<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:29:45 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[American DJ Revo Burst Review]]> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 12:59:14 +0000 Tyler shows off the features of the American DJ Revo Burst lighting effect, for the modern DJ on the go.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Power Distribution – I’ve got the powwww-ah!]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 19:10:23 +0000 Power distribution at an event is something that you don’t have to worry about “until something goes wrong”…. When you have a small pair of speakers and a microphone, things either work or they don’t! But… as events get larger and you start to comprehend the power needs of a Sound, Lighting, Video and backline, you may be surprised just how much power is required to get the job done…

Enter: the Power Distro! A power distribution system instantly becomes the backbone of the entire event, and is often taken for granted.

the Power Distro

What proper power distribution offers you is:

  • a mains inlet direct from the building’s power supply that is connected and tested by an electrician when installed, usually the day of your event
  • power can be “broken out” and distributed where it is needed across the stage and in the air in an efficient manner
  • a “common path” for all things electricity at the event, and in the case of Audio, a “common ground connection” that ultimately helps prevent the dreaded “ground loop”
  • “zero reliance” on electrical plugs scattered around the room that may be faulty/mis-wired, and considerably MORE electrical power then is available from those outlets
  • and much FEWER “extension cords” on the event

..and everything above is a check-mark in the “efficiency and safety” boxes –there’s nothing better that both the venue and the crew like to hear than “efficient” and “safe”, and the venue is generally happy to hear that since an electrician is responsible for the mains connection, a certain level of professionalism is also being adhered to.

There are several different types of power distribution boxes, and in our case we chose to have it built by the nice people at Theatrixx:

  • A 100-Amp, Three phase, neutral/ground reverse Input on 16-series CAMLOCK inputs (the most common inlet type in the entertainment industry)
  • 6x L14-30 “single phase” locking outputs, each capable of delivering up to 60A of power
  • Breakout boxes for the L14-30, which allow (4) circuits to be dropped anywhere you need them
  • 4x L5-20 “Edison duplex” outlets, similar to what you’d find on any wall in your home (these are the 20A T-Lock versions that also accept 15A plugs)
  • 4x 20A Powercon outlets

....in total, this is like having THRITY-TWO power circuits that you can put anywhere you’d like.

Just like any home circuit breaker box, the “available output” is greater than the input, which is why for a “show” application we included metering that actually TELLS YOU how much power your are drawing, to help ensure that you’re not drawing too much and using power in a balanced way.

All of these units are built-to-suit, and should you ever require one for an event, give us a call – we’d be happy to help you get the right thing the first time and make your event a success!

Ryan McLeod
Manager, Professional Services Division
Pro Audio Rentals • Event Production • B2B Sales • GearHeadz
Cosmo Music – The Musical Instrument Superstore!
905.770.5222 x 379
ryan@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Ryan works with SFM to Develop a Unique Digiflex Power Line Hybrid Cable]]> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:59:06 +0000 Ryan searched for a long time for the perfect single power and signal line in one cable; the solution ended up being working directly with SFM and creating one. After a year long process they are now on offer here at Cosmo Music!

Check out the post on the SFM website for more: Digiflex Power Line Hybrid Cable Offers up Rugged, Real-World Solution for Cosmo Music.

Ryan McLeod
Manager, Professional Services Division
Pro Audio Rentals • Event Production • B2B Sales • GearHeadz
Cosmo Music – The Musical Instrument Superstore!
905.770.5222 x 379
ryan@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Hybrid Cables – The Next Era!]]> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:12:39 +0000 In the “old days”, you had racks of amplifiers and miles of speaker cable to get from those amps to your speakers… but as we’re all well aware, “powered speakers” are more than just a fad, they’re here to stay.

Making cable looms were also common-place, where - if you knew you needed power at stage-right for a guitar amplifier, as well as a mic for the guitar player and a mic for his amp, AND you were going to need this exact same setup for the next 30 shows you do, you would simply tape together the necessary cables and mark them so you could find them later in the cable trunk.

Now that every speaker is a “powered speaker” (not just a speaker, but a speaker with a purpose-built amplifier strapped to the back of it!) and each of those needs a power cable AND a signal cable running to it…. It wouldn’t be uncommon to have a rig with few speakers and a few subs per side and 6 powered monitor wedges on the stage…. All that cable makes for a mess that both the audience and artists will see, and creates yet another potential hazard for the artists and crew wandering the stage in the dark – hardly ideal! Add to that what you do when you have one bad XLR cable and need to figure out which one it is in a hurry….. not easy!

Enter the next era of cables – “Hybrid Cables” that contain in a single sheath a power line and one or two balanced lines (think: Power and signal like a snake) that both cleans up the stage and makes setup so much simpler – no more “chaining the power cables” for some things while stringing XLR’s all over the place. In our case, we use PowerCon and XLR, but they can be made using just about any type of connector out there, and the “splay” on either end of the cable can be custom-cut to any length you need.

