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DJmix2000


Here’s a strange looking device from NTI Comodo Inc. A sort of podcasting recorder device. Although it is sort of handheld, I’m not sure who it is aiming at really. Here’s what their site says about it:

“DJmix2000 is our latest addition of USB audio product that reproduced digitally enhanced audio/sound technology for empowering music lovers. Dynamic playback out comes sound and record in your desktop/ lap top PC.

……For empowering music lovers as well as Music deejay, karaoke lovers ….

Highlight

1. full duplex sound card inside
2. Microphone with Echo control.
3. Low latency pipe line for music

The DJmix2000 platinum USB audio/karaoke Console also retains the features that made the playback & record with microphone (vocal) echo control.

-. echo control
-. record/stop/play key
-. play/pause, stop. prev, next track
-. master volume control
-. 3 mode key microphone/music/mixed”

Fair enough, it is a Japanese site and the translation may not be all that, even so, who is this for?

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Zoom H2

I do like dedicated hardware, and the Zoom H2 is very nice and very small indeed …


Now everyone can record pristine audio in an infinite variety of applications. From seminars and conferences, to electronic news gathering (ENG) and podcasting, to musical performances, songwriting sessions and rehearsals, the H2 provides amazing recording quality. The H2 can effortlessly record it in high-quality stereo.


The H2 is the only portable recorder with 4 mic capsules onboard for 360° recording. With 4 mic capsules in a W-X/Y configuration, the audio is decoded instantly, bringing these four signals together for unparalleled stereo imaging.


Here’s what the Zoom site has to say about the product:

But the H2 doesn’t stop there. For maximum flexibility, you can record from the front of the H2 and at 90° or the rear of H2 at 120° in up to 96 kHz/24-bit WAV format, as MP3 up to 320 kbps. Additionally, you can record 360° in 48kHz/24-bit format which will allow you to convert your recordings to 5.1 Surround.

The H2 is a remarkably robust device that is incredibly easy to use. One button recording, gain controls on the side and an intuitive user interface mean you can always capture the moment. Set your levels, push record and go. It’s that simple. Or use the Auto Start and Auto Gain Control functions to ensure complete capture at the right level. And if you need to fine-tune your levels on the fly, we made it easy with gain control buttons on the front panel.

The H2 records on Secure Digital (SD) media and a 512MB SD card is included. With a 4GB SD memory card, the H2 provides up to 2 hours recording at 96kHz, 6 hours at 44.1kHz, or up to a staggering 138 hours in MP3. Store your recordings on a PC or Mac with its USB 2.0 interface. And you can use its time stamping function for reference during production. Or use the H2 as a USB Mic or digital audio interface for recording directly to a computer.

The H2 weighs 4 ounces and fits in your pocket for the ultimate in portability and convenience. Two standard alkaline AA batteries will give you 4 hours of continuous operation and a backlit display means it’s always easy to use in any situation.

I have to admit it looks good and it very small indeed. Almost the ideal size for a field recorder. All in all a very cool little bit of hardware.

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QOTD: What would bring in developers?

It is fair to say that there aren’t many developers of mobile music applications. Why is this?

Is it that the market is fairly small? Maybe.
Is it because developing these kind of applications requires a great deal of skill and expertise? Almost certainly?
Is it just not an area that people want to get into? Could be.

So, what would bring developers in?

It is a difficult question, and not one that is easily answered I think. What do you think?