iLoud Micro Monitors deliver big studio sound – Review

iloudmm_sl_macbook_handsDesktop speakers are plentiful, but if you’re a musician, producer, podcaster or maybe you’re just particular about sound reproduction it’s a good idea to have a decent set of monitors for accurate audio playback like the new iLoud Micro Monitors by IK Multimedia.

If the name sounds familiar, we reviewed the original iLoud brand speaker back in 2013 here at Canoe Tech Blog. It is a small footprint four-speaker wireless portable personal monitor that featured a 40W amp, guitar input and could run on battery power; this new model isn’t replacing it, it’s just different. It’s AC powered, comes in a pair, can sit right on your desktop and yet still small enough to be portable. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

 

Review: IK Mulitmedia iRig HD 2 digital guitar interface

 

1-2_irighd2_34_vertIK Multimedia has finally unveiled their sequel to the affordable pocket-sized iRig HD digital guitar interface and not surprising, it’s called the iRig HD 2. This low-noise, high-definition guitar preamp offers the same functionality as its predecessor plus a whole lot more, adding some much needed features to the original and new additions to keep up with advancing technologies.

The new iRig HD 2 has a solid build quality and is just slightly larger (by 9 mm) and a touch heavier by (15 g), so it is still nice and compact and pretty much still fits in the palm of your hand. It draws power from the host and is designed for use with iOS devices including the new iPhone 7 as well as Macs and PCs. It features a 24-bit analog-to-digital converter plus a 96 kHz sampling rate for an ultra high-definition, high-quality signal.

It has an onboard gain control dial so you can control the pre-amp signal input from the 1/4″ Hi-Z jack when playing or recording to make sure you’re at the right level. There’s also a multicoloured LED to monitor that level. Read Full Review at CanoeTech Blog.

iTrip Clip wirelessly connects smartphone to any headphone

Bluetooth audio adapters have been around for a while. At first they were marketed as giving you the ability to use your favourite wired headphones wirelessly, i.e. not having them tethered to your smartphone. Now with the likes of Apple’s iPhone 7 and the the Motorola Moto Z shipping sans headphone jacks, an adapter like the new iTrip Clip Bluetooth Audio Adapter by Griffin Technology is a wireless alternative to using USB to 3.5 mm adapters.

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LG V20, world’s first Quad DAC smartphone coming in September?

In the days where it’s getting harder and harder to add significant innovations to smart phones, LG has taken a bold step to appeal to the discerning audiophile. They’ve announced their upcoming flagship smartphone, the LG V20 will feature a built-in 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC (digital to analog converter) — a smartphone industry first.

Inclusion of a high-quality DAC is not new to LG. The V20′s predecessor, the LG V10 already includes 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC by ESS Technology, but the new DAC, will feature four channels. The company claims the new addition will allow the new phone to deliver ultra-crisp and clear sound that comes close to replicating a live performance. Of course, you’ll need to use compatible wired headphones to really take advantage of this. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

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.

Marley CHANT BT Bluetooth speaker sleek and eco-friendly

CHANT BT is the latest speaker from the House of Marley. It looks pretty funky and delivers the sound you’d expect from a Marley product. This time, it’s both wireless and delivered with sustainable craftsmanship by incorporating eco-friendly, recycled and recyclable materials into the final product.

CHANT BT Audio System is a Bluetooth enabled speaker that looks like a mini drum that you just want to tap to the beat. Its housing is made from a combination of eco-plastic and recyclable precision-milled aluminum, beautifully finished with a bamboo trim ring with the final covering made from an exclusive fabric called REWIND. Read more at Canoe Tech Blog.

Technics direct-drive turntable a Grand Class experience

Technics SL-1200GMany may think that CDs and DVDs have gone way of the dodo bird as digital downloads and streaming services seem to be in great supply.  However vinyl, which for some may be a distant memory, seems to be making a real comeback, especially for Hi-Fi enthusiasts. Technics is betting on it, unveiling the ultimate turntable — the Technics Grand Class Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1200G.

This new turntable is designed for the ultimate Audiophile who craves the depth and warmth of the LP – the vinyl disc.  Now turntables are nothing new, but this new model is designed to use the latest technology to overcome some of the challenges that plagued the turntables of yesteryear. Read full details at CanoeTech 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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Jabra unveils Halo Smart Wireless earphones

JabraAccording to a survey commissioned by Jabra, almost 80% of respondents offered that they would prefer to have a single set of headphones for both calls and music, but often found call quality lacked on those devices designed for music. So Jabra came up with their Jabra Halo Smart wireless headphones that give both voice and call, top priority.

The Halo Smart is a rubberized in-ear headphone that wraps around behind the neck. To enhance call quality, they incorporated a high-end mic with integrated wind noise protection. In addition, to make sure you don’t miss a call they added subtle vibrations in the neckband of the unit to alert you when the phone rings. Read More at CanoeTech Blog.

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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