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Line 6 Backtrack – Instant portable recorder/ instant reply for guitar

February 20, 2009

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In a an already very busy market Line 6 have took the plunge into portable recording devices. So lets take a look at what features this has to offer.

“BackTrack™ provides total inspiration control anywhere you play music or feel inspired, including at home, in the studio, at soundcheck and at rehearsal.”

At home, BackTrack offers the best ways to capture and organize all your musical ideas.

* Like a creative safety net, BackTrack makes sure all your ideas are captured
* “Instant replay” anything you just played by pressing “Play”
* Separate your best ideas from the rest by pressing “Mark”

In the studio, BackTrack gives you a head-start turning your inspirations into complete songs.

* Drag the better-than-CD-quality .WAV files right into your recording software
* The clean and pristine audio offers total plug-in processing flexibility
* Packed with your ideas, BackTrack is your portable idea vault

At soundcheck, BackTrack redefines the entire experience.

* Adjust your tone hands-free while BackTrack loops a song or riff
* Walk around the venue and check your tone while BackTrack does the playing for you
* Capture the energy of your live show and drag the high-quality audio to your DAW

At rehearsal, there’s no end to what BackTrack can do for you and your band.

* BackTrack + Mic records your whole band with stunning clarity
* Capture a direct signal perfect for dragging to your DAW by putting BackTrack in-line between your guitar and your amp
* Capture your guitar tone by putting BackTrack in-line after your amp or effects

I would personally would love to see this device fitted in the future with an onboard modelling chip like that of the pocket POD, Im almost suprised its notalready  featured here. But you still get a lot of amazing features for your buck.

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24-bit/96kHz USB Mic Preamp – No batteries. No latency. No headaches. Just plug in and record.

January 2, 2009

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24-bit/96kHz USB Mic Preamp

No batteries. No latency. No headaches. Just plug in and record.

MicPort Pro from CEntrance is a 24-bit/96kHz broadcast quality USB mic preamp used by the BBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and voiceover professionals. MicPort Pro is your mic-to-computer audio interface, compatible with Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X 10.4 and above, and LINUX. MicPort Pro features 48V phantom power, a loud headphone output for zero latency monitoring, and aggregation that allows you to record in stereo with two MicPort Pro units. Even test & measurement guys love it with MicPort Pro’s SMAART v.6 compatibility.

No batteries. No latency. No headaches. Just plug in and record.

Andy Hong in TapeOp

“The biggest headaches we get trying to capture that elusive, magic moment always stem from fear of a poor recording. MicPort Pro is a permanent cure for that headache.”

“If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and very portable mic’ing system with high-quality sound for your laptop or desktop, the MicPort Pro should be on your shortlist…”

Harlan Hogan and Jeffrey Fisher in their book,
Voice Actor’s Guide to Recording at Home

“Now, any mic you own or purchase in the future can be a USB mic. The preamp is clean, clear and natural sounding, and the A/D audio interface is quiet so you record your voice, not the electronics. This is one amazingly handy device at an equally amazing low price.”

Tom Phillips in Post

“I set up a test comparing it [MicPort Pro] to a Grace Design 201 preamp recording into Cakewalk Sonar 6 on my PC, and then replayed the same parts using the same microphones fed through the MicPort Pro and Garage Band. For microphones I used a Neumann U87 (condenser) and a Coles 4038 (ribbon). In general, I would say that the MicPort Pro compared incredibly well. At times it was difficult to hear any difference at all.”

Record Anytime, Anywhere

At home or on the road, MicPort Pro’s compact, USB-powered design offers maximum audio fidelity and minimal system configuration. Protected by a rugged chassis, MicPort Pro’s Class A preamp and low-noise circuitry preserves high-quality audio.

The onboard headphone jack delivers zero-latency monitoring via direct circuit. Mic gain and headphone volume adjustment couldn’t be easier with MicPort Pro’s two conveniently located rotary controls.

MicPort Pro A/D and D/A Converters

MicPort Pro uses high performance 24-bit A/D and D/A converters. The ADC has an Enhanced Dual Bit architecture with wide dynamic range. The DAC uses the newly developed Advanced Multi Bit architecture and achieves low noise and high jitter tolerance by use of SCF (switched capacitor filter) techniques.

