Thursday, January 23, 2014

New Gadgets

B& H sent me a list of new devices they have arriving soon or that are just in stock. These are the ones I found interesting (though not sure I'd actually buy any of them!):

Sony PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder | $799
This looks like a nice recorder, I'm sure it is. But for that price, I think I'd want XLR inputs!
The PCM-D100 High Resolution Portable Stereo Recorder from Sony is capable of recording audio from its built-in stereo mics in up to 192 kHz/24-bit PCM, 2.8224 MHz DSD, or 320 kbps MP3 files. It has 32 GB of internal memory and supports external memory via its SD-XC card slot. The PCM-D100's stereo mics can be arranged in 90° XY or 120° wide stereo positions, depending on the subject being recorded. 

Moog Theremini | $299
I suspect this would be little more than a toy for me...but I always liked the sic--fi noise they make:
To assist in learning to play the instrument, the Theremin features a built-in tuner that allows you to see what note you are playing and whether the note is sharp, flat, or in tune. A 0 to 100% assistive pitch correction knob allows you to adjust the playing difficulty level of the device by automatically keeping the sound in pitch to a user-defined scale or root note.

Zoom TAC-2 Thunderbolt Audio Interface | $399.99
Thunderbolt interfaces and devices are arriving in greater number. Only two inputs though...
The Zoom TAC-2 is a compact 2-in, 2-out bus-powered Thunderbolt audio interface that allows for ultra-low latency and supports audio up to 24-bit/192kHz. It features two balanced XLR/TRS inputs with 48V phantom power, a Hi-Z input jack for electric guitars and basses and two balanced TRS outputs for connecting an amplifier or powered speakers. 

Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder | $299.99
This is actually available now:
The Zoom Q4 Handy Video Recorder combines Full HD 1080p video with Zoom's high-quality audio capture technology. Designed with musicians in mind, the Q4 features a pop-up 120° X/Y condenser microphone that lets you capture live studio performances, concerts, or videos of yourself playing with studio-quality sound.
This camera looks, odd, and interesting, but then you see how small it is!:

No comments: