Nagra Reel2Reel

Nagra have a very nice and Professional Audio / Video reel to reel recorders on their website.

The two pictured above are the Nagra DII and the Nagra IV-S/TC.

Nagra DII:

Transportable, battery powered four-channel open reel digital recorder using digital audio magnetic tape.

Principal applications:
On-Location Film / TV Production
Portable Music Mastering / Wildlife recordings
Special Features:
4-Channels, SMPTE Time code, 24/96 (Stereo),
Tape Directories, Battery powered

Nagra IV-S/TC:

Portable stereo analogue recorder using 6.35 mm (1/4 inch) audio tape

Principal applications:
On-Location music recordings (Non-Pilot version) / Film and TV production (TC version)
Special Features:
Wide track head configuration for music recordings or Narrow tracks for Time code machines. Three tape speeds, two microphone inputs, built in TC generator. NAB/CCIR or NAGRAMASTER equalization, Filters, battery operated

Full range of the Nagra Pro series can be found here.

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Creative X-Fi Sound Blaster


Sound Blaster X-Fi, featuring the breakthrough Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Audio Processor, provides unprecedented power and performance to deliver the new Xtreme Fidelity Audio Standard.

Enjoy the most advanced 3D headphone audio ever! It’s so good you’ll forget you’re wearing headphones!

Experience the most detailed and believable 3D audio you’ve ever heard over multichannel speakers!

The key benefits of Xtreme Fidelity Audio are:

1. X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity Processing – 10,000+ MIPS
The Creative X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor packs in over 51 million transistors that churn out over 10,000 MIPS of power! That is 24 times more powerful than its predecessor, the Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS, and is all dedicated to delivering the best audio experience ever!

2. No Compromise Technology For Any Use
Unlike ANY previous audio technology the X-Fi Xtreme Fidelity audio processor delivers an “Active Modal Architecture” that allows you, the user, to switch between one of three modes (Gaming, Entertainment & Audio Creation). Each mode dynamically dedicates the processor’s power to deliver the features, quality and capabilities that you require for that usage. The outcome is maximum features and quality no matter what you want to do!

3. 136dB SNR Processing Quality
The Creative X-Fi audio processor features an SRC engine that is so precise that any audio resolution is converted to any other resolution at near transparency with 136db SNR (THD+N) – a conversion that’s over 300 times higher quality than the previous best (Sound Blaster® Audigy®). This delivers truly incredible quality and audio experience for any audio and frees up the audio creation user from having to think about the final required resolution – record at whatever resolution you want and just SRC to your final requirements.

4. Xtreme Fidelity Audio Enhancement
X-Fi CMSS-3D delivers incredibly realistic surround sound!

5. SuperRip Your CDs Into 24-bit Xtreme Fidelity Music
With the X-Fi 24-bit Crystalizer and the X-Fi CMSS-3D features, you can now “SuperRip” your CDs into Xtreme Fidelity quality so that you can permanently enhance your music to sound better than the original CD.

There are 4 cards to choose from:

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SanDisk Sansa™ e200 Series MP3 Players

Sansa e200 Full

COMING SOON!   End of March 2006

The Sansa e200 Series MP3 players are the flagship products of SanDisk’s audio line. Created by the leaders in flash memory, this flash-based player provides everything you need for photo, video, and music playback. Along with the microSD card slot for content portability, the SanDisk Media Converter supports all formats to enjoy photos, small personal videos, and your best musical selection, with superior sound.

The very attractive, sleek design includes a 1.8? color screen with advanced navigational features and an easy to use interface. You can also avoid scratches and cracks with the durable Liquidmetal backing. Supports PlaysForSure subscription music and so much more. The line comes in three, high capacities: 2GB, 4GB, and 6GB.


  • Sleek, thin design with large 1.8? TFT color screen for easy viewing
  • Strong Liquidmetal® back casing provides excellent durability and scratch resistance
  • By capacity, holds large number of MP3/WMA songs and hours of playback (see above capacity matrix)
  • Simple to use, backlit controls for fast device navigation
  • Removable, rechargeable Lithium Ion battery for long battery life
  • Features microSD™ expansion slot for additional memory capacity and SanDisk TrustedFlash and Gruvi content cards
  • Digital FM tuner and FM recording
  • Supports Subscription Music Stores

Minimum System Requirements
  • Windows XP
  • Intel Pentium PC MHz or equivalent
  • CD-ROM drive
  • USB 2.0 port required for hi-speed transfer

Package Contents

  • Sansa e200 Series Player
  • Protective case and lanyard
  • Stereo headphones
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • Universal accessory connector
  • Quick Start Guide, CD with User Guide, and additional flyer inserts

Full details and specifications at SanDisk.