Applications (click for more)

* Broadcasting and interviewing (including stereo & ribbon mics)
* Voiceovers
* Vocal recording and overdubs
* Instrument and amplifier miking
* Test and measurement
* Video production
* Podcasting

Finally, a Compact USB Interface that Plugs Right into Your Microphone

* 24-bit/96kHz performance
* Loud headphone amp level control for zero-latency monitoring
* 48V phantom power internally generated based on 5V of input so even condenser mics can be used with laptops
* Low-noise mic preamp with input level control knob
* High quality analog to digital (A/D) conversion
* USB bus powered – no batteries or external power supply needed
* Rugged anodized aluminum construction
* 6′ (1.83m) USB cable included

Compatibility

* Any condenser, ribbon or dynamic mic
* Windows XP and Vista
* Mac OSX 10.4 and above
* USB 1.1 and 2.0

Complimentary Software Downloads for MicPort Users

* CEntrance Universal Driver™ allows for recording in stereo with multiple MicPorts
* REAPER™ multi-track recording and editing software (trial version)

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Blue USB Microphones Spotlight-Easy Podcasting

December 10, 2008

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Finally, a USB mic that’s not only easy to use, but sounds as good on your desktop as it does in a professional recording studio. Meet the Snowball; the world’s first professional USB mic.

Whether you’re recording a guitar at your kitchen table or a complete band in the studio, the Snowball can capture it with detail unheard of before in a USB mic.

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The Snowball is a direct plug n’ play mic that connects to either a Mac or PC — no additional software is needed. With its dual capsule design and unique three-pattern switch (cardioid, cardioid with -10dB pad and omni), the Snowball can handle everything from soft vocals to the loudest garage band” and it’s ideal for podcasting. Check it out and you’ll see why it’s the coolest mic in town.

Frequency Response

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional or Cardioid
Frequency Response: Position 1-3: 40-18kHz
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Weight: 460g
Dimensions: 325mm (circumference)

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Say hello to the Snowflake, the first professional totally portable USB mic.

Whether you’re recording your newest podcast, talking business on the web, or just narrating your latest great family movie, the Snowflake can capture it with amazing clarity and depth that’s head and shoulders above any comparable portable USB on the market!

The Snowflake works on both Mac and PC with no complicated drivers to install: just connect it to your computer’s USB port, follow the prompts and you’ll have high-fidelity sound in no time. It’s perfect for podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, and VoIP software such as Skype and Vonage. Or use it for dictation, field recording, lecture recording, and narration for slideshows and PowerPoint presentations. The sky’s the limit. It’s even great for recording music via GarageBand and other multitrack recording software.

Designed with the traveler in mind, the Snowflake’s unique design allows you to place it on a desk or flat surface near your computer, or mount it to the screen of most laptops. Because it simply connects to your USB port, it offers a wide range of applications coupled with an ease of use never before offered in a professional-quality microphone. In the tradition of Blue’s line of renowned studio microphones, the Snowflake features Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design, optimized to make sure that you always get the best sound possible into your computer, and sets a new standard for digital recording on the go!

Characteristics

  • Professional recording quality — on the go!
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Plug ’n play — no complicated drivers required
  • Unique design fits on your desktop or laptop
  • Blue’s superior proprietary capsule and circuit design
  • Includes USB cable

Suggested Applications

  • Podcasting, voice recognition software, iChat, VoIP software (such as Skypeand Vonage), dictation, field recording, lecture recording, narration, presentations
  • Music recording

Technical Specs

Transducer Type: Condenser, Pressure Gradient w/USB Digital Output
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Sample/Word Rate: 44.1 kHz/16 bit
Frequency Response: 35Hz – 20kHz

COMING SOON……..

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The Icicle is Blue’s new stylish USB converter and mic preamp combo that allows you to connect any XLR microphonedirectly into your computer via USB! The Icicle features a studio quality microphone preamp, 48V phantom power, fully balanced low noise front end, analog gain control, and driverless operation. Setup is a snap! The Icicle works with both dynamic and condenser microphones, providing high quality and hassle-free connectivity with Mac or PC. Whether you’re using amicrophone for digital recording, podcasting, voice messaging, or voice recognition applications, the Icicle is the quick andeasy way to get connected.

