Tag: Pro Audio

Prepare For the Zombie Apocalypse!

They’re Coming…

When people think about the end of the world and exactly how it’s going to end, there are usually two words that come to mind: Zombie Apocalypse.  Doomsday is almost here and people are getting more and more antsy.  A growing number of people (including myself)  think that doomsday  will come in the form of brain-hungry zombies chasing us down until there’s none of us left.  No one wants to be zombie food so i’m here to help you prepare Sonic Electronix style!  Many people may not realize it, but we sell tons of products that can give you the upper hand on our undead counter-part.

                                                  Tools & Generators

Powered Handsaw

Powered Handsaw

Oh yes.  We have all sorts of  hand tools and power tools that can assist you in the diabolic, post-apocalyptic world.  Not only can you use many tools for mundane tasks but you can use them as weapons against the flesh-eating hordes!  Just imagine the piece of mind you can have with a powered saw or a huge hammer by your side.   You can never have to many tools in a zombie-infested world.  You’ll also want to invest in a generator to keep some light in a dark world.

Radios

Shortwave AM/FM Radio

Shortwave AM/FM Radio

Don’t be the person who misses out on important broadcast messages that could possibly save your life.  Pick up a Shortwave or AM/FM radio in order to listen to all messages broadcasted by the government. Keep in mind that zombies are attracted to noise so make sure you play them at strategic times.  We even have CB radios so you can link up with other surviviors and fight the dead together.  Let’s face it no one wants to be alone in a zombie apocalypse. Just remember if they say to go to a military base that it might be overrun.

Subwoofers

10" Subwoofer

10" Subwoofer

You might be thinking, “Why would you need a subwoofer in a Zombie Apocalypse?” A subwoofer might seem like an odd thing to have but hear me out. Say your trying to create a distraction to escape a large crowd of walkers.  Just place a vehicle equipped with a subwoofer in a strategic location.  Play the low bass tones of a subwoofer and watch as the mindless goons are attracted to the noise. See? who says car audio needs to die when the world does? Alternatively, you can always bash them over the head with one.

Pro Audio Equipment

Strobe Light

Strobe Light

The best zombie is a dead (again) zombie but sometimes you have to choose your battles wisely.  Pro Audio equipment can further your camouflage from the zombie population.  The same Djs that use equipment like fog machines and strobe lights can use these to their advantage.  Using strobe lights to blind zombies or just to light up an area and fog machines to conceal your location can mean the difference between a safe getaway and an all you can eat serving of “yourself”.

All of these items could help save your life just a few months from now.  You might laugh now but what if it actually happens? Wouldn’t you want to be as ready as possible? We’re ready for the impending Z-day.  Are you?

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PreSonus Audio Box Studio Comes With A Lot For A Little

PreSonus Audio Box Studio

If you’ve ever wanted to get into audio recording, but were intimidated by the vast variety (not to mention the often high cost) of gear and software, your solution has arrived! With the Audio Box Studio by PreSonus, you get a high-quality selection of gear and software from a brand that’s trusted by audio professionals around the globe that doesn’t weigh too heavily on your wallet.

The Interface:

AudioBox USB

First up is the AudioBox USB interface. This impressive little guy has two XLR/TRS combo jack inputs for both microphones and guitars and MIDI I/O for, well, any instrument that utilizes MIDI. MIDI‘s not just for keyboards, you know! Anyway, its Main and Headphone outputs are 1/4″ TRS, and it hooks up to your computer via USB. Honestly, with this interface, you’re pretty well set in just about any recording situation.

The Microphone:

M7 High Definition Condenser Microphone

It also has +48V phantom power for use with condenser microphones, which is certainly good news considering that the included M7 high-definition, large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone requires it! This package includes a 9 foot cable, and a protective cloth carry bag for the microphone, making it nicely portable and perfect for recording on the road. To read more on condenser microphones and the cardioid polar pattern, check out these two previous blogs of ours: Demystifying Microphones & Polar Patterns (Demystifying Microphones, Part 2).

The Headphones:

HD 7 Headphones

Plus, it’s hard to go wrong with a quality set of headphones like these. With high-resolution neodymium drivers, precision-tuned acoustic chambers and an extended bass response, you’ll hear everything you need to hear with the clarity that professionals require. These babies are lightweight, comfortable and have a single-sided 8 foot cable, giving you plenty of room to move around if necessary.

