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Bill Wilson
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The company is done, done, as it should be.
David Charvet
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Didn't realize he was out of business. I ordered a transmitter from him in 2008 but that was my last contact.
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The Ijet remote looks great. But it also looks like there is no one-touch automatic fade and advance to the next track. Most people would have no use for this feature with a home audio system. Still, for 20 bucks, it's a helluva deal if you just need to play/pause and manually adjust volume. No wonder VSM couldn't compete any more.

Audiences would probably be amazed that there's more technology in the music remote in our pocket than any of our props on stage!
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Just receive my iJet Nav system. It is tiny - a remote and a receiver that plugs into the iPod (mine is a Nano), along with a 1/8" mini stereo plug that branches into a right/left RCA plug set.
Here's my take on the pros and cons:

Pros:
Cheap.
Simple set-up.
Remote is fairly intuitive. Keypad has definite 'click' with each button depressed.
Can control forward/back track, volume and play/pause from the remote.

Cons:
After fading volume on a track and then pausing and advancing to the next track, the volume level must be raised manually before pushing 'play' - unless you want the music to fade up. That's a lot of fiddling in your pocket. Also there is no way (unless you can see the iPod display) to determine the audio level set during 'pause' mode until the track actually starts playing.

There is no visual display to remind you or confirm what track is playing or being advanced-to when in 'pause.' If you accidentally depress the 'forward' button several times while in 'pause' mode you can easily get lost, unless you can refer to the iPod display screen.

Overall, for a very inexpensive accessory, this is a good deal for the part-timer who does occasional or small shows where they need to control their music. Just be prepared for the occasional mis-cue and low or high audio level.

For the pro performer I think I'll stick with the Virtual Soundman or Show Tech. There are many pluses, but of course you get what you pay for.
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David...seems like you are coming late to the party. Most of the problems you described with the Ijet/Ipod set up have been solved. Do a search.

Here are 2 tips:

First mix your music on a software audio mixer to fade out when the song is done playing in your show.

Second, put a "silent" track in between each piece of music you use in your show.

This way there is virtually NO fiddling when using the Ijet. If a piece of music you are using ends, it will fade out (because it is edited by you)to the next silent track...bottom line is you do NOTHING as the Ipod is still playing (but can't be heard with the silent track).

When it comes time to perform your next routine to music...you hit the advance forward button (1 touch). Of course it advances to your next song and when finished...it should fade out and advance itself to the next silent track....you do nothing.

There are other tips that some other fine gentleman on this forum have come up with. Just do a search.

The MP3 Tech is probably the best solution for around $1200. But with an Ipod and a $30 Ijet remote is good less costly alternative.

Rich B.
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First mix your music on a software audio mixer to fade out when the song is done playing in your show.


This is assuming you KNOW the exact time your music needs to run. If you want to fade before the end of the track, you'll still get the music ending abruptly. Then again, as mentioned, it's a nice cheap alternative.

John
Rich B.
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John...this is true.

Most of my routines are timed to music so I do know when they end.

I also use the music for just that "Ta Da" moment...like a drum roll which rolls into a song which is edited down to about 20 seconds then fades out. It allows for me to escort the volunteer back to their seat or put a prop away to transition to the next routine.

If your playing a track as back round music during an effect and not sure when the routine will end based on interaction...then yes, you will get an abrupt ending to a song as you advance to the next track.

Eventually I'll be getting an MP3 Tech, but the Ijet/Ipod set up worked well for me.

Rich B.
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Rich - I AM a dinosaur. I still have 78 rpm records and a rotary dial telephone (really!)
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John,
I am on my third i-Jet (and I-Jet Nav) and just cannot get any of them to respond reliably. I have checked the batteries in the transmitters and am only 20 ft away. I am almost ready to give up. Could it have anything to do with the fact that I am using an older iPod mini?
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Magicom...I've been using an Ipod Mini for several years with no problems. I find the Ijet to be pretty reliable. When the remote misfires it is usually operator error, at least in my case. I was performing "Interlaced" (ring on shoelace) while a silent track was playing, when I bent down to retrieve the ring, I activated the back button on the remote, which sent the Ipod to a different playlist...playing a heavy Rock Tune. I wear the remote on my belt, and bending over obviously compressed the controls on the Ijet. That just tells me I need to go on a diet.

Rich B.
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