Posts tagged with "sound"

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The Royale – Supro

A new chapter in Supro history is arriving with the release of the “Royale” combo amp. The Royale 1×12 is the brands first loud clean amp and has ranges between a Class A and Class AB power mode.

The Royale was created to deliver powerful and clear clean tone with a reactive, tangible low end. With the use of a high-headroom, 50W tube amplifier paired with a powerful EG, footswitchable boost, tube-buffered effects loop and tube-driven spring reverb, the Royale provides a clear signal of all that is played through it on stage and in-studio.

The mighty amp in the Royale allows for a choice of Class A (35W) or Class AB (50W) operation. The Royale also showcases a master volume that controls sound pressure level. Class A mode produces “traditional, cathode-biased Supro sound with a bold, spongy midrange.” Class AB “delivers a grid-biased California sound with more scooped mid-range, tighter bass and faster transient response.”

Watch the product demo HERE, featuring Eric Krasno.

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Noisy Toys List Released

The American Academy of Audiology is warning parents about the dangers of noisy toys as the Sight & Hearing Association releases its annual Noisy Toys List for 2021. The American Academy of Audiology is a national association representing audiologists across the U.S. The Sight & Hearing Association is based in St. Paul, Minnesota with a goal to work towards the prevention of vision and hearing loss. Both organizations are urging parents to be cautious this holiday season when selecting toys. Recognizing that tiny ears are particularly susceptible to hearing damage, it is important to check noise levels before purchase.

“Many parents don’t realize the permanent damage a simple toy can inflict on a child’s hearing,” said Sarah Sydlowski, Au.D., Ph.D., MBA, president of the American Academy of Audiology; and associate chief improvement officer and audiology director of the Hearing Implant Program at Cleveland Clinic. “When we fail to protect a child’s hearing, the result can be irreversible hearing loss.” The inner ear contains delicate hair cells which do not regrow. Once these are damaged by noise, the result can be permanent hearing loss.

The Sight & Hearing Association has produced an annual list of noisy toys prior to the holidays for the past 24 years. Since 1939, SHA has been identifying and preventing vision and hearing loss, in partnership with other professional and community organizations, by providing screenings, education and research. “During the holiday season, we look for the most popular sound-producing toys on the market and, with a sound level meter, we measure the decibel level to raise awareness regarding how dangerously loud and potentially damaging toys can be to children. Toys are tested based on how a child would play with them, first at arm’s length (10 inches) and then next to the ear, which is how a child often listens to a noisy toy,” explained Kathy Webb, executive director of SHA.

“It’s very important that parents pay attention to this list as well as any toy they purchase. Hearing damage can be from a one-time exposure or multiple exposures over time,” explained Sydlowski. “The louder a sound is, the shorter the amount of time you can safely be around it. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends sounds at 85 dB can be safe for up to eight hours. But for every 3 dB louder the sound is, the safe listening time reduces by half. Anyone buying toys for children needs to be aware of loud noises, particularly toys that have loud bursts—cap guns, popping balloons, air horns, etc. which are loud enough to damage hearing permanently with one short exposure.” 

A study released in January 2017 by researchers with the University of Alberta in Canada, determined the noise levels of popping balloons. They studied popping them with a pin, blowing them up until they ruptured and crushing them until they burst. The ruptured balloons clocked in at 168 decibels, four decibels louder than a 12-gauge shotgun.

Sydlowski advises parents to use phone apps to test the sound levels of toys before buying them. “Toys that make noise at or above 85 dBA can contribute to noise-induced hearing loss. If they come in at 85 decibels or higher when holding your phone microphone near them, like your child would hold the toy near their own ear, don’t buy them. It isn’t worth the risk. Remember, the louder the sound, the faster the damage and damage continues with exposure.”

While hearing loss numbers are rising in adults in the U.S., the total number of children with some type of hearing loss is unknown and many cases go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

“A child with just minimal hearing loss can be missing 50 percent of classroom discussion,” Sydlowski explained. These children will need to use extra effort in order to hear what is being said and they often become distracted and exhausted by the end of the day. These characteristics can be mistaken for learning disabilities when what the child needs is management of the hearing loss, typically in the form of hearing aids and other assistive listening devices. 

