What Kind Of Headphones Does Ryan Beatty Wear In AT&T Commercial?

Ryan Beatty is wearing a pair of Skullcandy Uprock headphones I here recent commercial For the AT&T No Text Pledge. The Uprocks are lightweight stylish, excellent sounding headphones. The 40mm drivers make for great sounding bass and high-end detail. They also use the handy tangle-free flat cable with a 1/8th inch gold connector plug. These are simple, straightforward headphones that don't have active noise cancellation or ipod/phone control or anything like that.  Consequently they are MUCH more affordable than those other headphones (such as Beats by Dr. Dre) at just about $25. To find out more or get your own, click here. … [Read more...]

Review of IK Multimedia’s iRig Microphone For iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch

Home recording is our thing at Home Brew Audio. And in that capacity we are making it our mission to spread the word that professional sounding audio is do-able for just about anyone. The technology leaps in the past few years make professional audio recording affordable to pretty much everyone with a computer and microphone. That’s what we’ve been saying. But IK Multimedia is challenging even the need for a computer now! We’re still a bit shell-shocked about their new products for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. These include the iRig Mic, iRig AmpliTube electric guitar/bass adapter, and the iKlip microphone stand adapter for the iPad. Today we’re going to talk about the iRig Mic. So what is the iRig Mic? It is a condenser microphone that you can plug into your iPhone, iPad or iPod … [Read more...]

A Mic Preamp for Your iPhone or iPad – The IK Multimedia iRig Pre

Meet the new iRig PRE from IK Multimedia, a microphone preamplifier (preamp) that works with the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This thing is, as usual from IK Multimedia, awesome. It allows you to plug any microphone (I'll say that again in case it didn't sink in..."any microphone") into your iOS device. So how is this different from the iRig Mic (see our review of that product here: Review of iRig Mic)? the big difference is, in case you missed it above, that whereas the iRig Mic is a special microphone you get from IK Multimedia that can plug into your iOS device, the iRig PRE is a piece of hardware that allows you to plug any microphone into your iOS device. See the picture to the left. The iRig PRE is the thing in the middle, the little box that has an XLR (standard 3-pin mic … [Read more...]

How To Be Your Own Glee Club – Queen Harmony Demo

What do you do when you don't have anyone else to sing harmony with? You sing harmony with yourself! Okay, what the heck is Ken talking about this time? Well, I was watching Glee recently, and one of the songs in the show was the Queen song, Fat Bottomed Girls, which opens with a killer a capella harmony. I couldn't get the song out of my head, so I decided to sing it (the intro anyway)...all 9 parts...myself...at the same time. Normally one person can't sing harmony with themselves, though I think there ought to be a surgery that allows it:). But with a computer and a mic, you can literally be every person in a Glee Club! If you're curious about how it came out, click on the audio player below for the intro to Fat Bottomed Girls as sung once again by me, myself and me 2. [jwplayer … [Read more...]

Victoria Azarenka Wore Powerbeats by Dr. Dre In-Ear Headphones At US Open

Add Victoria Azarenka to the list of athletes who wear Dr. Dre headphones. At the 2012 US Open, it was very clear to see that she was wearing Powerbeats by Dr. Dre In-Ear Headphones during her pre-match interview for both the semi-finals on Friday and the finals on Sunday. The thing that is different about these though, is that they are more like ear buds than headphones. I really like this type of headphone because they allow you to go jogging without falling out of your ears like regular ear buds. And it would be pretty awkward to jog with full-on headphones. The Powerbeats provide the same great audio quality as the full-sized headphones in the Dr. Dre line, the Beats by Dr. Dre. Plus unlike most ear bud type phones, these offer ControlTalk for on-cable iPod/iPhone control. To … [Read more...]

The New Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Mic Now Available For Pre-Order

This is really exciting.  Sennheiser announced their new shotgun mic, the Sennheiser MKE 600, very recently and you can be among the first to get one.  It's available for pre order exclusively at B&H, the first retailer to stock and ship the new mic.  You can order yours by clicking here. The reason I said it was so exciting was that I have stated that my "desert island mic" was the Sennheiser MKH 416 shotgun mic (see my review, along with audio and video samples here: http://homebrewaudio.co/sennheiser-mkh-416-shotgun-microphone-review/).  But that one costs about a thousand clams.  If the new MKE 600 sounds anywhere near as good as the MKH 416, it will be a fantastic value at just $399.95.  Plus I can justify that to my wife a lot easier than the grand I'd have to drop for the … [Read more...]

New Apogee Quartet Recording Interface

Good news for all you Mac users out there.  Apogee just announced the debut of the Apogee Quartet, which offers four inputs on an interface that connects to any Mac via USB.  The Quartet is a desktop interface with controls on the top.  This is as opposed to the more common rack-mount interface units that have the controls on the front, like the M-Audio Fast Track and it's ilk.  Apogee have two other interface units in this category: the Apogee One and the Apogee Duet, which have one and two inputs, respectively.  Their other stalwart in the professional interface category is the Apogee Ensemble, which has 8 inputs (though the Ensemble is a rack-mount unit).  The Quartet will act as a sort of middle ground between the Duet and The Ensemble. Apogee is renowned for offering high-end … [Read more...]

What Are The Different Types of Microphones?

What are the different types of microphones? Good question. There are three main types of microphone, each with different characteristics that can be used in different situations. Knowing the differences can really help you make better decisions about how to capture the best audio, whether for recording or for live performances. These three types of mic are: dynamic, condenser and ribbon. Dynamic Microphones Dynamic mics are the work-horses of the audio world. They are made using a simple design, and have very few moving parts. Because of this, they’re fairly sturdy and can handle some rough-housing. It uses a wire coil and a magnet in order to create the audio signal. Dynamic microphones are best suited for handling fairly high volume levels, such as electric amplifiers or drums. … [Read more...]

Headphones Emily Chang Wears In Ruffles Commercial

There's a new ad out for Ruffles Ultimate that features actress Emily Chang wearing headphones that are blinged-out with rhinestones.  In our continuing effort to point out all things audio in pop culture, we immediately did the research to find out what headphones these were.  They are a pair of Technics RP-DJ1200 headphones that were then blingified by a company called Bling Affair (blingaffair.com). The commercial, if you have not seen it, shows Emily Chang (playing a quiet girlfriend character named Katie) being allowed to play poker with the boys.  She eats a Ruffles chip and suddenly she has sunglasses and the headphones on.  After the next bite, she has a leather jacket.  Basically she gets cooler with each chip and impresses all the dudes.  She finishes by smoothly exclaiming … [Read more...]

Microphone In Samantha Stosur US Open Tennis Channel Piece

In keeping with our goal of noting audio things - like microphones, headphones, and other recording gear - I'd like to point out the gorgeous (and suitably expensive) microphone that took center stage in the Tennis Channel player introduction video shown during the US Open. It was the AEA R44 ribbon mic, which is AEA's insanely faithful (down to the smallest detail) reproduction of the classic RCA 44 ribbon mic. With its polished chrome and shiny black and silver beauty, it takes right back to its heyday in the 1930s and makes me say "want."  Les Paul called it his favorite mic.  There is a vocal sound imparted by this mic that really can't be duplicated in any way except to remake it using the same materials and specs as the original, which is what AEA have done.  Awesome.  And if you … [Read more...]