A New Look

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The new Cinema Display and processing rack are in view.

After a lot of soldering and cable re-routing, Studio1A is a little more video friendly. It’s hard to turn an audio guy to video. However, I have to admit that even an SD show has the potential to bring a whole new dimension to product demos.

The main racks are now powered by Panamax UPS and power protection. The real time, multi-function displays on these units are great. The piece of mind is even better, knowing that pricey gear is protected by the best. By glancing at the panels, I get a constant readout of line voltage, switching and battery capacity/estimated load. The Panamax MB1000’s also interface via PC using USB. More coming up on the MB1000’s.

A real surprise is lighting. The entire studio feels like daylight with our BlueMax 70 watt lighting from full spectrum solutions. At 5900 degrees kelvin, the color temperature is perfect. Continuously variable intensity, from 20-100% gives us endless possibilities for tweaking. The best part is that these are compact floor lights that blend right in! No huge umbrellas, tripods or diffusers.

Studio1A is Powered by Panamax UPS Line Protection…
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Studio1A BlueMax Lighting by full spectrum solutions…
full spectrum lighting solutions

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Studio1A Facelift …again!

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Studio1A – Moving Equipment In-Progress

This week has been a scramble to move and update gear as we make Studio1A more ‘video friendly’. Through many iterations of planning over the years, video wasn’t in the picture. Sure, we had promo shots taken, but frankly we were never designed as an in-house working video studio.

As time rolls on, I was swayed by the companies steering committee to ‘go video’. We tried and then stopped about a year ago. Just months ago, I revived our YouTube Channel and it sprang to life. The real momentum I noticed via YouTube was the audience feedback – both via email and comments. As an old broadcaster, habits are hard to break. Instead of just talking to the audience, listeners and viewers alike now talk back. The comments and suggestions I receive are not only encouraging, but help direct our future. Who better than your own listeners to tell you what they like and don’t?

For those of us that have watched New Media evolve from the start, the Social Media and Citizen Journalism aspect is old News. However, the masses are just catching on. The media revolution is happening right in front of us.

For me, it is challenging and equally rewarding. Pardon the dust …again. We are re-shaping Studio1A. The core is unchanged as we produce a mix of audio-only, video and sometimes even an editorial (especially as I tone out and re-label cables on racks of gear) now and then.

Hang in there. Much more audio and video is coming your way.

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Presonus FireStudio Project

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One of the ultimate values in professional audio interfaces, the Presonus FireStudio Project .

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A lot of people ask me about interfacing pro audio to their desktop audio software. All that I can say is we have been running Presonus rack mount, firewire interfaces since the early days of Studio1A.

The legendary FirePod, turned FP10 is a professional workhorse. But even legends fade as new technology and improvements are implemented. The great FirePod/FP10 would be reborn again as the FireStudio – offered as a number of different models.

I checked out the FireStudio Project; for me one of the best values in the line. With 8 X-MAX Class A pre-amps, improved signal routing, integrated (clean) power supply and a host of software from Cubase LE 4 to plug-ins, loops and samples – the FireStudio line is a worthy successor to FirePod lineage.

Join me for for some audio fun as we record this very show on the FireStudio Project.

FireStudio Project street price at post time – $499

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