Herman Pro AV Webinar
DATE: Thursday, August 1, 2013
TIME: 2:00 PM EDT
I can’t promise how useful this will end up being for audio applications, but a lot the gear that we’ll be seeing within the next year will feature some sort of connectivity over Cat5 Ethernet cable. From the press release:
In this seminar you will explore the electrical characteristics of audio/video signal distribution as a function of the environment in regards to the demands of the installation. You will learn about the practical limitations of using UTP (Cat5e) for audio/video distribution and the practical limitations of using native (coaxial) connectivity solutions.
In addition, you will uncover how A/V signals are adapted to a UTP environment, learn what practical differences may affect your installation when using UTP or native connectivity, and explore the limitations of native versus adapted runs. Explored in depth are HDMI®, DVI-D, and DisplayPort™ (digital TMDS signals), component, VGA and composite (analog video formats), as well as single-ended audio signals and their distribution over coax or twisted-pair wiring.
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Seems like there are more and more uses for a tablet or handheld computing device in the pro audio field. These are clearly consumer products (and are built as such) that have crossed over into our field, though we tend not to spend much time in that end of the pool.
This week I had a hankering for a good pastrami sandwich, and the CE Week Line Show was going on in New York (now just a $15-20 bus ride away from Washington where I live), so I went up there for a day to see what’s doing over on the consumer electronics side. This is a pretty compact show, but one thing that caught my eye was how many different “mobile device” cases and covers are available.
Thinking about how these gadgets are being used in live sound and in the studio, I was on the lookout for cases that were designed to ruggedize the device. I haven’t heard any horror stories yet, but I can imagine what might happen when the iPad that’s being used to mix the show gets dropped and dies. There are several rugged cases out there and it would behoove anyone using a tablet or other handheld device in an environment where things aren’t always handled with kid gloves to take a look at what’s available and consider purchasing one.
Ones that seemed to be better among the better designed models came from Lifeproof, Seidio, Targus, and Otter. Not all of them are waterproof, but they’re all drop-resistant and offer some degree of screen protection. Since I posted this, I got a note from a reader who recommended the Griffin Survivor, one that’s water/beer proof. For iPad-challenged folks like me, there are a few cases for Samsung Android products as well. Another product that these mobile device accessory places offer that might be worth considering is a longer life internal battery.
Check it out if you use your pod or tablet in a mission critical application. A well designed drop-resistant cover could save the gig for you.
Oh, and the Carnegie Deli still makes a good pastrami sandwich. I had half for lunch and the other half for dinner on the bus ride home. Don’t forget to eat when you’re working a long day’s gig.
I got a press release from Radial the other day announcing a new DI that’s clever enough to warrant a note here. It’s in a stomp box format with a button that mutes the output so you can switch instruments without making rude noises in the PA system or tune without the audience hearing you. In addition to the standard XLR output, it has a separate output for connecting a tuner. See the News page for further details and a link to the Radial web page.
The Cymatic LR-16′s primary purpose is as a 16-track recorder for capturing live performances. It plugs into a mixer’s Insert jacks and records sixteen WAV files, one per mixer channel, to an external USB drive. No need to fool with a computer on the gig, but when you get back to the studio, it also functions as a 16-in by 2-out USB audio interface. [Revised 6/23/2013 to correct a minor error in the I/O illustration]
See the Product Reviews page or jump right to it here.
Sennheiser has released its new microphone comparator app for the Evolution series of mics. Since I don’t have an iPad myself, I haven’t played with it, but it looks rather straightforward. Select your application, it recommends a mic, and you can play audio samples professionally recorded with that mic. Recordings are available as 44.1 kHz WAV files, and the app looks like a mixer, so you can (I presume) load a few different mics into it and compare their sound.
Further information is available here or visit the App Store for the free download.
Thursday, May 16, 2 to 3 PM Eastern Daylight time.
This is another webinar of a series of occasional on-line talks sponsored by Herman Pro AV.
Learn about the applications and limitations of USB, the most common way today of connecting computers to external devices. What are the throughput speeds and how do you know whether your USB connection will work to the desired level? In this webinar, you’ll learn the genesis and evolution of the USB standard, best installation practices and challenges, and the future of data connectivity connections.
Register here. Registration (and the webinar) is free, and won’t result in spam, though you’ll get a confirmation, a reminder, and a URL for the webinar. I’ve tuned into several of these Herman AV webinars and found them to be informative, reasonably comprehensive, and well presented.
Close to half price – $199 through April 26, including the on-line instructional seminar sessions.
This is a really deep “un-bake the cake” program. I’m still trying to figure it out myself so I can’t rave or rant over it, just pass on the info for an interesting approach to editing.
Going beyond the spectrogram editors that are becoming part of some of the popular DAWs, this one allows you, once you’ve identified a characteristic sound in a mix, remove it from the mix, save it as a separate “layer” and then put it back into the mix (or not) at the level and with edits that you choose. It also does straightforward background noise reduction/removal (car horns, barking dogs, sirens, chair squeaks), though honestly, if that’s all you need, there are programs that are easier to use. But if you really want to get into this sort of editing, it’s worth a shot.
To get further details on the program, download a free trial version, or take the $199 plunge, click here