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Amazon Echo Dot Review | Mini Alexa

Update: Amazon read my review (not really) and decided to slash the price of the Dot by almost 50% with their version 2 device. Get yours below: The Echo Dot I’ve finally got my hands on the elusive Amazon Echo Dot. For some reason, it’s always sold out. I ordered one a few months ago along with the Amazon Tap I reviewed recently but due to the absurdly long shipping time (something like 2-3 months) I cancelled the order, BIG MISTAKE. If you ever get the chance to order this thing, don’t hesitate. The Dot is like Big Foot or the Lochness [...]

Steam Controller Retail Box

The Steam Controller is Hot(ish)

Recently the Steam Controller went on sale for a little under $35 bucks on the Steam Store and Amazon. Even though I resisted the urge to get one in the time since it was released last November, I could not pass it up at this price. Prior to the release of the controller, there was a lot of speculation as to how the folks over at Valve were going to tailor the device to function with all the Joystick unfriendly games that are hosted on the platform. After a lot of research, the Steam Controller emerged as a  hybrid [...]

Cheap Windows Tablet as MIDI Host

The MIDI Chronicles | Recently I purchased a Launch control XL to accompany the Novation Circuit that I’ve had for a while now. I think that I may have been a little too excited when I acquired my new toy because I completely overlooked the fact that it requires a USB MIDI host for the two devices to communicate. Since MIDI messages can’t be natively routed over USB a middle man needs to be present. Novation suggests the Kenton USB Host and the iConnect MIDI 4+ which are very good at what they do but with one almost impossible to find and [...]

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Launch Control XL | Software does not support multiple devices simultaneously

Recently I purchased a Novation Launch Control XL to compliment the Novation Circuit I’ve had for the last few months. I needed something with a lot of knobs and a few sliders to make it a little easier to adjust the parameters of the Circuit in addition to manipulating the controls of a few of the Synths that I use with Presonus S1 which the LCXL is perfect for with its built in HUI support. As with all newly purchased gear, the first thing I checked for was to see if there were any new drivers or firmware for [...]

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Logitech Orion Spark | The Better Late than Never review

When you think “Gaming Computer”, you probably imagine a system that looks like it fell out of a Black Hole or emerged out of the studio of some fancy Italian supercar maker. The last thing that probably crosses your mind is the design of the keyboard. Some are okay with the generic keyboards that ship with most computers, but [Movie Trailer Voice] when in the heat of battle where every point counts a person will quickly realize that choosing the right input device is the difference between life and death! When shopping for a Gaming keyboard you only have [...]

Davinci Resolve 12 “No OpenCL”

I recently installed the free copy of Davinci Resolve 12. I haven’t had the opportunity to fully test the program yet but it looks to be leagues above my current video editor (Movie Studio 13 Platinum). I watched a few videos of the software in action and it is impressive especially when used for its highly revered grading capabilities. So when I ran the program and received the “No OpenCL Acceleration Hardware Detected”. I was afraid that I would need to upgrade my video card (Radeon HD6950), but I knew that based on the system requirements of Resolve my card should [...]

Akiatech Disk Drive Comparison

The Consumer Hard Drive Debate

Over the course of working on and around computers, I’ve found that there is one thing that people always seem to be concerned about, and that’s hard drive performance/reliability. The hard drive is one of the most important components of a PC and can be best classified as a semi-permanent storage medium for all the data on your computer. With Hard Disk Drives now available on the market in sizes that are in excess of 10 Terabytes, I can see why someone would be concerned with drive performance and reliability. In this blog post, I’m going to provide a [...]

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My experience with Powerline Networking

Powerline Networking | The network cable has been around since as far back as I can remember. Ethernet as we know it was patented by the Xerox company in the mid 70’s and standardized by the IEEE n the 80’s. As much as people dislike running cables and networking the “right way”, it is a method that has stood the test of time and even the most complex networks depend on physical cables. The network cable has faced stiff competition over the years. The first true competitor to challenge this mainstay was WiFi. I think it’s fair to say that [...]

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The (Amazing) Amazon Tap Review

The Tap Amazon Tap Top Down | Okay, I know the title is a little cheesy but I couldn’t help myself. Not too long ago I wrote a post about Amazon’s new Alexa enabled Tap and Echo Dot. This was prior to actually using the devices though and I could only regurgitate what Amazon posted on their product pages. Now that the pre-order period is over and the devices have shipped I finally have my hands on a Tap, I will probably get the Dot at a later time (since it’s currently out of stock) and review that also, but for [...]

MC4000 Top down

Hands on Review of the Denon MC4000

Denon MC4000 Intro MC4000 right Jog wheel | The Denon MC4000 is the first controller to be released by the recently acquired Denon DJ. This model is completely redesigned but could possibly be considered as the spiritual successor of the now discontinued MC3000. The MC4000 is a Serato DJ compatible unit that ships with Serato Dj Intro and at the time of this review also includes a 50% discount off the regular price of the Pro version of the popular mixing software. This unit is very well built and has enough inputs and outputs to satisfy even the most demanding DJ. This controller [...]

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