Gadgets & Problem Solvers September 2008
The POCKETRAK is a slim- profile, pocket-sized portable field recorder with a 2GB memory capacity and CD-quality PCM recording resolution. Designed for students and field journalists, the unit is easy to operate and features a bright backlit LCD display, an adjustable stereo microphone, and MP3 recording and playback capability. A retractable USB connector allows for direct-to-computer file transfer, and the rechargeable AAA battery lasts for 9 hours in MP3 mode.
The A120S is an in-line switcher for wired microphones. This handy, low-cost device features a belt clip, and provides on/off and push-to-talk functionality in addition to a dedicated cough button and transmitter relay-keying. The unit sports a compact, hand-held design and easily supports a variety of cable diameters.
The Universal Microphone Hand Grip from Pearstone offers standard 3/8" threading on each end to facilitate attaching it to your equipment. It can be used with microphone shock mounts for remote pistol-grip style use or as a short extension for boompole mounting. The cushioned ergonomic foam handle helps prevent strain with extended use.
The Podcasting Production Toolkit is a 3-section collection of over 1000 MP3 files presented in a clean 128kbps file format. The 3 folders are divided into Royalty-Free Music, Production Elements, and Sound Effects for convenient search access. Here’s a versatile, inexpensive product designed to facilitate polished, professional Podcast production
on a budget.
The MPD24 is a versatile USB/MIDI pad controller equipped with 16 velocity-sensitive, MPC-style pads, 6 assignable sliders, 8 assignable 360į rotary knobs, full transport controls, and a backlit LCD screen. This very affordable unit is designed for musicians and DJís working with sampled sounds in a DAW environment, offering a friendly drum machine-like work surface from which to create with up-to-the-minute plug-in and instrument control.
The AT8004 is a rugged hand-held microphone designed for ENG use. The mic is configured with an omnidirectional pickup pattern to accommodate animated and mobile interview subjects and impart more street ambience to the presentation. Handling noise is minimized by an internal shock-mounted mic element, while the reproduction quality of the mic is natural and uncolored. A great value.
Native Instruments continues life at the far edge of affordable technology with the Audio 8 DJ, a bus-powered 8-in/8-out, 24-bit/96kHz cross-platform audio interface designed for, well Ė DJís. Itís got 8 high-gain RCA analog I/Oís, two switchable phono preamps, a mic input, and 20 channel- status LEDís housed in a compact, durable case thatís perfect for a mobile laptop DJ setup.
The NeoPax SM Waist Belt is an elastic belt and pouch made to secure Lectrosonics SM series transmitters around the talent's waist. The belt features touch-fasteners for a snug, adjustable fit. The NeoPax SM Waist Belt is an ideal solution for actors, musicians and on-camera talent requiring greater mobility and discretion with regard to transmitter placement.
The Pearstone tie clip is a durable, alligator-style clip with a form-fitting clasp designed to fit the Pearstone OLM2, Sennheiser ME2, and Sony UWP-V series lavalier mics. It’s well-made, it’s cost-effective, and it comes in a package of 5.