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About “online reviews” or how to read, hear and believe

“Don’t trust what you read. Hear for yourself.
Don’t trust what you hear. See for yourself.”

The other day I was digging the net for some reviews about Behringer ADA 8000 converter. One of the first that came out from your favorite search engine, was this.

Mr. Joe Shambro appeared as a man with reasonable common sense and trusty.  At the end of the review he was kind enough to prove his opinion by posting audio samples.

Now, my first red lights usually punch in when I read keywords like “transient detail” in conjunction with “lack of”. Read more…

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Electro Harmonix 12AY7 Mic HUM problem – $33 solution for newbies

Electro Harmonix 12AY7 Mic HUM problem – $33 solution for newbies

Have you got an EH 12AY7 Mic pre with hum problems?

Well, I did and this is how you can nail that annoying noise:

1) buy a short XLR to TRS (“stereo” for us, newbies) Jack cable (it should have a XLR female and a TRS male jack) – around $3. If you find the TS (“mono”) DON NOT buy that one, is useless;

2) buy a Behringer HD 400 hum destroyer (do not pay attention to the fact that is Beh*, is just a box with two transformers and some resistors/caps in it, you will smash your head against the wall how good it sounds) – around $29.

You have saved one buck for the road :-)

Now, connect your microphone to your valve preamp, connect the wall wart to the preamp and then stick it into the wall (if you are doing it the other way, you may see nice sparks when the power plug touches the preamp case, which is nice though :P ).
Connect your short cable to the XLR valve microphone preamp output and the jack to the “INPUT 1”. It is important to use the “INPUT 1″ port, since this is the only one that provides grounding for the case (clever design, to avoid any ground loops, btw).

Now connect another balanced/unbalanced jack cable to your computer interface, mixer or your guitar combo.

Miracle, THE HUM IS GONE !

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Gutting Zoom H1 recorder

If you are interested in why the Zoom recorders are so clean (and cheap), check this out.

The Zoom H1 recorder is using a TLV320AIC3101 (Texas Instruments low power stereo audio codec for portable audio and telephony) and JRC 2100 (NJM2100 low voltage, low saturation output voltage dual operational amplifier).

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Things your ear should see

You should (probably) see this. Is a short movie made by some D.A.D.D.Y. (design,animation,design,design,yay.) Irish guys.


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Azden DSLR SMX-10 Microphone

English version available in 4 weeks.

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Earth hour 2012

Earth hour 2012

Today we could do something special.
Power down your studio monitors, unplug your tube guitar combo, shut down your computer, take a candle and get out.

Yes, out, as in OUTSIDE.
You are allowed to have the video camera or your portable sound recorder with you.
Do whatever you feel like, but studio off.

Have a nice Earth hour day,

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Dynamic Range Day 2012

Well, two days left for the International Dynamic Range Day 2012.

If you have no idea about, rush on Is a contest there also.
If you want to be part of it, join the events all over the Planet via meetup services.

Go go, stop the war !

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About Customer support

After few experiences with different audio equipment manufacturers, I’ve decided to share some.

One would expect large well known companies offering high quality support, when cheappo companies offering… cheappo customer services.

Well, at least in my experience, things are quite vice versa. Read more…

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Lampifier 111

Lampifier one-eleven

Probably one of the most interesting development in the live microphone market in the last 10 years… (work in progress)

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