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Introducing the Amazon Tap & Echo Dot!

AMAZON TAP & ECHO DOT| When the Amazon Echo was released from the amazon stables. I was one of the first people to write about the device. I eventually pre-ordered, received and love my Amazon Echo or "Alexa" as she likes to be called. When I initially reviewed the product I had a few questions on expandability and how Amazon planned on extending the capabilities of the device. Well, my questions have been answered with the introduction of Amazon's two latest devices with the Alexa "engine" at the core of their hardware. Enter stage left (and right), the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot.Amazon TapIf you are not familiar with the Amazon Echo please view my prior review of the device, It was written before the latest updates which now include Home Automation among other benefits, but should give you a good idea of what the device's intending purpose is. The Tap is an extension of the Echo in the sense that it takes what seems to be the full experience of the "Alexa" vir...

The Komplete Audio 6 makes my DAW Happy!

Komplete Audio 6 | Recently I decided that I wanted to start making my own background music. This was a side effect of an issue I ran into with a couple of my tutorial videos on YouTube. If you're not familiar with creating content for the internet or in general, you may not understand the issue of royalties. I found this out the hard way when one of the videos I posted online was flagged by YouTube's copyright algorithm, even though the background music I used in the video was considered "Royalty Free" under the creative commons license it was distributed under. The only options I had were to pull the video and lose the views I already had, remove the offending audio or use one of the generic YouTube background tracks that everyone including myself hates. I chose to remove the audio which pretty much ruined my video but was the best option in my opinion. This event and others are what led me to get into the "Music Production" business and the reason I'm reviewing this i...

Samsung’s Gear VR, $99 Virtual Reality

 Gear VR I remember as a kid I had a pair of View-Master goggles that I got for some reason I can't remember anymore. As I held it to my face and clicked the little lever that spun the 3D reel I marveled at the fact that I was able to look at Big Ben and the Eiffel tower from the comfort of my backyard, mind blown! Fast forward to the 21st Century and here we are, gadgets galore. You have smart watches, smart appliances, smart cars and, of course, Smart glasses. All these devices are all a part of a connected ecosystem where all of our electronics can talk to each other and the Internet for the sole purpose of letting you know when someone likes your cat video on Facebook. The device I will be talking about today doesn't really fall into the same category as those mentioned above, It does one better. It allows you to be fully immersed in your own connected Virtual World, all courtesy of the one smart device that controls all the others. Your phone, a Samsung...

Behringer CMD PL-1, Oldie But Goodie?

 Behringer is a brand that has somewhat of a love/hate relationship with the pro audio community. On one hand you have people that swear by their products and on the other you have those that say that Behringer gear will never make it into their Gig Bags. I myself own a number of Behringer products which include a mixer, the Studio 4a, LC-1, and, of course, the CMD PL-1 being reviewed today.I personally use Behringer products because let's be honest, they're cheap and I'm a hobbyist so unless it's going to put food on my table I'm not going outside my discretionary budget. I bought the CMD Studio 4a a couple of years ago when I first got bit by the DJ bug. I never had any real intentions of going pro so I set a budget of $200 and started shopping. I searched for a while and couldn't find anything decent in that price range, then one day out of nowhere I came across the Studio 4a for sale on Amazon. I decided to risk it all :/ and purchase the 4a for $159. I'm happy to say ...

The Denon MCX8000 is on my wishlist!

Denon DJ MCX8000UNITS BACK IN STOCKIf you've ever thought about getting into the digital DJ game, you probably know by now that Pioneer is king. Their products are refined and their marketing is second to none. As far as controllers go you would be hard-pressed to find the quality and features available in Pioneer gear. So every time a manufacturer releases a new product it's no surprise that a DDJ or XDJ comparison is waiting just around the corner. When inMusic Brands' newly acquired Denon DJ released their current flagship model the MCX8000 everyone took notice, and then shortly after the Pioneer comparisons were all over the internet.So what exactly does this device bring to the table? Well according to Denon DJ's official spec sheet you will get the following key features:MCX8000 FeaturesRevolutionary Denon DJ Engine standalone technology with integrated Serato Cue point support 2 USB inputs for Engine playback in standalone mode  Includes 4-dec...

