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January 22, 2014

JBL Hearing the Truth: History

We showed you guys a trailer last month for our JBL Hearing the Truth series. This is our first part in the series appropriately titled “History.” JBL Professional veteran Mark Gander walks us through the legacy of founder James B. Lansing’s historic trek as the iconic designer and manufacturer for loudspeaker systems across nearly every media industry around the world. Mark also discusses the evolution of loudspeaker design from the early 1900s all the way to today’s professional loudspeaker technology. This is a great introduction for anyone looking to take a peek inside not just JBL, but how speaker technology was developed and implement throughout the last 100 years.

Check out the video above and feel free to post your questions and comments below.

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Transcript…

Well hi. My name is Mark Gander. I’m the director of JBL Technology here at JBL professional division of Harman and what I

JBL History
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January 3, 2014

Our 10 Picks for Best Music Tech of 2013

There were a lot of great new musical instruments, audio software developments, and music technology that came out this year. As NAMM 2014 approaches, we wanted to take a retrospective look at some of our favorite releases from the past year. While this is not an exhaustive list, and there were certainly some things that got left off, we encourage you to post your amendments in the comments below so we can all revel in all of the great releases of 2013. As we gear up to cover all the secret new products from NAMM 2014, here are our top 10 picks of 2013 in no particular order.

Ableton Push & Ableton Live 9

Arguably one of the top releases this year was the Ableton Push controller as well as the update to Ableton Live 9. The Push controller was one of the most talked about pieces at Winter …

Ableton Live 9
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December 27, 2013

Tascam DR-60D Review

There are a lot of portable recording devices on the market that act as field recorders and double as portable audio interfaces. Portable recorders like the Zoom H4n have become standard amongst independent and mobile videographers and filmmakers, but often times these recorders are built with the musician, producer, or audio engineer in mind. It’s rare that we get a product like this that is tailored specifically for use with HD and DSLR cameras.

This is what sets the Tascam DR-60D apart from its competitors. It has similar functionality when compared to other portable audio recorders on the market, but with a design and features conducive to synchronization with cameras. The big question then becomes, “Why would you choose the Tascam DR-60D over other portable recorders that have the same general functionality?” Well if you are a videographer or an independent filmmaker, there are a whole host of reasons why …

Tascam DR-60D
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December 20, 2013

Mackie SRM550 Powered Loudspeaker Review

Mackie’s latest foray into the powered loudspeaker market is with their SRM Series which includes the SRM650, the SRM1850 Sub, and the focus of this review, the SRM550. Mackie says they are “built like a tank,” and I can tell you with certainty that these speakers are definitely built for the road. While they carry all the power to withstand even the most abusive touring artist, they are quite light at 37 lbs., which makes them an easy carry for even the laziest member of your crew. Mackie has got the build quality to compete with other speakers in it’s price range, but how does it sound and what feature sets make it worth your hard earned cash?

First lets talk about the sound quality. On board you have a 12” high-output LF driver and a 1.4” titanium dome compression driver. Titanium compression drivers have become the standard for a lot …

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December 10, 2013

Beats Studio and Beats Tour Headphones Review

Beats Electronics has been a pretty busy company. With the announcement that their new music streaming service will become available in January, many of us are wondering how this service will compete alongside the more established streaming behemoths including Spotify and Pandora. The Beats music streaming service, dubbed Beats Music, is the brainchild of Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor, and several others with nearly two years of development behind it.

With that in mind, Beats Electronics are still making very popular headphones, speakers, and accessories for music lovers on the go. For that reason, we decided to test out their two flagship headphone and earphone products to see how they compare to the competition. We tried out the Beats Studio headphones as well as the Beats Tour earphones so that you can decide if these headphones are right for you.

Beats Studio

The Beats Studio headphones are an improvement …

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