Saturday, March 26, 2011

Treasure hunters strike gold off Florida coast

Treasure hunters strike gold off Florida coast

The ocean floor off the Florida Keys never seems to stop giving.
Diver Bill Burt with Mel Fisher’s Treasures was looking for a section of the sunken Spanish galleon, Nuestra Senora de Atocha, this week. Instead, he came across a 40- inch gold chain shimmering on the sandy ocean floor about 30 miles from Key West.
The chain, which is believed to have come from the Atocha, contains a gold medallion and a gold cross.  The cross appears to be, according to the salvors, inscribed with Latin letters.  It is estimated to be worth $250,000.
Mel Fisher’s team found a portion of the Atocha and $450 million worth of artifacts and treasure in 1985.  But the contents of the Atocha’s sterncastle, a wooden fort shaped area at the back of ship, have never been recovered. The Atocha sank during a hurricane in 1622.  A second hurricane is believed to have torn the sterncastle from the Atocha and carried it miles away.

Reagan shooter is recovering, not a danger

After almost 30 years in a mental hospital, John W. Hinckley Jr., the college dropout who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan, is moving closer to the day his doctors may recommend he go free.
According to court records, a forensic psychologist at the hospital has testified that "Hinckley has recovered to the point that he poses no imminent risk of danger to himself or others."
That concerns former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova, who helped oversee Hinckley's prosecution in 1982. He told CNN, "I think John Hinckley will be a threat the rest of his life. He is a time bomb."
Nine U.S. presidents attacked since the Civil War

WinRadio WR-G33WSM

 The WInRadio WR-G33WSM has to be the most versatile and economical software-based receiver for the "wireless mic" ranges ever.

This is a full-featured receiver with a superhet architecture that easily interfaces with any PC, even a cheap "netbook" that you can get at BestBuy for $200.

We sell these! Why? Because they are a great tool, we make antennas (that work with these receivers, by the way) and thought some of ourRFvenue customers might like to have it in their kit of interference-fighting tools that are very much needed in today's crowded performance spectrum domain.

Read much more about the WR-G33WSM here.

We have these IN STOCK, and ready to ship. Call us at 508 231 4515. Next day delivery available, discounts and packages available, too.

Brand-New, in box, fresh stock, full USA Warranty NOT GRAY LABEL!!!

We take care of our customers, eh? You get the antenna, the receiver, cables, software, and you can even call us up on the phone and a real person will answer. Our hours are 9am to 4pm, Eastern Time.

Each WinRadio has been checked by us for correct operation before putting it in our customer-ready inventory.  $999.  CALL FOR PRICE and DISCOUNTS on other items.

Molot AU Compressor (freeware)

- sigma and alpha attack modes 
- Neve 33609 like sound in sigma mode 
- Fairchild 670 like sound in alpha mode 
- very characterful sound 
- dual mono, linked stereo, M, S and M/S modes 
- external sidechaining in mono mode 
- up to 8x oversampling 
- mid-scoop EQ for simple snare and guitars balance fix 
- limiter for peaks suppressing 
- almost zero latency (2 samples) 

- USSR military style GUI 
- switchable language EN/RU 
- PowerPC support


Original (VST) announce is here.

Download AU installer

Get Your FREE Devil-Loc Plug-In

It started at the TapeOp SXSW Party in Austin. Attendees got an ominous card with a code to download a free copy of Devil-Loc™, and a sharing code to tempt their friends into getting it for free, too. So the first step is to find a code.
Check the forums, check FaceBook, check everywhere cause that code gets you the free plug-in and gets you your own sharing code. Then you can give yours to all your friends and they can get it free, too. Plus, each soul you sign up with your code, get's you closer to earning more free stuff. Free bundles, t-shirts and upgrades to the true master of evil, Devil-Loc Deluxe™: Pure Evil Compressor. The deluxe model turns up the heat and takes you to never before achieved levels of madness and horror, and it sounds real cool, or uh, hot.