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Podcasting: What is it? How do I do that?

November 21, 2008

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Podcasting is creating your own content (mp3 or video for example ) with intent for users to download using one of several programs that have been created to retrieve your audio file automatically, like iTunes or Google reader etc.

Podcasting is simply distributing audio content using RSS. The process is suprisingly simple, and by making audio content available using RSS, podcasters give listeners more control over what they listen to and when. Also, many podcasts are available for syndication, which increases a broadcasters exposure.

For more infomation on RRS check our article here

Here is a breakdown of what you will need and need to know to be able to Podcast:

Skills you may need….

1. How to record your audio and save it to an .mp3 file. (Video is of course also allowed)

2. How to upload the .mp3 file to a website or hosting service

3. How to upload the RSS “feed”  burner service.

After creating your material using an audio editing program of your choice you’ll need somwhere to store it online. if you have a sever upload it here, if your lost at the word ‘server’ …get a blog like ‘WordPress’ or ‘Blogger’.

The majority of things you will have to master in order to Podcast are online and if your new to Blogging, Podcasting is an ideal  reason to start. Your ‘Blog’ will allow to to upload you MP3’s and store them within your Blog enabling users to visit your site and download or even better ‘Subscribe’!

There are many different ways to create/ store your Podcasts, you just need to find the server and Feedburner that works for you, the videos here all do things a little different so dont worry if you do things different also!

An RSS feed is the final step in transforming your collection of audio/video files into a bona fide podcast! With FeedBurner’s SmartCast service, you can use any blogging tool that creates a feed to publish your podcast. Here’s how it works: If your blog post contains a link (<a href=””></a>) to an audio/video file, we’ll convert it to an RSS enclosure — a special link found only in your feed — that programs like iPodder, iTunes and NetNewsWire recognize. Google Reader and several other online readers also recognize enclosures and offer a playback link or audio control when they encounter them.

Equipment you may need…

1. Audio Editing Software

2. A Microphone

3. A Sound Card

Steinberg Sequel 2

Sequel turns you into a producer, and gives you your own fully-loaded music studio. You need HipHop beats for your latest track? Or want to surprise your friends at your next party with your own electro live-set? Sequel gives you everything you need to produce pro-quality tracks at home, on a plane, in the rehearsal room or even live…

Sony Media ACID Music Studio 7

If you’re serious about making your own music, ACID Music Studio software is the perfect tool for original song creation, multitrack audio and MIDI recording, and studio-quality mixing, and effects processing. Share your songs any way you want — burn your own CDs, upload to the web, prepare audio for podcasts, or export to your MP3 player.

Blue Snowflake

Blue offers up the Snowflake, the world’s first truly professional and portable USB mic. With plug-and-play simplicity, podcasts, web conferences, or adding voiceovers to video projects takes on a new level of ease and quality. The Snowflake is compatible with both Macs and PCs, and it’s low-profile design makes it a perfect fit with either desktop or laptop systems.…

Behringer Podcastudio USB

Introducing the Radiolutionary Podcastudio USB Bundle from Behringer. Looking for a new way to express yourself? Ever wanted to be a famous producer? Then podcasting is the answer and the Behringer Podcastudio bundle has all you need to make high-quality podcasts and home recordings. Go on air straight out of the box with this fantastic Podcastudio recording…

Samson C03U Recording Pak – Recording / Podcasting Pak

Samson changed the way the world records audio with the C01U and C03U USB Studio Condenser microphones — the first studio quality condenser microphones equipped with a USB interface. The C03U Recording / Podcasting Pak includes everything needed to record digital audio on a PC or Mac with an eye on maximum portability.

Edirol UA-25EX

Mobile Connectivity with Pro-Studio Extras Rugged, compact, and feature-filled, the new UA-25EX is a portable-interface powerhouse. Ideal for computer-based audio engineers who appreciate mobility, this 24bit/96kHz USB audio interface is equipped with pro-grade microphone preamps, a newly-developed analog compressor/limiter, and ground-lift functionality for studio and stage.

