Brooklyn’s Vaudeville Park has announced a series of workshops on Electronics In Music. Attendees can learn about making their own electronic instruments and devices.
Vaudeville Park is a Brooklyn, NY non-profit, whose mission is showcasing unique and affordable community arts programming.
Here’s an outline of the courses:
Course A in February
Week 1- “Money-Saving Skills for Musicians”: Build your own contact mics for acoustic instruments, and save $$$ by making your own instrument cables.
Week 2- “Hands-On Synthesis Workshop”: This workshop includes synthesis history, theory, and most importantly, hands on sound design using rare analog keyboards from our collection.
Week 3- “Instant Circuit Bending”: Bring our own electronic toy to take apart and make music with!! A favorite. You’ll learn the basic skills of circuit bending in minutes and begin making warped sounds with ease. All tools provided.
Course B in March
Week 1- “The Two-Hour Theremin”: build your own light-sensitive Theremin in just one class. Then, pimp your new instrument with custom colors and containers.
Blue Microphones has announced the US $99.99 second generation Mikey Portable Recorder for iPod and iPhone.
Mikey still features two Blue mic capsules for pro-quality stereo recording, but now has improved acoustic circuitry for better recordings of loud events such as concerts. The new Mikey also has a 3.5mm line input for plugging in a sound source like a guitar or mixer.
There’s also a USB pass-through connection for charging and syncing. A newly designed case makes Mikey usable with most iPhone cases, and the mic can be adjusted to seven fixed positions within a 230-degree range for optimum positioning.
Blue is also throwing in a soft carrying pouch for Mikey, along with a headphone extension cable for playback monitoring with the iPod touch and nano.
The Blue Mikey can be used with Blue FiRe, a free iPhone recording application.
Blue Microphones has introducedYeti, the first THX Certified microphone and, according to the company, the “ultimate USB microphone for professional recording.”
The first USB mic to offer Blue’s condenser capsules in a triple capsule array for the highest quality, most versatile audio recording capability
Four patterns (Omni, Cardioid, Stereo, Bidirectional) for versatility and superior results
Studio quality performance and features, with zero latency, amplified headphone monitoring, microphone mute, and hardware-based gain adjustment
Driverless installation and works with both PC and Mac.
The Yeti’s angle can be adjusted on its custom-designed desk stand.
The Yeti microphone is designed to offer quality recordings in a wide range of situations, including podcasts, vocals, live or event recording, interviews, broadcasts, instruments, bands and more.
“THX testing and certification ensures the fidelity of the recording always remains true to its source” according to Matthew Chrispen, director of certification at THX, “allowing artists to accurately capture voice-overs, interviews and other sound elements with confidence.”
The Yeti, MSRP $149.99, will be available beginning December 2009.
If you’ve used the Yeti microphone, leave a comment with your thoughts on it!
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These guys aren’t laying down the turntable science yet, but the RobotLab Juke Bots are still pretty impressive.
TASCAM has announced three recording bundles designed to offer everything you need, besides your computer, to record high-quality audio.
TASCAM’s hitting several different price points, to appeal to different budgets and meet different requirements:
The Track Pack T1 combines the US-122L audio interface with a dynamic microphone, headphones and Cubase LE4 recording software. Track Pack T1 sells for $299 MSRP/$179 street.
The Track Pack T2 matches the US-144 interface with TASCAM’s new TM-78 condenser microphone. Track Pack T2 sells for $369 MSRP/ $199 street.
The Field Pack pairs TASCAM’s DR-1 portable recorder with the TM-ST1 stereo microphone. Field Pack sells for $498 MSRP/$349 street.
“The Track Pack and Field Pack bundles give musicians everything they’ll need, even cables and stands, so they can start making music right away,” according to TASCAM’s Paul Jenkins. The bundles are scheduled to ship this month.
Marshall Electronics has introduced the MXL USB.008, a low noise USB large gold diaphragm cardioid condenser mic for the broadcast industry.
The mic uses low noise electronics and the latest in enhanced digital conversion techniques for pristine audio quality. The mic uses MOGAMI cable for the internal analog wiring to bring out the maximum definition.
The MXL USB.008 ships with a rugged tote bag, a desktop mic stand, mic stand adaptor, a 10-foot USB cable, wind screen, owners manual and an applications guide. The MXL USB.008 carries an MSRP of $199.00 and is now shipping. A stereo version will also be available.