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 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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A Few More NAB Show Quickies

Since this is a largely a show for the broadcast industry, it’s appropriate that Audio-Technica introduced the BP40, a large diaphragm dynamic mice intended for broadcast studio use. It looks a good bit like the versatile E-V RE20. It’s a hypercardioid with about a 10 dB rise between starting at 1 kHz and peaking at 4 kHz, then dropping back to normal at 5 kHz.

Sennheiser partnered up with Apogee to make a few new mics that interface digially with iOS devices through the Lightning connector. The pro version uses their MKE2 miniature clip-on omni capsule mated with an Apogee preamp and A/D converter providing a digital stream of up to 96 kHz sample rate at 24 bit resolution. The ClipMic Digital is a similar system with a lower grade capsule. Also from Sennheiser is the AVX wireless mic system designed to work with a video camera. The receiver is an XLR plug with a little lump behind it that’s phantom powered. There are various matching mics, both clip-on and hand-held. The wireless technology is similar to the performer’s mic system that they introduced at the NAMM show that does all the setup work on its own – finds a good frequency, sets the mic to that frequency, and it’s ready to go.

RME previewed (not much of a preview as it was introduced at Music Messe the day after the NAB show) the Babyface Pro, a large facelift of the long running Babyface desktop audio interface. The Pro has updated preamps and converters for better fidelity and the analog mic/instrument inputs are now on XLR combo jacks on the box rather than using a breakout cable.

Several years back when we first started using field recorders that store data on flash memory cards, I wished for a gadget that you could plug a card into, push a button, and it would dump all the files to a hard drive quickly. That was important back in the day when we were recording low budget weekend-long festivals and a 1 GB memory card was about $50. Nowadays a single card can handle a weekend’s programs for about $10 so a transfer box is not so important, but I finally saw a good one at this show. The NEXTODI ND2901 is battery powered (rechargeable) and can back up more than 200 GB of SD/SCHC cards to its internal 500 GB drive. For the photographers, there’s an LCD screen for picture preview, and for real backup, it will dump its internal drive to an external USB drive.

A couple of updates/corrections from yesterday’s quickie:
The TASCAM 64-channel recorders’s model number is DA-6400. Its “internal” drive is a removable SSD drive, and its multi-channel digital I/O option cards include MADI, Dante, AVB, and AES/EBU.
The proper name for the Yamaha “Bento Box” is RSio64D. No wonder the engineers there gave it an easier name to remember. Appropiate, too, as that’s the name for the Japanese worker’s lunch box, which containes a variety of treats.

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Quickies from the NAB Show

Boxes –

“Bento Box” from Yamaha – A format converter and router for every multi-channel digital audio format imaginable.

“Field Box” from Calrec – Eight mic preamps and A/D converters with an assortment of digital outputs. I see a trend here – you don’t know what you’re going to have to connect to next, so the more possibilities, the better.

TASCAM previewed a single rack space 64-channel recorder which, following the trend, has four card slots for just about any input source. This is aimed at capture from a large format live sound console. I also picked up a DR-44WL handheld recorder from them for a review, so stay tuned.

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