I love my Dropbox… I have my family budget spreadsheet in my local Dropbox folder on my desktop computer which automatically syncs up with the copy on the Dropbox server.
First I opened the budget on my desktop and then opened the same file using my laptop. I wanted to see how any conflicts would be resolved if I had made changes on both open versions of the budget then save and close them both.
The Dropbox cloud handled it beautifully by first recognizing that both versions of the spreadsheet was changed then it will simply create a copy of the budget sheet also indicating which computer made the changes. Beautiful….I’ll never lose my important documents even if both computers blew up.
Get your free drop box here… http://db.tt/81KlLym , download and install the Dropbox you earn 500 Megs of space for FREE. Refer your friends get even more space.
The remote control feature of the Behringer X32 worked very well. Though I would contend that using the PC version with a windows8 Laptop provided a more full featured experience. Without going through each feature one by one, it appears that the PC version of the software provided control of everything you would want to do in a live show. Using a windows8 computer that included a touchscreen made it very easy to select and perform various functions. I had an old IPAD, one of the originals, so I had to upgrade to the latest OS available for that iPAD, version 5.1.
Setup was very simple once I remembered that their two RJ45 (Lan connections) on the back of the X32. I couldn’t readily see the back of the unit as I had to lean over the top of the X32 to see the back. Once I put the connector into my LAN connection closer to the power port. I could easily ping the X32. I put the IP address as 192.168.1.1 for the X32. I connected the LAN port of the X32 to one of the spare ports on my Hawaiian Tel wireless modem that is used for both my IP TV and Internet service. The network mask is 255.255.255.0, which is pretty standard for any router connected to an internet provider.
I jumped on my laptop and pinged the X32 and got four reply messages indicating that there was IP connectivity between my laptop and the X32 mixer via my wireless internet service.
To use the Ping command on your PC first hold the windows key down and press R. Type CMD on the window and DOS like window will open. In the command window type ping 192.168.1.1 or whatever IP address you decided to assign to the X32. You should see four responses from the X32 that is answering your ping (This is a standard LAN testing procedure)
Download the XControl software for the Behringer X32 mixer from http://www.behringer.com . Look for the Downloads tab and select the appropriate XControl software, iPad or PC.
An opportunity to promote yourself, a band, group, hula halau, comedy act, and more.
The Ewa by Gentry Swap Meet in Keaunui Park, 91-1795 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach, 96706.
Saturday, July 14th 2012
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
First Entertainment as early as 8:30 AM
Starting this July 14th, I will be working with Ewa by Gentry setting up Live entertainment for Saturday Swap Meet at 91-1795 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach 96706.
All caliber of entertainment are welcome. Promote yourself or your group at this event. Simply come in and plug in.
The good book has taught me that everyone is born with a negative state of mind right from the start. Right after birth we are narcissistic little kids that only want, what we want, when we want it. As we grow we are taught to share things, be patient, and world doesn’t revolve around us and we are not the center of attention.
Have you ever been in a doctor’s office, seeing a pair of toddlers on the floor, but with only one toy between them? You remember how they immediately got into it and then the dominant personality stole the toy from the other child. There you go … It’s up to the parents of the children to start that learning process that ultimately will result in a child that has grown to be an adult and contributing member of his community. So what happens if the family unit is broken and the child loses his teachers? It’s simple, look around you.
One would wonder, is it really the fault of the child? I don’t think so … Now kicking in the element of the evil influences in this world. Yes, the good book also tells me that man can be influenced by the devil, making us do things that a good person wouldn’t. Remember, hearing cases where someone would kill indiscriminately and when asked why they did it, he would say, a voice told him to do it.
But the secular world would like to call it schizophrenia as the reason … So is it the man’s fault? Once again I don’t think so. I remember a few years ago, my van was broken while we were shopping. I lost my 17″ computer and some very expensive program CDs, a GPS system on the front windshield, and a heavy-duty tripod. I remember feeling no hatred to the thief. I was amazingly calm which really surprised me because I would normally have reacted much worse, probably swearing out loud, kicking my van and more. However, I understood how this world works and I knew that God would rather we simply not get angry and let him take care of the thief. All this resulted in zero stress and making me a better person for me, my family and my friends.