Reduced hearing can lead to behavioral issues, lack of focus, even depression in children. Children with hearing loss often don’t recognize that they can’t hear and parents don’t always know the signs.

Sydlowski cautioned, “Loud toys aren’t just annoying to parents, they can be a danger to children. Parents should exercise caution when buying toys with sound, including video games. With toys and games where you can turn the sound down, set the sound at an acceptable, non-harmful level and teach children to keep them at that level. Also, be vigilant about any signs that may indicate your child is having difficulty with their hearing. If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing, have a comprehensive hearing test with an audiologist.”

The American Academy of Audiology provides a list of licensed audiologists on its website. Click on “Find an Audiologist.”

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Felix Jaehn – Breathe

Esteemed German producer Felix Jaehn finally returns with the release of his second studio album, Breathe. The 15-track LP follows a string of lead singles: ‘Close Your Eyes’ ft, Miss Li, ‘I Got A Feeling’ with Robin Schulz and Georgia Ku, ‘No Therapy’ ft. Bryn & Nea, ‘One More TIme’ with Robin Schulz and Alida, and more. Arriving after Felix Jaehn’s personal journey with transformation and self-discovery, Breathe delivers dance music with a message, with each song telling a unique story that builds on the other.

After achieving almost everything an artist can dream of at such a young age, Felix Jaehn found himself at an impasse. “I got it into my head that I wanted to be a DJ and a producer. I don’t want to have a normal office job, but make my dream come true every day in my life. And after all that was fulfilled, I needed something new,” the talent explains. With some time to think about his destiny, Felix embarked on his “transformation and self-discovery phase,” leading to him spending time in a mindfulness retreat in a monastery. It was during this time that the producer reached the epiphany that his music could move and touch people — it can be life-affirming. And so Breathe was born. The album serves almost as an autobiography of the German producer’s time after self-discovery and his post-transformation, conveying that it’s OK to let go, stand by yourself, and have ups & downs in life.

Breathe is a culmination of the style that Felix Jaehn is known for while delivering a more personal touch with songs that are lyrically and melodically connected. Featuring 11 previously released tracks and new releases such as the inspirational and high-energy offering, ‘Old Me,’ feel-good hit ‘Somebody You Like,’ and sonically enticing ‘Automatic’ ft. Jon Edyen, Breathe shares hope and happiness to listeners throughout the entirety of its run-time. 360 Magazine is excited to listen to this new song which is an international artist. 

The album’s title track, ’Breathe,’ is in itself an example of how anything can persevere, given that it almost didn’t make it onto the album. Felix recounts, “When we wanted to finish the song later, we found that Miss Li’s vocal files had been accidentally deleted. We tried to re-record the part again, but it was impossible to recreate that moment. The song just is a snapshot. I then decided that we would take the first demo version and put it on the album. That was just a magical moment for me”. Despite being the first demo version, the impressive track primes listeners for the journey ahead of them, driven by Miss Li’s emotive vocals and Felix’s impressive sound design. The track is all-encompassing of what the album is all about.

I had a note on my phone for years that said, “BREATHE, INHALE, LET GO.Breathing in, building tension, especially before shows, and then breathing out, letting go, I think that’s totally important because you can influence the complete flow of energy in your body with your breathing.” – Felix Jaehn

Closing off the end of his personal journey through self-discovery and finding happiness, Breathe delivers life-affirming danceable music with personal, emotional, and authentic messages. With his album, Felix Jaehn spreads positive vibes, happiness, and a good mood. The LP positions the German talent as a leader that is ready to take over the world of electronic music with an optimistic outlook, showing fans that it’s okay to be down sometimes because the party goes on and will be better than ever before.

