Archive for December, 2009

Interesting Video Explains the Amen Drum Break

During a trawl of YouTube, we came across this Video which explains what is claimed to be the world’s most important 6-sec drum loop. This interesting 20-minute video from Nate Harrison narrates the history of the “Amen Break,” a six-second drum sample from the b-side of a chart-topping single from 1969. This sample was used extensively in early hiphop and sample-based music, and became the basis for drum-and-bass and jungle music.

The 2004 video is a meditation on the ownership of culture, the nature of art and creativity, and the history of a remarkable single music clip. Enjoy!

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Ultra-Compact Live Sound Powerhouse

This month’s featured PA System is the SRM-350 V2, the Ultra-Compact Live Sound Powerhouse from the Mackie stable. The Mackie SRM-350 V2 is the smaller lighter sibling of the SRM-450V2, which we reviewed and featured back in August

Sharing the same new technology that makes the SRM450v2 the breakthrough live performance powerhouse that it is, the ultra-compact SRM350v2 is perfect for when space is at a premium. With a front view that measures 13.1″x20.7″ at a depth (front to rear) of 12.25″, the SRM-350 is noticably smaller than it’s bigger brother, the SRM-450 V2, and weighing 26lb (11.8kg) is just over half the weight.

Mackie SRM-350 V2 (Single)

  • 2-way bi-amplified, optimized Active loudspeaker system
  • High-output, titanium dome compression driver
  • 10″ Neodymium long-throw low frequency transducer
  • 165W class-D, Fast Recovery LF amp / 30W HF amp
  • Ultra-wide, smooth dispersion via HF waveguide
  • Built-in phase-accurate 24dB Linkwitz-Riley electronic crossover
  • Electronic time correction, phase alignment and EQ for studio quality sound
  • Mic/line input and pass-thru connector
  • Lightweight for ultimate portability (26 lbs)
  • Flyable, Pole Mountable, Floor Wedge-able

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