Tascam US-144

The follow-up to the mega popular US-122, the new US-144 delivers everything you’d want in a portable audio/MIDI interface and more.

Record two tracks at a time with zero latency; whether you have a PC or a Mac, your song ideas go down in real time, real easy. Its size means you can take it anywhere you go…

Edirol R-09HR Including Free 4GB SD Card

The R-09HR is a professional, high-definition recorder that travels light and performs like a heavyweight. With crystal-clear 24/96 fidelity, the R-09HR is the new flagship of EDIROL’s award-winning R-series recorders. Features 24-bit/96kHz linear PCM high-resolution, low-noise recording Newly developed Isolated Adaptive Recording Circuit (I.A.R.C.) High-grade, high-sensitivity stereo condenser microphone built in …

List of sites that accept podcast submissions.

iTunes – submit your iTune podcasts

Podcasting Station – submit podcasts to the podcasting directory

Podcasting News – submit podcasts to the podcasting directory

DigitalPodcast – enter the category scroll to the bottom and click add url

Podcast Alley – submit podcast title, website, xml feed, and description.

Podcast Bunker– recommend a podcast, only high quality podcasts will be added.

Podcast411– add a podcast

AllPodcasts – index a podcast (an RSS 2.0 feed with an audio enclosure), enter the URL for the RSS feed into the field below and click “Index”.

iPodderx – submit podcasts to ipodderx directory

audio.weblogs – ping audio web logs to update them

Podcast.net – List your podcast on podcast.net and watch your audience grow!

PodcastHost – add a podcast to PodcastHost

Podsites.com – post a “podsite”

Pocketcasting – submit a podcast

RSS Network – submit to podcast category

Podcast Pickle – submit to podcast category

Plazoo – submit to podcasts or vlogs

Singing Fish – submit music/video directory

Blog Universe – submit podcasts to directory

Digital Podcasts – add podcasts to the digital podcast directory

PodFeeder – podcast submission

PodFeed – podcast submission

Open Media Network – submit audio and videocasts

Podcast Charts – chart podcasts (requires membership)

iPassages – Christian podcast submissions

My Podcast Center – small podcast directory

PodBlaze – small podcast directory

Podcast Shownotes – post podcasts on blog

Loomia – post podcasts and rss feeds

GetAPodcast – post podcasts and rss feeds

Syndic8 Podcast – post podcasts and rss feeds

Podcast Shuffle – post podcasts

idiotvox – submit a podcast feed

Blinkx – submit a podcast feed

PodNova – submit a podcast

PodCasts Yahoo – submit a podcast (top right corner)

Blast Podcasts – submit podcasts

Pod Spider – submit podcasts

Pod Lounge – The Pod Lounge relies on user submissions to help build the database and we appreciate any additions you can provide

Amigo Fish – submit a feed/podcast

AudioFeeds – submit music podcasts only

Every Podcast – submit podcasts

Fluctu8 – submit podcasts

Get a Podcast – submit podcasts

HardPodCafe – submit podcasts

Podcast Shuffle – submit podcasts

Podcaster World – submit podcasts

Podcast Pup – submit podcasts

PodTower – submit podcasts

Vital Podcasts – submit podcasts

Religious Podcasts – submit religious podcasts (only accept religious casts)

Educational Podcasts – submit educational podcasts

Podcast Videos – submit videocasts

Feedshark – automate submissions to 10 podcast sites

YakkYakk – podcast submissions

Pluggd – podcast submissions

Canadian Podcasts – submit podcasts

Fetching Podcasts – submit podcasts

GODcasts1000 – submit Christian podcasts

Church Podcasts – submit Christian podcasts

Realty Feeds – submit real estate podcasts or feeds

MLPodcasts – submit realty podcasts

Podcast Directory – submit all podcasts

Medical Feeds – submit medical podcasts

Sports Podcasts – submit medical podcasts

Podcast Reviews – submit podcasts

Tech Podcasts – submit technology podcasts

FireAnt – submit podcasts

Podcast Pup – add a podcasts

Vital Podcasts – add podcasts

PodcastLikeThat – add podcast feeds

Australian Podcasts – submit podcast feeds

GetAPodcast – submit podcasts

Pod-Planet – submit podcasts

Sports Podcasts – Submit sports related RSS feeds and podcasts.

