Line 6 - Tour-quality wireless at an entry-level price point.

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After 25 years on the road, including almost a decade as front of house engineer and production manager for blues artist Jonny Lang, Gerry Stinson is back home in St. Cloud, Minnesota, about an hour north of Minneapolis.

Since his return, Stinson has found a new favorite wireless system. "The Line 6 XD-V digital wireless is a game-changer," he says. "They sound great, and finding available frequencies just isn't an issue. Plus, they hit a great price point and are as physically tough as most products I've used out on tour. It's just a great design - and that's making a huge impact in my community."

Like Stinson, we always look for a combination of great sound and ease of use for our customers.  "Churches and schools need...

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Guy Coker: Digital wireless; it's all about tone

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Guy Coker: Digital Wireless Pioneer | Part 1

Once upon a time, Line 6 Principal Wireless Product Developer Guy Coker was a musician on a quest for great tone. Hear how he went from answering phones for an electronics company to revolutionizing the pro audio market with his digital wireless technology. 

How did you first get into wireless technology?

I was a frustrated musician. I was broke and without a job, so I started to work for a small electronics company answering phones. I would bring my music gear in all the time, which would spark conversations about different products to develop, and I got the idea to start working on digital wireless.

The fact that I couldn’t buy a good wireless system was really problematic—there was nothing out there that felt or sounded like a cable. The company liked the idea, and we started working on it. It took about three years to develop the first digital wireless system.

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Roland Announces iPad App

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Las Vegas, NV., June 13th, 2012 – Roland Systems Group is pleased to announce a dedicated iPad application to control the Roland M-480 Digital Mixing Console.

The application is designed to control parameters of the M-480 allowing the user to store scenes and edit the Channel Strip (EQ), GEQ, and Sends on Fader to name a few.

Using Wireless LAN to connect, customers are able to adjust mixing parameters on stage or around the room, away from the M-480 positioned at the front of house. By connecting Roland’s new Wireless Connect USB adapter to the M-480 USB port, the M-480 can appear on a wireless network enabling the iPad to connect and control the M-480.

“The success of the iPad as a tool in live audio applications is clear. This dedicated App is an important step in a series of logical progressions in our development of remote controlled applications for operators”, states John Broadhead, Vice President of Technology and Communications.

The app is expected to be released in the App Store Q3 2012.

About Roland Wireless Connect
The hardware portion of Roland Wireless Connect is a simple, compact wireless USB adapter WNA1100-RL (that plugs into the USB port on a Roland product or instrument. In order for the mobile device to communicate with the M-480, you can setup a point to point ad-hoc network or use a wireless LAN access point.

About Roland M-480
The M-480 V-Mixer features 48 mixing channels and 6 stereo returns for a total of 60 channels. Bussing is strong with a total of 27 consisting of 16 auxiliaries, 8 matrices and full support for Mono, Stereo or LCR sound design. With a configurable choice of available digital I/O boxes, the M-480 can support up to 90 inputs and 90 outputs – all fully assignable via the digital patchbay. The patchbay also has the unique ability to route any input to any output without going through the mixer. Each mixing channel includes 2 stages of dynamics processing, 4-band PEQ, and delay. Dedicated 4-band PEQ, limiting and delay are available on every output.


Iron Chef wears Point Source CO-7 unbreakable earset

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Iron Chef Cat Cora is Cooking...while wearing the CO-7 "unbreakable boom" microphone during the Savor the Coast fair in San Luis Obispo, CA.

The Point Source CO-7 features extraordinarily natural vocal quality and an unbreakable microphone boom and earloop.  For more information or to order your own CO-7, please click here


How to mic a chainsaw?! Audix Captures Recycled Production

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imgLas Vegas (May 14, 2012)—Recycled Percussion, the highest non-vocal finalists ever on America's Got Talent, perform six shows a week at the Tropicana Las Vegas Theater, with all the act’s stick work heard via Audix microphones.
Throughout the show, percussionists Justin Spencer and Ryan Vezina, DJ Todd Griffin and guitarist Matt Bowman proceed to use, misuse and abuse pretty much anything one can find at hardware stores, junk yards and landfills. Oh, and a chainsaw.
Nearly 60 Audix mics have been selected to sonically capture the show. "The Audix D6 and D4 crushed the sound of the other microphones we were using and trying," says Spencer; group founder and sound designer. "We have over 20 plastic barrels that we play. We need five dollar 22-gallon buckets from WalMart to sound like $2,000 kick drums, and Audix, with some plate reverb, is the choice for us."

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By the way, the M-400 is stinkin' awesome!  I always knew it could do this stuff, but I've never seen it in action.  I set the loaner board up, stuck in my thumb drive, loaded my settings, and bam, there they were!

Every tweak, every name, every setting, all right there!

Just thought I'd share that with you!