Breathe Tracklist:

  1. Breathe (demo) ft. Miss Li
  2. Close Your Eyes with VIZE and Miss Li
  3. I Got A Feeling with Robin Schulz, ft. Georgia Ku
  4. Old Me
  5. Happy with Miksu / Macloud, ft. Fourty & Leland
  6. Somebody You Like
  7. Automatic ft. Jon Eyden
  8. No Therapy ft. Nea & Bryn Christopher
  9. Heard About Me with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Nea
  10. One More Time with Robin Schulz, ft. Alida
  11. So Close with NOTD and Captain Cuts, ft. Georgia Ku
  12. Without You with Mike Williams, ft. Jordan Shaw
  13. Thank You [Not So Bad] with VIZE
  14. All The Lies with Alok and The Vamps
  15. Nea – Some Say (Felix Jaehn Remix)
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Interview with Dr. Kraus

By: Skyler Johnson

Learning how to play an instrument can help with the development of the human brain, according to scientist, inventor and Northwestern University professor Dr. Nina Kraus. She outlines this research in her new book, Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful World. I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Kraus about the book and her findings. 

  1. Can you go over, briefly, what your newest book covers?

My book is a retrospective of what my lifetime researching sound and the brain has taught me. It covers a wide variety of topics ranging from the brain of a musician, to the link between sound and reading, to the perils of noise, to the wonder that is birdsong, to the aging brain. And much more.

  1. How did you get into that sort of research?

As a child, I was fortunate, from a sound perspective, in two ways. First, I was exposed to music at a young age. My mother was a pianist and my favorite place to play was under her piano, listening to her beautiful music. Second, I grew up in a household where more than one language was spoken, regularly traveling between the US and Italy, learning to navigate two different linguistic worlds. These early experiences with music and language left a deep imprint. They stuck with me as I made my way through college, looking for a way I could channel my interest in sound into a career. After a few starts, I got hooked up with a lab studying how sound acquired relevance in the brain. In other words, how the brain itself is changed by sounds it hears! And the rest is history.

  1. How often should people be playing music? 

The benefits of playing music are many, and certainly the more you play the more it enriches your sound mind. However, my research has told me you do not have to be a professional to tune your brain. I would say you need to play (practice) regularly, though. At least a few times a week.

  1. What types of instruments should people be playing to gain the effects? 

As far as I can tell, based on my research and others’, it does not matter. Any instrument, including voice, is a boon to your brain.

  1. When did you first start playing an instrument yourself?

Age 5. Piano. I also play some guitar and drums.

  1. Did your personal experience with playing music influence your desire to start your research?

In a way, I think it did. I did not start my career studying music. That line of work got rolling some 15 years ago. At that time, my research was examining the role of sound processing on literacy in school-age children. That got me connected with teachers and other educators and I was starting to hear the same thing over and over: “The kids that do best in school tend to be the ones who play an instrument.” And that just seemed right to me on a scientific-gut level. I can feel, on a personal level, that my music playing has been good for my brain. Soon, I made some contacts with educators who ran music programs and wanted to know whether and how playing music affected the brains of their young musicians. And, so this whole new rewarding line of research was born. Who knows? If I wasn’t a musician myself, my research would have taken some other course.

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Sonos Introduces Wild Tracks

As travelers hit the road with the all-new Sonos Roam, an ultra-portable smart speaker built to deliver unmatched sound both at home and on any adventure, Sonos announces its latest campaign: Wild Tracks. A recent study conducted by Sonos found that 74% of respondents choose music as their preferred adventure buddy, even over friends and select family members. And because certain destinations feature an unmatched splendor that merits a soundtrack of its own, Wild Tracks invites consumers to explore the world’s most beloved outdoor destinations with eleven partner-curated playlists from the likes of Emma Lovewell, Joe Holder, and more.

To inspire this exploration, Wild Tracks features multiple elements, including a :60 film that visually and sonically explores the relationship between sound and nature (check it out here!) and uniquely-curated playlists that encourage listeners to seek their own adventure. Each playlist was inspired by America’s premier outdoor destinations and curated by the following music lovers and nature enthusiasts:

  • Glacier National Park, curated by Peloton Senior Instructor Emma Lovewell
  • Kings Canyon National Park, curated by founder of The Ocho System and Health + Wellness Consultant, Joe Holder
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, curated by Diversity & Inclusion Educator and Sustainability Advocate, Laura Edmondson
  • Chattahoochee River National Park, curated by Meditation Expert and Model, Nikia Phoenix
  • North Cascades National Park, curated by Adventure Enthusiast and Travel Photographer, Renee Hahnel
  • Bugaboo Provincial Park, curated by Mountain Climber, Andrea Ference
  • Banff National Park, curated by Nature Photographer, Eric Rubens
  • Cape Scott Provincial Park, curated by Adventure Enthusiast, Karin Keller
  • Horseshoe Bend, curated by Travel Journalist, Travis Levius
  • Grand Teton National Park, curated by Adventure Photographer Max Seigal
  • Watkins Glen State Park, curated by Travel + Adventure Photographer Max Loewenstein