The Software:

HD 7 Headphones

Finally, we come to the software; which, in my opinion, is the highlight of this package. Many other DAWs have finite amounts of tracks you can make, but not Studio One Artist! You can have unlimited audio, MIDI, virtual instruments, buses and FX channel tracks. Studio One Artist boasts the “most intuitive MIDI-mapping system available,” real-time audio timestretching and resampling, not to mention automatic delay compensation which is fantastic for sessions that have a lot of effects in them. If all that wasn’t enough, the Studio One Artist DVD-ROM comes with 4+ GB of third-party software, loops and virtual instruments. How’s that for value, hmm?! So, what are you waiting for? A top secret jambalaya recipe or something?!

The Jambalaya:

Jambalaya

Well, hilariously enough, PreSonus actually does include a jambalaya recipe on page 81 (all the way at the bottom) of their quickstart guide for the AudioBox Studio. I think they’ve become my new favorite manufacturer. Frankly, I’ll be picking one of these AudioBox Studio packages up myself soon, because bundles as great and affordable as this one don’t come around very often. Hurry before they’re all gone! What are you doing wasting time still reading these last sentences?! Go! Go! Go! And make jambalaya!

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Defy Mediocrity With Roland’s “CAPTURE” Series

Roland UA-11 DUO-CAPTURE     Roland UA-33 TRI-CAPTURE     Roland UA-55 QUAD-CAPTURE     Roland UA-1010 OCTA-CAPTURE

I’m currently wearing a shirt with the following words printed on it: “The future of music and art must not belong to the mediocre.” With any of Roland’s CAPTURE Series audio interfaces, and with your artistic input, you can give form to your creative vision(s); you can create something unique for future generations to enjoy for generations to come.

Octopus

4 out of 5 octopi recommend the OCTA-CAPTURE:

Roland UA-1010 OCTA-CAPTURE

Put plainly, these audio interfaces are phenomenal. The OCTA-CAPTURE in particular is a real beast. With exquisite recording resolutions of up to 24-bit/192kHz, Roland’s proprietary VS Streaming low latency driver technology, and the inclusion of Cakewalk’s powerful SONAR X1 LE (not to mention a current promotion that enables users to download SONAR X1 Studio for free), it’s difficult to overstate the awesomeness of this baby.

 

Discover duality with Roland’s DUO-CAPTURE:

Roland UA-11 DUO-CAPTURE

For those of you out there who might not need that much awesomeness; those of you who can do a lot with a little, Roland also makes the beautifully affordable DUO-CAPTURE audio interface. The DUO-CAPTURE USB audio interface comes equipped with two audio inputs and outputs along with dual headphone outputs (which are great for musician/engineer production sessions). It also comes with high-stability, low-latency drivers for both Mac and PC operating systems (although SONAR X1 LE is solely for Windows). With its unique, slim-line design and stable performance, the DUO-CAPTURE is the perfect audio interface for recording musicians on the go.

 

TRI-CAPTURE demonstrates the power of three!

Roland UA-33 TRI-CAPTURE

For anyone who needs a little more bang for their buck, such as an XLR input and/or a S/PDIF out, the Roland TRI-CAPTURE is right up your alley. The TRI-CAPTURE has a feature called “loop back,” which enables users to record along with music that’s being played back from the computer. It also has more detailed knobs, buttons and LEDs for greater control over your recordings. It supports phantom power for condenser mics and has a Hi-Z switch for guitarists. Additionally, like all other interfaces in this series, it too comes with a copy of Cakewalk’s SONAR X1 LE.

 

QUAD-CAPTURE = pro performance for portable productions

UA-55

The enthusiasm of our aforementioned cephalopod friends for the OCTA-CAPTURE aside, the QUAD-CAPTURE performs spectacularly well next to its brother. It has 24-bit/192kHz recording resolution, VS Streaming technology, AUTO-SENS automatic level adjustment, and VS Preamps just like the OCTA-CAPTURE. This interface is one of the best you’ll find in its price range, in this blogger’s opinion. This one is geared towards musicians and engineers who certainly take their craft seriously, but who might not need (or be able to afford) the flagship of the CAPTURE series, the OCTA-CAPTURE.

 
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let octopi have all the fun! Pick up your Roland CAPTURE Series audio interface today, and be sure to grab the complimentary, comprehensive 178-page PDF guide to the SONAR DAW behind the links at the bottom of the product pages.

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DAWs, Automation, and the PreSonus FaderPort

On Leap Year, February 29th, we featured a pretty awesome piece of gear by PreSonus called the FaderPort as the Daily Deal. Now, despite Sonic Electronix making great strides in pro and home audio, we’re still primarily known for our car audio products. Many of our customers probably have no idea what a unit like the FaderPort would even be used for… until now. I hope you’re listening, because school’s now in session!