For Sale - Thermionic Culture Vulture $1,750

''What on earth is a Culture Vulture?'' you might ask. Described as a ''stereo valve distortion unit'', the hand-built and British-made ''CV'' is more than just a sonic dirt generator. It can go from gently tube-warming a digital mix, all the way to full clipping -- sounding like a Marshall stack with all the speakers slashed – and everything in-between. People love the Vulture for tracking vocals, guitars and keys. Producers who use a lot of samples employ it for fattening drum-loops and digital synth sounds. Get Vultured!
MSRP: $1,850.00    Your Price: $1,750.00

Bryston 4B SST2 Amplifier

Bryston SST Series Amplifiers:
Bryston has a continuing commitment to design and manufacture the most accurate and reliable audio products available. We maintain an extensive research and development division, which is constantly looking for methods to improve the performance, value and reliability of our amplifiers. The Bryston SST Series of amplifiers is the direct result of this continuing quest for perfection. These amplifiers represent a significant step forward in the art and science of audio amplification. Among the advances included in this new SST Series are: Faster, more linear and more reliable output transistors for better high frequency accuracy; doubled filter capacitance for even deeper and better-controlled bass; a new proprietary grounding protocol which eliminates the need for ground-lift switches and reduces system noise; new computer-modeled heatsink profile for cooler operation and longer component life. Sound quality is improved to a stunning degree. Reviewers agree, this new product line sets a higher standard for musical accuracy than ever before possible.

