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New iPhone 3G Clock Radio

Today I received my christmas present replacement – an iHome iP99 Radio Clock. On Christmas Eve I got a Logitech Pure-Fi Anytime. I managed to crash it while trying it out without reading the manual. After removing the backup battery the device was working again. It was very easy to configure and sound quality was ok. I spend some minutes playing around with it, programmed my favorite radio stations, set the alarm and was quite happy. A little later I decided to place it on my bed stand and remove my ancient radio clock. As it was much quieter in the sleeping room I realized that the power supply was buzzing in an absolute annoying way. I move it to the room right next to the sleeping room but I was still able to hear the buzzing. Looks like you wont need the alarm function as you may not even fall asleep with this device close to your bed. I tried to replace it but all other devices in the electronics store had the same issue – buzzing power supplies. I decided to just return it and get the cash back. Finding an alternative wasn’t to easy. Finally I found the iHome iP99 and decided to give it a try. This device is a little bit more expensive but worth the difference. Sound is OK, you can dim the LCD and buttons and it has quite intuitive ipod like controls. It also has a nice sleep mode – the music slowly fades out. Last but not least its power supply does not buzz!


Fun with Garageband

Over the weekend I finally managed to play around with garage Band.  A while ago I thought about making my own songs for my videos. Unfortunately my first under water video isn’t finished yet but at least I now have an idea how to make a nice soundtrack. I used my Behringer BCF2000 as a MIDI Interface and my Korg X5D as keyboard which I bought quite some time ago on Ebay.

midi setup

It really makes a lot of fun - unfortunately I did not play Keyboard for ten years so the first hours where quite challenging. Garage band is an easy to use software – it took me an hour or so to get started. The loops which come with the software are quite OK but there aren’t that many. Luckily I have some more loops from Soundtrack Pro from my Final Cut Express 3.5 Package. Apart from the Loops garage band ships some nice Software Instruments – the synths are quite nice and you can tweak around a lot so I made a nice first track mydelay3.mp3.