ManyCam software subscription; the basic one that supports one computer and up to four camera devices (including my iMac FT camera). It's a real lifesaver for the remote teaching I've been doing these past six weeks; and it's far cheaper than buying a hardware routing/switching device. Though the free version will support two cameras - which is what I'm using currently - there were limits, which affected my work. I use the FaceTime camera and a simple Logitech USB camera (on a tripod, behind me). I have a USB feed already run for the 3rd camera, but finding a basic USB camera is all but impossible right now; I believe the affordable ones are all back-ordered to mid-June. So I'm currently trying to revive a phone from 2013 for use as the 3rd camera; the ManyCam sources allow for WiFi connection.
"Someday, we will look back on these days and laugh. It may be a maniacal laugh from within the confines of our padded cells, but it will be a laugh nonetheless" - Mr. Boffo.
Subsequent 37 ordered today, be here in a week. In the last 4 months I've bought and returned a Roland Jupiter Xm, Fantom 6, and Korg Prologue 16. Still searching for something that will inspire me like a real instrument. In going with the Subsequent, I've consciously traded utility for inspiration.
Not the decisive factor, but I also wanted to support the American economy. Came down to the Subsequent or an SC Pro 3.
Ordered 2 more of my favorite headphone stands from String Swing USA (through Amazon). There's something very satisfying about a well made hunk of steel. I dropped my first stand down two flight of steps - no problem, just dusted it off. And yes, they make mic stand drink holders as well.
A pair of Sony mdr-7506 headphones. Not to replace my trusty AKG K-271 (mkII), which still sounds great, but to offer a second opinion on mixing. Also, I have to admit the Sony's are really more comfortable after a few hours.
It was strange. I didn't expect to get the Leslie 3300 and road case. My original intent was to get the Hammond XK5 only. I knew the seller had it but when I went down there he asked if I would take the rig if I paid a little more. Apparently the rig came from a show band in Las Vegas that disbanded. It was a back up rig so I expect they had a lot of money. He paid $300 to have it all shipped to Western NY. He had to retire due to health reasons from gigging. I told him the rig would be cared for. This always happens to me, as soon as I don't look stuff seems to show up. When I am searching for gear it seems like nothings out there.
"Danny, ci manchi a tutti. La E-Street Band non e' la stessa senza di te. Riposa in pace, fratello"
I just picked up IK Multimedia's DCO-X, which is a Roland Super JX-like plugin (though it's based on samples of the instrument as opposed to software modeling). It runs in SampleTank 4 CS or Syntronik Free. It was only 50 bucks, and for that price it was worth it.
I also picked up the latest edition of Fabfilter's Equalizer (Pro Q3). Still the most useful and educational EQ one can find in software... Very well executed.
Just Finished: Condensation; Two Button Press Working on: The Jupiter Bluff; Fishing in Kingsbury Main axes: Kawai MP11 and Kurz PC361 DAW Platform: Cubase
Zoom U-22. Dinky little 1-in 2-out audio interface, USB-powered for laptops, but also 5v DC or 2xAA batteries for iPhone. I paid £55 which is probably $55 (US)+sales tax, and it's all I need for solo/lockdown recording.
I was eyeing the U-44 enviously, but when am I seriously going to need 4 channels and a MIDI interface? Not saying others wouldn't need it, but these days I'm laying down piano/EP, clonewheel and BVs, maybe some melodica or ukelele for my band's lockdown collabs. I don't need to mic a drumkit or a choir.
I really like that the DC in is a micro-USB, rather than a proprietary PSU which could get damaged/lost and difficult to replace. I wish the headphone socket was 1/4in not 1/8in, but let that be the worst of my worries.
I saw this on a recent trip to B.J"s Wholesale Club and decided to take a chance on it since for the foreseeable future my outdoor concerts will be limited to my patio. Rather than drag my QSC's or Yorkville amps outside I thought this would work well, since it is iPX5 category waterproof and contains a rechargeable battery.
It contains a 100 watt power amp, and drives an 8" woofer and a 1" tweeter. Dimensions are roughly 19"X19"X11", and weighs about 28 lbs. A small pair of caster wheels are mounted on the back edge and a pull up handle helps to drag it over smooth surfaces, but with it's weight being so minimal it's easy to two hand carry.
Some silly stuff is included like a Clock/Alarm function, a jazzy lightbar that can "pulse" to the music or be turned off, and a cheezy mic and 1/4" cable is also in the box. It can charge Qi compatible devices using the top plate and there is a 5 volt USB port for traditional charging. Bluetooth range is stated at 100' and an AM/FM radio with 5 presets is inside.
After letting the battery charge up to full on the indicator (which took about 5 hours) I ran my iPad mini 5 and IK Multimedia' B3X through it using a simple 3.5mm mini cable. While it's not going to win any sound pressure level awards, the tone was pretty accurate and it did not distort at reasonable levels. I then turned on the Bass Boost feature and that returned a fuller and deeper sound, again without honking or distorting. I then used a 1/4" adapter and ran it into the mic input which has it's own independent volume pot and got a louder sound. I then tried a Bluetooth connection and found that sound to be equal to the 3.5mm direct.
I wouldn't set it down in a puddle, but the waterproof rating and the heavy rubber covers over the charging and audio ports indicate that an occasional splash wouldn't kill this device.
Overall I am pleased with my return on investment. B.J.'s has it on sale for $20.00 USD off , so for about $120.00 I should get a lot of enjoyment out of it. And if the time comes when I'm playing live music again, a wedding ceremony on a beach, or an outdoor cocktail hour would be easily accomplished. The build is quite sturdy and it's not offensive in basic black - as long as I leave the light bar off.
1967 B-3 w/(2) 122's, Nord C1w/Leslie 2101 top, Nord PedalKeys 27, Nord Electro 4D, IK B3X, QSC K12.2, Yamaha reface YC+CS+CP
I did, thanks Dave. I had considered a pair of Aston Starlights as they're good budget pencil condensers, but these popped up online locally for around the same price and I decided to jump on them. Figure I'll be able to use them for a long time.
Eric Website Rhodes Mk 1 Stage 73; Kurzweil SP-6; Roland FP-4, Juno-106; Nord Stage 3C; Studiologic Sledge; DSI Mopho KB; Moog Minitaur; Stuff
TCL 43S425 43 Inch 4K Ultra HD TV Bought it for use as a monitor in my music room (new hobby: multitrack recording with XR-18 and Reaper). I'm not connecting it to cable nor the Internet; just HDMI input from my laptop. Interestingly, it costs less than a 4K monitor (even a small one). And if it doesn't work out, I can repurpose it as a TV.