ZOOM Q8 HD VIDEO & AUDIO RECORDER
Zoom have come a long way since they first amazed us all with the original H4 Handy Recorder many years ago. The introduction of video recorders to their range a few years back took them even further in terms of what they can offer. Now, the Zoom Q8 brings both these worlds together and draws upon elements of both to deliver the ultimate portable recorder. It’s compact, lightweight and offers not only HD video recording, but also 4-track audio recording too.
RADIAL ENGINEERING STAGEBUG SB-6 ISOLATOR
It always amazes me how so many people will turn up to a gig and not even consider the need for certain devices. All too often people will use the battered, old, cheap DI box that the venue refuses to throw out even when the results are not that great. Even more often, musicians are prepared to use terrible connections from a range of devices with long cable runs, and simply expect them to sound fine. It is no wonder they then complain about their device not working properly, when the result is a ground hum or hissing from unshielded cables. So, musicians of the world, let me introduce you to the StageBug.
HERCULES STANDS ESSENTIAL ADD-ONS
Hercules Stands really stand out from the crowd for a couple of reasons. The rst is the bright yellow components that they all use in addition to the black frame. The other reason they stand out is because of their sometimes radical designs that deliver a sturdy, safe and reliable cradle for your instrument and equipment. Now, Hercules is offering some essential stand options for the modern musician that works with a computer, a tablet, or even a smartphone.
ZOOM iQ7 MS MICROPHONE FOR IPHONE AND IPAD
With so many different peripherals available for your iOS device these days, it is always refreshing to see a product that offers a different approach to the norm. That is why I was more than intrigued when I took the Zoom iQ7 MSmicrophone out of the carton that arrived on my desk this week. Having given the iQ6 a test run last month, and got great results from that, but the standard, fixed XY microphone setup is something I have seen time and time again for iOS devices. The introduction of the iQ7 is really something special as it offers a difference in polar patterns with the two microphones.
ANALYSIS PLUS CABLES
Analysis Plus was founded in 1993 and has provided electronic and electromagnetic simulation and analysis for a host of companies. All of its team members hold advanced degrees in electrical engineering or physics and their specialty is computer simulation, so they’re obsessed with the testing and measurement of the performance of their cables. Each ships with a White Paper explaining the physics of what makes these cables so special. Let’s look at three from the range.
FISHMAN FLUENCE SINGLE WIDTH PICKUP FOR STRAT
When you hear the name Fishman, you instantly think of amazing guitar pickups. And rightly so as they are known to make some of the best pickups for acoustic guitars as well as associated preamp systems to compliment these pickups. But, most of you would not generally think of tricking up your Fender Strat with a Fishman, unless you were going for that piezo in the bridge that might struggle to translate. Well, all that is about to change as Fishman have finally dipped their feet into the electric guitar market with their first magnetic pickups for Strats.