Tag: DJ / Professional Recording System

Follow Your DJing Dreams With Numark’s iDJ Live

Numark iDJ Live (Box)

The holidays are almost over folks, and if you have any aspiring DJs in your midst, you should definitely consider putting a last minute call to Santa and his elves for the Numark iDJ Live! As stated in the product’s description, the controller is perfect for music lovers who have never tried DJing before. With its streamlined interface, the iDJ Live is designed for beginners and pros on the go and is very much plug-and-play. All you need is an iPad, iPod touch or iPhone (be sure to check the compatibility chart on the product page), the Algoriddim Djay app and you’re all set. Of course, you can always hook the unit up to larger speakers for a better experience, too.

Sounds great! But what would I need for that?

The iDJ Live comes with a dual mono 1/8″ (3.5 mm) headphone/speaker splitter cable, so all you would need is a male-to-male 3.5 mm cable like this: Aux cable
…and some sweet speakers like these:
(You’d be very wise to get a speaker system with a subwoofer.)
Limitless Creations x643

and you’re ready to rock!

About the unit

The iDJ Live comes with dual bass, treble and volume controls, sync and cue buttons to keep your mix tight and two large platters that can be used to either “scratch,” or search through tracks to set cue points. It also comes with a Browse knob that scrolls through your music library the way you’re used to doing with your “i” devices already, so there’s no need to learn a confusing new interface. You can even record your mixes or set Automix mode to let the iDJ Live and the Djay app mix your favorite playlist(s) automatically.

The iDJ Live includes a handy iPad stand as well, enabling you to keep an eye on your screen without having to bend over the controller or having to rig up a shaky DIY stand of your own. Also, as the iDJ Live unit does draw power from the iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch, it would be in your best interest to save some battery life by turning off 3/4G and/or Wi-Fi, turn off location services like GPS, and adjusting your display brightness. If you’re worried whether or not it’ll get to your house in time for Christmas, if you happen to live in the greater Los Angeles area, you can swing by and pick it up from Sonic Electronix’s will call area up here in Valencia.

That about wraps it up, so on behalf of the team at Sonic Electronix, I’d like to wish you all very happy holidays!

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iKey Audio HDR7 Recorder

iKey Audio HDR7 Digital Recorder

A good digital recorder is a very important device when it comes to perfecting the performance that just got laid down in the studio. This professional quality stereo recorder sports a compact design and is perfect for recording interviews, pod-casts, meetings, class lectures, seminars, and live performances. The iKey Audio HDR7 Recorder is equipped with an easy to read full color LCD screen and front panel controls for simple operation.

The top of this digital recorder features two built-in condenser microphones in an X-Y configuration and provides you with high quality stereo recording. The microphones are constructed with an omni-directional pattern that offers 360° of audio capture. The top also includes a 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo line input jack, and a combination 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo headphone/line output jack. The right side panel is equipped with a standard USB 2.0 port that supports storage drives, a mini 5-pin USB port for simple connection to a computer, a mic gain switch, 1/8” (3.5mm) stereo microphone input jack, and output level control for headphone level adjustment. The left side of this recorder features an input gain switch with 3 levels (20, 0, and +10 db), the power (on/off) switch, and a DC input port for the included AC adapter. Last but not least is the SD card slot located at the bottom of this device, this allows recording onto FAT and FAT32 formatted SD or SDHC cards.

The iKey HDR7 allows you to record from any mono or stereo line source, MP3, AAC, WAV (BWF), and AIFF files. Some other cool features include a loop button, marker button to mark tracks, automatic marker mode, built-in limiter to eliminate distortion, a compressor to enhance vocals, noise gate to keep out unwanted noise, built-in guitar and chromatic tuners, and playback of previously recorded media. The package includes a stand, AC adapter, wind screen, cloth carrying case, 4 AA batteries, and 1 GB SD card. This iKey Digital Recorder offers more features and accessories than any other recorder in its class.

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Portable FireWire Recording System – PreSonus FireStudio Mobile

PreSonus FireStudio Mobile (FS Mobile) Firewire Professional Recording System

By David D. – Product Specialist

Since PreSonus launched the FireStudio Mobile Professional Recording System, it has been a very popular choice in studios. This super-compact, but yet very durable recording system is constructed with a brushed aluminum finish that will resist scratches when transporting from studio to studio. The FireStudio Mobile is equipped with front panel controls including a pair of line/XLR inputs, headphone port, level dial, master output knob, 3 LED level/clip indicators for checking channel levels, and gain control for each channel, making it very user friendly. The rear of this mobile recording system is supplied with two FireWire 400 ports, stereo pair for the main outputs, and 6 ¼” inputs. These ins and out’s allow you to enjoy superior audio performance for music recording and creation anywhere you take your laptop.

The PreSonus FireStudio Mobile has a built-in XMAX Class A Microphone Amplifier that runs on power rails of 30 volts, this provides more headroom, deeper lows, smoother highs, and rich sound. Its strategic component design produces low-noise operation and excellent transparency. Being that this integrated microphone amplifier has class A circuitry, distortion is eliminated and a clean, pure musical sound is created.

FS Mobile is also equipped with JetPLL Synchronization Technology; this great feature incorporates noise shaping to eliminate audio-band jitter. JetPLL technology will provide flawless converter performance when combining two or more digital audio devices. Bottom line, you will experience enhanced stereo separation with clearer transparent audio.

As with all PreSonus FireStudio products, FS Mobile Recording System comes with Universal Control Software. This easy-to-use control panel application allows you to daisy chain up to 4 FireStudio devices to acquire up to 52 inputs/outputs. With this software, you can set the sample rate, clock source, safe mode, buffer size, and WDM routing. When these daisy chained, each separate device will be listed at the bottom of the interfaces window. Studio One Artist Software is also included in this package. This software supplies you with unlimited tracks, insert effects, sends, instruments and effects channels. It also gives you easy-to-use drag/drop functions, sort options, preview player feature, real time auto/manual time stretching, Control Link, and twenty 32-bit native sound plug-ins including reverbs, amp modeling, and EQ. Both these software packages are compatible with Windows and Macs.

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