By Jeffrey Powers
Beat Connect DAW Plugin, Portable Vocal Booth, Audio Technica M50x BT
March 02, 2021
Everybody is working in different locations. More important, everyone is working with different software to make music. Beat Connect is a plugin that allows you to use your software to record, then send to the audio editor and the DAW of their choice t...
Air Pocket Oxygen, Elysie Creature V.1, Atlantic Inc Gaming Chairs, FinaLace Wireless 3D Audio
February 25, 2021
Many more interviews from CES 2021, including a smart backpack, gaming chairs, and Featured: Air Pocket When I’ve visited Korea, the train stations have large areas where oxygen masks are available. But what if you could have a mask that would deliver ...
Smart Keybox 3 Smart Lock Box for Key Maintenance
February 24, 2021
Igloohome released a new smart lock box for those in the rental business. The Smart Keybox 3 allows you to store up to 3 keys for a home, or (with adapter) a car. How the Smart Keybox 3 Works If you have a rental property where a key needs to be close ...
Softube Weiss EQ MP is a Precision Tool for Audio Equalization
February 23, 2021
Softube is a Swedish developer of music add-ons for editing. This year, they teamed up with Weiss to build a new EQ. At NAMM 2021, we learned about this new version of the software, the EQ1 by Weiss. Weiss EQ MP is a seven band mixing tools.
TCL Debuts Affordable 85 Inch, 8K Televisions
February 22, 2021
TCL took to the online stage at the Consumer Electronics Show to announce its new TV series 2021. TCL XL 85-inch LED TV with 8K. At the same time as this virtual technology show, TCL unveiled its latest line of TVs larger than 65″ inches.
Roadie 3 Instrument Tuner for Quick Tuning
February 20, 2021
Our friends at Roadie Music have updated their popular tuner to fast tuning. The Roadie 3 has been released, as I talk with them at NAMM about the improvements. New Roadie 3 Tuner Features This new design and setup gives you better noise immunity,
Pioneer Debuts New In-Dash Receiver and Subwoofer for CES 2021
February 19, 2021
Pioneer announced a new compact subwoofer and in-dash receiver at CES 2021. The DM- WC5700NEX receiver is the first of its kind in the world, as the screen detaches. The TS-WX010A compact powered subwoofer is only 6.7 x 3.
WooBloo SMASH is a Portable Smart Projector
February 18, 2021
Movies and TV shows in the living room, bedroom and garden, or even in the middle of the night on the bedside table or couch. That is what WooBloo SMASH is all about. About WooBloo SMASH The voice assistant can be used to power devices without any prob...
Zolder, Tanoshi, Petpuls, Biohacking ORB, Earin at CES 2021
February 16, 2021
There were a lot of smaller companies at CES 2021 that had some great product. It was a lot harder to find them at times, but for those who reached out, I was able to get some deep dive interviews on great companies. Here are a few of them.
Yamaha YC88 Stage Keyboard for with Drawbars for Organists
February 15, 2021
At NAMM 2021, Yamaha showed off two new keyboards in the YC73 and YC88. These are ready for stage keyboards with many sounds at your fingertips. This is also a keyboard which can cater to the organ player. These keyboards join the YC61,
New Onyx Mixers, SRT Loudspeakers from Mackie
February 12, 2021
Mackie announced new versions of their SRT loudspeakers and Onyx mixers at NAMM 2021 this year. We talk about the new products in this video. Mackie SRT Powered Speakers to 1600W With 1600W and 133db, the SPL series is perfect for bands, DJ’s,
Feher ACH-1 is an Air Conditioned Motorcycle Helmet
February 11, 2021
Feher Helmets makes a cool motorcycle helmet – literally. This is the first self-contained motorcycle helmet that distributes filtered air throughout the head, cooling it 12-18 degrees. How the Feher Helmet Works The helmet uses a patented technology t...
Led Zeppelin Pinball Machine for Your Home from Stern Pinball
February 10, 2021
?Stern Pinball released the Led Zeppelin Pinball machine in 3 versions this year at CES. From All My Love, to Your Time is Gonna Come – enjoy the music while you rack up the points. This machine is based on the Zeppelin tour days from 1968-1980.
MOVO Updates their Product line for 2021
February 09, 2021
MOVO is refreshing their product line for 2021, which includes new microphones, and devices for your video recording. MOVO VXR10-Pro This is MOVO’s best selling microphone. It’s a simple mic on a shock-mount that can be set on many different phones or ...
Albi Home M Smart Wine Dispenser
February 08, 2021
Albicchiere is a smart wine dispenser that allows you to keep wine on tap for up to 6 months from when you open the bag. The dispenser keeps the wine at the ideal temperature for when you need it. Wine in a Bag? Interesting enough,
Yamaha YDS-150 Hybrid Digital Saxophone with Real Feel
February 05, 2021
Yamaha showed off a new digital saxophone in the YDS-150. This is a hybrid instrument to bring ease of playing, and versatility to different woodwind users. A series of haptics, and the brass bell allow for a more real-feel playing.
