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My mother’s new internet connection – 200Mbps

31/07/2017 Leave a comment

I subscribed to a new Internet connection for my mum. My mum and my sis live in the same house and they use the internet on their phones. So I took advantage of a low price that Starhub was giving and got this for them. It is a one-year contract and  hope that Starhub does not let them down speed-wise. Now my mother can watch her cooking shows and her YouTube videos with no issues.

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Behringer X32 mixer

30/07/2017 Leave a comment

I have just installed this fantastic Behringer X32 mixer in a client’s place. This is a pretty good mixer for the price. For that rather inexpensive price, as far as digital mixers go, you get a 40-Input, 25-Bus Digital Mixing Console with 32 Programmable MIDAS Preamps, 25 Motorized Faders, Channel LCD’s, 32-Channel Audio Interface and iPad/iPhone Remote Control. There are many others like this but I say again, for the price-point, you get a lot of mixer for that money. My client also bought an 8-channel stagebox, that is connected to the mixer via an Ethernet cable, using AES50. Some people say that it is a cheaper Midas. I dare say that they may have a point, given the fact that Midas is also owned by The Music Group, Behringer’s parent company. Besides the brief description of what this mixer has to offer, there are some other features like:

 

  • 16 XLR outputs plus 6 additional line in/outputs, 2 phones connectors and a talkback section with integrated or external mic
  • Individual and dynamic LCD Scribble Strips on all channels and buses creating easy assignment and intuitive channel distinction
  • 32 x 32 channel USB 2.0 audio interface, with DAW remote control emulating HUI* and Mackie Control*
  • iPad* and iPhone* apps for professional remote operation available free of charge—no host PC required
  • High-resolution 7″ day-viewable Color TFT for easy viewing of workflow components and parameters
  • Main LCR, 6 matrix buses and 16 mix buses each featuring inserts, 6-band parametric EQ’s and full dynamics processing, plus 8 DCA and 6 mute groups
  • Virtual FX rack featuring 8 true-stereo FX slots include high-end simulations such as Lexicon 480L* and PCM70*, EMT250* and Quantec QRS etc.

I like this mixer. But I am thinking more about the portability of mixers for shows. To be honest, this mixer is a bit on the big side. If you wanted to get a mixer with faders that can still fit in a 19″ rack, you can consider the Allen & Heath QU-16. But the beauty of this mixer? It was the iPad app that allows you to control this baby via remote. I could do everything with this mixer and did not have to sit in front of it…just go to a place close to the stage with the iPad. But I did say in a previous post that I loved the fader-less version of this mixer, the Behringer X32 Rack. Maybe that will be a better choice

 

Girl at crossing knocked down by Mercedes with number plate SJF6519G

29/07/2017 Leave a comment

According to what I read on Roads.sg page on Facebook:

Witnessed an accident in the morning around 11.50am at North Buona Vista Road on 28th July 2017.

To the driver of Black Mercedes SJF6519G:
– you failed to keep a lookout when doing a turn.
– you have no right of way even if the traffic light is green in your favour as you claimed it was.
– you should not have refused to exchange particulars after involving in an accident especially when injury is caused to a person.
– you claimed that you work in NUH but yet failed to render medical assistance and tried to downplay the incident instead.

It is also ironic that you claimed you saw the girl dashed across the road, tripped and fell when you actually drove into her like you did not even see her.

Good luck in trying to change your police statement after this.

A police report has been made.

Good luck to the driver. I hope you get taken off the roads

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AKG D880 dynamic mic

29/07/2017 Leave a comment

My office was clearing out some old stuff and I managed to snag this old AKG D880 dynamic microphone. Now, I know what AKG brings to the table as far as microphones go. I have an AKG wireless mic and I am very please with the performance and the sound. I went to the AKG website and I found out that this mic has been discontinued. However, I managed to get a description of this mic from their website:

High-output neodymium transducer; rugged construction;
doubleflex transducer shock mount; frequency response optimized for intelligibility.

Dynamic performance microphone for lead and backing vocals. An integrated wind and pop screen eliminates pop and breath noise as well as sibilance. A shock absorbing inner steel mesh grill protects the transducer from damage. The strong die-cast body and wire-mesh outer grill provide additional protection for the transducer element. The outer grill and a layer of special fabric beneath it form a very effective windscreen that will suppress pop and breath noise as well as sibilance.

The Varimotion diaphragm and frequency independent supercardioid polar pattern provide outstanding sound and high gain before feedback. The D880’s frequency response has been optimized for voice pickup so it will hardly ever be necessary to use the EQ on the mixer.

I like that last sentence. It is a rather bold remark. But then again, I kinda believe them. AKG do make great mics. I have yet to try this mic. I might do so at the next party I DJ at.

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Xiaomi USB light-stick

28/07/2017 Leave a comment

When I bought my Xiaomi Redmi 2, I also bought a 16000 mAH Xiaomi battery bank. That battery bank came with a “free gift”…this Xiaomi USB light stick. The reason I label it “free gift” is because it was bundled together with the battery and I could not order the battery without it. But then again, after a while, I came to realise how useful this thing is. For low light situations, like when I DJ and such, it is an invaluable tool. When I am in dark places, just fastening this light in my battery bank and use it like a torch. It gives a brilliant light with its ultra-bright LEDs in it and it just works. So it was not such a bad bundle after all.

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Stanley toolbox on wheels

27/07/2017 Leave a comment

I saw this gentleman on the LRT with this big Stanley toolbox, on wheels. I am seriously thinking of getting this as it will really help me a lot with my work, given that I have a lot of tools to lug around. It is only a matter now of finding a shop that actually stocks this. Yep. Gotta get one

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Simple formula for living

26/07/2017 Leave a comment

I found this on Facebook, but I shall leave this right here.

Don’t sweat the small stuff…because it is small stuff