Gadgets & Problem Solvers August 2008
Nocturn is a compact hardware plug-in controller featuring Automap Universal 2.0 software that provides automatic, instant and intelligent control of all automatable plug-ins within a DAW. This versatile unit features eight touch-sensitive rotary encoders, each equipped with a bright eleven-LED ring, which ideal for a laptop DJ working in a dark club environment. These are complemented by eight user-assignable illuminated buttons and a smooth, professional 45mm crossfader. A "speed dial" touch-sensitive rotary encoder instantly takes control of whatever parameter the user's mouse is focused on.
The Popless Voice Screens VAC-S6 is a pop filter mounted on an adjustable gooseneck. Two 6" mesh windscreens enhance wind diffusion, and the position between each can be adjusted for pop and sibilance suppression superior to that offered by standard windscreens and pop filters. The gooseneck provides optimum placement and attaches to any microphone shockmount.
The Pearstone Universal Plug-In Transmitter Holster Case is a leather belt/carry case designed to carry most plug-in wireless transmitters. The case has a heavy-duty metal belt clip, a large side window, and a touch fastener closure. This sturdy Holster is compatible with the Audio-Technica ATW-T1802, the Azden 51XT/30XT, the Sennheiser SKP100/SKP500, the Lectrosonics UH-400, and other similarly-sized wireless transmitters.
The Ultimate Support VS-80B Professional V-Stand Keyboard Stand is an extremely versatile 2-tier stand for keyboards, DJ equipment, and other gear, supporting loads of up to 250 lb. The height and width may be adjusted for optimal sitting or standing positions. The stand features a wide footprint for pedals and a cable management system, and it folds down easily for transportation and storage.
The TonePort GX from Line 6 is a highly compact USB recording interface that offers guitarists and bass players the sound of the Pod hardware modeling processor at a breakthrough price. The companion software provides for vocal recording as well, featuring a high-quality complement of mic preamp models. The unit is equipped with 24-bit converters and cross-platform-compatible USB audio drivers. The ToneDirect monitoring system provides low-latency recording with various routing and mixing setups available in the packaged GearBox software. The tiny unit will clip onto a guitar strap, and a jam-along software music player is also included for practicing.
The Snowflake is an ultra-compact, high-quality USB condenser microphone. This cleverly-designed mic folds into itself, cable and all, simplifying storage and travel, and it unfolds into a desktop stand or clips onto a laptop monitor. Musicians, podcasters, and journalists will appreciate the ease of use and handsome design of the mic, and its plug-and-play functionality allows one to plug straight in to any Mac or PC and start recording instantly.
The PWA-421 is an IEC female-to-3-prong male AC socket adapter. This handy little piece allows you to turn any standard 3-prong extension cord into an IEC cable for amplifiers, powered studio monitors, mixers, and keyboards.
The Windtech MA-12 clamp is designed to mount microphones to tables, microphone stands and poles. The clamp features a 5/8" thread that adapts easily to standard microphone clips and mounts.
The CEntrance Inc. MicPort Pro is a pocket-sized 24-bit/96kHz USB direct-recording microphone preamp with 48V phantom power, zero-latency headphone monitoring, and a proprietary aggregation feature that allows for stereo recording using two units. The tiny unit is bus-powered, ruggedly constructed of anodized aluminum, and features broadcast-quality A/D and D/A conversion producing crystalline audio with a wide dynamic range. There’s really nothing else on the market right now combining the audio quality and portability of the MicPort Pro.
B&H # AUAT8469
This camera Shoe Mount adapter made by the renowned microphone manufacturer Audio-Technica converts a standard shoe mount into a 5/8"-27 exterior and 3/8"-16 interior threaded base. The adapter allows for attaching a wide variety of standard microphone and lighting clamps and mounts to any shoe mount-equipped camera.
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