech Since 2012, Pisofttech has been working in panoramic algorithms. They are the only Panoramic + AI algorithm team in China invested by ARM . About Pilot Era 8K Camera The Pilot Era’s four lenses and sensors work together to record and stitch 8K spherical video automatically. You can still choose to use third party software to do the stitching if you want, but why would you when this device does it all for you? The four f/2.2 fisheye lenses are on each side of...

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.  

Silver Lake Reverb Pedal by Seymour Duncan

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStopping at the Seymour Duncan booth for two reasons: to talk with Pantera Bassist Rex Brown, and to find out about a new pedal called Silver Lake Reverb. Host Sergio Michel talks with Riley Giffen about this new pedal What is Silver Lake Reverb? This is a digital reverb workstation, with stereo inputs, and MIDI control. With 8 types of reverb, you can move from a room sound, to a spring, gated, or hall sound with the turn of a dial. You can add dynamic expression to adjust the Mix, Mod, or Damp settings, depending on how you are playing. There are over 100 preset locations, MIDI switchable for song setup, and the ability to send in Stereo to your amps, or mixer. Sergio also inquired about the Solid State guitar amp heads. Riley talks about the PowerStage 700 wth stereo...

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.

Rex Brown Debuts Seymour Duncan Signature Pickup

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe got a chance to catch up and talk with Rex Brown at NAMM 2018. Sergio Michel interviewed him on the new Seymour Duncan Rex Brown Signature Pickup. We also talked about his latest solo album, and how he was testing the pickup during the recordings. About the Seymour Duncan Rex Brown Signature Pickup A pickup for Active and passive guitarist. Rex plays heavy, so having a 4db push can help give you a sound that you need. A push knob will switch between passive and active. Simply tap for the boost. The Quarter Pounder pickups now give a growl that Brown is excited about. Rex indicated a guitarist could also benefit from this idea. He plays guitar on his solo album “Smoke on This”, which is out now. More information on this pickup will be available later this year. Find...

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...

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...

Alienware Gaming from Dell Updates Includes AMD, VR, and new Command Center

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDell, as usual, has a lot of updates for CES, especially when it comes to Alienware. Joel Olmsted sits with Jeffrey Powers at CES 2018 to break it all down. Alienware Command Center Gives You More Customization Let’s start with their brand new version of their Command Center Software. It will be in every new system that the company is launching this year. Basically it tunes your machine to the game you are playing. If your game needs better GPU performance for instance, this ups it. It eliminates the processes you don’t need and ups the ones that you do, streamlining any game that you play. Adding AI Lighting to Alienware Computers They’ve also added more colors to the lighting on their machines. One cool example from the video is that your keyboard could go from green to red as your...

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...

Ring Security Systems: Now More Than a Doorbell

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSRing made a name for themselves with a doorbell system that allowed you to capture who was at your front door. Of course, thieves will try to find other ways into your home. When I had a break-in last year, they came through the back. So Ring has been working on more security, including acquiring a light company to give you more peace of mind. New to Ring Coming spring this year will be the Ring Alarm – a central hub that sends instant mobile alerts if door and window sensors are tripped. It can put your cameras on instant record, turn all lights on, so you can contact police quicker and easier. A updated Ring Video Doorbell 2 is available, along with a series of outdoor security cameras that are either wired, or on battery/solar power. Sensors for Smoke, CO,...

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...

PogoCam Lightweight Eyewear Wearable Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSPogoCam is the world’s smallest and lightest attachable eyewear camera you can buy, priced at $149. The device attaches magnetically to most glasses that are on the market, allowing you to keep your own signature style. They are very unobtrusive and natural looking compared to other options. You won’t feel awkward using it and you won’t look awkward either, which is a big plus. PogoCam is small, lightweight, and easily removable. It allows you to capture the world from your point of view and share 5 megapixel photos and HD videos with others. The PogoCam Smart Case When used with the PogoTec smart case, images are easy to transfer. Just connect it to the smart case using a standard USB-C connector. The smart case will hold 16,000 photos or up to 90 minutes of video. The smart case is compact, so...