For Sale - Bosendorfer EMPEROR piano $1.25 Million

    Bosendorfer is very excited to extend an extremely rare privilege to piano lovers in Washington State. Over $3 million worth of carefully crafted Bosendorfer pianos are now assembled for shrewd and smart buyers in Bellevue, Washington. This is the largest piano sale of its kind ever conducted on US soil.
    Bosendorfer pianos are world-famous for their inspiring sound and rich in the tradition of hand-craftsmanship. Acquiring one of these instruments is a lifetime dream for many people. Because they are built with very special devotion, it’s rare to see savings such as these being offered.
    In early April, Bosendorfer of Las Vegas, one of the largest Bosendorfer retailers in the world, closed their doors. Bosendorfer of Vienna and the banks associated with the closing have transferred all inventory from the Las Vegas showroom direct to Classic Pianos (] in Bellevue where each piano will on display and offered for sale beginning Thursday, May 20th.
    “Classic Pianos was chosen by us to conduct this sale because of their national reputation, award winning technical expertise and financial strength. We have given them our complete cooperation and are providing them with incentives to make this a piano event never to be forgotten,” said Ray Chandler, Bosendorfer’s U.S. Director.
    Recently returned to the US from a tour in Japan, see the Bosendorfer EMPEROR, valued at over $1.5 million dollars (, and one of the world’s most valuable concert grand pianos, at Classic Pianos, an extraordinary addition to this once in lifetime weekend sale. The EMPEROR is just one of the rarely seen art case pianos whose presence will grace this special showing.
    Bosendorfer (, acknowledged as the leading worldwide builder of premium grand pianos, is the oldest, continuously operating piano manufacturer on the planet. The company handcrafts instruments to be jewels of European artisanship with a uniquely singing, resonant, and colorful sound that captivates musicians and audiences alike. Since 1828, Bösendorfer pianos have become the standard by which other grand pianos are measured, From the 5'8" baby grand to Bosendorfer’s thundering patriarch, the 97-key, nine-foot, six-inch "IMPERIAL" concert grand, each Bosendorfer takes nearly five years to complete.
    Classic Pianos owner Maurice Unis stated “We are pleased to have been selected by Bosendorfer to conduct this event. Our award winning technicians have meticulously prepared each piano for potential clients to see, hear and play.”
    To provide an enjoyable and distraction-free environment, admission to the sale is by reservation only. Classic Pianos has dedicated an entire floor of their showroom at 10635 Northeast 8th Street in Bellevue for the showing and sale of these pianos. Please call 425.451.4774 to make at reservation
    About Bösendorfer:
    One of the oldest piano manufacturers, Bosendorfer was established in 1828 by Ignaz Bösendorfer. From the outset, it has had a history of producing highly respected instruments. In 1830, it was named official piano maker to the Emperor of Austria. Ignaz's son Ludwig Bösendorfer (April 15, 1835 – May 9, 1919) took over in 1859, operating from new premises from 1860. Between 1872 and its closure in 1913, the associated Bösendorfer-Saal was one of the premier concert halls of Vienna. In 1909, the company was sold to Carl Hutterstrasser, who was succeeded by his sons Alexander and Wolfgang in 1931. In 1966 Bösendorfer was taken over by the Jasper Corporation (later renamed Kimball International), parent company of Kimball Pianos, where it remained before returning to Austrian hands when it was purchased by BAWAG PSK Gruppe in 2002 BAWAG signed an agreement to sell all stock in Bösendorfer to Yamaha on December 20, 2007
    About Classic Pianos:
    In 2001 Maurice Unis and his eldest son, Brian, opened Classic Pianos - next to the Aladdin Theater - at 3003 SE Milwaukie Avenue in Portland Oregon in a historic building that had earlier housed a violin maker. As soon as the shop was established, a very diverse community of piano-related businesses grew up around Classic -- craftsmen and technicians dedicated to the restoration of fine old instruments, a piano moving company, piano teachers working out of the studios at Classic, and a sheet music business. – created Classic Pianos “campus” at the east end of the Ross Island Bridge. The expansion included a newly remodeled, acoustically-enhanced, Recital Hall that occupies the space adjacent to the Aladdin Theater.
    In 2009 Classic Pianos opened their Seattle showroom and have become one of the leading piano dealers in the U.S., winning multiple awards from piano manufacturers worldwide. Other Classic Piano showrooms can be found in Albuquerque, NM, Anchorage, AK, Las Vegas, NV and Akron, Ohio.
    About: The Bosendorfer EMPEROR Piano:
    In 1869, the Emperor of Austria presented a richly ornamented grand piano as a gift to the Emperor of Japan. Only a short time later, however, the instrument went into hiding. The piano’s plans still exist and are now used as a basis for production of the model Emperor, an exact replica of the original instrument. The piano is decorated with richly carved and gilded details, all made by hand in a painstaking process designed to recreate the piano’s special imperial touch.
    One-of-a-kind Bosendorfer 9'6" "Imperial" Concert Grand PianoReplica - 1869 Austrian present to Emperor Meiji of Japan -US$1.25 Million
    Contact: Fred Riley
    Phone Number: 425.462.1888 or 425.451.4774

    Inovonics 201 Compressor

    The Inovonics 201 is a vintage compressor/limiter that is for use in the recording studio. It's an analog piece of equipment and will take up a single space in a traditional rack case. The make up of the Inovonics 201 isn't too hard to follow, but I wouldn't say it's the simplest compressor/limiter that I've used. Since it's an older piece of gear, the labeling on the parameters isn't the standards that we're used to today, but there still the same parameters that experienced users will be used to. These parameters are for input gain, limit, peaking ceiling, and for attack and release. It also has switches for 'ripple cancel' and 'response'. A manual might be a good idea if you just bought one of these, but if you come across it on the stop you should be able to figure out how to use it without the assistance of a manual.The sound of the Inovonics 201 definitely makes it a unique compressor when compared with many of the models out today. It seems to hit the signal pretty hard, of course in varying degrees depending on how you set the parameters, but in general it's a pretty heavy sounding compressor/limiter. Not sure that it would be suitable as an all purpose compressor, as it has it's own sound that should be utilized in situations where it might fit in best. This thing is awesome on drums if you're going for a certain type of sound, but as I said, I wouldn't use it all over the place. The Inovonics 201 is a really cool looking and sounding compressor/limiter, but it's definitely got it's own color and isn't the most transparent sounding dynamics processor out there. Chances are you're not going to find many of these out there, but if you're interested in acquiring one there seems to be one for sale every now and again. In the end, while this wouldn't be the best choice for a lot of situations, it's got a cool sound that's all it's own.

