Whenever I’ve wanted to record my band during rehearsal, I’ve had to make a choice: go full professional studio, with a mixer, Mac, and a ton of peripherals, or go convenient with a simple digital recorder.
The former gives the resulting recording a much better quality but it takes ages to set up while taking up a ton of space in the rehearsal room. The latter option is super easy and convenient, but it’s tough to get a good sound mix.
Enter the Fi Station, an amazing-looking upcoming digital audio workstation built into a tiny little Android-powered box. I can totally see bringing this into the rehearsal room, plugging in a couple of outputs from our mixer, and then just jamming on new songs to create a fantastic demo.
Not only that, but the Fi Station brings high-quality audio and visual to any HDTV or current sound system (or headphones) with no muss or fuss. Check out this video for more:
Want one, now? I know I do, and starting at $299 on IndieGogo, this thing is a steal.
The Fi Station is basically an audio and video device that has high-end components in it to shield from typical audio noise that various typical components can bring to the recording or listening sessions.
The specs are pretty fantastic, too, with connectors for everything including XLR, HDMI, and RCA jacks, with both a quad-core CPU and GPU to push 4K video to your massive TV. The Audio specs handle conversion at ADC 24-bit and DAC 32-bit, with high-end sampling rates to boot. It’s a pro solution for consumer pricing. It’s also compatible with Mac OS X, Windows, iOS and Android (for remote control).
I can imagine pulling this sleek little tablet-based device out of my bag, doing a quick recording with the band, then taking it to my home to mix and listen through studio monitors or headset to make sure we have the best sound available to create a demo for club owners.
Stay tuned here to WOZiO for an upcoming review, once the device is available for a hands-on. For now, though, head on over to IndieGoGo and pledge your support for this slick-looking device.
I was listening to the Chill radio station on Apple Music today and I went to save it to My Music or a Playlist so I could find it again.
Unlike a song or an album, however, you can’t just save a Radio station. What you can do, though, is find any Recently Played radio station.
Here’s how to do just that.
Launch Apple Music and navigate to Radio along the bottom tabs. Find a station you want to listen to, either by tapping through to the station, then hitting the Play button, or just skipping that middle man and tapping right on the Play triangle in the preview on the main Radio page.
Next time you want to listen to that Recently Played radio station again, you don’t have to scroll through all the stations to find it. Simply look in the top row of the main Radio page to find the last three Radio stations you listened to. If you want to co further back, simply tap on the Recently Played button just above that row of three.
My Radio history goes all the way back to October of 2013, which suggests that Apple Music has been tracking my behavior for a while now. No matter, though, since I was kind of excited to rediscover my Warren Zevon and St. Vincent Radio stations from back then.
On OS X
I’m running El Capitan, so this should apply to anyone else doing the same. Launch iTunes with a click or two, then choose Music from the drop down menu to the left of the window, just above the featured scroll.
Next, click on the Radio button in the upper area of the iTunes window, just under the Beats 1 image. You’ll see the same basic layout: there’s a list of the last several Radio stations you’ve played (on any device) as well as a Recently Played button.
The number of Recently Played thumbnails you’ll see on OS X will vary with the size of your iTunes Window; if you want more up front there, make your window larger. Clicking the Recently Played link will show you thumbnails for all your recent stations in a big grid that you can scroll down to.
However you use this feature, now you can find that killer recently played Radio station you created (or had created for you by Apple) at your fingertips in no time.