Gadgets & Problem Solvers July 2008
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The Koala Sun Hat is designed to provide maximum sun protection for sound recording techs, sound mixers, and boom operators working outdoors. This hat's clever design allows you to wear headphones while the 4" brim and 10"-long neck protector shields you from the sun. Available in several sizes, the well-ventilated Koala Sun Hat features an adjustable drawstring, a terry-toweling sweat band, and heavy-duty brass snaps that secure the cutouts around your headphones.
The Mini-KP is the smallest and most portable addition to Korg's popular Kaoss Pad series effect processors. Its fingertip-controlled touchpad allows the user to tweak real-time effects and play the Mini-KP like an instrument. 100 musical effects (many derived from the larger KP3) are onboard including filters, delays, loopers, and reverbs. You can use the "TAP/BPM button" to synchronize the mini-KP to your song's tempo, and apply a wide range of effects to your music. It runs on battery power and it fits in your pocket, so you can bring the Mini-KP anywhere.
The Intelix AVO-A2 Stereo Audio CAT-5 is designed to send or receive audio up to 2500 feet via standard structured cabling, such as CAT-5 cable. The AVO-A2 features dual RCA connectors for connecting stereo or dual mono audio devices such as MP3 players, CD and cassette players, radio receivers, etc. Two units are necessary for conventional operation. The first unit sends audio signal from the connected audio sources while the second unit provides the RCA output connectors to the PA system. This economical solution is ideal for complex audio distribution in schools, retail stores, houses-of-worship, or auditorium settings.
The CM-130 is a compact, lightweight SPL meter featuring a built-in electret condenser microphone and a large backlit display with low, medium, and high-level range readouts. This battery-operated meter is both inexpensive and accurate, and offers selectable fast and slow response times, AC signal output, and large, easily-accessible selector buttons. The CM-130 will operate up to 110 hours using standard 9V batteries.
The X-Session Pro USB MIDI controller is the easiest way to bring traditional DJ mixer-style control to the world of computer DJ'ing and live performance. With a single USB connection, you get dedicated tactile controls for volume, pitch, EQ, cueing, transport, and a crossfader. As a class-compliant USB MIDI controller, you can use it to control the included Torq LE DJ software, as well as the full version of Torq, Ableton Live, Traktor DJ Studio or any application that supports MIDI Learn. Start bringing DJ-inspired crossfades and filter sweeps into your live performances and studio productions right away.
The Pearstone OLM-2 is a direct replacement mic for Sennheiser's EW wireless systems. It includes a TC-OLM2 tie clip and a WSM-OLM2 metal windscreen, is ideal for professional broadcast, location sound, and stage performance applications. This miniature omni lavalier gives you minimum visibility and improved directional control without compromising sound quality. The WSM-OLM-2 reduces pops and breath overloads during close-up recording situations, and is resistant to wind and clothing noise problems. These accessories will also work with the Sennheiser ME2.
After answering thousands of online questions from videographers about how to capture better sound on video shoots, studio and location audio pro Ty Ford wrote "Ty Ford's Audio Bootcamp Field Guide." Topics covered include:
- Microphones: Lavs, Hypers, Shotguns
- Application Notes: When to Use Each Microphone and Why
- Mixers: Why a Mixer?
- How to Connect and Calibrate
- Good Gear List
- Q&A / FAQ
- Microphone & Gear Rentals: A List of Rental House Web Sites.
A handy "Anti-Panic Checklist" on the back cover helps you through those anxious moments when you know some thing's wrong, but you're not sure where to look.
A computer electrical ground is often filled with noise from disk drive activity and data transmission. Many audio cards use the same electrical ground for the computer and the audio signal. When the computer audio card is connected to your studio equipment, the electrical noise from the computer can leak into the rest of your audio system. JK Audio's Pureformer is a stereo isolation transformer that eliminates this noise problem. This simple solution provides noise reduction and also removes ground loops and DC paths that can cause hum and signal breakup. Its durable die-cast aluminum construction will assure years of trouble-free use.
The PSC A4812 is a rugged Barrel Adapter that allows "12T" microphones to be used with mixers that can provide 48V phantom power. This simple in-line device can be used in the field or studio, giving you more options for using your older T-power condenser microphones.
The USB Dual Pre is a full-featured dual preamplifier and computer interface packed into a compact, rugged case. This portable unit is designed for a variety of applications including: field recording, project studio tracking, and podcasting production. The two inputs can be either XLR-balanced or 1/4-inch TRS, and provide up to 48dB of clean gain. For monitoring, it is equipped with an 1/8-inch TRS mini headphone jack with level and monitor mix controls. It can be powered via the supplied 12 Volt DC adapter, an internal 9 Volt battery, or from the USB bus.
The importance of reliable storage backup should be a no-brainer for anyone dealing with digital data like audio, video, and image files. If you've ever had a hard-drive crash, you know what a nightmare recovering your data can be. Data Robotics Drobo is a unique backup solution that manages and protects your data without need of additional management software or RAID levels. It is preprogrammed to automatically format new drives, repair damaged or corrupt disks, as well as automatically expand and/or consolidate data as you add or remove individual drives (without need of reconfiguring the system). Measuring a mere 6.1 x 10.5 x 6.1", the Drobo allows up to four 3.5" SATA I or SATA II hard disk drives (full or half-height) from any manufacturer, and in any combination of capacities, spindle speed, or cache.
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