Wonder Workshop Cue Robot Teaches Kids To Code

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS The new Cue robots from Wonder Workshop are designed to teach kids as young as kindergarten to code, but aside from the learning aspect, they are also quite entertaining. Connect these little robots to your smartphone or tablet, then use the free app to interact with the robot. You can choose from 4 avatars to customize these bots. Each avatar has a unique personality. They boast new Emotive AI systems, more memory, improved sensors, upgraded processors, and advanced Bluetooth capabilities making them very clever. Features of Cue Some of their other features include: 3 Proximity Sensors, Real-time Bluetooth, IR Robot Interaction, 3 Processors & Sensor Fusion, Dual Motors and Potentiometers, 3 Microphones and a Speaker, Programmable LED & Buttons and 2 Powered Wheels and Encoders. Kids can learn about coding and javascript by interacting with these bots. Chat with it,...

Kodak Orbit 360 VR Camera and other concept VR cameras from PixPro

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSKodak is getting into the VR space in a big way their new Kodak Orbit 360 VR 4K Camera. This camera takes Kodak’s existing technology for making VR images and the camera itself puts it all together for you. You won’t have to get on the computer and do it yourself if you don’t want to. It is capable of doing it automatically right out of the box. This makes it even easier to share these images across social media. And you know you want to share all of those cool images with your friends. About Kodak PixPro Orbit The camera has two modes. You can get a square image and have it do all of the internal stitching, or you can get a circular image and use external software to stitch it up yourself. So no matter which way you...

Netgear Arlo Pro 2 and Smart HD Baby Monitors at CES 2018

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI’m a big fan of Arlo cameras. Last year, it gave police a good view of the 2 people that broke into my house. A single camera can add a feeling of comfort. 2 or 3 in key places can really add to your families’ safety. That is where Arlo comes in. About the Netgear Arlo Pro 2 The Netgear Arlo Pro 2 is all about keeping your home safe. It will let you see everything that goes on at your home in 1080p HD. If you ever do encounter an intruder when using the Arlo 2, you are going to have no trouble identifying them. This home surveillance device is all about flexibility and can go wire-free thanks a rechargeable battery, or you can stay plugged in. It fits whatever your needs are and as your needs shift, the design...

Check Out Omnicharge With USB-C Charging, and A Powerful Power Bank for Coffee Shops, Universities

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSStartup Omnicharge was at CES to show off the Omni 20 USB-C. This portable power USB-C bank can output up to 100 watts of power for charging all of your larger devices. This version keeps all of the good hardware from the original Omnicharge and adds the USB-C ports. It has four ports, two USB-C and two USB-A, and a powerful 20,100 mAh battery cell that you will find handy for for charging up laptops, smartphones, drones, digital cameras and basically anything else you carry with you. About Omnicharge with USB-C Power Bank This new device is geared toward the future and perfect for devices like the new MacBook Pro for instance. Everyone is switching to USB-C, so with Omnicharge, you are good to go and ready for these new gadgets. The Omni 20 USB-C doesn’t have the wattage limitation of...

CES 2018: Year of the Super Cute Bots

If the 51st Consumer Electronics Show proved anything, it’s that cuteness goes along way when you’re a bot competing for attention on a crowded show floor. Of course, functionality and price matter too. In the area of cuddle bots, Somnox, the sensor-filled pillow that claims to give affection to help you wake rested and happy, got a lot of attention at the show, perhaps because there was a rumor that they were giving away tee shirts that read: “I slept with a robot.” I had a chance to go hands on with this very heavy $550 4.5 pound pillow and found it completely non-responsive to my hugs. Me with USA Today’s Rob Pegoraro debating the merits of Somnox That said, sleeper hit, Qoobo, the super light $99 sensor-filled pillow, completely stole my heart as it continuously wagged its tail during my interview with its creator, Yukai Engineering’s Shunsuke Aoki:...

Meet Qoobo: A Headless Robotic Pillow Pet that Wags its Tail When you Cuddle it

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSDo you live alone in a place that doesn’t allow pets? Maybe you grew up with a cat or dog that cuddled up on your lap, wagged it’s tail, and fell asleep – and you miss that interaction. Well fear not, because Qoobo will help you with that. What is Qoobo Qoobo is an animatronic pillow that wags it’s tail when you give it attention. Whether from stroking or patting, Qoobo will react to your movement with it’s own. As Martine Paris talked with Shunsuke Aoki about this pet, we learned it was from Yukai Engineering – the same team that gave people “cat ears” that reacted to brain waves. This is a part in a long line of robotic dolls, hangers that interact, and other unique devices. How to Get Qoobo This is currently a project that you can pre-order...

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