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New SD Memory Card Speed Class Ratings

Another year, another memory card specification. Though I have to admit, it certainly isn’t a bad thing that the SD Card Association (SDA) has announced that they’re finalizing specifications to expand SD card capacity beyond 2GB, to a new card called the SDHC Memory Card. The new specification is promising a minimum SD Speed Class Rating, which for video products, is equivalent to MPEG-2 video, as well as the expanded capacity needed to help deliver new applications made possible by three other SD specifications: SD-Audio, SD-Video and SD-Binding.

SD-Audio will allow users to easily move music libraries between a variety of SD-enabled devices, to include cell phones, portable audio players, computers, car stereos and other mobile devices. The SD-Audio specification provides content protection via CPRM which is built into each SD card, to prevent theft of data.

Similarly, the SD-Video specification allows consumers to capture video, even MPEG-2 quality, and move it to an SD-Video enabled product securely. SD-Video will soon allow users to record and watch h.264 digital TV programs from their SD-Video enabled cell phones.

And finally, the SD-Binding specification allows carriers/cell phone operators to provide security for content downloaded to their specific network mobile phones. The content is bound to the cell phone device and prevents unauthorized copying to other devices or computers.


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What’s Up Moog?

It’s strictly a rumour – nobody’s leaking images – and it’s an old rumour, but a really good one. People on message boards are saying that Moog are about to announce an ‘affordable’ analog synth at NAMM. Matrix Synth links to one thread, inspired by ‘Amos’ who may or may not work for Moog Music. Bob Moog’s follow-up to the Minimoog was the Micromoog, a one-oscillator, plastic-cased synth which cost $895 in 1979, compared with the wood-cased, 3 osc Minimoog at $1995. Assuming synth economics haven’t changed in 30 years, that would mean a cut down Voyager at $1,320 (later Rogue, Prodigy and MG-1 synths were cheaper). Of course, 30 years ago, you couldn’t get surface-mount components stamped onto circuit boards by the trillion in China for next to nothing. A cheap, powerful, decent-sounding all-analog Moog made in China? That would really be something. More uninformed speculation here at the Moog website.
The other popular Moog rumour goes the other way – that they’re about to launch a polyphonic Voyager, which would presumably cost most of the money in the world. According to this post, Bob Moog himself said it wasn’t going to happen on his last visit to London:

“At a staff training session at Turnkey the conversation went something like this;
Staff: ‘Dr Moog we all love the new mini, but what we would all love to see is a polyphonic moog. What’s the position on that?’
Bob Moog (after a long pause with his head down he lifts it and says; ‘We could build one…But we’re not going to’
He then quickly moved onto another subject.”

Story here.

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There seems to be another ‘format’ out for digital music and videos. It’s not a format as in mp3, ogg, or wma/wmv but an assurance that the digital content you buy will play for sure on your digital device of your choice.

This is what they say on their website:

Look for the PlaysForSure logo if you’re shopping for a music or video device and you want to make sure the digital music and video you purchase will play back on it every time. Match the PlaysForSure logo on a large selection of leading devices and online music stores. If you see the logo you’ll know your digital music will play for sure.

The PlaysForSure logo makes it easy to find digital media stores and devices that work together.

Choose from a large number of digital music and video stores including: CinemaNow, MSN Music, MusicMatch, MusicNow, Napster, Wal-Mart Music Downloads, and many more.
Look for the PlaysForSure logo on a wide variety of devices including portable music devices, portable video devices, digital audio receivers, Pocket PC’s and Smartphones.

And these are the logos to look for:

The PlaysForSure audio and video logos
tell you if the device or online store supports the music and/or movies and video.

There’s also a device search and a store search to help you in this.
But what if I already own an mp3 player which does not have that logo on it as I bought it some time ago? Would it support the downloads I purchase?

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Toyota’s New Car-Definition

Toyota Launches Car-shaped Music Player
Toyota announced yesterday that it has begun nationwide sales in Japan of the completely redesigned bB passenger vehicle through “Netz” dealers. The first-generation bB, launched in 2000, was developed as an individualistic, compact hatchback—a completely new genre. Its sense of presence, apparent at a single glance, and its spacious, comfortable interior suitable for a diverse range of uses proved popular among younger customers. The New bB retains the strengths of the previous bB and strives to embody the lifestyle of people who want to be surrounded by music everywhere they go, adopting the development theme of “A Car-shaped Music Player” to satisfy the preferences of the younger generation.
Here are some photos (click to enlarge):



Read the full 3 page story here.


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Something Wicked Project

Something Wicked Project Logo

presents a series of multimedia theme events in collaboration with St. James Cavalier (Centre for Creativity) Malta.These events are the fruit of a collaboration project between a dynamic collective of established and up-and-coming artists from various spheres including video art, theatre, music, graffiti art, DJing, dance and more.

To quench your curiousity visit our official website and to have a taste of what was accomplished during Summer ’05 see some photos on our Flickr Group.

After a short break, Something Wicked Project met again to begin baking the goodies for the coming year, as this post state.

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