Klotz DI44 quad DI box

15/11/2018 Leave a comment

I only came upon this Klotz DI44 a few days back and I was thinking to myself that something like this was long overdue. Imagine a cross between a snake cable and a DI box. That is what this thing is. You can have something like this Radial ProD8 and have a whole slew of XLR cables linking up to a stagebox, or you can have this which is neater. You can get DI44 boxes in lengths of 5, 10 and 15 metres. Listed below are the specs of this piece of equipment:

  • multi-functional 4-fold DI system with various connectivity options
  • Ergonomic and space saving solution for groups of instruments on stage
  • Passive circuit – no batteries or power supply required
  • Each DI channel offers a parallel amplifier output and a switchable Jack / XLR input (Neutrik Combo)
  • Balanced outputs with switches for ground-lift and attenuation 0 / 20 / 40 dB
  • 4 additional and directly wired channels e.g. 2 for Mic/Line level and 2 for returns
  • Fixed connection cable (8 channels in total) to stagebox for easy handling

I saw this installed in a bar a few days back and I thought that it was aworthwhile investment. I do not think that it is that expensive but I am pretty sure that it will be useful bit of kit to have handy.

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Radial BT-Pro stereo Bluetooth receiver

14/11/2018 Leave a comment

I have been lucky enough to get my hands on one of these to play with. I have always been curious about these professional Bluetooth receivers so when I got my hands on this Radial BT-Pro Bluetooth receiver, I was elated. Receivers such as these have their place in the audio world. Say you want to connect someone’s phone at a meeting to listen to some audio files. Take the new iPhones for example with no audio out. Using one of these will be easy. All you have to do is turn on the Bluetooth option on your device and scan for the Bluetooth device, connect to it via a passphrase and you are all done. Balanced XLR outputs are provided for connection to professional audio equipment, and on-board isolation transformers and ground lifts help eliminate buzz and hum from ground loops to ensure a clean, noise-free signal. A level control allows for easy volume adjustments, along with a headphone output for testing and troubleshooting. I am just bowled over at how useful this device is. I have no need for it in my arsenal of tools yet but if it ever comes up second-hand, I will get it!

 

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Rest in peace Stan Lee

13/11/2018 Leave a comment

When I was young, I used to love reading the comics and watching the cartoons of The Amazing Spiderman and Iron Man. It was all due to this gentleman above, Mr Stan Lee. He brought them to life. These superheroes were human at heart and had their issues. Peter Parker’s Spiderman had trouble dating and Tony Stark’s Iron Man had ego issues but they put all that aside to fight evil. That is one thing I loved about Stan Lee…he “humanised” his creations. Stan Lee passed away at the grand age of 95. You had a good run Mr Lee. Rest in peace sir. Marvel Comics will not be the same without you.

Man gets jail for abetting girlfriend to misappropriate 684 bottles of cough mixture

12/11/2018 Leave a comment

I happened to see this in the news some time back but I was just reminded of it. According to this article in The Straits Times:

SINGAPORE – As his girlfriend needed money, a man suggested that she steal and sell cough mixture from the clinic she was working at.

Ms Ho Min Pei, a student who was then working as a part-time receptionist at T P Sim Family Clinic and Surgery in Bishan Street 11, agreed.

The arrangement was for her to hand the misappropriated bottles of cough mixture to Yap Kailshen, 27, who would then look for buyers.

On Thursday (Oct 12), Yap was given four months’ jail for instigating Ms Ho to commit criminal breach of trust of 684 bottles of Dhasedyl cough mixture worth $6,840 from the clinic between July 2015 and January 2016.

He was sentenced to three weeks’ jail, to run concurrently, for having 24 bottles of a brown liquid containing codeine for sale without a licence on Jan 25, 2016.

The pair had agreed that Ms Ho would receive $25 from each sale and Yap would keep the rest of the sales proceeds.

The “market value” of illicit cough mixture on the black market was $35 to $40, according to Yap, but he has failed to properly account for how much he sold each bottle for, the court heard.

