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Asepso soap

31/01/2012 Leave a comment

people must be thinking…what is wrong with this dude. First he writes about sound systems, then he writes about soap. Well, considering that this is my personal blog, I can write what I wish. I know for a fact that my parents and my grand parents used to use this soap when I was very much younger. This came out even before Dettol came up with their antiseptic soaps. I can remember crinkling my nose up at the soap because it had a smell that was not even desirable. well, to cut a long story short, I was at the supermarket the other day and saw this soap. For $0.50, I could relive the smells of my childhood! So I promptly bought it and had a shower with it in the morning. Yep, the smell is still the same, the same old Asepso smell that I knew from my childhood. Maybe I might just buy more of this. I know my wife will not like the smell but for me, its about fulfilling a trip down “childhood lane” as they call it, for want of a better word!

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Dell Windows 7 OS restore DVD

30/01/2012 Leave a comment

Dell used to provide the Windows Operating System restore DVD with their systems but they do not do so now. It will cost you $5 extra when ordering your new laptop or workstation online to get the disc. But the disc is very worth it. It will save you when your hard drive crashes. You can reload your operating system with no issues at all. The disc above is for illustration purposes only. There are different versions of Windows shipped with different models of Dell PCs. So remember, get the disc!

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Numark iDJ Pro Premium DJ controller

29/01/2012 Leave a comment

The Numark iDJ Pro controller. Apparently, this was spotted at NAMM. But it seems that it is officially on the Numark homepage and that is where I got more info about this controller from. It has a space for you to slot your iPad in and it works with DJay software from algoriddim. Apparently, you can download music from the cloud and play it instantly too! There were lots of mixers at NAMM apparently, all working with the iPad as an extension of their functionality. The features of this controller, according to the Numark website are:

  • Works seamlessly with algoriddim
  • Complete dual-platter DJ system that seamlessly integrates your iPad
  • Fully incorporates iPad
  • Brushed aluminum casing with lighted controls
  • Capacitive touch-activated platters, plus Hot Cues, Loop & Effects controls
  • Large retro-styled die-cast aluminum volume knobs
  • AirPlay-compatible: send your mix to any AirPlay speakers
  • RCA inputs, 1/4
  • Dedicated music-library scroll knob

I can foresee myself not carrying a laptop bag, just a bag for this controller and an iPad chock-a-block full of MP3s and I will be ready to rock the house. Interesting device. Looks like it is gonna sell like hotcakes!

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Audio-Technica AT2005USB cardioid dynamic microphone

28/01/2012 Leave a comment

I have always liked Audio Technica, but not necessarily their microphones. I have used their turntable cartridges and styli, their headphones, their mixers but not their microphones. I was very pleasantly surprised to hear of this. This is a hybrid microphone…of sorts. Connection-wise, this microphone can accept either XLR or USB connections. USB connections seem to be pretty common nowadays. It can be useful even for hooking this up to your computer to record your vocals. This microphone was unveiled at NAMM. Specs are, according to Prosound:

Element: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 50 to 15,000 Hz
Power Requirements: USB Power (5V DC)
Bit Depth: 16 bit
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz/48 kHz
Controls: On/off switch; headphone volume control
Weight: 9.5 oz (268 g)
Dimensions: 7.20” (183.0 mm) long,2.01” (51.0 mm) maximum body diameter
Output Connector: USB-type and XLR-type
Headphone Output Power: 10 mW @ 16 ohms
Headphone Jack: 3.5 mm TRS (stereo)

It also has a durable metal construction (don’t you hate those flimsy-feeling plastic microphone cases? I know I do) and the price is pretty reasonable too. Worth checking out

La Flavour – Mandolay

27/01/2012 Leave a comment

I had the whole club crazy over this song about a week ago…pure, unadulterated dancing. They absolutely loved this! I have said it often enough…they do not make songs like this anymore. Just listen to it…the pure power of disco and the fat beats….just spells classic!

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Wharfedale Pro Connect 502 mixer

26/01/2012 Leave a comment

I was thinking of getting this mixer, to work hand-in-hand with my Hercules DJ controller. Ideally, I would have gotten an Alto but there are no dealers in Singapore. So I guess I would have to settle for this. Specs are ok I guess. One balanced microphone channel with a an XLR jack with Phantom Power, two stereo channels, giving a grand total of 5 channels. Pretty cheap price too…less that $100. Never heard of Wharfedale in the professional field before but they are pretty well-known in the hi-fi scene. Still, for less that $100, this mixer cannot be beat.

Numark Mixdeck

25/01/2012 1 comment

 

I have been hearing many things about this controller from Numark. The thing is, it can play music from a variety of sources. It has a built-in CD players, no, make that two. You can hook up your iPod or iPhone to it to choose songs, and it can be hooked up to a laptop too. DJ-software-wise, it comes with Serato DJ Intro, but there are mappings for Virtual DJ and Traktor.

Output-wise, it comes with two balanced XLR connections. More details can be found here. Interesting this is. I will definitely keep this in mind.