Here is the bottom line, Take the time to know God, you will be able to live a better life, without hate, and the greatest tolerance for the negative things around you. You will learn the “why” of what people do and you will know to “love” and help him or her as best you can, finally the best you can is only possible if you believe in HIM and follow his word.
Our present economy situation maybe prompting some creative maneuvers by some of the businesses you frequent. On two occasions I have noticed that the figures I had posted on my home budget spreadsheet do not match the banks ledger. The amount on the ledger was higher than what I had posted. Unfortunately on the first notice I didn’t have the receipt. On the second event I found the receipt in my wallet however, the date and amount were rubbed off. I know it’s not a matter of me forgetting to include any tips because the business is self-served and carry out.
Take the time to check your receipts against actual charges to your bank account. These days, losing a few dollars here and there adds up to big bucks at the end of the month.
BillyG watching out for you…. watching out for me too…
All of a sudden my default browser page in my Internet Explorer was replaced to something coming from Incredibar, forcing me to use it for my web searches.
I found Incredibar in my list of installed programs, removed it, but page remained as Incredibar. I knew was in trouble now.
I searched the internet for a cure and found a few apps that would fix it, but for a fee. No no, I thought, there is got to be a way to fix this for free.
Then I remembered Spybot Search and Destroy as being one of my ol’ time favorites that has saved me, many times in the past.
I decided to try the newer, free version called Spybot 2.
I downloaded the application, ran it and it successfully found and removed the Incredibar default page.
You can find it here: http://www.safer-networking.org/spybot2-own-mirror-1/
Some websites will offer you a free scan to get rid of the bug. They will allow the scan, tell you they found it, and then ask you to pay some $$ to have it removed. Some websites will have you enter your personal information as a registration process then ask you to pay the $$. Well, you know about Spybot, so go have it done for Free. Don’t bother to erase your information onscreen as it might already be too late. Some programs designed to capture information will send information as each key is pressed one at time, capturing your information even before you hit the enter key.
How did I get that Incredibar?
I believe it came and installed itself when I installed a print screen program that I removed because it didn’t work well. That wouldn’t have happened if I had simply gone to a trusted website to search for, and try different software. Sites like brow www.download.com www.tucows.com and the likes.
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I am simply blown away after testing my new ZXA1 system out in the garage. I ordered two complete systems, main and sub for the left and main and sub for the right side of the stage, but one of the sub woofers is on back order. I will be using them for the very first time for a gig at the Pearl Country Club in Pearl City and expectations are satisfied with not only five stars, but maybe 10 stars.
I’m sharing my test results with you as I’m sure you found this post because you are looking for more information on the Electo-Voice ZXA1 speaker systems.
Question #1: Will one sub provide enough bass to make up for the one sub not here yet?
Answer most definitely. With the range setting on the mains and sub at 0 db. The system came alive with no LED bouncing on my mixer. Wow … that is impressive as sometimes at my gigs, running a 300 watt system, I would want to pump it up further, but my mixer is already red lining.
The EV manuals say that it would be better to have the speakers set at higher point of the range because then you wouldn’t be over driving the mixer and causing distortion. That is a testimonial to how quiet the amplifiers in the speakers are as less superior brands would may be introduce some noise. All right EV.
Question #2: How does the music mix as whole sound while using the sub woofer, but having the main speakers set for full range then with it’s 100 hertz filter applied. The lows will only come out of the sub woofer when the main speaker’s 100 hertz filter is on? Answer: In MHO the mix sounds cleaner with the 100 hertz filter applied. Cleaner because I can hear the higher frequencies coming out of the main speakers nice and crisp. Know that mechanically, the low frequencies in the mains are coming from the 8″ speaker while the high frequencies are coming from it’s horn, two different sound sources so it means that the absence of low frequencies coming from the main speaker only makes for a clear road for the high frequencies to hit your ears and it is beautiful to listen to this EV system and adjust to sound like the sound system in your car or home. Full of punching lows (frequencies) , correctly adjusted mids and crisp highs…
I have heard a few DJ’s that need to walk out in front of their speakers as they are pushing 90db plus SPL (Sound Pressure Levels) They don’t realize how they are hurting the ears of the guests, especially the older generation with ears that cannot handle the mids around 2 Khz. It’s quite simple, Let’s feel the bass, hear the highs, and not get blown away by the mids.