Typewise Reinvents the Smartphone Keyboard
February 04, 2021
Phones and tablet keyboards still use the design of the standard typewriter. Typewise has re-designed the on-screen layout so you can use your smartphone – smarter. And you can use this keyboard without your movements talking back to a server.
Switch Back M8RX is a Dante Headphone Monitor and PreAmp
February 02, 2021
I talked with Hear Technologies about their newest product – the Switch Back M8RX at NAMM 2021. This is a Dante Audio Interface that is both a 2 channel pre-amp, and headphone monitoring system. Perfect for the musician that wants to mix their sound on...
Otterbox Levels Up Your Mobile Gaming
January 31, 2021
At CES 2021, Otterbox unveiled a new gaming accessories division to help bridge the gap between console and mobile gaming. New accessories that will work with your XBox controller, and give you comfort, control, and ease of use.
Crew in a box is an At-Home Interview Production Video Box
January 30, 2021
Remote production and At-Home production have been issues creators have been scrambling to do. Wavemaker Creative created a solution for quality video with Crew in a Box. This box allows to be set up at a home, have the person interview for TV,
TASCAM US-HR Audio Recording Interfaces
January 27, 2021
Setting up your at home studio has gotten better for 2021, as TASCAM released a new line of personal recorders in their US-HR series. These are recorders for music, podcasting, voice-overs, and even those daily Zoom conference calls.
V-MODA M-200 ANC Bluetooth Active Noise Cancelling Headphones
January 26, 2021
V-MODA announced the new M-200 ANC headphones, their first ever Bluetooth, active noise cancelling headphones with hybrid noise cancellation. I talked with V-MODA at CES 2021 to find out more. V-MODA M-200 ANC Specs The headphones are 40mm drivers with...
Bowflex VeloCore Bike, Treadmill 22 and Max Trainer M9 Elliptical
January 26, 2021
Bowflex wants to help build your home gym. During CES 2021, they announced a new line of machines that will allow you to work out to your favorite training system – Bowflex, or otherwise. Bowflex VeloCore Bike This stationary bike was a 2021 Honoree fo...
Sensel Morph is a Multi-Touch Controller Solution for Applications
January 22, 2021
Need a special keyboard that can sit on your desktop to make music? Got a drum layout you want to play with? Maybe also need a hotkey manager for your audio or video production. Sensel Morph has all that in this multi-touch controller.
Skin Your Phone with Axiom Armor
January 21, 2021
Axiom Armor is a way to put a wrap on your phone. Whether screen protector, or full phone wrap, this tool will cut a protector for many different devices. Phones, camera screens, game systems, and much more.
Kingston Workflow Station is a Modular Dock You Didn’t Know You Needed
January 18, 2021
One problem with using any dock is what the dock can offer. You might not need USB-A plugs on your dock, nor HDMI plugs. That is why Kingston made a modular dock for people who have different needs on different shoots. They can keep their bags small,
Shure Aonic 50 Headphones, Shure MV5C and MV7 Microphones
January 14, 2021
Shure has been working on some new audio devices for not only music listening, but also for daily conference calls. Refreshing the headphone line, and giving you a couple microphones so you sound better on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. At CES 2021,
Targus UV-C Cleaning Station, Backpack Goes Antimicrobial
January 13, 2021
Targus introduced 4 new items at CES 2021, and has gotten into the anti-microbial area with a way to disinfect a workstation. They also have announced a new backpack that you can take everything home with, and a dock for the tablet and phone.
SenseGlove Nova Gloves Creates A Set of Haptic VR Hands
January 07, 2021
SenseGlove is a leader in haptic feedback for VR environments. At CES 2021, they debuted their newest version of VR glove, the SenseGlove Nova. A wearable device that reduced the size from their previous model.
Top 10 Must Give Gifts for the Holidays
December 14, 2020
It’s the zero hour, and you’re trying to find gifts to give last minute. In the holiday episode of “Family Ties” (A Keaton Christmas Tale), Alex (Michael J. Fox) only had a convenience store to go to for his zero hour shopping.
Apple HomePod Mini Unbox, Setup, and First Thoughts
November 20, 2020
At the November event, Apple announced a new addition to their Homepod line in the Homepod mini. This is a smaller assistant speaker that can be placed in multiple rooms to play music, get information, or set up as an intercom system.
Amazon Halo Unbox and First Look
November 13, 2020
Amazon is getting into the wearable market. Before you think it’s Alexa on your wrist, this is a very focused wearable that’s only job is to keep tabs on your health. This includes new ideas like the tone of your voice. At this point,
ATEM Streaming Bridge Setup and Configuration
November 06, 2020
The Blackmagic Streaming Bridge is a companion device for your ATEM mini pro or ISO which will allow you to stream from in-house, to across the world. Similar to streaming to Facebook or YouTube, the bridge allows you to get a 1080p video signal to the...
