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Mackie Reach Personal PA, Pro DX Mixing Console

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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. The...

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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...

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Turn Your Light Into a Computer with Beam Labs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYou might think “Why would I want to turn my light into a computer?” I was thinking that, too, until I saw what the folks at Beam Labs are up to. This is a ingenious bulb that has a full Android OS inside. Simply screw in the Edison bulb, turn it on and use the lamp as a projector. The first application I thought of was for a restaurant. You could  easily have a menu project onto a table. When you don’t want to see the menu anymore, flip the switch and it’s a regular light bulb. With the app, you could also turn that menu-light into an Internet Connected game system or video watching system. While the family waits for breakfast, they could be watching the latest news projected on the table from the overhead lamp. Most portable lamps could be converted...

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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...

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Get Hydrated with H2OPal

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMany of us don’t drink enough water. We are fatigued and sore. But raising our water levels can help. That is where H2OPal comes in – they track how much you drink. The bottle comes with a special disc that affixes to the bottom. It is Bluetooth enabled and talks with your smartphone to let you know how much water you drank. You can get notifications, see your progress and more. The system works with most phone health tracking systems to give you a better idea of how healthy you’ve become. H2OPal works on a watch battery and the app can also adjust your numbers in case you drink from another glass. The system is only $99 and available now. More information at H2OPal.com

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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....

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Blocks Modular Smartwatch with Smart Band

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSmart watches have one major downside – they’re tough to upgrade. Maybe your favorite watch doesn’t have GPS or Wifi. That is where Blocks comes in. It’s a modular smart watch that uses the watch band to add what you need. From extra battery life, gesture control, and sim card modules to extra sensors, haptic modules, programmable buttons and more, Blocks can adjust to your need. The band links are interchangeable so you can add or remove what works for you. The watch itself is a Snapdragon 400 quad-core ARM Cortex processor with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB storage. It also has a 400 mAh battery, WiFi, BLE Bluetooth, a microphone and runs Cyanogen Android for Smart watches. The modules are hot swappable and are designed to be waterproof and keep dirt out of the electronics. Blocks was a successful...

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Revolutionary Gittler Instruments Introduces B4F Bass

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 a...

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New Energy in the Fitbit Blaze with FitStar

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSAt CES I got to check out the Fitbit Blaze smartwatch / fitness tracker. This is the first device by Fitbit to be more of a fashion statement over a health wearable. This takes Fitbit into new realms of possibilites. Similar looks to the Fitbit Surge or even an Apple Watch, the Blaze is a square device with modular bands to swap out at a moments notice. Including the FitStar software – a company acquisition Fitbit made back in March 2015 – the device can now craft custom exercise programs based on user’s body data. This turns the blaze into a more tuned personal trainer. The watch itself is a 1.66 inch 240×180 color touchscreen with Gorrila Glass 3 on the face. The watch works on iOS, Android and Windows 10 mobile devices. To change out the band, simply detach the Fitbit...

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StompLight brings out Quick and Powerful Lighting Scenes

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 to...

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