Hal Leonard Music Technology 101 Book and Video
The new Hal Leonard book/video Music Technology 101 teaches educators what they need to know to set up a successful music technology lab and studio for their students. The book includes online access to nearly 90 minutes of video tutorials as well as lesson plan PDFs. The book includes info on basic to advanced lab setups, using digital audio workstations (DAWs), understanding and using MIDI, song forms, looping and repetition, melody and harmony, recording, editing, effects and plug-ins, automation, understanding audio files, sharing and distributing music, and more. The video and bonus content are accessed online at Hal Leonard’s MyLibrary platform using the unique code provided with each book. The video content is available to download or stream from any device.
Whirlwind’s Tester is a versatile audio cable tester that allows technicians to be able to check many varieties of cables. It tests most cable combinations of XLR, 1/4”, or RCA Phono plugs for shorts, opens, and polarity reverse. The handsfree design allows manipulation of the cable to locate intermittent problems. An on/off switch is provided, with an LED to indicate sufficient testing power from the unit’s 9V alkaline type battery. Included connectors include one each, plug and socket XLRs; two ¼” jacks to test mono or stereo; and two RCA (Phono) jacks. The unit includes four LEDs positioned directly in a row indicate the condition of the cable being tested. Belt clip included. Comes with a two-year warranty.
MPM-4000U Podcast Mic
Marantz Professional’s MPM-4000U Podcast Mic is a no-nonsense, studio-grade USB microphone designed to make podcasting easy. Engineered for any digital broadcasting application where pristine sound capture is required, the MPM-4000U also comes with recording software. With dedicated controls for headphone monitoring, mic gain, and mute – plus a 1/8-inch headphone output – total control of your next stream or broadcast is exactly where you need it. At its heart is a 14mm pure-aluminum-plated condenser capsule with a directional cardioid polar pattern. The result? Exquisite capture of every subtle nuance of the source audio, all with minimal interference from unwanted ambient noise. Its built-in audio interface and super-fast USB-C connectivity allow for rapid plug-and-play USB performance. Price: $99.
ISP Technologies “In Mask” Microphone System
ISP Technologies’ Classroom Infrared Amplification System Precision promises to enhance voice clarity with a miniature microphone installed directly into the mask. The company says its design has an advantage over other systems that are designed to use a hanging pendant microphone, hand held microphone or over the ear microphone that amplifies an already-muffled voice.
The new MEMS Microphone technology places the microphone inside the mask, only a few millimeters away from the users mouth. Microphones can be removed and inserted into a clean mask daily, allowing masks to be cleaned and re-used. The removable MEMS microphone has amazingly flat frequency response and has a built in precision microphone preamplifier that connects to the small pendant transmitter/body pack, which transmits the microphone audio.
The system operates in the Infrared spectrum that allows directly adjacent classroom operation without interference. Up to two microphones can be used with the system with independent level control. The IR transmitters send an infrared signal to wall or ceiling mounted IR sensors, which connect to the IR wireless receiver. The IR receiver decodes the IR audio and provides independent level control for both microphone A and B. An optional hand-held microphone IR500H is also available.
Hosa Digital Interfaces
The Hosa Digital Audio Interfaces allow simultaneous transfer between S/PDIF optical and AES/EBU digital audio formats. It is ideal for interconnecting digital audio workstations, recorders, and other digital audio gear regardless of I/O format. Features include:
- Two channels S/PDIF optical or coax to AES/EBU and vice versa
- Simultaneous conversion in both directions if required
- Support for 24-bit/96 kHz S/PDIF audio
- AC adaptor included
One piece of digital audio gear may have only S/PDIF optical (Toslink) or coax (phono) connections while another may have only AES/EBU connections (XLR). With the Hosa Digital Audio Interfaces, transfer between the two formats remain in the digital realm. The Hosa Digital Audio Interfaces are an indispensable tool for the digital audio recordist. Serial Copy Management System is disabled when transferring from S/PDIF to AES/EBU. This unit is incompatible with the ADAT Optical Interface. Connectors: S/PDIF Optical to AES/EBU, or S/PDIF Coax to AES/EBU.