Kingston DataTraveler DUO drives, Encrypted Drive, Nucleum
November 03, 2020
Kingston launched some new DataTraveler USB drives for fast read/write speeds. DUO, and Kyzen drives for fast storage, and the DataTraveler 2000 for encrypted data. We take a look at the series. DataTraveler DUO This is a dual-sided USB drive.
TCL Series 6 TVs, Alto 3.1 Sound Bar
October 29, 2020
I talked with TCL about their new Series 6 TV lineup, along with their new sound bar offerings with Alto. We talk about all the new features, sizes, and more. TCL Roku Series 6 TVs The new series 6 TVs, available in up to 75 inches,
ThinkPad Legion 7i Laptop, ThinkPad X1 Fold Tablet from Lenovo
October 26, 2020
Most 2-in-1 computers only have one side for the screen, and either the keyboard detaches, or folds over. Lenovo has changed this idea with the X1 Fold, as the screen can fold to laptop, or a full 13.1 inch tablet. During the Pepcom event,
ViewSonic Adds 4k Projectors, Portable Gaming and ELITE Gaming Monitors
October 23, 2020
ViewSonic showed off a line of new monitors, a projector, and entered into the portable monitor ring. These new monitors will help up your PC gaming ability, or add to your home computer for those conference meetings we’re all a part of nowadays.
Gateway 14.1 inch Ultra Slim Notebook with THX
October 11, 2020
If you had a computer in 2000, you might have owned this iconic brand. Gateway has since changed, and currently owned by Taiwan based Acer Computers. They have continued to release new Windows models, including this Ultra-slim notebook (Model GWTN141-4...
What to Expect from the iPad Air 2020 4th Generation. Should You Wait?
October 01, 2020
The New iPad Air – Same as the old iPad Air. Except with a new chip. Oh, and a fingerprint sensor. Last week’s Apple announcement gave us a new watch with fitness and health apps. I talked about it last week in the first Focus. Now,
MOKOSE C100 Web Camera Unbox and Setup
September 30, 2020
I have a lot of small cameras to get into tight shots, but a lot of them really fail in quality. There are some action cams that work great, but are not for sending a signal out to a live stream. The Mokose C100 is a camera that does both.
Is Apple Watch Series 6 Worth the Purchase? Can You Afford It?
September 17, 2020
The other day, Apple made some major changes, and I’m not just talking about just a new watch and iPad. One of the things Apple reinforced was how we are starting to bring our watches into play. Just like that iconic photo: The person is surrounded by ...
Coda Bluetooth Stomp Pedal
July 19, 2020
If you use an iPad for page turns in your music, or using a computer for a teleprompter, this device is a great way to control the content so you don’t have to stop to make adjustments. Coda Music Technologies makes products for the iPad on stage.
Retro gaming with this Cheap Mini Entertainment Game Console
June 26, 2020
Editor’s Note – 24 hours after this post, the distributor removed the product. This device is a re-branded product, so I have linked to 2-3 other companies that also sell this unit. It’s the exact same unit. Also keep in mind,
Wirecast 13.2 BETA revamps the Chromakey
June 23, 2020
Telestream Wirecast released a Beta version of 13.2. During my weekly show “Wirecast Pros” (on Facebook), I showed off this new version of software. There are still bugs in it, so this is not software you should use in production, yet.
SanDisk iXpand for iOS, Ibi, Extreme Pro Portable Storage Solutions
June 19, 2020
SanDisk creates solutions for file backup, storage, and transfer for those times you need to move files quickly, and without any network connections. SanDisk has many different storage options – including MP3 players – you can use for photos, video,
HP ENVY Pro 6455 All-in-One Printer Unbox and First Look
June 17, 2020
HP has updated their line of ENVY printer line with the 6000 and 6400 Pro series. These desktop printers include Instant Ink options, just like with the HP Neverstop and HP Tango lines. Along with the HP Smart App,
Telestream Wirecast 13.1.3 Features with Stephen Heywood
June 10, 2020
I sit down with Stephen Heywood of Telestream, and talk about Wirecast 13.1.3, the features of the software, and how we use the software. Stephen is the Marketing Manager of Telestream, and also a content creator himself. He runs the Tech Buzz,
Kimafun Wireless 2.4 GHz Microphone and Lavalier Microphone System
June 06, 2020
As we switch to a more online meeting world, people are looking for easy cameras and microphones that won’t get in the way of these new video conversations. With a Wireless microphone, people have the ability to move around without being tethered down....
Panamation Telestrator with NDI for Streaming Video
June 05, 2020
Each week, I do a Facebook podcast for my group “Wirecast Pros” – a show about using a popular software switcher: Telestream Wirecast. This week, I talk about some software you can use to draw on the screen, called Panamation.
Quantum 2020 Roadmap with StorNext 6.4, NVMe Offerings, F Series Storage
May 27, 2020
I sit down and talk with Eric Bassier of Quantum to talk about their new solutions, including updates to StorNext, and NVME storage solutions. and ActiveScale object store system for indexing and archiving footage.