Archive for November, 2013

Audiojar DJ mixer

30/11/2013 1 comment

When I first started off in the DJ industry, I remember that we did not have a mixer. At all. So most of the time, when we could, we rented one. Back then, to rent one, it cost $40…a princely sum in those days. This was the mixer we used to hire. It was made by a company named Audiojar. Very strange name I might add, but it worked. By today’s standard, it would have been considered crappy but back in the day, we really had no choice. Most of the Audiojar mixers available in our neck of the woods were black, as seen below. I came across this picture of the silver version of the mixer in the Internet, posted by some Italian guy, on his Ebay site. It sure brought back memories!

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Behringer Europower PMP1280S

29/11/2013 3 comments

I bought this mixer amplifier a few days back. It came as a package with two PS15-type speakers for a pretty good price. I must say that there is a LOT of features that are crammed into this mixer amplifier. Even though its a discontinued model (it made way for the PMP1260S) it still rocks. Features-wise, this is what this baby has to offer:

  • Ultra-compact 2 x 600-Watt stereo powered mixer (1,200 Watt bridged mode)
  • Revolutionary amplifier technology: enormous power, incredible sonic performance and super-light weight
  • Ultra-compact design at nearly half the depth and weight of conventional powered mixers means no more lugging around dead weight
  • 10-channel mixer section features 6 mono and 2 stereo channels plus separate tape returns
  • 2 studio-grade 24-bit stereo FX processors with 100 awesome presets including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter and various multi-effects
  • Revolutionary FBQ Feedback Detection system instantly reveals critical frequencies for easy feedback removal
  • 8 high-quality mic preamps with switchable +48 V phantom power for condenser microphones
  • Effective, extremely musical 3-band EQ, switchable Pad and Clip LEDs on all mono channels
  • Stereo 7-band graphic EQ allows precise frequency correction of monitor and main outputs
  • Voice Canceller function removes singer’s voice from recordings for Karaoke applications
  • Selectable stereo (main L/R), double mono (main/monitor) or bridged mono amplifier operation mode
  • Speaker Processing function adjusts frequency response to match professional speaker systems like BEHRINGER EUROLIVE series, etc.
  • Standby switch mutes all input channels during breaks while background music is provided via tape inputs
  • Adjustable stereo Aux input for connecting external signal sources
  • Internal switch-mode power supply, noise-free audio, superior transient response and very low power consumption
  • Rack mount brackets included
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

Imagine this. I was thinking of getting a new system. The total cost of a brand-new speaker system with amplifiers and mixer, with the accompanying flightcase would have cost me $2400. I bought this mixer amplifier, with the speakers in a flight-case, all for $800!

Gotta get myself some Neutrik Speakons because that is how these speakers are connected to this mixer amplifier. Gonna pump this baby up and see what its able to do.

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Bayer Leverkusen – 0 Manchester United – 5

28/11/2013 Leave a comment

Looks like Manchester United will advance to the last 16 of the Champions League, the knockout stage. It may be a 5 – 0 win but we are not out of the woods yet. 4 goals (Valencia, Evans, Smalling and Nani) and one own goal. Its a sweet victory but we seriously need to buckle down and forge forward. Glory Glory!

Mystery 4-channel power amplifier

28/11/2013 1 comment

I have said it often enough that I learn new things every day. This was snapped at a wedding that I did fairly recently. The audio company set up a sound-system for me as I was providing the music. This amplifier, and the 19″ faceplate below grabbed my attention. The first thing I noticed was the amplifier. It was a four-channel amplifier, of unknown name. It sounded pretty good but then again, I was playing music at low volume. Try as I might, I do not know what brand of amplifier this was.

The next thing that grabbed my attention was the CEEform plug in which the mains power came into the system. I must say that it is pretty innovative but trying to find something like this in Singapore is a bit hard. Maybe I have not been looking in all the right places. But I must say its interesting. Something to take note of when I design my next flight-case console.

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Android KitKat

27/11/2013 Leave a comment

Google has announced that Android 4.4, known as KitKat will be  delivered to Google Play Edition handsets according to this article from ZDNet. In any case, that is the name of the new operating system from Google’s Android, who always name their releases after desserts. According to the Android KitKat website:

Android is the operating system that powers over 1 billion smartphones and tablets. Since these devices make our lives so sweet, each Android version is named after a dessert: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. As everybody finds it difficult to stay away from chocolate we decided to name the next version of Android after one of our favorite chocolate treats, Kitkat®!

Talk about sweet!

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19″ PDU with circuit breaker

26/11/2013 Leave a comment

A few days back at an event, the audio-visual company that provided the sound system had a PDU (Power Distribution Unit) like this installed in their flightcase. This looks like some thing that is worth getting because it is very neat and tidy and it comes with a circuit breaker built-in. I found some models online selling them for pretty cheap but at the present moment, for the flightcase I have, I do not need it. Maybe I will get one in the future.

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Labelling of audio XLR plugs and connections

25/11/2013 Leave a comment

Its very important to label your XLR connectors or in fact, any connectors when you are doing a club or pub install. For instance, when you want to shift your audio equipment to another place, how do you know what and where to plug in your stuff? A little bit of preparation will do wonders.

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