Grammy nominee Ken Lewis launches MusicSchoolOnline

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There’s a new music school launching in town, but it’s online and appropriately called MusicSchoolOnline.com (MSO). Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist and producer Ken Lewis who has over two decades of experience making music for major record labels is launching it today.

The new school is designed to provide easily accessible and affordable music lessons and resources for musicians, singers and aspiring individuals of all ages with an easy-to-follow streaming service, with prices starting as low as US $9.99 for a monthly subscription.

The video tutorials are created and delivered by Lewis and other award-winning instructors who are also top-level professional musicians. Lessons cover voice, individual instruments like piano, guitar, drums and bass along with rhythm section, extensive music theory and exclusive MSO Kids animated episodes. The school will launch with 400 music video lessons with more added every day. In fact over 200 more lessons have already been created. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Speedo, Misfit partner in new swim tracker Speedo Shine

speedo-shine-man-Misfit, the makers of Shine, the slim-lined activity and sleep tracker, has partnered up with swim apparel and accessories giant Speedo and have introduced the new Speedo Shine. The Speedo Shine takes a page or all of the pages really from the original Shine, incorporating all the same functionality plus new features designed with swimmers in mind.

Specifically, it adds proprietary lap counting algorithms, driven by its 3-axis accelerometer, embedded right into the device’s firmware. It’s designed to work for all stroke types and more accurate than general-purpose devices having been validated by Speedo in-pool testing. Olympic Gold Medalist and Speedo athlete and fitness ambassador, Missy Franklin, has also endorsed it. Read Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

IK Multimedia iRig Mic Studio digital pocket-sized studio quality mic

IK Multimedia, known for the iRIG series of hand-held and portable microphones for artists and podcasters has added yet another flavour to its line with iRig Mic Studio. It’s a large-diaphragm, digital desktop condenser mic designed for iOS and Android as well as for Mac and PC. It features an ultra-compact form-factor, smaller than their other handhelds that can actually sit in the palm of your hand.

What’s impressive, for it’s size, is it packs a hefty 1-inch diameter condenser, back electret capsule into an ultra-compact enclosure. It’s digital, so it has a built-in 24-bit audiophile-grade A/D converter offering 44.1/48kHz sample rates and a built-in low-noise, high-definition preamp all powered from whatever device you’re connected to. It has the capacity and sensitivity to capture a wide range of sounds from something that’s loud and proud to a soft whisper, making it very useful in a wide range of applications, including professional and broadcast quality recordings.  Read full Review at G4TV Canada.

 

Virtual ticket to Toastmasters International convention marketing genius

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EDMONTON, AB Aug 12, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Toastmasters International’s mission is a simple one: to empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. But while this 90 year-old worldwide organization values and encourages face-to-face interaction, it isn’t always possible for its members to attend one of its annual conventions.

To overcome that obstacle, Toastmasters has created a virtual ticket for their 84th annual premiere event, The Toastmasters International Convention, being held from Aug. 12 to 15 at Caesar’s Palace and Casino in Las Vegas.   READ FULL ARTICLE at Troy Media and listen to the Podcast at: Toastcaster.

Epson EcoTank: Inkjet printers not dead yet

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EcoTank printers can print for up to two years

Epson has unveiled a new line of printers under the EcoTank brand with such large reservoirs that right out of the box they can yield a comparable number of pages to their cousin the laser printer. And based on average monthly print volumes of selected models, the company claims that users should have enough ink to last for up to two years.

The new models include five new all-in-one printers under what Epson calls the “Supertank category” and when compared to a traditional inkjet printer, the ink in the new reservoirs would print roughly the same number of pages as 20 sets of ink cartridges. The actual yield, of course, would depend on the printer model, settings, environmental conditions like temperature and humidity and of course what you are printing. Read more…at CANOE TECH BLOG

Review: The Pop, Universal Pop Filter by Blue Microphones

2 POP with YetiIf you’re a podcaster or record lots of audio, you just might need The Pop. No, it’s not the ultimate soda beverage or someone’s Dad; it’s a universal windscreen that helps eliminate those extremely annoying popping “P” sounds that can really ruin what could have been an awesome voice recording.