Political Podcasts – Submit political feeds and podcasts.

Government Podcasts – Submit podcasts and feeds ONLY from government agencies. Feeds from both Local and federal governments are accepted.

iBiz Radio – Submit podcasts (only submit business podcasts)

Podcast Blaster – Submit podcasts

YouLoud – add podcasts

Vital Podcasts – add podcasts

Educational Podcasts – Submit educational podcasts and feeds.

Blubrry Podcasts – login to submit podcasts.

Podcast Empire – submit podcasts.

AOL Podcast Beta – submit podcasts.

Podcast Like That – submit podcasts.

AudioFeeds.org – submit podcasts.

Digg Podcasts – DIGG podcast directory.

EPN – Educational Podcast Network

Family Friendly Podcasts – submit child safe podcasts

Hwy777 – submit christian podcasts

Mirpod – submit podcasts.

Podcast Directory AU – submit Australian podcasts.

Podcaster World – submit podcasts.

Pod Farm – submit podcasts.

PodMopolis – submit podcasts.

RECAP – submit educational podcasts.

Speecha – submit audio podcasts.

Women in Podcasting – submit podcasts.

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Gargeband Sessions: PODCASTS and Usher’s ‘LOVE IN THIS CLUB’ EXPOSED

November 14, 2008

With GarageBand, you can create your own virtual onstage band and play along on your favorite instrument. You can record, edit, and mix a song exactly as you want it, in pristine CD quality. It’s the perfect place to get your act together.

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About Podcasts

Podcasts are professional or homemade audio broadcasts that are available on the Internet. Unlike traditional radio shows that have set schedules, podcasts can be downloaded and listened to anytime in iTunes or on iPod.

If you’re interested in taking part in the podcasting revolution, GarageBand features amazing built-in tools that you can use to create your own rich and professional-sounding podcasts. Below are just a few tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of GarageBand to record your podcast.

Audio Recording

GarageBand is a streamlined digital audio workstation (DAW) which built in audio filters allow the audio track to be enhanced for recording guitar instruments, etc.

Virtual software instruments

GarageBand can play virtual software instruments for creating songs or playing music live using 50 sampled or synthesized instruments which can be played using a MIDI keyboard connected to the computer, or using an on-screen virtual keyboard. Additional instruments are available in the five GarageBand Jam Packs, separate products offered by Apple Inc.; each expansion pack costs approximately $100 USD and adds dozens of virtual instruments.
GarageBand 4, aka GarageBand ’08 the latest version, is part of iLife ’08. It incorporates the ability to separately record sections of a song such as bridges and chorus lines, support for automation of tempos and instruments, and a “Magic GarageBand” feature that includes a virtual jam session with a complete 3Dmtvtrlpresentsusher9h4syxfhj3el view of the instruments.

Interestingly enough this ‘starter’ music program has been recently used for composing genuine chart ‘HITS’ by Usher as well as countless other big name artists. Polow ‘DA Don’ the producer of the track clearly has has no problem using preset loops straight form the box within garageband to create top ten singles!

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GarageBand
www.apple.com

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Yamaha Download – Great New Service For Yamaha Users!

August 11, 2008

The Yamaha Download brings you the latest news and views from Yamaha UK. It has exclusive interviews, gear demos and live music as we talk to the artists who use Yamaha instruments in session and on some of the biggest stages in the world.

In this month’s edition they speak exclusively with Jamie Cullum about his new album, go stateside with emerging blues legend Joe Bonamassa and listen to Antonio Forcione put the new handcrafted L series guitars through their paces.

Yamaha also have a live track from Doal Drummer, this month’s Band for a Grand. Yamaha have set themselves the challenge of creating a full band set up for under a thousand pounds. Each month they select a band from all the MP3s that are offered by you to their website and invite them to come along to Yamaha HQ to record a song for the Download. All the songs are being stored on the Yamaha Download website and later in the year you’ll get a chance to vote for your favourite.

To subscribe to the Yamaha Download visit iTunes and if you want to check out the Yamaha Download back catalogue and listen to recent Band for a Grand performers, visit www.yamahapodcasts.co.uk