“With excitement especially high for travel this summer, we wanted to inspire Sonos fans to get outside and explore the world around them,” said Nicole Gullaci, Director of Americas Marketing, Sonos. “We know from our own research that listening to music and spending time outdoors are the top two activities people use to relax. With our thoughtfully-curated Wild Tracks playlists, consumers can truly immerse themselves in their natural surroundings and be transported wherever they choose to embrace the great outdoors.”

Roam expands the radius of the Sonos experience and is the perfect companion to adventure – both physically and sonically. Available at Sonos starting at $169, Roam sounds incredible for its size, is effortless to set up and control, and packs new innovation into a premium, lightweight, and durable design. With Roam, it’s easier than ever to enjoy music and more from anywhere.

To learn more about Wild Tracks, the all-new Sonos Roam, and get inspired to explore the great outdoors, please visit Sonos Wild Tracks.

PuroQuiet Headset Review

PuroQuiet’s new Active Noise Cancelling Headphones do exactly what they promise – they deliver the great sound you want to hear, and none of the sound you don’t. With 82% noise isolation, listeners can put these on in loud environments and hear audio crisply, without damaging their ears. This is great for children as well, who may not be aware of the dangers of loud headphones. This is also why PuroQuiet has installed a volume limit on the headphones, to protect children from this damage.

The headset is great for calls, as it comes with a microphone that makes 2 way calling easy when mobile or in loud environments, and especially on flights. The headset is light, so it isn’t a burden to carry around on a busy day. Many headphones can hurt your scalp or ears after extensive use, but PuroQuiet’s lightweight aluminum material, plush ear pads, and leather headband protect from this kind of discomfort. 

Of course the set is also great for music of any kind – the whistle tones of Ariana Grande on “Rain on Me” or the low bass riffs of Paul McCartney can be heard as clearly as ever.

On top of all this, the new PuroQuiet headphone set is affordable, so you can get quality audio without breaking the bank. They are also very durable, ensuring you get your money’s worth.

PuroQuiet Active Noise Cancelling Headphones promote Healthy Ears® by protecting hearing in the following ways:

Active Noise Cancellation – ANC makes daily noise and background sounds up to 22 dB quieter, complemented by 82% of noise isolation. You can let your kids hear more of what you want them to hear with less distraction. The ANC switch puts the world on mute, so youngsters can listen clearly in loud environments without the need to increase volume beyond safe listening levels.

Volume Limiting to 85 dB– This is the maximum safe listening level as recommended by many organizations (Hearing Health Foundation, OSHA, World Health Organization, American Speech Pathology Association, etc.). Intelligent digital signal processing imperceptibly limits the volume so that listeners don’t even notice.

Studio Grade Audio Quality with our patent-pending Puro Balanced Response® curve – Genuine studio grade audio, engineered to deliver an amazing listening experience with clear, crisp vocals and full, dynamic bass all within our 85 dB volume limit.

Super soft protein leather wrapped headband and ear cushions – The plush ear pads, combined with an adjustable headband mean children can custom fit all head sizes and shapes to ensure a comfortable long-term fit. Less than 6oz of weight leaves almost no pressure on young heads.

FEATURES


• Puro Sound Labs Studio Grade Frequency Response • 22 Hours of Play Time and 16 Hours with ANC
• Durable, Light-weight Aluminum Construction
• Supple Protein Leather Ear Cushions and Headband • Microphone for 2-Way Calling
• Folds Flat for Travel CONTENTS
• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide

CONTENTS


• PuroQuiet Headphone
• USB Charging Cable
• 3.5mm Volume Limiting Audio Cable • Carrying Case
• Quick Start Guide
*Measured at 1 kHz

Kygo Unveils First New Song of 2019

After teasing its impending arrival on social media throughout the past week, global superstar, producer and DJ Kyrre Gorvell-Dahll, a.k.a Kygo, unveiled a new song entitled “Think About You”  via Sony Music Sweden/Ultra Records/RCA Records! The track features Valerie Broussard who is newly signed to Kygo’s Palm Tree Records/ RCA Records. This marks his first release of 2019 and precedes more music to come very soon.