    Chandler LITTLE DEVILS Equalizer and compressor

    "Technically and sonically speaking, the Chandler LITTLE DEVILS are steeped in the sound and function of all Chandler gear - discrete amplifiers, inductors, transformers, and quality American build. You won't find any surface mount or ribbon cables in the Little Devils (used to build cell phones and computers) that are becoming popular money-saving and sound-crippling build techniques used by some other manufacturers."

    Klark Teknik DN370

    The all-new Klark Teknik DN370 is the latest evolutionary step in a process of design refinement that goes back over 30 years. With DN370 we’ve started from the ground up and produced a unit that is totally without compromise, and one that we believe is the finest professional graphic equaliser in the world today. It also perfectly complements the existing Klark Teknik range of equalisers, both analogue and digital.
    Our aim is simply to provide discerning professional users with the best possible solutions for system control. Our market research shows that the graphic equaliser is still the most commonly-used EQ device in fixed and mobile live sound applications, as well as many installations, mainly because the physical user interface provides instant access and controllability in even the most demanding environments. To this end we have completely re-evaluated the role of the graphic EQ, focusing exclusively on providing a new feature set that better reflects the needs of modern users.
    Like all Klark Teknik units, DN370 is engineered for a lifetime of hard use and carries our 3-year international factory warranty.

    Cytomic's "The Glue" Buss Compressor plugin

    "The Glue is a high quality analog modeled plug-in based on The classic 80's British big console buss compressor with some additional features. It uses the same high quality algorithms used in circuit simulation packages but optimised for real time use. It's quick and easy to use and has an uncluttered interface."

    reFX Nexus 2

    "Nexus2 is a next generation ROM synthesizer of the highest quality that can turn your musical dreams into a stunning reality. Forget about stereotypical, boring, stale, old sounding ROM synths and embrace the power of NEXUS2 to evolve your productions to a new level of greatness."

    "Nexus2 is the kind of instrument that you go to when you don't want to spend time programming...."

    News Report of iPad 2 Festivities Was Shot & Broadcast — On iPad 2

    Videographer Richard Gutjahr pioneering the iPad 2 as in-field camera rig.
    Check out this totally pro video of the iPad 2 launch in Munich, Germany. It was shot, edited and uploaded entirely on an iPad 2 using iMovie. The entire process took less than a hour. It’s even in HD (720p).
    It was shot by journalist Richard Gutjahr. Gutjahr made headlines himself last year as the first guy in line for the original iPad at Apple’s 5th Ave. Store in New York. Gutjahr bumped pro-line sitter Greg Packer.
    It’s pretty amazing that such a professional video was prepared and published in less than an hour. Could never do it that quickly with a camcorder/MacBook/Aircard combo.
    Here’s the finished product:

    The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec (Coming soon)

    Forget the time-consuming cycle of encoding your mix for MP3, 
    previewing it, then going back to tweak the mix, then encoding 
    again and repeating the whole process several times. 

    The Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec allows you to critically audition 
    and encode to multiple formats in real time within a DAW 
    environment, and includes built-in encoding/decoding features 
    with extensive monitoring tools. 

    So now you can be assured of the best possible quality, by 
    producing compensated mixes optimized for online distribution, 
    in much less time!

