Cyber Monday Kindle Tablet

Cyber Monday Kindle Tablet

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The Kindle Tablet is on sale for about $33 thru Cyber Monday on Amazon. I have had one for a while, and for the price it is well worth it. The screen is good, speed is acceptable for this price range. Camera technically takes pictures, badly, and the speaker makes, well, sound, but other than that for the money is a great  value.

Apps load well, video and Netflix are fine, the Xfinity TV app streams tv fine, and the email client is usable. The web browser is decent for basic viewing, and the battery life is fine, if not stellar. Spend a little on some headphones and you will be good to go, or connect it to any bluetooth speaker if you have one.

It is not a whizbang iPad but for the price is about the best android tablet out there. Even includes Alexa now for voice commands.

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Pete Burns

Pete Burns

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Pete Burns passed away today.

Got home late today and saw the news in my email. Took my breath away for a moment. Just yesterday was looking at the big DOA box coming soon and thinking how much really great music Pete created. DOA was there at the start of my DJ life in 1985, and was one of the few groups that stayed with me into the present. The voice was one of a kind, and he knew how to put on a show, a true performer. Will be greatly missed.

Behringer USB Phono Input Review

Behringer USB Phono Input Review

 

About 3 years ago I needed another way to get music from my turntable onto my Mac. I had been using an audio input USB box of some sort, but moved my amp so it was no longer convenient to keep the same setup. Purchased the Behringer U-Phono USB interface, and still using it today. Your phono inputs and ground cord attach to the unit, and plug it into your computer. On a Mac it shows up as an input device allowing you to record using various software. I was concerned about noise and interference, but this is a quiet unit. Yes, if you turn up the volume a lot you do get some background noise, but it is not noticeable in everyday use, especially while converting vinyl. It has an audio out so you can run the sound to your stereo at the same time if you wish, and a headphone jack with volume control. Headphone output is a bit on the low side but otherwise works fine. Input is switchable to Line in case you want to connect a cassette player or other audio device.

A few things to know:

Powered by the computer USB port, so if you want to use it as a standalone device, any power adapter with a USB out should work, one is not included. The light will not come on since there is no data connection, but powers on fine.

I guess it comes with some software, do not bother. Go to http://www.audacityteam.org/download/ ang get the newest free version of Audacity to record your audio, or use any program you are currently using. There are really no controls, just select the Behringer as an input source. I have had other adapters that either had too little or too much volume level input, but this one never clips the audio but is still a reasonable level.

For the price this is one great little adapter, usually runs under $30. While there may be other USB Phono adapters with better specs, at a higher cost, at this price it is a bargain. I have not had any times where I thought that the sound quality was not great.

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Album: Jogging The Memory

Album: Jogging The Memory

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Malcolm Dalglish
Jogging The Memory
Windham Hill WD-1046
1985
Solo Hammer Dulcimer

Album at Amazon

Produced by Elliot Mazer, Wiiliam Ackerman and Malcolm Dalglish.
Recorded and mixed at the River Valley Playhouse, Putney, Vermont, November 1985.
Additional recording and mixing at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA.
Digital editing at Digital Magnetics, Hollywood, CA.
Mastered at Bernie Grundman Studios, Hollywood, CA.

This album was recorded on a Sony 3324 digital 24-track tape machine. We used B&K 4000 series low-noise studio microphones for the hammer dulcimer. Also used were custom made Helpinstill Sensors. The original recording desk in Vermont was a Calrec “M” series mixer. The desk at Fantasy was a Neve 8108 desk with Necam automation. Ker series 104 speakers were used for location monitoring. The strings were custom made by La Bella Strings. Hammer dulcimer #59 made by Malcolm Dalglish, 1979. It has 17 treble courses and 17 bass courses.

This is an all digital recording courtesy of Bob Gucci.

Location recording gear courtesy of Naked Ear.

Malcolm Dalglish is a member of the trio Metamora.

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image from the LP release that I found:

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