How to use the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos

The Amazon Echo Dot is a tiny gadget that acts as a digital assistant for your home. What makes it special is that it doesn’t have any screens  it’s controlled entirely with your voice. If you have a Sonos sound system, you can connect the Echo Dot to it, giving you reliable voice control of music, web searches, and a lot more. You get the best of both worlds: Amazon’s excellent voice interface and the great sound quality of Sonos. Continue reading How to use the Amazon Echo Dot with Sonos

New Earth-like Planet, End of Gawker, Nest Review [episode 3]

The third episode of Mallercast is up! Give it a listen:

Here’s the link to learn more about Proxima b, the new Earth-like planet that’s as close as it could possibly be… Continue reading New Earth-like Planet, End of Gawker, Nest Review [episode 3]

Elon Saves the Universe [episode 2]

Woo-hoo! The second episode of Mallercast is up! Listen to it here:

Check out the show notes below to see a rocket ship take off (and land), drool over a beautiful picture of the Tesla Model 3, see the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that everyone loves, find out how you can leave Listener Feedback, and learn how to rate us 5 stars on iTunes. Check it out! Continue reading Elon Saves the Universe [episode 2]

Endearingly frustrating: A review of the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)

I’ve had the 3rd generation Nest Learning Thermostat installed in my home for the past four months, and now I want to share my experience with this sleek, sexy, and slightly frustrating gadget.

If you don’t have time for a long review, here’s a quick one:

Overall, I’m satisfied.

It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than any other thermostat I’ve ever encountered. My wife is less enthusiastic  but she hasn’t ripped it out of the wall yet. Continue reading Endearingly frustrating: A review of the Nest Learning Thermostat (3rd gen)

Aliens attack a distant star! [episode 1]

Hey! The first episode of Mallercast is up! Give it a listen here:

These are the show notes, which include links to the subjects we discussed, a larger version of our official show image, a little widget that enables you to record a voice message for the show, and a place to sign up for our newsletter. Check it out! Continue reading Aliens attack a distant star! [episode 1]

Introducing the Mallercast: the podcast of my blog!

I’ve been dying to do my own podcast for an absurdly long time, and I’m super excited to announce that it’s finally happening! Later this month I will publish the first episode of the Mallercast!

What’s the show about?

It’s a talk show version of my blog. I like to write about technology and creative production gear, and the show will be similar. Subject matter aside  it’s important to me that the podcast is always interesting, engaging, and entertaining. Continue reading Introducing the Mallercast: the podcast of my blog!

First thoughts on the new Zoom H4n Pro Recorder

Zoom just announced the new H4n Pro Handy Recorder, and I wanted to share my initial thoughts on it. The original Zoom H4n has been a popular choice for many, many years, so an update is important news and merits deep analysis.

The first thing you’ll notice about the new Zoom H4n Pro was how closely it resembles the original. The overall shape, as well as the buttons and controls all look very familiar. It’s clear that the significant changes to this device largely apply to what’s inside. Continue reading First thoughts on the new Zoom H4n Pro Recorder

What mic should a French person use to record interviews with a Zoom H5?

A dear old friend recently sent me an email asking which mic I recommended using with the Zoom H5. It was an old roommate of mine who had played drums in my band. She continues to bang the drums professionally to this day. This person is also an excellent sound recordist, songwriter, guitarist, and several other awesome things.

She was writing me from Ireland of all places, where she was working on some kind of audio-related job. The question about the mic came up because her associate was working on a video project Paris. The French person had a Zoom H5, and they needed to record interviews in a “live” sounding space (likely a noisy, large area). Continue reading What mic should a French person use to record interviews with a Zoom H5?

Hands-on review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones

I recently purchased a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x headphones, and I decided to share my opinion of them. Here’s the short version: they’re good, big, recording studio headphones. If you’re not using them for production, they’re nice headphones for regular use, but, they’re bulky and lack built-in controls for smartphones. In my case, this turned out to be a problem. Continue reading Hands-on review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Headphones

First Thoughts on the Tascam DR-701D Field Recorder

Tascam recently announced the DR-701D field recorder, which, at first glance looks very much like the DR-70D. Indeed, the DR-701D shares the same overall look and many of the features of the DR-70D, but it also has a number of impressive abilities that set it apart.

Let’s just get right to the chase.

Who is the DR-701D good for?

In my opinion, this looks like a great machine for Continue reading First Thoughts on the Tascam DR-701D Field Recorder