Ms Ho’s services were terminated in January 2016 as a result of her offences. The 23-year-old has since completed her three-month jail sentence.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Randeep Singh Koonar said that the misappropriation occurred on at least 67 occasions.

Ms Ho’s profit was at least $16,500.

On the day of the pair’s arrest, on Jan 25, 2016, Ms Ho misappropriated 24 bottles of cough mixture from the clinic. She kept some of the bottles in her bag and the rest in her pocket.

She left the clinic at about 9.20pm and passed the bottles of cough mixture to Yap, who was seated on a bench outside.

Health Sciences Authority officers moved in and detained them.

The side effects of codeine, an opiate, include drowsiness, stomach upset, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea, dizziness, blurred vision and tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Prolonged use may cause tolerance and dependence, and has been associated with drug abuse.

Yap’s lawyer, Ms Choo Yean Lin, said in mitigation that her client secured a three-month work contract as a customer service officer last month. She said he regrets his actions, and that he committed the offencesout of love and infatuation for Ms Ho, and merely wanted to lighten her financial burden.

District Judge Shaiffudin Saruwan granted the application for Yap to defer his sentence until Dec 13.

Yap could have been jailed for up to 15 years and fined for abetting in criminal breach of trust. Under the Poisons Act, he could have been fined up to $10,000 and/or jailed for up to two years.

Talk about being a silly bugger. There are ways to make money. Get a proper job for instance. Getting money this illegal way will have ramifications on society. So these two idiots deserve the punishment they got. Let us hope that they learn their lesson, and learn it well

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People mistaking Bose subwoofer for trashcan

12/11/2018 Leave a comment

I had a good laugh when i saw this on the Internet. Apparently, some people mistook this Bose subwoofer for a trashcan. I think it got too much for the audio guys that maintain it that they put a notice on it. But you have to admit…it does resemble a trashcan in more ways than one. I hope that this remains a lesson for installers everywhere…don’t just plonk your installed subwoofers anywhere!

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Bought the Radial ProD2 passive stereo DI box

11/11/2018 Leave a comment

I bought the Radial ProD2 DI box yesterday after lusting for one for some time. I thought to myself that it would be better to get a good DI box for my controller or tablet computer when I play Spotify at gigs. What was that old saying again? You open up your wallet and cry once and then all will be good. I have not given up on my SM Pro DJDI or my Alctron stereo DI boxes. They will be kept as spares and I am pretty sure that they can do that well. But this Radial ProD2, this will be my primary DI box

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Hercules DJ Starter Kit

10/11/2018 Leave a comment

If you have been reading this blog of mine, you would have known that I used a Hercules controller for quite a few years. It lasted for some time, gave decent sound and it helped me in more ways than one. I owe a debt of gratitude to them for it, even though they may now know it.. They make great stuff and I stand by their products

I just heard that they recently released a DJ starter kt. Now there are many companies who make starter kits and this one is no different. What if you are new kid on the DJ block and want to learn without such a big investment in equipment? Or you could be a DJ with equipment and just want to have a spare DJ controller for instance. That is where this starter kit comes in. It comes with the Hercules DJControl Starlight controller, Hercules DJMonitor 32 speakers, HDP DJ M40.2 headphones and Serato DJ Lite. How do they stack up?

I have written a post on the DJControl Starlight controller here. But in case it has not been read, I will put the details here again. The DJControl Starlight has an ointegrated audio interface: Master output (speakers) + headphone output. It has small but touch-sensitive jog wheels and controls for pause/playback. It also has 4 pads × 4 modes (Hot Cue, Loop, FX, Sampler). It has a small pitch fader, bass equalization/filter knobs and deck volume knobs and RGB back-lighting.

As far as the speakers are concerned, they are active monitor speakers with an RMS output power of 2 x 15 watts with peak power at 60 watts. Pretty good for monitors.

For the headphones, they are the Hercules HDP DJ M40.2. They have closed-back ear-cups and wide, comfortable ear pads keep out ambient noise. They can swivel round for easy one-ear monitoring and easy folding.

Not too bad. I do not know how much it costs but I hope to find out soon. When I do, I will post it up.