TASCAM DR-44WL Hand Held Recorder Review Posted

I was excited when I saw this recorder at the AES show last Fall. My favorite feature was something that I’ve wished for in a mini recorder – a really useful remote controller. Install their app on any Android or Apple mobile device and the recorder’s built-in WiFi host connects to your phone or tablet and provides transport control, track arming, level adjustment, metering, time display, and more.

The recorder and the remote control work really well. There are some quirks and quibbles, of course (otherwise why bother with a review?) but overall TASCAM did a good job with this one, particularly with its more professional-oriented features, though I’d only use its 4-track recording mode (emulating a Portastudio of sorts) on a rainy day at the beach when I was away from my studio.

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Time To Register For The New York AES Show

139th Audio Engineering Society Convention
Jacob Javits Center, New York City
October 29 – November 1 2015

As in the past years, the Audio Engineering Society Convention, in addition to the exhibitors (great toy show), workshops, and technical sessions, will feature the Project Studio Expo produced in association with Sound on Sound Magazine, and (new last year) the Live Sound Expo, produced in association with Pro Sound News. The Project Studio Expo is a series of presentations over a three day period intended to give home recordists tips on how they can better use their tools. Topics include basics such as recording vocals, preparing multitracks for mixing and best practices for proper monitoring, as well as discussions on how to optimize value when it comes to choosing and purchasing equipment, how to design a great project studio, and how to get the most out of a digital audio workstation.

The Live Sound Expo will dedicate the three days to topics related to sound reinforcement in various types of venues. There will be a “Broadway Day,” a “House Of Worship Sound/Fixed Install Day,” and a “Touring Sound Day” – each with dedicated programs consisting of presentations and panels featuring industry leaders.

Access to these Expo programs, as well as the exhibits, and a couple of other events are included with a free Exhibits-Plus pass. Technical sessions cost money. Click 139th AES Registration to get to the AES Convention Registraion web page.

The preliminary program for the 139th AES Live Sound Expo is posted now. The Project Studio Expo program isn’t out yet, but expect a good set of presentations.


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Any DJs Here? – New Book For You

DJ-ing isn’t my thing at all, but that doesn’t stop people from sending me press releases about it. Got one today announcing a new book that might be of interest to you if you’re a follower of my humble web site. This book isn’t about the gear, the processing, or the techniques, but rather about the business and how (hopefully) you can get more work and better gigs.

The book, entitled DJ Prophets – Business Strategies from the World’s Experts by Alan Smithson contains chapters about:

  • What is your life purpose?
  • Understanding your audience (Club Owners, Record Labels, & Corporate Clients)
  • Price vs. Value
  • Sales Strategies
  • Marketing 101 (Creating a unique identity and brand, EPK Mastery, etc.)
  • Legal Considerations
  • Marketing Tools (How to write effective emails, Press Releases, Social Media, etc.)

And the good news is that the first 10,000 copies are available as a free PDF download. If you’re interested, go to the DJProphets web site and see if the free download is still available. I suppose when the first 10,000 are gone, there’ll be an order blank instead of a download link in exchange for your e-mail address (which he promises not to share).

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Another Another Sennheiser Mic Presentation – Live, 8 June 2015

This is a talk entitled “The Past, Present and Future of Microphone Technology.” Presented by Wolfgang Fraissinet, Director Audio Recording at Sennheiser and President of Neumann at Full Sail University, you can watch a live stream of the talk at 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on June 8 by clicking on  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZEjtH7n6JE and accessing the link provided. Pre-registration is not necessary for this one.

From the press release (below) I suspect that this one will be more historical than technical/application-orienter, but it’s likely to be interesting, given that Sennheiser and Neuman have been influential in microphone development for a very long time.

“The Past, Present and Future of Microphone Technology” explores the many innovations the microphone industry has experienced from the dawn of recording to the present day, as well as Mr. Fraissinet’s perspective on what the future of microphone technology may hold. Prior to the presentation, Mr. Fraissinet will receive a comprehensive tour of Full Sail University, so get some popcorn ready.

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Herman Pro AV/Sennhriser Microphone Webinar – Now Archived On-Line

Audio For Video and Film Production Webinar

Presented by Herman ProAV and Sennheiser

The live Webinar has been here and gone, but it’s now archived on line. Having seen it, I can tell you that it’s a good primer on microphone types, construction, characteristics, and usage.

This two-hour course starts with microphone basics, as it relates to production sound for film and video. This webinar also delves into a practical approach to capturing great audio in the field by understanding the real capability of the microphones used and the technology behind them so that the right tool can be chosen depending on the application.

Sennheiser’s microphone presentations are always informative and well done. What you will learn here is applicable to microphones used for any application, not just audio-for-videons.

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Free Stuff! – AmpliTube for iPad and iPhone

Our friends at IK Multimedia are offering a full copy of the iOS guitar/bass amplifer/effects app free for one week (regular price $19.99). Of course they’d like to sell you their iRig, a high quality guitar interface for your iGadget as well as some additional FX and fanous amp simulators, but you can have a lot of fun with this app by using an adapter cable to plug your instrument into the mic input of your phone or pad.

Visit the iTunes app store before May 18 to get your copy:

AmpliTube for iPhone

AmpliTube for iPad

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Herman Pro AV Webinar – USB Type C Now On Line

USB Typc C seems to be getting some traction as the next big thing after Thunderbolt when it comes to connecting computer peripherals, among which are DAW audio interfaces. Buy a new MacBook Pro and that’s the only I/O port you get. The manufacturers who were dragging their feet with Thunderbolt love it because they don’t have Thunderbolt’s expensive license fees.

The live webinar has past, but you can watch the archive version at the Herman AV Pro web site.  It’s pretty interesting. I recommend it.


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