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Tim,

If you want a StageCue, ShowTech, VSM, do a search on the Café. Their are lots of threads on them.

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DYNAMIC LIBRARY WINAMP PLUGIN

Go to
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.ph......p;page=4

Note: needs Windows 2000 or XP to work

Dynamic Library is a plugin that install an option called “Dynamic Library” which is Windows Explorer in WINAMP, and much more. It give you an oversight of your MP3, WAV and other files the way you've stored them on your Hard Drive, and it will do it in your language. It basically helps you to see everything organizes in a Tree like structure such as Windows Explorer but in Winamp.

It comes with folder view and ID3 display/edit... playlist manager... drag & drop to Explorer and other programs... move, copy or delete songs, enqueue after current.

CONNECTORS/CABLES FOR YOUR SOUND SYSTEM/DEVICE TO CONNECT TO A PA SYSTEM

I am not an expert on connectors, hopefully more knowleable people like Dan Magic Roadie or Andy Leviss will enlightened us on this matter so here is what I know, it isn’t everything but this has worked for me.

If you are carrying a CD player, walkman, IPOD, laptop, you’ll need the following to connect your sound equipment/device to a PA system.

Male connectors have a “penial” look to them. Female connectors are inside. Sorry for the reference.

3.5mm male connector stereo (has 2 rings) is what is common in your headphones, computer speakers. Look it up on the net and you’ll see a picture. This is the end that plugs to your sound system/device.

Stereo on males have 2 rings and mono has 1 ring.

Here is what I carry with me in a little container.

3.5mm male stereo to 1/4 male mono cable
3.5mm male stereo to 1/4 male stereo cable
3.5mm male stereo to dual 1/4 male mono (has two 1/4 male mono cables)
3.5mm male stereo to dual RCA cables
3.5mm male stereo to XLR male cable
3.5mm male stereo to dual XLR male cable (has two XLR male cables)

These cables will allow you to plug your sound system/device to most PA systems. You might also want to add a 30-foot 3.5mm male to 3.5mm female extension, that’ll let you have your sound player next to you if the PA system is far away.

Some old schools, halls, auditoriums have XLR male connector outlets. You might also want to purchase 2 male XLR to female XLR converters.

You can also save some cash with the 3.5mm male stereo to 1/4 male stereo cable, you can get a RCA cable to 1/4 male converter, or 1/4 inch to XLR converter, just do your homework and find out what will work for you. There are converters to go from male to female, RCA to 1/4, XLR to the others and back and forth, stereo and mono and the whole nine yards. Then the fat lady sings.

I hope this information makes sense, I am not sure if the 3.5mm male stereo to dual XLR male cable is really necessary. Hopefully someone else in this Café can add something.

G0THIKE
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Thanks for the adapter list.

I came up with an inexpensive way around this. I picked up a Studiomaster Logic Twelve on ebay for $61.00. It's a small mixer board with 8 channels and has places to connect everything up to. I know exactly what plugs I need and I can tweak my sound and know exactly what I will sound like no matter what I have to plug into. I can also use this when I use my own sound system by plugging into the power input on the powered amp and I'm good to go. It also means I just need to carry a 1/4 jack to 1/4 jack cord and a 1/4 jack to female XLR with a Male to Male XLR adapter to hook up to any system out there. I can also run a line from the Auxillary 2 output to my Powered Speaker that I use as a monitor. Doing Hypnosis shows is a little different than magic shows and requires a little more in the way of sound. I also bought the mixer as an extra for when I only use my powered speakers to do the whole show. They aren't great in the area of mixing it all together and this lets me be ready under any circumstances. By the way, the mixer sounds great and makes what comes out of my powered mixer better than the mixer does itself.

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Martin,

I like your set-up, the CONNECTOR list was for the few times when the location you show up has a PA system, I just take my laptop, the remote and I plug it into the house mixer, etc.

You might look into RCA cables they saved my life a few times, I have done gigs before and all the channels were taken and only a RCA one was open. Or it was an old sound system that worked fine and I had the correct plugs.

