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GearCheck: At-Home Music Lessons

Jazzed Magazine • April/May 2020Gearcheck • May 21, 2020

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In an effort to pivot towards the new age of distance learning and teaching in quarantine, JAZZed has assembled some devices for at-home content creation, recording, and lessons to help you keep your education plans on track.

Zoom’s H6 Handy Recorder in All Black

The Zoom H6 All Black Handy Recorder combines Zoom audio quality with versatility via Zoom’s “capsule” system. Change mics on the fly, or even expand inputs using any of the company’s six powerful expansion capsules. The H6 All Black features four XLR/TRS combo jacks (expandable up to six) with dedicated pad switches and gain control, two 1/8” outputs, a stereo line out, as well as a headphone out with dedicated volume control. The H6 All Black also functions as a powerful stereo or multi-channel audio interface for your computer or iPad, via USB. With over 20 hours of continuous recording time using just four AA batteries, the H6 All Black records individual WAV files up to 96kHz / 24-bit. With the optional AD-17 power adapter, you can extend your recording time indefinitely. The H6 All Black comes standard with the handy recorder, X/Y mic capsule, and free Cubase LE and Wavelab LE recording and editing software.

IK Multimedia Content Creation Gear and Bundles

The iRig Video Creator Bundle includes the iRig Mic Lav lapel mic, the iKlip Grip Pro combination desktop tripod/handgrip/full-size tripod/selfie stick with Bluetooth shutter, and a USB-powered 6” LED ring light with adjustable color and brightness that mounts onto the top of the iKlip Grip Pro.

The iRig Video Creator HD Bundle offers a more professional solution. It includes a larger 10” LED ring light that offers a wider range of color and brightness options, as well as  IK Multimedia’s iRig Mic HD 2 digital condenser microphone, featuring radio-ready sound quality and USB connectivity and iKlip Grip Pro.

The iRig Mic Video is a lightweight, shotgun-style mic that offers professional-quality audio capture and production features that are suitable for a wide array of video shoots. iRig Mic Video includes the same convenient magnetic mount as Mic Cast HD, plus a hot shoe adaptor for mounting to DSLRs.
For a more secure grip and stable on-the-go shots.

The iRig Mic Video Bundle provides a lightweight, portable video rig complete with the mic plus IK’s iKlip Grip Pro multifunction stand that transforms from handgrip to monopod to tripod in seconds. A standard UNC ¼” thread lets users mount iRig Mic Video, lights, or other accessories on top, and an adjustable clamp holds phones securely, even with a case.

Gig Gear LLC’s Cam-A-Lot Backdrop Device

Gig Gear LLC’s Cam-A-Lot is a dual-sided video conferencing screen that provides a clean background during video calls. The Cam-A-Lot easily slides and secures onto the back of almost any chair – including folding chairs – and completely blocks out the entire background of a user’s video. The screen is dual-sided with one side featuring a white background for a clean look, while the opposite side features a green screen that can be used to project a virtual background. The Cam-A-Lot is ideal for a wide range of video calls – from those working at home to teachers and students practicing distance learning to AV professionals in virtual meetings. The Cam-A-Lot is 57 inches in diameter, and when not in use, it collapses and folds down to a compact 22-inch diameter and can then be packaged in an included tote bag.

Creator Bundles from VocoPro

VocoPro’s MIB-QUAD-8C system is a new package that includes four VP wireless microphones and four headset or lapel mics with wireless packs, plus all cables – everything needed in one professional custom gig bag. All wireless mics/packs are color-coded to make set up even easier. The package includes a heavy-duty bag, two XLR cables, mounting brackets, 1/4” Patch Cable, and one power adapter per system.

In addition, VocoPro’s Streamer-Studio and Streamer-Live systems are ideal for podcasters and content creators of all kinds. The heart of the Streamer package is the Streamer USB audio interface. Plug in your PC or smartphone with the included condenser mic to broadcast your content to the world. The Streamer USB audio interface also has many features, including Bluetooth wireless input, 16 on-board sound effects, and both chat and singing mode. The Streamer-Live system includes USB audio interface, condenser mic, boom stand and LED ring light package, while the Streamer Studio includes USB audio interface, studio condenser microphone, and boom arm stand package.

On-Stage’s AS800 FET Condenser Microphone

On-Stage’s AS800 FET condenser microphone captures everything from soft vocal whispers to thundering kick drums with detailed clarity. The AS800 makes a perfect audio recording companion for both beginners and professionals on a budget. An included shock mount isolates the mic from external vibrations to reduce unwanted rumble. The AS800 comes equipped with a carrying case for easy transportation and a storage pouch to keep the capsule free from dust.

Shure’s Mobile Recording Kit

The Shure Mobile Recording Kit enables you to record and monitor professional quality content, no matter where you are. By connecting the featured MV5 microphone directly to a computer or mobile phone and plugging in the SRH240A headphones to the microphone, users can experience real-time recording and monitoring.

Desktop Stands from Gator Frameworks

Gator Frameworks’ desk-mounted broadcast and podcast microphone boom stand allows you to capture vocal recordings quickly and easily. This item mounts to surfaces up to 2.17”/55mm thick and features an adjustment knob at the boom end for setting your favorite studio mic to the desired position. The stand rotates a full 360-degrees and is engineered specifically to produce minimal sound when being moved, which reduces the potential for noisy interruptions during sound-sensitive recordings.

Featuring a 6” round base and fixed height of 9”, the round-base desktop mic-stand packs powerful strength into a lightweight package. The no-slip, vibration-reducing base gasket features a threaded mount compatible for both U.S. and Euro mic clips. Keep clear of clutter with included cable management.

On-Stage’s TCM1500 Tablet Holder

Adjusting from 8 inches to 12 inches high and 3.5 inches to 9.5 inches wide, the TCM1500 tablet and smartphone holder accommodates a wide variety of tablets, including the iPad Pro and Microsoft Surface. Weighing in at less than a pound, the TCM1500 is constructed of strong, durable plastic with soft protective padding at contact points — assuring that your tablet or smartphone will be safely secured. An assembly adapter allows the holder 180-degree tilt and 360-degree rotation for ease of use during performance. The TCM1500 also includes a battery/cell phone holder that adjusts from 2.5 inches to 4 inches. An included clamp attaches directly to any ¾- to 1-inch stand or desktop.

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