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Lowell KL100-S2 Keylock Series Volume Control

24/09/2017 Leave a comment

OK. As an audio installer and system integrator, we often have to install attenuators for 70V systems. Sometimes, there are people who just love fiddling with the volume control. For years, I have been trying to find a way how to prevent them from being fiddled. That is when i recently came across this Lowell KL100-S2 Keylock Series Volume Control. Looks like my dreams have come true. you can get them from this site but I do not think that they are available in our little island of Singapore. We may need to order them in if we want to use them. This is a great product, as far as I am concerned and I think that it is worth to have a couple in my arsenal of parts

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The new Apple iPhone being trolled

23/09/2017 Leave a comment

As you probably know, Apple just launched two new iPhones recently. There was a lot of flack on this because they made one of them, the iPhone X, the most expensive iPhone to boot. So without going into details, I will just leave this here

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Electrical cement mixers

22/09/2017 Leave a comment

I did a post on cement mixers some time back but this is the first time I have come across electrical ones. I must say that it is  sensible change from the engine-driven ones of old. Firstly, there is less worry if the engine fails you. Secondly, these ones are much lighter, what with only the bowl and a motor attached to it. Thirdly, they are relatively inexpensive to buy. The only cons I can see is that these are not so robust. You can see the lip of the cement bowl here looking rather worn, unlike the cast-iron ones of yesteryear.

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QSC Touchmix-16 digital mixer

21/09/2017 Leave a comment

I had the chance to use this QSC Touchmix-16 mixer at an event fairly recently, say about a couple of weeks back. It was fairly easy to use and with all things new, it just takes some getting used to. One thing I like about it was that it was portable. My friend who brought it down had a special bag that came with it so he could travel with it and go to as many jam sites he could with it. The only thing I had against it was the gain knobs above each channel. They seemed a little flimsy and I was not convinced about their sensitivity after I plugged my DJ controller into it. I went to the website and found some of its key features:

  • Capacitive touchscreen offers a wealth of on-screen information while also providing confident hands-on control
  • 120 presets provide real-world live sound settings for commonly-used instruments and microphones
  • Simple and Advanced modes offer either basic or comprehensive controls
  • Anti-Feedback and Room Tuning Wizards simplify complex equalization tasks
  • Real-time analyzer (RTA) provides instantaneous display of channel tonal balance and room response
  • 10 Aux mixes provide superior monitor configuration capabilities
  • 22-channel direct-to-hard drive record/playback — capture and recall performances without the need for an external computer
  • MP3 playback direct from USB
  • On-board multi-language user guide
  • Download future upgrades directly from the Internet

One thing I really liked about it was the anti-feedback thingy it had. I could see the fader in the touchscreen “adapting” itself to the feedback when one of the mics got too “hot”. It was fairly easy to set up and my friend was controlling it via an iPad from some distance away.

So now, let us see. It is a good mixer. That I would agree on. It does the job. But the issue is the power supply. If the power supply can be improved upon, that would be great. There have been many issues with the connector at the rear of the unit. Would I get it? Maybe, maybe not. For $1800 (RRP) there are better ones in the market. But it is an interesting mixer and it fills a certain niche pretty well.

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Powercon extension cable

20/09/2017 Leave a comment

The only thing I do not like about powered speakers (or active speakers as they are referred to sometimes) is the fact that I have to run two cables per speaker. One is a power cable and another is a signal cable. Sometimes, if I am lucky, there is a power socket near the placement of the the powered speaker. If there is not, then what I have to do is to break out an extension cable. I did just that with an event a couple of days back. I was running two Turbosound iQ15 speakers. I had to connect one of the speakers to a power supply, and the daisy chain the power from that first speaker to the second one using this Powercon extender. I found this to be the best way ti power both the speakers and the Powercon worked a treat. I do not have any powered speakers in my inventory but it looks like if I do, I have to get extensions like these.

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Maruni professional microphone cable

19/09/2017 Leave a comment

I came upon some leftover microphone cable while tidying up my office. I asked anyone of they knew who wanted it but they said that they had no use for it. So I took the coil of cable home and decided to solder up some new XLR cables. These cables are supposedly Japanese made, with the brand name Maruni. But when I searched the Internet, all I could find of these cables online was on China sites like Taobao and Aliexpress. Another link pointed to a Facebook page in Malaysia. So I suppose that these cables are Malaysian made but sold as Japanese cables. To be honest, they seem pretty well made with a copper braided shield. They solder very well and look and feel pretty good. I soldered them up to some XLR connectors I had lying around and soon I had two XLR leads. Looking forward to trying them out soon. I dare say that they will be great. Gotta get myself a roll of these cables for projects next time…

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Bicycle Thief at JetCycle bike store

18/09/2017 Leave a comment

This fella was caught red-handed by the store’s security camera. This happened at a local Singapore bike shop named JetCycle and was posted in their Facebook group. I do not understand what is wrong with this fella. He can obviously afford the light he stole but yet he chooses to steal it and gets infamous on the Internet. Well buddy, it is a small country and you will soon be brought to “light”

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