In summary…. I am very pleased with my test results. The Electro Voice ZXA1 and ZXA1-Sub combination is highly recommended by me if you are looking for powerful, yet very light speakers to work with. The powered 800 watt ZXA1 main is about 19lbs and the ZXA1-Sub is only 46 lbs. Before purchasing this system, I looked at the Bose L1 series, however it’s not designed for a band application in my opinion.
A single sub or even no sub would work nicely for a duo or acoustic band. This Saturday I will be using the system with only (1) sub and I’ll come back to post and update letting you all know how it went.
If you run a DJ, I recommend getting two subs – You your funds are low, use your existing sub as well. You can even run four EV subs, two on each side. Wow… Let’s start an earth quake.
Two complete system will give you 3000 watts of power … Now that is cool.
The wireless microphones put out by Vocopro are very inexpensive. There is no other manufacturer out there that will give you eight wireless microphones for less than $700. I had noticed some noise issues that were related to the RF (Radio Frequency) operations of the microphones. I just completed my testing and have confirmed my suspicions. It’s after twelve midnight here in Hawaii so I will call it a night with more information to come…
Update July 3rd, 2012
As promised I have returned to add to this post my findings on RF issues related to the Vocopro UHF-880 wireless microphone system. Before I continue, let me say that I for one, is very much satisfied with the quality of sound and how this system is working as well as it is with eight microphone transmitters and eight receivers working in close proximity of each other, performing as well as they have. Especially note worthy is that the AA batteries (2) last very long. They are rated to last up to 12 hours.
You will know when the change the batteries as the red LED light on the microphone, comes on solid red when the batteries are weak.
Before going further you need to understand this next paragraph:
“Intermodulation interference occurs when two or more transmitters, transmitting at different frequencies, are coupled, resulting in the mixing of signals. This results in the presence of additional frequencies (intermodulation products) that are either sum or difference of the transmitted frequencies. If intermodulation products fall within the bandwidth of a receiver, intermodulation interference may occur.” Source:
Now the question is, which channels are impacted by the intermodudation issues with the Vocopro system?
Please note that managing your wireless microphones correctly will eliminate in noise issue resulting from intermodulation. Here are some simple rules.
1. All wireless mic channels should include a “mute” button so that you can turn it off when not being used. Any receiver whose transmitter is turned off will invite RF noise.
2. Have the performers turn on their microphones and leave them on, until they leave the stage. This way all the receivers will be locked in on their transmitter leaving no room for intermodualtion noise.
3. Sound man waits for all microphones to be “on” before un-muting the channels.
No mute buttons on your channels? Get a board that has them.
First let me tell you about my setup. Plugged in the receiver, installed both antennas on the system, opened the sql (squelch level) to highest sensitivity (fully CCW). It is the squelches job to squelch noise while a receiver is NOT picking up its transmitted microphone. Erroneous noises occur when the receivers squelch is breached and RF nose enters the radio. This noise ultimately reaches the loud speakers.
Always keep unused wireless channels muted!
While turning different microphones and watching the RF indication LED on each receiver, you can determine which combination of microphone being left on will cause issues to channels whose transmitters (microphones) are turned off.
Turning on different combinations of microphones will cause idle receivers to pickup noise. Channels 5 is the most impacted, followed by channel 8. Knowing this and following the simple rules above should keep you in the clear, enjoying your vocopro wireless microphones for years to come.
Sure the electronics for this system can be improved, eliminating all RF intermoduation issues. Then, perhaps these 8 wireless mics would cost us more than 4K dollars? Nah… I’ll continue to use my Vocopro mics… You can too, now that you know the plan.
I looked above and saw an angel, that God had sent, to watch over you.
Through all your fears and desperation, know HE is there, for you.
Don’t let sorrow overwhelm you. God can heal all your pain.
Trust in HIM, HE has a plan for you, Know HE is there for you.
Let the angel’s wings surround you,
Representing God’s Love about you,
Trust in HIM, Have faith in HIM and HH will never let you go..
When God sends you and Angel,
You may never realize,
Trust in him, with all your heart..
and, He will never leave your side…
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Written and all instruments performed by Billy Gomban Jr.
Dedicated to all who needs to hear these words of comfort. God bless you All