BUY/ STREAM “THINK ABOUT YOU”

Representing another evolution of his instantly recognizable signature sound, the track pairs ethereal piano and a propulsive neon beat with a dynamic and vibrant vocal performance from Broussard. Bordering pop, electro, house, and trance, “Think About You” culminates on a feeling of blissful nostalgia in its bright and bold hook.

“Think About You” arrives on the heels of “Happy Now, featuring Swedish hitmaker Sandro Cavazza. Already, “Happy Now” has amassed over 119 million Spotify streams and 44 million YouTube views on the music video. Of the single, YourEDM praised how he’s “back doing what he does best,and Billboard celebrated its accompanying visual, writing, “Dont be surprised if you find yourself looking up flights to Norway.Meanwhile, Forbes pegged his next body of work among the “Most Anticipated Dance/Electronic Albums of 2019.

Stay tuned for more from Kygo very soon!

Prince Debuts Updated Tour Racquet

WHO/WHAT: Prince Tennis, the American-born leading global racquet sports brand is excited to partner with Lucas Pouille, top 30 ATP player, to debut the updated Tour 100P racquet at the tournament in Australia. The new Tour racquet launches with the global campaign, Live the Tour: Any Shot, Anywhere, which features a behind the scenes look into Lucas’ training and preparation leading into the upcoming season.

Developed with TeXtreme x Twaron, the Tour 100P is designed to further enhance the incredible feel and support of the popular Tour racquet. The new TeXtreme material increases laser-like precision while the addition of Twaron provides greater vibration damping for a better feel and sound. In addition, the new TourSeries re-introduces the O3 technology with the O3 Tour 100 bringing the benefits of an expanded sweet spot and more forgiving impact feel. These new racquets will provide the player with the confidence to hit any shot from anywhere on the court.

The new updated Tour will be available at Tennis Warehouse for $189.

SHOP: www.TennisWarehouse.com/Prince

VIDEO: Live The Tour: Lucas Pouille

Rowkin

Leading wireless headphone brand, Rowkin, is delighted to announce the release of a brand new product line, the Rowkin Ascent. Still the smallest true wireless earbuds available on the market, the Rowkin Ascent is their most technologically advanced and most comfortable true wireless ear buds, to date.

The Rowkin Ascent line includes three available options depending on the customer’s preferences and requirements: the Ascent Charge+, Ascent Charge, and the Ascent Micro. All three of the Ascent products continue to offer outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers Rowkin core features; comfortable fit, robust sound, and quick tap controls for ease of use.

Check out the website HERE

Core features

  • World’s Smallest True Wireless Active Earbuds
  • extended Bluetooth range, users can move around unrestricted
  • All Day Power
  • Aluminum case comes with built in charging system
  • waterproof speaker grill
  • custom-built 5mm drivers

Dreaming Tree Cork Speaker

Now that we are in the midst of Holiday Gift Guide Season, we hope to put the new limited edition Cork Speaker from The Dreaming Tree wines (a California wine brand from winemaker Sean McKenzie and musician Dave Matthews) on your radar!

The first gift set of its kind, The Dreaming Tree Wines Cork Speaker is a limited-edition wine cork that also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, using the bottle to amplify sound, bringing your favorite music to life while simultaneously keeping your favorite wine flavorful! The perfect gift for music and wine lovers alike, The Dreaming Tree Wines Cork Speaker will be sold alongside a bottle of fan-favorite, award-winning Dreaming Tree Crush Red Blend, aptly named after the DMB hit, for an affordable $35.00.

Additionally, in continuation with The Dreaming Tree’s commitment to sustainability and environmental conservation, a portion of proceeds from the sale of the Cork Speaker will be donated to Living Lands and Waters and The Wilderness Society, which protect, preserve and restore our nation’s major rivers, watersheds, and forestry areas.

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