Amazon Echo: Super Cool or Super Creepy? You Make The Call!

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Amazon has introduced a new type of ‘smart device’ – the Echo – that’s a reimagining of the home stereo as a always-connected, voice activated speaker.

It’s got some impressive features – combining Siri-style voice recognition, with search, music and news service. You can tell it to play some music by Boards of Canada, tell it to wake you up at 7am or ask what the weather is going to be like, and Echo will handle it.

It’s not much of a stretch to imagine an App Store for a device like this, where you could download new types of music applications for it. Brian Eno has already done this on iOS, turning his classic Music For Airports album into a generative music application. An audio ‘smart device’ could be a perfect platform for generative music making.

But, while the Amazon Echo has some super cool aspects, it’s also a little creepy – because it’s always on and listening to you. Even in your bedroom.

And, as Amazon says – it’s ‘Connected to the cloud, so it’s always getting smarter.”  Continue reading

PreSonus Intros Temblor T8 Subwoofer

presonus_temblor_t8-front_250PreSonus has announced the Temblor T8, an active subwoofer monitor speaker.

Designed for critical listening in the studio or at home, the PreSonus Temblor T8 active subwoofer is designed to complement any full-range monitoring system, making it ideal for personal studios, gaming, audiophiles, and home theaters.

The Temblor T8 includes a continuously variable lowpass filter (50 Hz to 130 Hz) for creating a seamless crossover transition and a switchable highpass filter that removes content below 80 Hz from the full-range signal sent to satellite speakers, so you can optimize your system for your room and your needs. Continue reading

Tactile Monitoring System Uses Bone Conduction To Deliver Intense Bottom End

bone-conduction-soundPorter & Davies let us know about their Tactile Monitoring Systems, which use bone conduction to deliver sound through your backside.

In-ear monitors sound great, but don’t deliver the physical sensation of big monitors. The P&D silent monitoring systems address that gap, using bone conduction to deliver accurate, intense reproduction.

According to the company, their P&D BC2 and BC Gigster systems let players hear and feel themselves and their fellow musicians like never before

Keyboardists can choose what instruments they want the system to monitor and the significant increase in tactile connection to the sound will enable them to experience better on-stage dynamics.

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Absurdly Loud Sound System Would Kill You If You Heard It

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This is a little off topic, until you consider running a bass synth through it, but the Large European Acoustic Facility is a sound system so loud that, if you ever heard it, it would kill you.

You might think that the LEAF was invented to get back at dudes that drive at three in the morning with their massive subs cranked up – but it’s actually used for research. Continue reading

M-Audio Intros BX Carbon Series Studio Monitors

m-audio-carbon-monitorAt the 2014 NAMM Show, M-Audio introduced the BX Carbon Series of Studio Monitors

The BX Carbon Series monitors offer flatter response than their predecessors.

“The tweeter’s waveguide has also been enhanced for superior imaging and has been tailored to the new, superior frequency response curve,” said JC Sutherland, M-Audio Product Manager. “That translates into a wider mix position, both the frequencies and the stereo information are translated reliably, which is of utmost importance given the many ways musicians use studio monitors.” Continue reading

Behringer Intros Nekkst Studio Monitor Line

beheringer-nekkst-K8-monitorsAt the 2014 NAMM Show, Behringer introduced a new studio monitor line, the Nekkst series.

The Nekkst line is designed by KRK founder Keith R. Klawitter, who has this to say about the monitors:

“I was very excited when BEHRINGER asked me to design their new reference monitors. They gave me complete freedom to use the finest materials and apply my lifetime of knowledge in monitor design. Now, after two years and countless hours of intense design and listening, I have achieved that goal. I am proud of the NEKKST Reference Monitors. My best work yet.”

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Alesis Intros Elevate 6 Studio Monitor

Alesis-Elevate-6At the 2014 NAMM Show, Alesis introduced the Elevate 6 Studio Monitor – an active studio monitor design.

Key Features:

  • 75 Watt continuous output power (per speaker)
  • Bi-amplified design, active crossover, flat frequency response
  • 6″ low-frequency driver; 1″ silk dome tweeter
  • High-density wood cabinets with bass porting
  • Elliptical waveguides, widened listening area
  • Radial-edge baffles reduce distortion
  • ERP compliant – auto shut-off

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Genelec Intros 8010 Compact Monitors

genelec-8010-monitors2014 NAMM Show: Genelec have announced the newest member of the 8000 series monitors, the Genelec 8010.

Genelec 8010 is a compact monitor, designed for small studios, OB vans, and mobile work.

Features:

  • Excellent response and SPL (96dB) despite size of cabinet (195 x 121 x 116mm)
  • 8000-series standard room calibration controls
  • Aluminium chassis, protected drivers
  • Bi-Amplified w/efficient Class D power amplifiers
  • Intelligent Signal Sensing circuitry fitted, which can be bypassed if desired
  • Compatible with a wide variety of Genelec mounting accessories
  • Universal input voltage for traveling audio professionals
  • Balanced XLR input
  • Compatible with 7050 Subwoofer

Here’s their official intro video for the Genelec 8010: Continue reading