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New YouTube Product Placement Rules: How to Create Content Going Forward

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSNote: This is an interpretation of YouTube’s rules and could change at any time.  This is NOT AN OFFICIAL video of the rules. For more information on Product Placement, check out YouTube’s help page Youtube has made a major change that has many content creators up in arms. Yet they may have been working on flawed business models to begin with. We’ll look at this more in-depth on this 5 minute Smack! The Updated YouTube Rule on Product Placement Abigail Van Buren said “water may be free, but when they pipe it to you you’ve got to help pay for piping. And the Piper!” This week, the Piper YouTube had silently changed some of its legal-ease for those who run paid product placement within their videos. The new verbage states: You may include paid product placements in your video content. All product...

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Gibson’s Neat Microphones: King Bee – Stylish and Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI sat down and talked with Skipper Wise at International CES 2015 while at the Gibson booth. Skipper was part of Blue Microphones until they sold it in 2013. He took some time off, but Gibson wanted him to bring out a line of microphones for their brand. So he came out of retirement to create something pretty sweet. Its called Neat Microphones, and their concept is around the “Bee” line. From Beestro to Beehive, Bumblebee to King Bee. I got to see the Worker and King Bee mics in action when Ryan Whyte Maloney recorded in their Gibson studio. Even the microphones get their own XLR Beeline cables and the shockmounts are open-faced to allow the microphone’s look to pass through. A line for studio recording, a line for home recording and podcasting. Best part – the USB desktop microphones will...

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iRig Mic Field Improves iPhone, iPad Audio from IK Multimedia – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIK Multimedia showed off a stereo/mono audio device for your iOS device that allows for cleaner audio in the iRig Mic Field. Perfect when capturing that song you love at a concert or even when capturing video of your kids playing outside. The iRig Mic Field connects to the lightning jack of your iOS device. With the iRig Recorder, you can capture and edit your audio easily. Turn the Field to a landscape mode and record in stereo. Flip it the other way for a mono recording. The lighting plug allows for digital recording of up to 24-bit with a 44.1/48 kHz sampling rate. The mic contains two condenser capsules that have a 115 dB SPL rating and built in low-noise preamp. This will help keep the live recordings sounding a lot clearer than from your iOS microphone. iRig Mic Field is available...

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Western Digital SATA Express Dual-Drive with 4TB HD and 128 GB SSD

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSRight before the International CES 2015, Storage Visions holds a small conference about the state of storage. While there, I talked with the folks at Western Digital (WD) to learn about a new prototype dual-drive. This drive is a standard 4 TB hard drive but also has a 128 GB SSD inside. I caught up with Fleming Doreng of Western Digital to find out more about this hard drive. About the Dual Drive Prototype by WD The drive utilizes the PCIe 2.0 x2 interface using a special cable. If you do not have the interface, you will need to get an adapter cable for power, and 2 SATA cables for the drives. The drives can work as one or be separate drives. The SSD is like short-term memory and the HD is long-term. With this system and two SATA Express drives at RAID...

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TASCAM DR-44WL Four Track Recorder with iPhone, Android Remote

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at the International CES 2015, I got to sit down with Jeff Laity of TASCAM to learn about new products coming soon. A fan of TASCAM recorders for many years (I still have my TASCAM 4-track tape recorder in the basement) and owner of the DR-60D, I was excited to learn about the DR-44WL and other new recorders coming out. TASCAM DR-22WL and 44WL Jeff showed off the DR-44WL in the video. This is a 4 track recorder with 2 XLR inputs, XY pattern microphone and dual recording feature so you can record a high-quality .WAV file and a lower quality audio file which could be transferred quickly to the web. Both devices handle sound pressure up to 132dB and reduce noise if you are holding the recorder in your hand with cradled shock mounts. The Microphone preamp in the DR-44WL...

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Carlo Libertini Talks Cakewalk Sonar Software – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSWhile at the International CES 2015 Gibson Booth, I got a chance to sit and talk with Carlo Libertini about Cakewalk Sonar. Carlo is a musician and songwriter, Grammy award winner and Melodyne specialist. Here, I learned a little bit about the Sonar software and the upcoming new version of Cakewalk Sonar Artist, Professional and Platinum versions. Cakewalk Sonar is audio editing software for the amateur to the professional musician. Three versions of the software allow you to get what works for you. As a podcaster, we also talked about using Cakewalk for recording and mixing down podcasts. With a full pro mixing console with built in EQ and 27 audio effects, you will be able to record and mix down your music. Get Cakewalk Sonar X3 Studio Music Production Software on Amazon Carlo also talks about all the great additions you can...

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iRig2 for iOS, Android – Time to Rock on Your Guitar – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSI have been a big fan of IK Multimedia and the iRig. However, since I moved to Android devices, it got tougher to use these great musical additions. At CES 2015, they changed that with the new iRig 2 guitar interface which now supports Android devices. I talked with Derek of IK Multimedia about the new iRig 2 adapter for your guitar. Along with the Amplitude for Android you can now add pedal effects to your guitar for practice or performance. With the additional bluetooth pedal board, you can preset your sounds and have them ready at a touch of a button. Of course you can also use your iOS device the exact same way with the Amplitude for iOS. The iRig 2 includes a amplifier out, headphone out, gain control and FX-through switch so you can even connect to your existing pedal...

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Motorola Droid Turbo Give Battery Life to Your Phone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn today’s mobile world, we want one thing from our smartphones – the ability to hold battery life. The Motorola DROID Turbo is the latest in high-end battery smartphones that not only holds charge, but can recharge 30% within 15 minutes. On the Verizon Network it becomes the workhorse you need for when you need it. Now usually I take a week or two to get to know the phone then review. Every now and then I like to slow a review period down to really get to know the phone. Would it become a phone I could use for the next two years? I also took it with me to the biggest battleground I know of. The Consumer Electronics Show. If you’ve ever went to a major event like this, you know two things – at the end of the day your...

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Sleep Number Brings SleepIQ Kids Bed with Monster Checking – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSMonsters? There are no monsters here. How do you know? The SleepIQ Kids bed will keep you safe from monsters and also give your kids a better nights sleep. Taking a cue off the x12 smart bed, the SleepIQ Kids bed from Sleep Number helps children get a better night sleep in a bed that will adjust to their growing needs. Sleep Number announced this new bed at the 2015 International CES show in Las Vegas. We got a first hand look (or more like first body feel) of the SleepIQ Kids bed. The bed contains multiple sensors that pick up on motion and pressure. The bed can give you data such as how the child is breathing or if they are having issues such as nightmares or waking up in the middle of the night. The sleep dashboard (Android or desktop...

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Zolt Charger Plus: Alternate Power Brick for Your Laptop – CES 2015

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSOur laptops are getting smaller and smaller. Yet the power brick you use to charge up the battery seems to stay the same large device. The folks at Zolt want to change that with the Zolt Power charger – a laptop charger that is a fraction of the size. The Zolt power charger looks similar to any tablet or smartphone charging wart. Four times smaller than your laptop charger, this could fit into your bag easy. Best part – your laptop charger can stay at home on the desk. Zolt Charges More than Laptops Zolt is for 60 or 70 Watt laptop chargers. Best part – there are two more USB ports for your smartphone or tablet. It can only charge one laptop at a time, but with the interchangable plugs, you can charge your HP laptop, then switch it up for...

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