    Feature List

  • Supported Codecs: 

  • Stereo mp3, mp3 Surround, AAC-LC, HE-AAC and Lossless Codecs - mp3-HD and HD-AAC

  • Ability to select up to five codecs for simultaneous export and write encoded files in real time

  • Comprehensive auditioning with glitchless switching

  • AB auditioning in real time between codecs, or between codec and input signal

  • ABX mode for blind statistical testing

  • Audition difference between input signal and codec output

  • Graphical displays include:

  • - High resolution display of the Input signal and Diff signal.
    - Indication of the audibility of output artefacts and codec-induced noise
    - Bitstream levels and ability to compensate for overloads
    - Indication of filesize or datastream compression
    - Phase metering

  • Off-line encoding and decoding

  • Provision for Metadata insertion and detection, eg. ID3 Tags

  • Compatible with most DAWs:
    - Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo, Sonar, Sequoia and Wavelab. (Mac and PC)


                                                           RealTraps MegaTraps 

    "MegaTraps ($249.99) absorb more, and to lower frequencies, than any other bass trap product ever made at any price. MegaTraps are meant for corner placement only, and boast a front face nearly three feet wide. When stacked from floor to ceiling, they fill the corner completely for maximum absorption."

    The MegaTraps were nominated for a TEC Award


    Introducing another member of the BLA product line: the AGB Compressor. An homage to the venerable Neve 33609, the AGB is a two-channel diode compressor and limiter housed in a 2U rack mount chassis. Imagine a quick, responsive, low-noise compressor with powerful control features. It does everything from smooth and easy compression to weird rhythmic clicks to funky envelope tricks. It's insanely fast and doesn't choke when you really push it. Strap it across your drum bus and smash away. Give your snare a nice, dense crack. Use it for program material. The slower attack mode is great for vocals. Whatever you use it on, you’ll find it does the job well, and without raising the noise floor.
    So where does our design differ from the original? For one, the signal path is a fully balanced, opamp-based circuit. While we’re using rotary potentiometers instead of stepped potentiometers, we’ve given you more control over things like input level and attack time. Like the original, the AGB uses input, interstage, and output transformers.

    Threshold: -20dB to about +10dB.
    Ratio:1.5:1 to 6:1.
    Release:100ms to 1.5 seconds.
    Slow Attack:Standard setting is fastest and is designed to catch transient spikes. When pushed in, the attack response time slows down by a factor of about 10 to compensate for slower moving parts like vocals.
    Key In: When pushed in it switches the detector's sample signal from the standard input signal to the "key input" jack on the back of the unit.
    Compress In: Engages the compressor.


    Threshold: +4 to +15dB.  This is post makeup gain, so raising the makeup gain can raise the level of the output signal enough trigger the limiter.
    Release: 50ms to 600ms.
    Fast Attack: Cuts the attack response time for the limiter in half.
    Limit In- Engages the limiter section.  The limiter is triggered from the output, so the compressor section's signal reduction will reduce the signal's triggering of the limiter.  The limiter could also work without the compressor engaged just as the compressor can still work without the limiter engaged.
    Stereo Link: Puts the unit into stereo mode.  This runs both channels of compression and limiting from the detector in Channel 1.  In link mode, Channel 1's compressor and limiter settings control both channels.  Input trim and makeup gain settings for each channel remain independent of each other.
    Makeup Gain: Compensates for the signal reduction from compression.  Bypassing the compressor bypasses the makeup gain stage.
    Gain Reduction Meters: Monitors the amount of signal reduction by both the compression stage and the limiter stage.  In stereo mode, both meters will track the same because both are triggering from Channel 1's detector circuit.
    We offer our AGB Compressor for only $995!
    (+ $30/$35 shipping within the continental United States; for International orders, shipping prices will vary).
    Please contact us directly at 773-549-1885 or email us to order yours now.
    Once we receive your payment in full (either by credit card or through Paypal), your order is confirmed. Since our products are made to order, it can take approximately 5-7 business days for us to complete your Compressor. Once it is completed and thoroughly tested, we will ship your AGB to you by UPS, and you will receive a tracking number via e-mail.