So how is your laptop doing?

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HI all

Just wanted to let you know... the AirClick Remote for iPods is now shipping.

To all of you that I asked to review, please PM me again for you addresses so I can get them out to you.

The units really are nice, I'm proud of them. I want to get them into your hands so you can review them..

Thanks all, once you get the units, please reveiew them here fairly so others will know what the product is all about.

Take care

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Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears….


I am waiting around for Airclick reviews, if anyone has an extra IPOD they want to donate for a review, I can do a great Review.

Here is a neat WinAmp plug I found recently, it will add more functionality to your Playlist in Winamp, the playlist is were the song names all appear, go to the drop down menu and select Playlist Editor, that’ll bring it up. :



EXPLORER CONTEXT MENU
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=139313

In the Winamp playlist window when you right click on it, a menu appear, one of the options is “Remove Item – Delete” which remove the file from the Playlist but Not the computer. This plugin installs a Windows Explorer type functionality in Winamp playlist window. Just rightclick within the playlist window, and you will see the 'Explorer' selection in the list. It will allow you to delete the actual file, copy & paste, without having to look for it in your folders. See link for more info.


ML FIND
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=139376

This plugin installs a Menu in the Playlist window, (when you right click on it) called “Find In Media Library”
Simply right click in the Playlist Editor window and you can search for media (mp3 files) by artist, song, album, etc. See link for more info.


G0THIKE

Greetings,

Here is a useful tool for some:

BIG FREE CLOCK (Non Winamp File)
http://www.contactplus.com/products/free......lock.htm

I use this for my show, I don’t wear a watch since I do manipulations. A few times I have over performed an hour set, and gone over 15 – 20 minutes. I wish I had a better biological clock or could tell time with the sun, but I can’t. Here is what I did, I installed a program called Big Free Clock. Now I could look at my laptop and tell time.
This useful utility will simply display the current time anywhere on your desktop.
· Use transparent backgrounds (Windows XP and 2000 only)
· Totally free meaning you can use it anywhere without paying or viewing advertising
· Use 12 hour or 24 hour time displays
· The clock can be minimized in the system tray
· The digits can be any color
· The clock can be resized to virtually any size on your desktop including FULL SCREEN
G0THIKE
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Jason, Will the Airclick work with a Dell DJ ?
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Quote:
Will the Airclick work with a Dell DJ ?


Afraid not, it only with iPods with a dock connector, and the iPod mini.

Take care

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Well I successfully used my Laptop in a show. It was only opening music but the sound was great and remote worked flawlessly. My first Hypnosis show is in two weeks and I am acquiring a RF remote for that show. I just can't be worrying about if the remote is aimed properly with everything else I will be thinking about at that show. Thanks for starting this thread it has been full of great information.

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Hello People,

I received the Griffin Technology remote control for the PC the “I Trip”, the software does not support WINAMP yet. But I am waiting for that update, I tested it with Windows Media Player, Power Point and it works. I am not really a WMP fan. But it does trigger and the range is pretty good and it is also $30.00 bucks.

When the UPDATE and support for WINAMP happens I’ll post a more through review for the laptop remote. I just want to field test it at a few shows.

The “Airclick” review for Griffin Technologies IPOD remote is also up in it’s own thread. Just search for “AIRCLICK”. For $30.00 bucks you can’t beat it.



Anyhow I found these 2 plugs:


Bluetooth Remote Control
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=144890

With this plugin you can use the accessory menus of a bluetooth mobile phone to control Winamp. It uses menus displayed on your mobile phone: you do not need to look at your computer to control it.


Dolby Surround Audio Enhancer
http://www.winamp.com/plugins/details.php?id=145086

A Surround sound plug, a trial version, Free to try, cheap to buy.

See Ya,

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G0THIKE,
Your input into this thread is AWESOME! Thanks very much for sharing all you findings.
Dan.
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Dan,
I am glad that you find the info great. I think your information is MORE AWESOME, your advice on microphones and sound has really helped me and others, I have read most of your posts and Andy Leviss.

Dan have you controlled music cues with a laptop? If you did how did it go?

