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solved many problems for me (Gruv Gear - V-Cart Solo)

By JimboSpins, 05/11/2012
The Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo only cost 250 bucks and it is sturdy enough to handle your heaviest gear for you. It can handle up to 500 pounds and it can be used in 4 different ways. The only thing that I hate about being a DJ is trying to get all of my gear out of the truck and into the club. I have damaged so much of my gear in the past and even hurt my back lifting monitors. So I am always on the lookout for something that can make my DJ life a little easier. Someone recommended that I go with a cart; I had no idea what kind of cart to get or anything so I just started doing some research and that is when I found the Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo.
The reason that I got the Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo and not some other brand is because of the 4 different positions that I can be in (3 that are useable). The Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo itself only weighs about 15 pounds and the wheels are strong and easy to move so if you get your heavier gear on it you will have no problem wheeling it inside. It makes everything 100 times easier having this Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo.
The Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo is made from steel and it is very sturdy. There are no worries when moving my gear, at first I was thinking that it could break or my gear could fall off but after I saw how sturdy the Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo actually was I was not scared or worried anymore. I do own a few different carts now but the Gruv Gear V-Cart Solo is one of the best ones that I have. I take it to every gig with me and it has never let me down. It has made getting my gear into the clubs so much quicker and less stressful.

It is one of my backups (Samson Technologies - S-mix)

By JimboSpins, 02/01/2013
The Samson S-Mix is a compact mixer with 5 channels. This is a “mini” mixer but that does not mean anything when it comes to the quality of it. It has RCA stereo inputs that have controls for volume and ¼ inputs with volume controls. There are RCA and ¼ stereo outputs too and it runs off of an AC adapter (18 volts). The only reason I purchased this was because I needed a small mobile/portable mixer that I could always have around with me. This was just that, it is small light and portable and works great. It does not have the best features but it will get the job done.
This mobile mixer is very handy, I recommend buying it even if you are not in the market to buy one because have one this size that you know will not give you any issues is a plus. Especially if you are a working musician or if you work in the music industry in any way.
This “mini” mixer is very easy to use and the sound is very good. The controls and everything with it are easy to understand and you will not even need to look at the manual at all. It is great for live events (as a back up) or for performances. There is nothing not to like about this small mixer. It is only 50 dollars and don’t let that fool you, because it does not have the cheap feel of 50 dollar equipment. I would use this for a paid gig if I had too, that is how confident I am with it. It is made by Samson, so I know that they stand by their products and make sure they are made with the best materials. It is also covered by a warranty for 3 years (like most Samson gear is). There is nothing to lose with this mixer; it is a great back up.

An affordable tool that adds immense versatility to guitar recording! (Palmer - Reamping Box)

By jaymes.moore, 20/08/2014
The Palmer DACCAPO is a robustly built passive re-amping box that converts line level, low impedance signals to High-Z, or high impedance signals for use with guitar amplifiers and stomp-box effects. It is entirely passive, therefore does not require any phantom power or external power source. Despite it's simplicity, it does exactly what is says it does with great aplomb.

For guitar recording enthusiasts who like to have more flexibility later on in the mix, re-amping is incredibly advantageous. In my case, I record both my live amp sound and DI signal of the same performance to two separate tracks. I split the signal right from the guitar using a DBX DB12 active DI box. Having the dry performance straight from the guitar archived in my recording session makes it much easier to edit sections, adjust timing and re-amp later for changes in guitar tone and effects.

For example, let's say in your original performance you had a used a phaser on an electric guitar solo. Upon playback, you decide you want to edit out a few sections. Due to the complicated waveform of the full recording and the inconsistent timing of the phaser modulations, this would be almost be impossible. However, the dry signal will have a much more simplified waveform with no modulation, making it easy to pick out singular notes and to modify the performance. Then you can simply send the edited dry signal out of your soundcard to the Palmer DACCAPO and then back through your effects chain and amplifier. You can also loop a section of your performance and with your freed hands you can adjust pedal effects on the fly, which is perfect for dialing in timing for delay and tremolo effects.

The ability to free up your playing hands and to reamp your original performance, opens up many creative possibilities with guitar pedals. If you scour YouTube for some videos of renowned mixing and recording engineer Eddie Kramer, you're bound to find some clips of him doing this very technique! By re-amping archived, dry performances, you can use your hands to improvise with a wah pedal or with feedback-induced delay swells. Additionally, the re-amp box opens up your arsenal of stomp-box effects to any sound in your mixing session, meaning you can re-amp synths, vocals and all other sounds sources.

While the sky is the limit in terms of the creative possibilities afforded by re-amping, I'll put up a simple test of a clean guitar:

Dry DI sound using DBX DB12 Active DI Box:,m.473659.html

Original performance (Guitar Cab mic'd with SM57):,m.473660.html

Re-amped performance (Identical settings to above):,m.473661.html

To further demonstrate the effectiveness of the Palmer DACCAPO, you can refer to the attached image comparing the waveforms.

Ultimately, I would recommend the DACCAPO to anyone looking for an inexpensive utility tool that can greatly open up their creative horizons outside of the box. As the reamping box opens up the whole mix for use with the pedals, this will be especially appealing to guitarists, who have invested heavily in pedal effects but are lacking in rack units and plug-ins, .

+inexpensive gateway to infinite creative abilities outside of the box
+effective and accurate recreation of the original performance
+solid construction
-Only an XLR input, which will require most home studio users to get a unique jack to XLR Output cable for use with their soundcard outputs.
-For the more serious reamping enthusiast, one should also consider an active reamping box, like those made by Radial.

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More info about the Sennheiser Dante card

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Sennheiser will release in a few weeks a Dante expansion card for the Digital 9000 wireless systems, which was unveiled at IBC.

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