It may not be nice to think about the expense (because you already have a pile of XLR cables and the power cables that came with your speakers?) but we found that they cost about the same as buying reasonable quality replacements that also make the show much quicker to wire and easier to troubleshoot (and you can keep those XLR’s for microphones and your old power cables as spares).

They may not look like much – but that’s kinda the point, isn’t it?

Ryan McLeod
Manager, Professional Services Division
Pro Audio Rentals • Event Production • B2B Sales • GearHeadz
Cosmo Music – The Musical Instrument Superstore!
905.770.5222 x 379
ryan@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Setting Up for a Live Gig with the QSC K Series Speakers]]> Thu, 31 May 2012 09:40:47 +0000 Today we'll be talking about properly setting up for a live gig with the QSC K Series Speakers. We'll show you how to set up your Speakers with a mixer for professional live sound, or just using them directly with an iPod and a microphone for parties or casual applications. Take advantage of some of the extra features and settings to make sure your live gig goes smoothly without a hitch.

Equipment used:
-QSC K Series
-Soundcraft Mixer
-Sennheiser e945

Come visit us at Cosmo Music and feel free to ask more about the QSC K Series Speakers or any other live sound gear!

Tyler Davis
Live Sound
905.770.5222 x 370
tyler@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[The Right Speakers in the Right Space to do the Job Right!]]> Mon, 07 May 2012 16:58:26 +0000 Now that the world has embraced the world of powered speakers, there seems to be a new myth… that “the speaker you have” happens to have is the one that’s “right for the job”… and this is not always the case!

While It’s true that many speakers are good at many different tasks (such as being a speaker OR a monitor, or can be used on a stand or on the ground) and if you’re playing similar rooms you’ll likely get similar results… you’ll often get thrown a curveball when you step into a new environment, such as what happened with me this past weekend on a corporate function at one of the fancier hotels in Toronto.

This room is notorious for losing intelligibility once you get more than about 20’ from the stage, as the dancefloor is sunken into the ground in front of the stage AND the ceiling is sectioned off into areas about 20’x20’ where sound gets trapped, like each space is it’s own small tent, and when you add to this the large amounts of glass windows on both sides of the room… ouch! This trapping and reflecting creates what are referred to a “multiple arrival times” at the listener’s ear, and the end result is like standing in line in the washrooms at a big stadium rock concert…. All you hear is a messy wash of…. nothing you can make out! This is heightened by the fact that the stage volume for a 10-piece band adds yet another arrival time.

Most “trap” shaped loudspeakers have a hi-frequency horn with a 45-degree vertical horn…. so if you point the speaker straight ahead, HALF of your energy is going up to the ceiling and bouncing around!

I removed the “first” reflection by time-aligning the sound system to the loudest thing on the stage… in this case, adding a 18ms delay to the entire sound system allowed the loudest sound from the stage (in this case, the horn section monitors) to arrive at the average listeners’s ear at the same point in time as the sound system, making everthing much clearer – it makes a very large yet subtle effect on how the “sum of the parts” that make sound (including the sound system, the band on the strage, their instruments and their monitiors) do their job in the given space - it can’t be explained as “louder” or “softer”, but instead as “better in a way that I can’t put my finger on”.

The key to solving the other issues is a to keep the sound AWAY from where we don’t want it… primarily the ceiling and the large glass windows at the side of the venue. By utilizing three of our DB Technologies DVA-T4 compact 3-way line array modules on their mounting fork, I was able to place three speakers per side of the stage on a satellite pole directly above the subwoofer (so I didn’t take up any more valuable real estate) and angle them inward slightly to keep reflections off the window….. and guess what?

Crystal clarity, making vocals and speech intelligible in any area a guest would be in. Had I used any standard “trap” speaker this simply wouldn’t be possible.

…and to add to all this, the house crew came over and complimented us both during soundcheck and during the show… in their words “I don’t know what that PA is or what you’re doing with it, but that’s the best this room has ever sounded”. Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside :)

Until next time!

The Right Speaker for the Right Job

Ryan McLeod
Manager, Professional Services
905.770.5222 x379
ryan@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[New Compact Mixers in the Rental Department – Soundcraft MFXi Series!]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 09:56:02 +0000 I’m happy to say that we’re upgrading our current compact mixer inventory to the new Soundcraft MFXi series! Available in 8, 12 and 20 channel versions, they offer all of the “usual” features at a great price, with a few extras thrown in that make them perfect as everyday tools:

  • IEC Power Cable inputs (no wall warts!)
  • Balanced XLR Outputs (no more ¼” converters!)
  • Four auxiliary sends, including built-in Lexicon Effects… that sound good!
  • When they say “8, 12 or 20 channels” they mean MONO Mic/Line channels, and they always have at least two more stereo inputs and returns too!
  • They sound great, thanks to the GB30 Mic preamps and smart choices in EQ control

…in short, they make it easy for you to do what you need to do, without technology getting in the way – they just work!