Single Channel USB Automation Controller with Transport Controls

DAWs and Automation

First of all, “DAW” stands for “Digital Audio Workstation,” and they are the means through which virtually all music is recorded, edited, mixed and mastered nowadays. Secondly, one of the great things about DAWs is that they have something called “automation,” that was carried over from those huge, old-school mixing consoles that were their predecessors.

Basically, automation is a way to non-destructively change some aspect of your audio over time in a mix. Some common examples are volume, muting, panning and DSP (Digital Signal Processing) effect levels. To break it down a little further, let me give a practical example: let’s say you’re mixing a song and you notice that between 1:00 and 1:05, the song gets quieter than you’d like it to be. A little automation can fix that in a snap!

Automation modes

It would be near impossible for me to speak for all DAWs, but the two most popular ones, Apple’s Logic and Avid’s Pro Tools, have four main automation modes:

  1. Read:
  2. The default automation mode. All this means is that your DAW will follow any automation data that exists on your track.

    Automation Read
    Read Mode
  3. Touch:
  4. In this mode, automation data will begin writing once you “touch” a fader, button or knob: either using a mouse in the DAW program or with your finger(s) through tangible faders, buttons and knobs like those on the PreSonus FaderPort.

    As soon as you let go, it will snap back to wherever the playhead was on the automation line when you pressed play, and will resume reading any automation data that’s on the track. Pro Tools even allows you to set the speed of the snap back.


    Touch Mode
  5. Latch:
  6. This mode is like Touch mode, except that instead of snapping back to where it was when you pressed Play, it remains at the level you leave it at. Like both Touch and Write Mode, Latch will overwrite any automation data it comes across.

    Unlike Write Mode, however, neither Touch nor Latch Mode will overwrite automation data without you touching a fader, knob and/or button; both modes will simply read automation data as would normally occur in Read Mode.

    Automation Latch
    Latch Mode
  7. Write:
  8. This mode will start writing automation data wherever the (vertical) playhead sits on that bold, black (horizontal) automation line, destructively overwriting whatever automation data it comes across.

    In the picture to the right, the red line you see is the automation data being written. As soon as I press Stop on the DAW, all that automation data above the red line will be erased. (Also, keep in mind that you can Undo those changes.)

    Automation Write
    Write Mode

The PreSonus FaderPort:

So, how does that all tie in? Well, the FaderPort can help you do all that stuff with a tangible fader, buttons and knobs, which minimizes time wasted having to navigate around with your mouse, not to mention learning scads of keyboard shortcuts and such.

As a pro audio engineer myself, let me tell you, a device like the FaderPort is tremendously helpful and is a steal at its current price; especially for those of us on a tighter budget.

Anyway, that about wraps it up! I hope you all learned something and will pick up one of those sweet FaderPorts before they’re gone!

FaderPort
Pick up yours today!

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Hear What You’re Missing With Infrasonic’s Blow4D Nearfield Reference Monitors

Apparently, Infrasonic owns a trademark on the phrase, “Hear What You’re Missing.” They’re certainly justifiably confident in holding that trademark. Infrasonic makes a variety of products, including reference monitors, FireWire/USB/PCI audio interfaces, MIDI controllers and microphones, and as far as this blogger can tell, they’re all top-notch. These monitors, the Blow 4D, are a fantastic example:

Infrasonic Blow4D

Bi-Amplified Nearfield Studio Monitor Speakers w/ Built-in 24-bit/192kHz DAC, Bass Reflex & Much More

The Infrasonic Blow 4Ds are a pair of 55-Watt, 4″ bi-amplified near-field studio monitors. They feature a two-way design, a bass reflex system and natural silk dome tweeters in order to reproduce the broad frequency response and overall stellar-quality sound that they do. Their high-strength MDF composite cabinet design also contributes to that.

Infrasonic Blow4D back

The Blow 4Ds have both analog AND digital inputs, with a stunning 24-bit/192 kHz DAC built right into it.

Don’t be fooled by the “BLOW4″ you see in the picture. It’s easy as pie to tell the difference. The difference (and, if I may, what a beautiful one it is) is that the Blow 4Ds come equipped with a DA-912 digital interface module, allowing users to utilize a number of digital inputs such as AEU/EBU(XLR), S/PDIF(RCA) and an RCA thru connector.

The DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) in the DA-912 has an astonishing 24-bit/192kHz resolution which translates to 123 dB of dynamic range. Keen observers will also notice the variety of filters above the DA-912 module that help control low and high frequencies in a wide variety of ways. Truly, the Infrasonic Blow 4Ds are some of the most outstanding near-field studio monitors on the market today. With speakers this accurate and powerful, you’ll surely “Hear What You’re Missing.™”

Make sure to click one of the images or this link to check out the Blow 4D product page for further information!

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