Roxor Gimbal Camera Review

 Today I will be reviewing the Roxor Gimbal Camera. I have a few cameras in my collection ranging from full-size DSLR type cameras to small action style cameras, and one thing they all have in common is their lack of proper video stabilization. I have tried to remedy this on my own by using "Steadicam" style stabilization systems but these systems require extensive balancing each time you make any modification that affects the weight or dimensions of your setup, like switching lenses etc. There have been breakthroughs on this front for a while now which have been mainly spearheaded by drone manufacturers such as DJI who brought us the popular Phantom line of quadcopters.You have probably seen movies or commercials with aerial footage and may have wondered to yourself how they got the video to be as smooth as it is even though helicopters typically produce a lot of vibrations from their engines and gusts of wind. The magic behind those silky smooth cinematic sequences is ...

The downward spiral of Air travel!

As I type this, I'm in pain. I'm not sure where it came from or why it hurts so much but I do think it may be attributed to being seated (very uncomfortably) on a cross-country flight home from a weeklong business trip. Even though I'm not that old I can remember when taking an airplane was a memorable experience, something to look forward to even. Those days are sadly gone, now it seems that the only difference between a passenger plane and a city bus is that the former has wings and uses a heck of a lot more fuel. I'm not saying that these forms of transportation are interchangeable, because they are not, but as far as the experience, I think the city bus may well have a leg up over the typical air carrier. Today it seems that the airlines only concern is packing their aircraft to the hilt in order to facilitate their goal of amassing as much profits per flight as possible. I remember seeing old commercials from the 60's and 70's that showcased the joy of travel...

Business observations from a consumer’s perspective !

 I’m not a graduate of a prestigious business school, a financial mastermind or even an astute sales professional. I don’t have years of wisdom under my belt to dispense upon the masses or even the credentials required to write this article. What I do have is a profound understanding of what it takes for a business to gain access to my hard earned dollars. I've also had the experience of working for great and not so great companies and seeing how their customers are treated during the process of parting with their monies for the perceived value of the product/service they are being sold.When I am in the market for a product/service the first thing I try to gauge is the expected quality of the offering and then I try to find the median between the cost associated with acquiring the item and the qualitative attributes of the product or service. I usually perform a search for a group of items within a certain price range, compare them to each other based on their similarities ...

5 ways to increase your productivity with smart-tech

Get a smart-watch- A smart-watch allows you to keep connected at all times, as long as it stays synced to your phone that is. I have had one for a while now and it has allowed me to do things I didn't think were possible with a watch. Every time I receive a notification on my phone it pops up on the watch. You can even like and dislike songs on Pandora while driving without taking your eyes off the road. When I sign up for websites that like to send those annoying codes to activate an account I just wait for a few seconds and it pops up on the watch, no need to log into email or pull out the phone. It’s also great for telemarketers. A nice little “x” comes up when a call comes in, just click the button beside the x and you get wonderful silence. It could also work for two-factor authentication although I’m not sure if anyone has tried that yet.Get a virtual Assistant- On device assistants are all the craze nowadays, most major smartphones have some sort of interactive assi...

Amazon Echo Review

Its 2015, we have arrived. The future is here, well almost. Not too long ago I wrote a post on Amazons new Echo device. After much begging and pleading  I was able to get my hands on one by signing up for an invitation on the page Amazon has dedicated to the device. I am one of the lucky few who signed up early and was able to receive my device in less than two months. I read a review of another blogger who had the misfortune of placing his request last month but wont be getting his device until August.AlexaIn my previous post I made some speculation as to the reason Amazon chose to use "Alexa" as the trigger word to activate the echo. After reading the Echo's FAQ it seems that the word is an abbreviation of the word Alexandria, referring to the Royal library that was located in Alexandria Egypt. Not sure how they avoided any flak from the other Alexa, but I'm sure they covered all their bases before they chose to use that name. One foreseeable problem I could see being caused by...
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