To make your reservation, call the rental team at 905-770-5222 x370 and we’d be happy to help you out!

Ryan McLeod
Manager, Professional Services
905.770.5222 x379
ryan@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Recording: Computer Interfaces 101]]> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:18:02 +0000 Man…. Recording sure has changed in the last five years or so!

In the “old days” it was an expensive and somewhat gruelling adventure involving rooms with big speakers, floating floors and consoles as long as the eye could see. These usually operated by “vampires with a Studio Tan” (Engineers rarely see daylight!)… in my past life I was a vampire with a thirst for expensive microphones and 2” tape J

“Home Studios” were usually less than stellar spaces…. With gear that had been cobbled together from begging, borrowing and stealing, with the closet filling in for a vocal booth as long as the carpet was placed just right.

And that wasn’t too long ago! Now-a-days there is little distinction between a “pro” studio and a “home” studio, as more and more people decide that “pro” can happen at home too!

it’s almost “easy” by comparison - computing power is relatively inexpensive, interfaces sound great and are plentiful, and a nice mic isn’t very hard to find. You can choose from a wide-range of recording software like ProTools / Sonor / Cubase for relatively little investment, you can setup shop in your living room and record until your heart’s content…. And get VERY GOOD RESULTS!

As this market emerges, many users that would have asked us to rent a “four track recorder” (remember those?!?!) are now asking for microphones and interfaces – they already usually have a decent laptop and software, which are the heart of the system. We have recently added Recording interfaces to the rental department to get you recording easier and faster.

The AVID/M-AUDIO FastTrack Ultra 8R is a simple 8-channel interface where you get 8 channels of mic preamp (2 of the preamps also have instrument inputs), 8 line-level outputs and USB2 Connectivity direct to your Mac or PC – all at the low, low rental price of $15/day, $30/week or $60/month – it couldn’t be easier!

Add do this our extensive rental Mic Locker – we carry everything from the usual SM57’s and 609’s, including most of the Sennheiser 600-series and 900-series catalogue, Shure and Audix Drum Mic Packs, Hi-End condenser Mics from Sennheiser and AKG (check out the C214!) and we’re always keeping on top of mics… I never really quenched my microphone thirst from when I was an old-school studio vampire, and my 2” tape is now used to tape cables down ;-)

If you need a had selecting the right mic, wonder how these interfaces work, or have any inquiries that involve Pro Audio Rentals, Event Production, or our GearHeadz On-Site Music Gear Experts Program, shoot me an e-mail and I’d be happy to help!

Till next time,

Ryan McLeod
Manager, Professional Services
905.770.5222 x379
ryan@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Rental Lighting Sale]]> Fri, 27 Jan 2012 05:10:11 +0000 The Cosmo Music Rental Department is adding some new lights to our selection and as such we are selling some of our previous lights at awesome prices to you the customer. We are selling 4 Martin EF2 lights and 1 Martin Raptor. These are great lights to use at home, for a party or for a wedding. Each light comes with an AC cable and it's own bag. The pricing is as follows:

  • Martin EF2 with bag and AC- $125.00
  • Martin Raptor with bag and AC- $175.00

Tyler Davis
Pro Audio/Rentals
905.770.5222 x379
tyler@cosmomusic.ca

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<![CDATA[Cosmo Rentals Garage Sale]]> Tue, 25 Oct 2011 06:20:25 +0000 Our Rental Department has been upgraded; we now carry all powered speakers, monitors and subwoofers as well as digital mixing boards. Because of this we are clearing out all of our racks, speakers, powered mixers and giant split snakes and passing the savings on to you. Buying rental gear from Cosmo Music means that you can rest assured that you are getting top quality equipment that has been well maintained and never abused.

Here is what is on offer:

  • Road Ready 2u amp rack with handle - $120.00
  • ECM Custom 12u front/rear rack with wheels - $300.00
  • ECM Custom 8u bonnet rack in shock protected rack case with wheels - $350.00
  • ECM Custom 16u FOH bonnet in shock protected rack case with wheels - $500.00
  • Digiflex Split Snake 24channel 8 returns 200' main feed 50' split feed in custom ECM Case - $2000.00
  • Yamaha C115v speakers - $250.00 each
  • Yamaha EMX512SC Powered Mixer - $ 399.99
  • Soundcraft Series 2 32 Channel mixing board in ECM Custom Road Case with wheels - call for price

If anything on the above list interests you please give us a call at the Audio Garage or Rental Department or come on by.

Tyler Davis
Live Sound
905.770.5222 x 370
tyler@cosmomusic.ca

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