NAMM Show This Week

I’ll be heading to Anaheim for the Winter NAMM show this week and will be reporting on what I see that I think will be of interest to you (because it’s interesting to me!). I’m not expecting a lot of new studio gear since the AES show just a few months ago but I’ll keep you posted with daily quick notes and a full report after I get home.

If there’s anything you’d like me to be sure I see, drop me a note.

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Webinar (OK, a video) about the recently adopted AES67 Standard for Audio over IP

You may or may not have an interest yet in sending audio over IP, but it’s been a hot spot in the broadcast field for 10 years, and it’s going to be a hot spot in live sound within the next couple of years. There are several unique protocols out there, Dante probably being the one readers here are most likely to encounter, and over the last several years, several manufacturers have been working together in an AES Standards committee to develop a standard that gives a good shot at having gear from one company work with gear from another company.

This webinar isn’t highly technical – anyone with a bit of IT knowledge will be able to follow it. What makes it worth watching, though, it that it’s a frank discussion with one of the members of the AES committee that developed the standard, who is also a chief techie at one of the companies that’s been in the audio-over-IP business for a while. He goes through a lot of the details that they had to hammer out, explaining why and how decisions were made as to what would be included in the standard and what would be left for the developers to work on individually. Often, standards like this evolve from a single manufacturer, but this wasn’t the case here – everyone has some work to do in order to get their system to comply. It would be nice if all standards were developed in such an organized manner.

Follow this link to watch the talk. It’s about an hour long, so save it for a Sunday when the football game on TV is going to be a snoozer.

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Sony Wireless Sale Extended

If you’re kicking yourself for not taking advantage of Sony’s Black Friday sale on wireless stage systems, it’s back on, or maybe it was never off. Scroll down a few posts for details, or just visit the Sony Store.

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Choosing A Loudspeaker By Practical Listening – a useful article from Dynaudio Professional

The Dynaudio Professional group of TC Electronic has published an informative article with suggestions on how to listen and what to listen for when evaluating a loudspeaker. There are some pretty good tips here, as well as some tests for setting up and calibrating speakers. The test and setup articles are based on the Dynaudio Air DSP speaker series, but it’s good reading for any speaker.

Check it out here

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The Last Mackie Hard Disk Recorder Manual

If you’re paying attention, you may have noticed a new entry on the top level menu for the Mackie hard disk recorder. I love mine and I’ve been doing my best to help people keep theirs alive. Several years ago I published a book entitled The Last Mackie Hard Disk Recorder Manual and had a little web site with a link to it. As of March 2014, Verizon, bless their hearts, has chosen not to host web sites any longer, so that one will go away. I’ve moved the information on the book as well as some useful download links for Mackie recorder owners over to this web page where hopefully they’ll remain until all the HDR24/96 and MDR24/96 recorders die.

Unfortunately for owners of the SDR24/96, this book isn’t really going to be of much help. That recorder was designed outside of Mackie and there’s very little documentation to work from other than the manual. I never had an SDR so I never dug into it. If you do, I hope it’s still working.

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Focusrite 18i8 USB Audio Interface Review Posted

4 mic inputs, up to 8 analog line inputs, 2 instrument DIs, ADAT optical input expansion, two independent headphone outputs. Typical Focusrite excellent sound quality and build. 24-bit up to 96 kHz sample rate, a fine unit for the recording duo or a studio that’s starting small but looking ahead to when more mics are needed.

Visit the Product Reviews page or if you’re impatient, read or download the review here.

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Webinar – Understanding FFT Analysis – Wednesday December 18, 2013

On Wednesday, December 18, Prism Sound will present a webinar on the fundamentals of FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) analysis. There will be two sessions, 9 AM and 1 PM Eastern time (2 PM and 6 PM GMT).

If this term is new to you, FFT is a computer-based method of displaying the frequency content of a waveform. With today’s distortion levels numerically approaching zero in nearly any spec sheet you read, it’s often useful to understand what constitutes that small amount of distortion. An FFT analysis can show this. FFT analysis is also useful to look for dominant or lacking frequencies in a mix as a guide to making it sound better.

Prism makes some pretty expensive test gear for FFT analysis, but there are a number of DAW programs and plug-ins that allow you to at least get a look at a spectrum using the tools you probably already have. If you’re interested in learning what FFT is and how it might be useful to you, check out this webinar. Prism’s on-line lecture/demos are consistently well done and are at a level that can be understood by most anyone with a basic knowledge of recording technology.

To get further info and registar for the webinar, click here.

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