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Saramonic Smartmix for iPhone, Android, DSLR Camera

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI always try to find a good solution for audio when recording out. When I am portable, I need a rig that has a small footprint but can do much more. When I first saw the Saramonic Smartmix, I thought it could be a great video companion for my smartphone. Yet, it does a lot more. The Smartmix is a microphone preamp that allows you to record up to 3 microphones to your camera or smartphone. The mixer also gives those DSLR cameras a headphone jack so you know what type of sound is coming out. The Unboxing First part of the video is the unboxing, which unveils the main unit, clamp and handle for most Smartphones (iOS or Android), two position-able microphones, mini XLR to XLR adapter cable, and two cables to connect to your smartphone. The Specs: Saramonic Smartmixer The device can...

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Create Fresh Amazing Titles with NewBlueFX Titler Pro 4

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSWhen you are creating video, having great lower 3rds and other graphics are key to keeping your audience captivated. It also adds to the feel of your show when you can keep formats the same throughout. That is why I use Titler Pro 4 from NewBlueFX – so I can create the best graphics for all my videos. Titler Pro is a plugin for not just video editing programs, but also live streaming systems like Wirecast, NewTek Tricaster and BlackMagic Davinci Resolve. Over 50 features are inside this program, including hundreds of presets, 3D rotation, animation presets, Keyframed lighting and much more. Using a timeline keyframe setup, you can create or adjust any template to your desire. In the accompanying video tutorial and demonstration, I create a simple lower third which I can use for my videos. I talk about how it works in...

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Comparing the iPhone 6s to the 6 – Should I Upgrade?

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSThe new iPhone 6s is a powerful smartphone and can do a lot more. But if you are already on an iPhone 6 contract, you wonder if you should be upgrading to the 6s. I got an iPhone 6S from Verizon Wireless to check out and see if I should wait to upgrade or switch phones now. The Phone The 6s shares a lot from the iPhone 6. Also, the iPhone 6s Plus has a lot of similarities to the iPhone 6 Plus. The case, for example, is exactly the same. The screen size and resolution is also the same. The only addition to the s line is Rose Gold. Inside the 6s is an A9 processor with M9 co-processor. The phones can be purchased with 16 GB, 32 GB or 128 GB. This phone is slightly faster than the iPhone 6 running iOS9....

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Comparing the Default Drum Scene in QSC Touchmix

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSThe QSC TouchMix 16 is a powerful mixer for bands, conferencing and more. When I saw the mixer at NAMM, I was definitely impressed. And looking for a good replacement to my mixer of 8 years, I found it in this product. I wanted to see how easy this was to set up and go. Therefore, I miced up my drums in the basement and plugged the QSC Touchmix in. The only thing I did was set levels to each drum. By plugging in a USB drive, I could record tracks easily. Each track is recorded in 32-bit with a bit rate of 1,411 kbps. That made for a 31 MB file for each track at about 3 minutes. Since I was recording 6 tracks, the end result was 180 MB. Get the QSC TouchMix [aff] Drum Set: Yamaha Stage Custom – 20″ Bass, 12″...

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Sony Updates the 4K Handycam in FDR-AX53

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | RSSI am an avid user of the Sony Handcam cameras. Last year Sony came out with their first 4K Handycam and they improved on it this year with the FDR-AX53 4K Handycam. I got to talk with Christine while I was at CES 2016 about the features to this new model. The AX53 Handycam added some new features from last year, including the newest in Carl Zeiss technology and a new Exmor R CMOS sensor. The ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens has a 26.8 mm wide angle with a focal length of 24-70 mm and an aperture range of f/2.8 – f/22. One of my favorite features is the Intelligent Active mode. A 5-axis stabilizer that reduces camera shake even while running. They had several cameras set up on shaking platforms and a stable shot on screen. The internal wireless feature allows you to control...

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Philips Fidelio E6 Wireless Surround 5.1 Speakers

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 audio configuration which...

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Mackie Reach Personal PA, Pro DX Mixing Console

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 28 lb...

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High-Fidelity Blue Headphones Lola is Comfortable and Powerful

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 Hillary along...

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Turn Your Light Into a Computer with Beam Labs

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 to smart...

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QSC Touchmix Series Mixers for Professional Sound

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: iTunes | 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 also comes...