This past weekend I went to a show at a local bar in Santander. Not even halfway there I was already hating the fact that I had forgotten to bring earplugs again, and knowing how little regard this particular bar has for music volume I was already preparing myself for a long night of intense music and post-show ear ringing.
The bands were LCH and Kokoshca, both from Spain, and I originally didn’t expect much from them, since a friend of mine had been talking constantly about both of them for the past week. We could say I had grown tired of their names without having even gone to the show yet.
This, however changed rapidly soon into the show.
LCH is a well known local band and as usual, they did not disappoint. It is however the second band that played that night that I’d like to comment on. Positively that is, of course.
With a well staged performance followed by a homy atmosphere with sofas and not too many people, one might think it would lack some kick. But as they went through their setlist their music gained in strength and carried quite a punch. I would describe them as a renewed, slightly more on the Pop side version of The B52’s, although that might be due to their vocalists, whose voices resemble those of The B52’s.
Recently my old turntable (Technics) suffer a “not to be explained further” accident, beyond repair. So i started the hunt for a new turntable. In the end, i found on ebay (or course) a relately cheap Audio Technica AT-120LP-USB turntable. After a few weeks using it, here’s my opinion:
IT F**KING RULES.SERIOUSLY.
It has all sorts of features, reverse playing, quartz speed control, pitch control, 33rpm, 45rpm, 78rpm! and all with such quality for a really good price!
Plus the fact that it has a USB output. These are the needle and cartbridge that i’m currently using, not the best, i know…but they sound really great:
Here are some short audio clips that i recorded so you can see (Electric Light Orchestra, Passion Pit and CSS):
Here are the specs from the Audio-Techinca website:
This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs. The AT-LP120USB does not come with a cartridge but is compatible with all Audio-Technica cartridges and any ½ inch mount cartridge from other manufacturers.
USB output—connects directly to your computer for plug-&-play use
Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software digitizes your LPs
Direct drive high-torque motor
Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds
Professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat
Balanced tone arm with soft damping control
Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables
Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers
Stroboscopic platter speed indicator
Forward and reverse play
Direct Drive Professional Stereo USB turntable
Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software
PC or Mac with an available USB port (USB1.1 or higher)
CD-R or CD-RW writer for burning CDs & installation
Includes Audacity software for PC & Mac users
Audacity requires Mac running OS X 10.1 or later or PC running Windows (98 and above)
About a month ago or so i subscribed to the brand new apple service iTunes Match. I’ve been using it for a while now and i’d like to share with you my insights about it.
First of all, like most products from the bitten fruit it works well. The set up process is really simple. Done using the iTunes Store it works similar to the known Genius. It analyses your music and sends that information to their servers. Once that is done they cross reference your library with theirs so that every song the they already have (form the iTunes Store) is automatically added to the cloud. After that the only thing left to do is upload the remaining songs that they do not have, which takes a while depending on your upload speed.
Now you have a complete back of your music on the iCloud. Neat, right?
If you have a song in your library that they already have and for whatever the reason you need to download it from the cloud, this new file will have no DRM. Also if your original file had a lower quality, the file that you download will be 256 kbps aac. However if the song that you download belongs to that group of songs that you had to download, the new file will be the same that you uploaded. Also you can add multiple computers and iOS devices to your account, so lets say that you own a Netbook or a MacBook Air. The storage capacity in these devices is very limited, however now you can listen to your whole iTunes library on streaming, say without having to store all the files on your computer.
It doesn’t work very well in the iPhone. I’ve tried it on the brand new 4S and even when using WiFi, it just works really slow. So far, there is nothing like having a local copy of the files. Also, you can’t play your music using the browser at iCloud.com.The limit is 25000 songs, for lots of people that is not enough.
Besides that, it works amazing and i love fact that i have a complete backup in the cloud of my music besides my local backup.
Hola, hoy vamos a hacer un review de mi ultima adquisición tecnológica, los auriculares de Audio-Technica ONTO ATH-ON3.
presión de sonido: 102 dB/mW
Respuesta en frecuencia: 12-23000 Hz
Potencia máxima: 100 mW
Conector: Jack 3,5mm chapado oro
Precio eBay: 20€ con gastos de envío +/-
Desde mi punto de vista, como auriculares cerrados portables, son el modelo definitivo, ya que son ligeros y ajustables, pequeños pero a la vez cerrados. El hecho de que la banda este hecha con una varilla metálica en vez de plástico, te asegura cierta elasticidad y durabilidad. La calidad de sonido es mejor de la esperada, para un modelo de tan bajo precio. Son muy cómodos, aunque puede resultar que aprietan un poco de mas, aunque por otro lado, seria muy difícil que se te caiga corriendo o haciendo alguna otra actividad similar. Asimismo la estética es elegante y moderna. Puedes comprarlos en distintos colores, aunque yo he preferido un discreto BasicBlack.
En definitiva, como auriculares rápidos, de calle y con cierta estética son ideales. Pero no son la clase de auricular que usarías en casa para disfrutar de horas de vinilo.