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Are we all aware there’s an “Analogue switch off” in 2015? “It’s Radio Jim, but not as we know it”. Actually, when Digital Radios take over the UK, there will be a lot of “air space” left over on the FM bands. This will give rise to a plethora of “Local Radio stations”. It’ll be “I’m Jack broadcasting from The Red Lion – your local” or “Local High School FM”. It could make for some interesting listening.
So what’s it all about and why? Are we going to be getting amazing quality with Digital? Have manufacturers refined their Electrical Components to give Sony, Pure and Roberts Digital Radios something better and more exciting? The answer is yes. Apparently the electrical components use a different method to transmit information and offer an amazing quality and great new service for listeners. The costs will be lower for broadcasters too. [Read More...]
Yesterday, on a visit to the Ideal Home Exhibition in London, I visited a home that had it all. Voice activated doors, windows and even the shower! In the future, instead of a bed there was a kind of massive oyster shell that you would curl up in, assuring you a great night’s sleep.
In my house, I’m still in awe of the microwave, but my son has some friends who have recently invested in a fantastic bespoke home entertainment automation project. After I visited this sophisticated home cinema, they said it had been hard to know where to turn for advice on this kind of project. Apparently iLife solutions home cinema collection was a great find. They specialise in “bespoke home entertainment.” Their solutions can even extend to a whole house system which will control security, heating and lighting. Steady on, I’m back at that exhibition! [Read More...]
Because I had invested in what turned out to be a great little Samsung Notepad, when I came to think about the purchase of a new TV, Samsung was up there as one of my first choices. I think I was right. Samsung televisions offer great picture HD quality and are up there with the best in the world. [Read More...]
Q: We are a successful group and are tired of hiring out sound studios for practice and recording. How difficult is it to set up a professional sound studio in my home?
It’s not too difficult a task if you plan it all out before you start. People trying to set up a an audio studio on a limited budget can get all focussed on the equipment rather than spending money on stuff in the room that does not contribute one jot to the sound you will produce. Spending on the room could, however, be a much better investment. Many people who set up studios in their home may end up with noise leakage – out and in, or problems with the set up of the room causing sound recording distortions. There are 3 major things to consider: soundproofing walls, doors and windows, and floors.
The term should not really be “soundproofing” because sound leakage is something impossible to get rid of altogether, the aim is “sound isolation”. The most effective way to stop sound is to put a solid wall between the sound and the hearer; and if you double the thickness of the wall, this will halve the sound transmitted. The difficulty is that sound isolation drops with frequency, so though you can shut down the high frequencies, you will still be able to hear the bass bumping away. Two walls with an air gap between are more effective than one wall of double thickness. . Professional studios that are built with partition walls will often have at least three layers of plasterboard on both sides. This give adequate isolation, but for a home studio a brick wall is better for low frequencies.
Windows and doors can be areas that leak the most sound. Double glazing is essential and the wider the gap and the heavier the weight of glass the better – though internal secondary windows inside the double glazing work even better. As for doors – they are a major problem – and will always leaks a lot of sound relative to the walls. They need to be completely airtight and ideally have two doors fitted separated by the width of the wall.
A concrete floor will have enough sound isolation, but try a thick carpet felt on a wood floor.