While The Pop is commonly used with the Blue Yeti or Yeti Pro desktop USB microphones by Blue Microphones, it can be used with virtually any microphone as long as you can find a way to attach it.

The Pop is an interesting looking gadget. It consists of a curved brass frame with embedded wire mesh attached to a pliable gooseneck that is then attached by thumbscrew to a steel bracket. At the end of the bracket is another thumbscrew, which is then used to attach to either the frame of the microphone, mic stand or desk.  The general idea is that you attach the bracket to some sturdy anchor point then bend the gooseneck so that the steel mesh frame sits nicely in front of a microphone and in essence filtering out the popping “P” sounds as you speak, or maybe sing. Read the Full Review at G4TV Canada.

Electrohome Retro Clock Radio set with motion sensor technology

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Clock radios as we know them aren’t dead they’ve just become a little bit more practical and high tech. This appears to be the case with the Retro Clock Radio by Electrohome. At quick glance it resembles a vintage alarm clock with a round face and stand, but that’s pretty much where the retro ends.

The Retro Clock Radio, model CR35, features a digital face with function buttons both on the front and on the side.  And what looks like alarm bells, are two LED light bulbs which you can illuminate instantly by simply waving your hand in front of them, thanks to the unit’s built-in motion sensors.  READ Full Post at Canoe Tech Blog.

IK T-RackS Stealth Limiter allows you to crank up the volume

T-RackS Stealth LimiterIK Multimedia has announces T-RackS Stealth Limiter, a new ultra-transparent mastering peak limiter available now in the T-RackS Custom Shop. It’s a versatile secret weapon of a mixing and mastering tool,  allowing producers, engineers and musicians to turn up the loudness of a mix while still maintaining a clean sound with plenty of dynamic range and sonic breathing room.

T-RackS Stealth Limiter offers easy to use controls and intuitive features that make using it a quick and easy process. Its input knob can be used to set the desired loudness, and its output ceiling knob can be used to adjust the output level. And, for more advanced uses, it comes with 4 different modes of operation for fine-tuning.  It retails for $124.99 U.S. and is available through the IK Online Store and T-RackS Custom Shop.
To hear audio comparisons, check out www.ikmultimedia.com/trstealthlimiter. You can also get a free version to try: www.ikmultimedia.com/products/trcs/
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Paul Brandt country superstar takes Square on tour

SqureStandFor the average consumer the headline may sound a wee bit strange, but for entrepreneurs, small business owners and some of us geeks, we recognize Square not as an “old-fashion” way to refer to a “conservative” person, but as one of the easiest and low-cost ways to accept credit card as payment for goods and services. And now, Canadian Country Music sensation Paul Brandt has jumped on that bandwagon and is partnering with Square once again for his upcoming Road Trip Tour he’s co-headlining with Dean Brody.Paul with Duck

The Square system consists of a small square reader, a dongle that plugs into the headphone jack of your smartphone or tablet that when used with the Square Register app will allow almost anyone to accept payment by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or the Discover Card.  It’s also available as Square Stand that allows you to incorporate your iPad and features an integrated reader and additional features and point-of-sale functionality.  Read Full Post with a little surprise at Canoe Tech Blog.

Boombotix Boombot mini speaker clips on to go

mini strapIt’s starting to sound cliché that I’ve seen speakers in all different shapes and sizes but I have to admit I haven’t come across one like the Boombotix Boombot mini that’s shaped like a triangle and features a reinforced clip to boot. Seeing it attached to a backpack strap or hip belt seems like something you’d see while walking the promenade on Deep Space 9 – well, almost.

Designed to be used for someone on the go, it’s made of lightweight yet shockproof high-impact ABS plastic designed to withstand impacts of up to 3m. Also, it’s IPX 4 weatherproof so while it may not survive being totally immersed in water it should be okay while out running or biking in the rain or snow.  Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.