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On 2005-05-21 02:29, g0thike wrote:
Dan,
I am glad that you find the info great. I think your information is MORE AWESOME, your advice on microphones and sound has really helped me and others, I have read most of your posts and Andy Leviss.

Thanks, g0thike! I'm glad you find my help ... er ... helpful!

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Dan have you controlled music cues with a laptop? If you did how did it go?

Never have, and probaly never will. My rare performances as a magician are close-up, and in my career as a supervisor in a live-audio engineering company, most of what I see is MD, CD, or laptop with a hard-wired interface to a digital mixing system. Always eager to learn, though, I'm intrigued by this thread. Necessity IS the "Mother of Invention", and that's exactly what this thread's all about!

I just realized that I nothing to add to the topic, so I'll just watch in admiration from the sidelines!
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Dan,

Thanks for looking and the kind words, I watch some of the Threads in different Forums all the time, a lot of time people know more about a subject that I do, I wish I was a all knowing Yoda Jedi Master.

You can experiment with a system like the one I use very easily, just buy the Creative Labs IR credit size remote it will run about $10.00 bucks, you might need a serial port to USB tranformer (Go to Radio Shack) and install the software to your desktop computer and download WINAMP and mess around with it. You don't need a laptop to "Test Drive" the system.

I talked about WINAMP and plugs and cue behavior earlier in this thread.

If you love the system, get a Pre-Owned laptop from your local classifieds and ONLY use it for sound cues. Make it the dedicated music player, delete software you don't need and do not surf the web with it.

If you got questions just send me a Private Message.

G0THIKE
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Can a laptop be also used as an amplifier for my voice regardless if the system is playing music or not?
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Paul,

Yes it can, you have to plug in the microphone into the microphone slot on the laptop. Then adjust the SOUND CONTROL PANEL on your Operating System.

You need speakers though.

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Just letting everyone in on one thing I discovered with this system. It works great for music but be prepared for voice overs. I mixed the Twilight Zone Theme with a voice over and when I played it back (first time during a show) all I got was the voice over. It would appear that using a mini plug to 1/4" plug doesn't bring in both tracks. I'm guessing I will have to get one of those mini plug to y adapter 1/4" and attach it to one of my left and right channels on my mixer. It kind of messed of my intro but I survived and my first Hypnosis Show was still a smashing success. Actually it was my fault as I should never have put something new in a show that wasn't rehearsed before. However, nothing was rehearsed in this and it still knocked 'em dead:>)

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On 2005-05-26 22:33, MagicalPirate wrote:
Just letting everyone in on one thing I discovered with this system. It works great for music but be prepared for voice overs. I mixed the Twilight Zone Theme with a voice over and when I played it back (first time during a show) all I got was the voice over. It would appear that using a mini plug to 1/4" plug doesn't bring in both tracks. I'm guessing I will have to get one of those mini plug to y adapter 1/4" and attach it to one of my left and right channels on my mixer.

Hi, Martin!
The way you've described it, I think you'd have the same problem with any player, because it's an issue with the wiring of the adapter. I may be wrong but that's what it sounds like. I imagine your music was on one side (let's say left) and the voiceover was on teh other side ( let's say right).
Cheers!
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Hi Dan:

That's the problem, it was a 2 track recordering left and right channel. It played back just fine on my desktop computer where I recorded. Of course I have stereo speakers connected to the sound card. It just didn't work on the laptop when it was run through the sound system. It worked on the laptop just fine when I played it back through its speakers before connecting to the sound system just didn't come through the sound system. I think if I get a stero mini plug to split y 1/4" adapter it should take care of the problem. I have a couple of channels that allow me to insert 1/4" left and right plugs on my mixer so I think I'll have a go at it that way before the next show. Don't want that to happen again.

Martin
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If you want to expand the range of your IR remote, just get a pair of IR/RC adapters! Thery tkae the IR signal, transfer it into RC, send it via RC to the other adapter, which converts it back to IR and sends it to the laptop/what ever you want! Brilliant!

-Michael
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