Archive for January, 2017

Cleaning between stained bathroom tiles

31/01/2017 Leave a comment

Have you all ever have mouldy patches between bathroom tiles? I know I do and it does not look nice. I have been taking a wire brush to it but somehow, the Dettol solution interacts with the copper in the wire brush and makes it even worse. So when I saw what a friend had posted, I took a screenshot of her post and I decided that I would try it out in my kitchen. Gotta get some Kao bleach because I personally cannot stand the smell of traditional bleach. Let us see if this works.

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Without immigration, Trump would have no wives

30/01/2017 Leave a comment

I saw this in one of my friend’s posts on Facebook feed. I guess I will just leave this here

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Galaxy Audio Hot Spot speakers

29/01/2017 Leave a comment

I remember back in the early 1980s, a sound-contractor had installed many of these Galaxy Audio Hot Spots (that is the name for them) in my church to act as monitors. Now I personally loved these speakers because I personally thought that these speakers sounded great. Apparently, these speakers were / are so popular, that Galaxy Audio apparently still make them. I wonder how much they cost and how robust they are because I personally would love a couple of these in my house!

Happy Chinese New Year 2017

28/01/2017 Leave a comment

It is the Year Of The Rooster. Happy Chinese New Year and Gong Xi Fa Cai to all my Chinese friends and relatives who are celebrating

Cable bag for audio cables

27/01/2017 Leave a comment

Many big audio companies and equipment rental companies have the luxury of having dedicated flightcase boxes for their cables. I do not have this luxury because I have a small company and travel light. So what I did was to make a dedicated cable case for all my audio cables for gigs. This is very useful indeed as you never know what cable to use for a show. So what I did was to get a pouch or even a bag that I was not using anymore and converted it into a cable pouch. I put all my cables in that pouch and all I have to do is to shove that pouch into my backpack for the next show. In that pouch I have a variety of audio cables. I have female and male XLR to 1/4″ TRS, XLR to XLR and even 1/4″ TS to 1/4″ TS. You never know when it may come in useful. I know I used all the cables in this bag for my NYE gig about three weeks ago. So go on. Make a cable pouch like this. It is very useful indeed.

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Mary Tyler Moore passes away

26/01/2017 Leave a comment

She could turn the world on with her smile. At least that was what was part of the song of the Mary Tyler Moore show back in the 70s, when I used to watch it with my mum. Even at that young age, I always thought that Mary Tyler Moore was radiantly lovely. It is sad to know that she has passed away, but at least she is not suffering anymore. Rest in peace Mary. Memories of you on your TV show will always be in my memory.

Alto Mixpack 10 portable PA system

26/01/2017 Leave a comment

Yamaha started a revolution of sorts with the Stagepas system. Many, many others have tried to copy its design since then. I can say the same about the Alto Mixpack 10 above. It looks the same as the Stagepas series with one speaker to store the mixer and the other for cables. In any case, with this Alto Mixpack 10, this is what you get:

  • High performance all-in-one portable sound system for any event
  • 400-watt peak power output
  • Removable 8-channel powered mixer conveniently stows for transport
  • (2) Alto Professional loudspeakers with 10-inch woofers and
  • 1-inch HF compression drivers
  • Integrated storage compartment for cables and other accessories
  • 4 XLR + ¼-inch mic/line inputs
  • 2 stereo line input channels (1/4-inch and RCA)
  • 2-band EQ per channel
  • Switchable digital reverb and phantom power on channels 1-4
  • Separate EQ contour modes for speech and music playback applications
  • 1/4-inch speaker outputs (cables included)
  • 1/4-inch line level monitor outputs for adding additional powered speakers

Now when they sat 400 watts peak output, I suppose that they are referring to the whole system, not per channel. From what I can see, these are like an almost perfect replica of the Stagepas series but I am sure that they do not have the audio clarity of the Yamaha. In any case, I do not think Alto products are that popular in Singapore anyways so the chances of getting one here is pretty remote