    Despite Piracy, Music Is More Alive Than Ever Before

    A new paper published by the American economist Joel Waldfogel shows that music piracy hasn’t hurt the creation of new music as the RIAA, IFPI and other industry representatives have often claimed. Instead, music has democratized in recent years with the balance of power shifting from the monopoly of the major music labels to smaller, independent ones. Music itself may be more alive than ever before.
    In recent years many academics have researched the supposed link between Internet piracy and the revenues of the major music labels, with varying results. Some have concluded that there is no adverse impact of piracy on sales, others argue that there’s a moderate negative relation, but the overall consensus is that the losses as claimed by the industry itself are hugely exaggerated.
    Another claim of the music industry, that piracy hinders the creation of new music, has now been debunked by Applied Economics Professor Joel Waldfogel of the University of Minnesota. In a recently published paper he shows that there is no evidence that piracy hurts creativity or slows down the supply of recorded music.
    “The legal monopoly created by copyright is justified by its encouragement of the creation of new works, but there is little evidence on this relationship,” Waldfogel starts in his introduction of the paper catchily titled: “Bye, Bye, Miss American Pie?”.
    “The supply of recorded music appears not to have fallen off much since Napster, and there is at least suggestive evidence that independent music labels, which operate with lower break even thresholds, are playing an increased role in bringing new works to market,” he later concludes.
    Where some researchers focused heavily on finding out what the link between piracy and music industry revenues is, another major shift in the music industry in the past decade was left mostly ignored. Without going into detail on the data provided, we want to highlight some excellent points Waldfogel lays out in his paper.

    The Democratization of Music
    In the paper Waldfogel reiterates some of the points we’ve made here earlier, namely, that alongside the increase in file-sharing, the state of technology advanced at a rapid pace as well. With new and cheaper recording technologies, digital music outlets and social networks, many of the tasks that were previously fulfilled by the big labels could easily be taken over by independent labels, or even the artists themselves.
    To a certain degree the big labels are slowly becoming obsolete. At the least, their monopoly is falling apart as their role can be taken over by independent labels that operate with a much smaller profit margin. Where the majors sometimes have to sell half a million albums to break even, independent labels can do the same by selling 25,000 or less, Waldfogel illistrates.
    On a broader scale it’s not hard to see that new technologies and the Internet in particular are a huge game changer for the music industry.

    Production, Promotion and Distribution
    “Bringing music successfully to market has three component activities – creation, promotion, and distribution – and new technologies have changed each of these substantially,” Waldfogel writes in his paper, explaining how each of the three components changed drastically in recent history.
    Since the Second World War the costs of producing music have decreased decade after decade, and this process accelerated in the post-Napster era. Nearly every garage band can now record an album with high quality sound with a limited budget. This was pretty much impossible a few years ago.
    Similarly, thanks to the Internet there are a million ways to promote one’s content, with the only cost being the time that’s invested in it. Thanks to Youtube, Facebook and more specialized music services such as and Pandora, artists have many platforms to promote themselves. Previously, although illegal, labels often paid radio stations to promote their music.
    On the distribution side things have changed too. With a minimal investment artists can now put their work up for sale on iTunes, and those who wish to give it away for free have hundreds of options to do so as well. Now compare that to a decade ago, when the iPod had yet to be invented and artists had to physically ship their CDs all over the world.
    The changes the music industry has gone through are unprecedented, but instead of adopting to the new reality the big labels have been focused almost exclusively on piracy. And yes, the revenues are down for the major labels, but thousands of smaller independent labels have been started during the same period, many of which are turning healthy profits.
    In sum, Waldfogel’s paper concludes that, unlike the major labels often suggest, the supply of new music has not decreased because of piracy. Instead, the entire music industry has changed with more power going to the artists and smaller labels. Although this is hurting the majors, piracy is not to blame and music is more alive than ever before.