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Gifts for Musicians

In the following wish-list video, Rob Rives offers some last-minute gift ideas for the musicians in your life. The video illustrates various products including EARaser earplugs and Korg’s TM-50 Tuner/Metronome, the Focusrite VRM Virtual Reference Monitor, the Korg mini KAOSS Pad 2, and more.

Keyboard Controllers

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, talks about keyboard controllers, and specifically four very portable, two-octave keyboards that use USB ports to plug into a Mac, PC, or iOS device. All of the examples are very reasonably priced and the presenter goes over the salient points of each controller, highlighting their similarities and differences.

Building a Better Reception Mousetrap: RF Venue Diversity Fin Antenna

Generally speaking, wireless receiver antenna systems tend to fall under the “necessary and important, but unexciting” category in live sound equipment, with most sporting a similar spaced diversity pair of antennas. RF Venue, clearly not content with the status quo in reception design, have developed a “better mousetrap.”

Audio for iOS

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, presents several audio products for iOS devices that make great holiday gifts. Rives explores the Novation series of miniature controllers, mobile microphones, and iOS audio interfaces, including the RØDE XY and smartlav microphones, IK multimedia iRig Pro interface, and the full-featured Focusrite iTrack solo.

Portable Keyboards and Digital Pianos

In the following video, Rob Rives and Prentis Thompson demonstrate two portable keyboards and two digital pianos, taking us through the differences and features of the Yamaha PSR-E243 and Casio CTK-6000 portable keyboards and the Yahama P-105 and DGX-650 digital pianos.

Creative Uses for Motorola Two-Way Radios

If you’ve ever seen a security guard, hospital worker, or even a store clerk in action, you’ve probably seen a two-way radio in use. Two-way radios are essential when closed communication is needed between employees; their use in service industries is widespread, but have you ever thought of why you might need a two-way radio?

How I Built My Podcasting System: Nick Batt of Sonic TALK

Making a podcast can be as simple as setting up a USB microphone, or putting your DSLR into video mode and pressing Record. But there's something to be said about a show that harnesses audio, video, graphics, remote guests, live streaming and more. Sonic TALK is a weekly, UK-based audio/video podcast about music technology, and its host, Nick Batt, has incorporated a variety of technologies in order to make the show more dynamic.

DJ Controllers

In the following video Rob Rives from B&H discusses a range of inexpensive USB DJ controllers with built-in audio interfaces. The video explores DJ controllers by Numark, Hercules, and Native Instruments, including  the Hercules DJ Control Air with infrared control and the expandable Native Instruments Kontrol Z1 with 96 kHz audio.

Atomos Samurai Blade

Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, takes us through some of the notable features of the Atomos Samurai Blade. The Samurai Blade is a field recorder/monitor hybrid with a high-resolution 720p display that incorporates advanced image analysis features including focus peaking, waveform, and vectorscope.

Behringer X32 Compact Digital Mixing Console

In this video, B&H Photo's Rob Rives takes us on a guided tour of the feature-rich X32 Compact digital mixing console from Behringer. The mixer, which features 16 MIDAS-designed mic preamps, can be used for front-of-house and monitor mixes in a live setting as well as for studio recording, with its built-in 32 x 32 USB audio interface card.


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