Archive for October, 2015

SM Pro DJDI DI box in action at an event

31/10/2015 Leave a comment

I snapped a picture of my DJ setup at an event recently and in the bottom right corner, you can see my SM Pro DJDI DI box that was converting unbalanced, high impedance-d signals from my DJ controller and sending it to the house mixer. I utilized two channels of the house mixer for my controller but I can say that the signal was loud, clear and most importantly, not distorted. All DJs should have a DI box like this in their arsenal because it just works and people will not suffer from listener fatigue.

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What a Twitter post Colnago

29/10/2015 Leave a comment

People were up in arms with Colnago’s Twitter post a couple of days back. Colnago were taken to task for posting a picture of a lycra-clad cyclist bending over her bike alongside the message, ‘ready for your weekend ride?’ Naturally, people…well…most of them anyway just groaned and said it was sexist. Colnago was forced to apologise but I must say, sexist or not, sexual innuendos laid aside, I say its a pretty clever advertisement. No…O would say its a pretty fun advertisement. Not that I am sexist or anything but come on….its just an ad! Lighten up will you lot?

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SunTour XC-II BMX pedals

28/10/2015 Leave a comment

There was a time, if you were a BMX racer worth your salt, that you would be sporting a pair of these SunTour XC-II pedals. I personally liked them but I was afraid to put them on my bike because I did not race all the time. I prefered the stronger Shimano DX platform pedals because they were tougher and long-lasting. The problem with these pedals is not that they were not long-lasting. On the contrary, they were burly with strong spindles. The thing that put me off was the cage. Not only would they leave long tell-tale scars on your shins of they ever grabbed you there, but if the age bent after a heavy bail, replacements were hard to come by and not to mention expensive. And, I might add, these were somewhat pricey back in the day. The Shimano DX pedals were available in all over, were inexpensive, and did the job. But to be honest, I would love a pair of these SunTour XC-IIs now

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The whisky dispenser

27/10/2015 Leave a comment

Have you seen some of those too-good-to-be-true pictures on the net that will make you go…”Naaahhh!” Well, we see them all the time when friends post them, especially in WhatsApp posts and o Facebook. But when I saw this, it made me think…why not? The only issue I can see is that people will have different perceptions of this machine. Is it for the home? Is it for a bar? It is one of those so-called contraptions that looks good when exhibited maybe during a trade show or an exhibition but will look totally out-of-place anywhere. maybe in a town or state like Kentucky in the USA that makes bourbon whisky or maybe even in Scotland. It would be a good fixture in a bar but even then, I do not see this happening. But nice to see no doubt. All you drinkers, wishful thinking will get one somewhere! LOL!

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Sign outside a spa

26/10/2015 Leave a comment

One of my friends took this photo and posted it on her Facebook page. I could not stop laughing when I saw it. Absolutely fabulous anyone?? LOL!

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Manchester United vs Manchester City

25/10/2015 Leave a comment

It is time for another Manchester Derby at 2200 hrs tonight. Manchester City seem to be firing on all cylinders but can we make them humbled at Old Trafford? Sergio Aguero will not be playing and neither will David Silva but we cannot take that for granted. It seems that Vincent Kompany will be taken out of mothballs to keep the defence. De Bruyne will be a potent force, going by what I have seen on TV and online. His goals are just sublime. let us see tonight. Glory Glory Manchester United!

Martin Roland UHF900 wireless microphones and receiver

24/10/2015 Leave a comment

About a week ago, in fact, a few days ago, I was at a client’s place to set up their room for a conference. What I had to do was to adjust their microphones, check them and make sure that all was OK. That is when I came across these Martin Roland UHF900 wireless microphones. Very little is known about them admittedly but I was very pleased with their sound and I dare say that these microphones look pretty affordable, for UHF units. I went to their website for the specifications of these and this is what I found out about them. There are 32 channels available for selection, which is the cool thing about them. They run on the UHF frequency of UHF 610 ~ 810 MHZ. Now, I do not know for sure if those are frequencies that will be phased out soon but it is worth a checking out. There is a balanced 3-pin XLR output, along with an unbalanced 1/4″ phone jack output. I do not know if you can use both at the same time but I am pretty sure you can.

After the test, I realised two things. The receiver can handle two of these microphones that came with it. They utilise 2 AA batteries and give about 4 hours of use. That is pretty draining on the batteries so make sure that you have heaps of them. Also, the receiver, as in the picture above, have two knobs so that you can control the input of each of the transmitters. The output from the receiver is summed up to a single XLR, as I pointed out previously. There is no individual XLR outputs so you have to do the necessary input controls from the receiver. So therein lies the problem if you have two users, each with different tonal requirements when they speak…you cannot control them individually as the inputs are summed up. But I bet that it is a really inexpensive option to get, not for events and such but for home use…maybe for karaoke. But for no-frills shows like roadshows and the like, these might be pretty good.