Review: Jabra Halo Smart Wireless earphones

When Jabra announced the Halo Smart – wireless Bluetooth earphones and smart nonetheless, it truly piqued my interest – and in particular that they were also designed to give both voice and call, top priority, something often forgotten about in other sets.

To review the set, I thought I’d give them the test drive as I do others by taking them along with me along with my iPhone 5S for a week during my daily walks.

The first thing you notice about Halo Smart is its unique shape. Rather than just cables running to each bud or to a control module, each earphone is attached by a short cable to an almost squared off light-weight, U-shaped rubberized neckband, which sits quite comfortably around your collar. And should you need to adjust the fit, the arms have flex zones where you can bend them. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

IK Multimedia releases Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone

Lurssen Mastering Console for iPhone - The first pro-audio mastering app for iPhoneIK Multimedia has announced the release of Lurssen Mastering Console, the first iPhone mastering app that lets musicians master their mixes with a model of the console and settings used by the engineers at Lurssen Mastering, Inc., in Los Angeles, California. Lurssen Mastering Console is a totally unique approach to audio mastering that incorporates the Lurssen “whole is greater than the sum of its parts” philosophy by recreating not only the gear chain used but the interactions and influence the processors have on other gear in the chain during the mastering process. Lurssen Mastering Console is available as a universal iPhone/iPad app and it is also available separately for Mac/PC.

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IK Multimedia releases T-RackS Saturator X for Mac/PC

ikc-L-trcs_module_saturator_xIK Multimedia, has just released T-RackS Saturator X – a new T-RackS digital signal processor module that imparts the colour, flavour and saturation effects of classic analogue audio processing gear to digital recordings.

T-RackS Saturator X is a plug-in that can be used on individual tracks or on the master fader in a user’s favorite DAW. It provides simple controls that let users select from 10 modes of saturation effects that span the panorama of classic analog gear. It also features a Brickwall limiter and oversampling options.  < read more and watch video>

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NEW SampleTank 3 CS free version of SampleTank 3

sampletank3csSampleTank 3 CS “Custom Shop” for Mac/PC now offers all musicians and studios the full functionality of SampleTank 3 in an expandable and free virtual instrument
 
IK Multimedia, has announced the latest version of SampleTank 3 CS, the free version of SampleTank 3.  The new update removes all limitations by unlocking the full software functionality including unlimited editing and import features. SampleTank 3 CS is a standalone player and plug-in that can be expanded with IK’s Instrument Collections that are available at any time from the integrated Custom Shop: Everything from rare pianos to signature artist drums to the new Miroslav Philharmonik 2 CE collection. Legacy VIs, libraries and user samples can also now be imported without restriction. SampleTank 3 CS comes loaded with 30 free instruments, 1.8 GB of sounds, 81 MIDI patterns and 2 loop kits.

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Toastcaster 62 Lance Miller: Bad Super Bowl Interview/Dealing With Failure


[27:44]  Greg speaks with Lance Miller 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking as he shares his insights about Cam Newton’s defeated attitude during a post Super Bowl 50 media interview. Lance reflects on lessons learned, dealing with defeat and adversity taking a page from his own life both in business and journey to the World Championship.

Review: Creative MUVO mini water-resistant wireless speakerphone

1 MuvoMiniPicIt’s nice to have a small portable wireless speaker that you can just throw in your backpack or purse. It’s even better, when you can get such a gadget that’s designed to withstand the elements without easily getting destroyed. The MUVO mini from Creative Labs certainly fits that bill.

Water-Resistant Compact Footprint 

Muvo mini has a small footprint 7.4 x 1.4 x 2.3 inches housed in an attractive brick-shaped polished aluminum case.  It’s rated to IP66 standards, so it’s not waterproof, but it is water-resistant. And it’s light, weighing a mere 10 oz. It has a cool funky speaker grille pattern that could look like different things depending on how you visualize it. It might be a series of cubes stacked onto each other or a plethora of peace signs within a hexagonal shape.  The hexagonal motif also extends to its four speaker control buttons located atop the unit. Read Greg’s full review at G4TV Canada.

Sir Paul McCartney and Skype make beautiful Love Mojis together

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Mention former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and Valentine’s Day in the same breath and you immediately think – Yeah, Yeah, Yeah – She Loves YouMy Valentine or All You Need is Love. Add Skype into the conversation and you might think it’s getting a little weird.

Well, not so, as Skype has announced a new partnership with Macca for this special project. No, it’s not a new opening app launch chime a la Hard Days’ Night, but rather a new exclusive set of “love inspired Mojis” (short video clips or animations you can drop into your Skype instant messages), just in time for Valentine’s Day.  READ FULL POST at CanoeTech Blog.

 

IK Multimedia debuts iLoud Micro Monitor world’s smallest studio reference monitoring system

iloud_mmIK Multimedia announced today iLoud Micro Monitor, the smallest active studio reference monitoring system in the world. iLoud Micro Monitor is a serious and reliable sonic tool that provides high-quality sound in a small enclosure at a price that everyone can afford.

It comes with two bi-amplified speakers that deliver an expansive stereo image, an ultra-accurate true linear frequency response, superior bass and plenty of power in a truly portable package.

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IK Multimedia iRig Pro DUO offers dual channel midi interface

A portable MIDI interface is pretty handy to have particularly when you’re on the road, so if you’re doing an impromptu performance or a live recording session and have both a guitar and a mic, you might be out of luck, unless you either have two interfaces or the iRig Pro DUO – the latest portable MIDI interface from IK Multimedia that features two channels.

This new dual-channel gadget is a follow-up to the original single channel iRig Pro, we looked at here at CanoeTech Blog back in mid-2013. Not only does it double your channels, it’s been enhanced with additional features not found on its predecessor.

It won’t surprise you that it’s a little bigger, but still pretty small. At only 5″x 2.95″x 1.46″ it more or less fits in the palm of your hand and amazingly compact for what’s packed under the hood.  Read Full Review at Canoe Tech Blog

CES 2016 Fold-up scooter, broadcast mounts and instant touch screens

There will be thousands of products announced, unveiled and displayed at this year’s International CES 2016 and here are a few to begin with that really caught my attention. Three in particular are; a cool little fold-up scooter, a professional smartphone mount and a gadget that gives your PC notebook instant touch functionality.

Fold-up Smart Scooter

Smart-Rhino unveiled their cool little Xcooter, which you have to say real fast to get right. As you’ve probably guessed, it’s a scooter and if you look closely at the picture, it’s designed in the shape of an X.

Its body is made of a full aluminum alloy and fairly lightweight. It’s designed with their own-patented technology to fold up along with the handlebar in one second making it space efficient and quickly storable. Although it does weigh just under 42 lb (19 kg), but a folding size of only 21 ¼” x 7 ¾” x 38″, you could theoretically throw it in your car or take with you so you don’t have to worry about locking it up. Read more… at Canoe Tech Blog.