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Taylor
November 12, 2012

In the Studio with Miles Walker: Yamaha Studio Monitors

We sat down with mix engineer Miles Walker at Parhelion Studios and we talked about everything from how he mixes tracks to the gear he uses in his studio. If you are not familiar with Miles, check out our interview with him.

In this video Miles goes over the reasons he uses the Yamaha NS10 studio monitors. For Miles, as well as most people that do studio production, its all about how well you know your monitors and how comfortable you feel when mixing. When using passive monitors like the NS10s, its often difficult to find a quality amplifier that can power passive monitors and many companies have abandoned passive studio monitor systems and replaced them with active studio monitors.  The Yamaha HS80 studio monitors are a great example of an active studio monitor that works great for production.

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
September 12, 2012

Yamaha YSP-4300 and YSP-3300 Soundbars Video Preview

In order to keep up with the times, Yamaha has created the YSP-4300 and YSP-3300 Soundbars – both of which highlight their small form factor and multi-function ability.  These unobtrusive soundbars are small and light enough to fit snuggly underneath a television, and can be mounted vertically if needed as well.

The YSP-4300 and YSP-3300 are capable of producing 7.1 surround sound audio and offer a wealth of audio connections including iPad and iPhone hook-ups.  Calibration is made simple by an on-screen menu via HDMI connection.  Prices start out at $1600 for the 16 driver version and $1900 for the 22 driver version.…

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UniqueSquared

UniqueSquared
August 26, 2012

Yamaha A-S300 Integrated Amp and CD-S300 CD Player Preview

For those who are looking for a newer amplified home audio system, but are tight on space and cash, Yamaha has introduced their A-S300 integrated amp along with their CD-300 CD player.  While CD’s may seem like old technology, Yamaha’s combination set-up provides high quality audio output through coaxial or optical cables – and even supports USB connectivity for mp3’s.  This setup is ideal for those looking for a second audio system, or who are to enter the game without spending thousands the first time around.…

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Taylor

Taylor
May 11, 2012

Ableton Vs Maschine – Which One is Best?

We stumbled upon a bit of a debate while looking into how to deal with some upcoming tutorials. Apparently, a very hot topic of debate out there is being approached as “should I get Ableton or Maschine?”  In other cases it manifests as just, “Ableton vs. Maschine.” I think this is an interesting approach to the topic. I’m not going to say this is the wrong way to approach these kind of decisions. I do, however, want to suggest that this mentality suffers from some critical issues that often make the discussion derail itself early on in a forum context.

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Forums are a blessing and a curse. Some forums are extraordinarily helpful and even have policies in place about not having “flame wars” and generally being polite to one another. Other forums are less worried about this and the admins don’t intervene until the last possible second, if …

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The Unique Geek

The Unique Geek
March 3, 2011

Death of the Swiss Army Knife

I don’t know if you’re still on the fence about this, but tablets are for real and are here to stay. What form they’ll take ten years from now or what we’ll want from them will surely change. But, in essence, tablets are here to stay.

I hear the arguments pro and con tablet (Apple, Toshiba, Samsung, etc) and both sides are right. The iPad is weak as a laptop and is “nothing but a big iPod touch.” But, the point is – it’s powerful and portable. Period. If you like the ease of apps on your Evo 4g phone, but want it bigger – you’re set. If you think your laptop is still too heavy and bulky to just throw on your lap in lieu of being bored waiting for the nurse to say, “the doctor will see you now”, this is what you want.

All of this noise …