Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rare and out of stock, Original Death by Audio "ROBOT" pedal - $350


Apple introduces iOS 5, New iPods and iPhone 4S

iPod Nano

Engadget has a live blog of the Apple Conference where they announced the new iPhone 4S. It will be available October 14th for AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. iOS 5 and iCloud will be available October 12th.
The voice activated intelligent assistant called "Siri" is a major development for the iOS platform.
See the live feed complete with a multitude of pictures here.

Here's a comparison Engadget did of the iPhone 4 and 4S:

iPhone 4SiPhone 4

Price (on contract)$199 16GB, $299 32GB, $399 64GB$99 8GB
ProcessorDual-core Apple A5Apple A4
Display3.5-inch IPS 960 x 6403.5-inch IPS 960 x 640
Primary camera8 megapixel AF with flash and f/2.4 aperture5 megapixel AF with flash
Secondary cameraVGA at 30fpsVGA
Video recording1080p at 30fps, optional iMovie720p at 30fps, optional iMovie
CellularHybrid GSM / CDMA "World Phone", Bluetooth 4.0Quadband GSM, pentaband HSPA
Orientation sensingAccelerometer, digital compass, gyroscopeAccelerometer, compass, gyroscope
FaceTime video callingYesYes
SIM standardMicro SIMMicro SIM
Battery lifeUp to 8 hours talk time on 3G

14 hours talk time on 2G

Up to 6 hours data on 3G

Up to 9 hours data on WiFi

Up to 40 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video
Up to 7 hours talk time on 3G, 14 hours on 2G

Up to 10 hours data on WiFi

Up to 40 hours audio

Up to 10 hours video
Weight140 grams / 4.9 oz137 grams / 4.8 oz.
Dimensions115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm


The Schmidlin Fed+ All Tube Audio Compressor

The Schmidlin Fed+ All Tube Audio Compressor is inspired by the Federal AM-864/U 
compressor-limiter but with added features for today's market. I like that it can be used as a
tube pre when used with a high output microphone:

"Note that this unit can be used as a tube pre utilizing the 22dB gain (by maximizing the
Threshold and minimizing the Ratio). This requires an efficient mic and a strong signal for best effect, so a ribbon mic with a violin (for example) would not be sufficient. If the unit is hit really
hard, some compression does kick in"

Audio clips in mp3 and Wav format comparing the Fed+ on different sources are available on their website.


Build Quality:
- British input transformer
- USA power and output transformer
- Paper-in-oil (glass sealed) signal and side chain capacitors
- Carbon-film resistors
- 3 1/2" Analog meter
- Solid state rectification with additional power supply smoothing
- All aluminum powder-coated chassis
- Balance Adjust for calibrating the 6BD6 tubes (when re-tubing)

Sonic Specifications:
- 600 ohms in and out, balanced
- Available Gain Reduction: 25dB
- Gain Reduction Threshold: +10dBm to -30 dBm
- Total System Gain: 22 dB gain above unity
- Frequency Response: +/- .25 dB 20-20,000 Hz
- Noise: -70dB or better referenced to gain reduction threshold
- Maximum input: 24 dBm
- Maximum output: 20 dBm