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Bose S1 Pro - the do-everything portable powered speaker

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You need one of these…not kidding!

Every few years, something special crosses our path and I get excited. Since we started into business, we’ve been a part of changing the technology game for you with the very first affordable audio mixers from Mackie Designs, video projectors, early adoption earset microphones from Countryman, digital audio mixers from Behringer, and laser projectors from Panasonic, Eiki and others. Everyone needs all of those things, right?! Well, maybe not everyone.

I’d like to propose that everyone (truly) needs another portable personal powered loudspeaker.

Stop it! I can hear you snickering. And I get it. I chuckled, too, when I heard about the 2018 NAMM announcement for this product.

Does the world really need another smallish powered speaker? Well, this one has Bluetooth. OK, big deal, they all do. It features a 3-channel mixer. It has reverb. Sure there's just one setting, but it’s pretty darned good. It has an accelerometer that makes subtle changes to tone when used in its tilt-back position as a monitor instead of upright or on a speaker stand. Oh wait, that’s cool. Its included battery lasts 6-10 hours, if you don’t have access to an electrical outlet. Not even The Boss plays shows that long! It sounds great and weighs in at just 15 pounds.

You can use this powered speaker as a small sound system for house concerts, worship services, meetings, as a monitor speaker, a practice amp for rehearsal, outdoor special events, coffeehouse shows, easy rehearsal/playback in your choir or band room, setting up for any unexpected event in less than 5 minutes, or on your patio at home when your MP3 player doesn’t quite rock it enough. It has two microphone/line inputs for vocals and/or instruments and an auxiliary audio input for wired or Bluetooth connections.

I don’t know how Bose cooks up this magic, but the S1 Pro has a deep (yet tight) bass response and beautifully articulate vocal quality in a package that defies logic. And the S1 Pro has a perfect feature set with something for everyone to like – music pro, audio technician, educator, public speaker, backyard party-thrower, and pastor.

The S1 Pro is $599. Get one, call to get in line for our demo unit, and if you don’t agree that you’ll find a way to use it, I’ll be very surprised. Everybody needs one.

 

4th Gen Audio-Technica 3000 Series and new 5000 series - what happens with my existing microphones?

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With the recent announcement of the 4th Generation Audio-Technica 3000 Series wireless system and the new 5000 series, we've been fielding lots of questions about whether you'll be able to re-use existing earset and lapel microphones.  Today, we have some answers for you. 

The new 4th Generation Audio-Technica 3000 and new 5000 series wireless systems will be shipping in May with a new Hirose screw-down bodypack connector, so if you have existing lavalier, earset or clip-on microphones, your current microphones will not work with the new 3000 and 5000 series.  That said, we've been told by Audio-Technica today that the AT-CWCH adapter cable ($39) will allow you to use current accessory microphones with the new 3000 and new 5000 series in most cases.

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Read more: 4th Gen Audio-Technica 3000 Series and new 5000 series - what happens with my existing microphones?

   

Direct Boxes - aren't they all the same?

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We're often asked what the difference is between direct boxes, and this is a great question. So, let’s have a look at three different models from Radial, and explore what makes a JDI a JDI, and what makes a Stagebug a Stagebug. For this comparison we will look at passive DIs, starting with the Stagebug SB-2, continuing to the Pro DI, and finally we will have a look at the DI that changed the game -- the JDI.

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In each of their direct boxes Radial features a transformer that is designed specifically for the job. The transformer in the Radial SB-2 is designed to be compact and offers amazing performance in a small package. In addition, the SB-2 offers a ground lift, as well as a pad to help with extreme signal levels. This enables this compact DI to handle nearly anything you throw at it. Finally, the SB-2 gives you a Thru to send your signal on to an amplifier or any other instrument level input. All of these features are housed in a rugged metal chassis that can handle the rigors of the road, all at $69.99.

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The next step up from the SB-2 is the Radial Pro DI.

Read more: Direct Boxes - aren't they all the same?

   

ProPresenter Users - do NOT upgrade to Mac OS 10.13.4 -- yet

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Attention macOS Users that use USB Display adaptors!

Do NOT upgrade to MacOS 10.13.4 at this time if you use a USB Display Adaptor (usually used for Stage Display outputs in ProPresenter). DisplayLink, the company that makes the chips that are used in the vast majority of the USB display adaptors that are made, released the following on March 30, 2018:

"We have become aware that installing macOS release Version 10.13.4 will cause DisplayLink connected displays to go blank after the OS upgrade, with the current DisplayLink driver [4.1] installed. Functionality such as Ethernet and audio, where implemented, is unaffected. We have alerted Apple to this issue and are working hard to find a resolution. These features continue to work as expected in 10.13.3"

Note that this is NOT a ProPresenter issue, but rather an issue with the driver that works with the USB adaptors. 

   

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