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Smoother Video Shooting With Reddog R1

By | December 12th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Nothing looks more amateurish than jittery video footage, but the equipment the pros use to ensure smooth shooting can be both pricey and bulky. The Reddog R1 is a compact three-axis gimbal stabiliser from tripod-maker Benro, and it’s designed to give super-smooth handheld video shooting with camera-and-lens combos up to 1.8 kilos in weight.

Photo: Benro

A clever design feature of the R1 is that its handle can be very quickly be moved from the vertical to the horizontal position (or vice versa) without changing your grip and thereby allowing for more flexibility when shooting.… Read the full article

JBL Link View smart screen REVIEW

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The smart speaker market has just graduated to include screens — Google’s Home Hub and the Amazon Echo Show have both arrived… but with one or two exceptions, neither company has a good record when it comes to sound quality.

JBL, on the other hand, is a loudspeaker company that has got smart, selling frankly astounding numbers of its wireless speakers, then being very quick to implement Google Voice Assistant into its Link smart speaker range, and now bringing this touch-screen JBL Link View to market in Australia at a remarkable price of just $349 (indeed rather less as we write).… Read the full article

Good Things Festival 2018, Sydney – Live Review + Gallery

By | December 11th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Good Things Festival, 2018
Parramatta Park, Sydney, 08/12/2018
Review & Photos: Peter Zaluzny (Facebook / Twitter)

Calling a brand new festival ‘Good Things’ is a pretty bold move. After all, it leaves the door open for a lot of potentially tough questions. Will it be good for example and, more importantly, will it be a thing? Fortunately, the festival’s inaugural visit to Sydney lived up to its name, and Australia’s loud, riff-laden, hard-rockin’ festival scene felt whole again for the first time in years.… Read the full article

Basement: Self-Helplessness

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Note: This piece first appeared in Australian Guitar #130Subscribe to our print edition here!

Sarah Comey calls Basement axeman Alex Henery with the question on everyone’s lips: how did the Suffolk emos make their fourth album so. damn. good!?

The timeline of Basement is one most emo bands could only daydream of replicating. A figurehead for one of the genre’s most lucrative labels, Run For Cover, the fivesome brewed an enormous underground following with two crash-hot albums that drew kids to their theatre shows like moths to a lamp – 2011’s I Wish I Could Stay Here and 2012’s Colourmeinkindness.… Read the full article

Good Things festival, Sydney, 2018 – Live Gallery

By | December 10th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

In This Issue

In this extra sweet edition of Australian Guitar, we take a deep dive into the weird and wonderful world of Australia’s unforgiving new guitar hero, Tash Sultana.

We also riff on the experimental genius of new-wave prog lord Plini, the ever-growing legacy of The Living End and the game-changing guitar tones of The Amity Affliction – in addition to some quality chats with our mates in HalestormAlice in Chains, DieselJoe Satriani and Muncie Girls.… Read the full article

Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamp Review & Test

By | December 9th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Expert review and test of the Parasound JC 3 Jnr Phono Preamplifier by Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. Free pdf download included.

Maybe Parasound should provide ‘Work in Progress’ signs with its JC 3 phono preamplifier, because it’s definitely a work in progress, with both Parasound’s owner, Richard Schram and his designer, John Curl, now on the third iteration, with both apparently unwilling to jettison the original ‘JC 3’ model number. So in the beginning there was the JC3, which begat the JC 3+, which begat the JC 3 Jnr.… Read the full article

2018 Music Man StingRay

By | December 7th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

Petrucci and Music Man come up with a road-ready hotrod. Words by Steve Henderson.

The StingRay is a bonafide classic. You’ll hear it booming out the bottom end of every style of contemporary music, because it gets the job done better than anything else. Released in ’76, it immediately became the bass of choice for funk and R’n’B players because of it’s round top end, solid and defined bass, and that sweet mid-range – perfect for the new slapping and popping techniques of the day.… Read the full article

Audiolab 6000A

By | December 6th, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The Audiolab 6000A Integrated Amplifier/DAC is now available in Australia. In addition to the onboard digital-to-analogue converter, the new 6000A has four digital inputs, three line-level analogue inputs, a phono input (moving-magnet), plus wireless connectivity via aptX Bluetooth. It’s distributed in Australia by Audio Visual Revolution (AVR).

The 6000A’s four S/PDIF digital inputs—two coaxial and two optical—link to an ESS9018 Sabre32 DAC that handles PCM data up to 24- bit/192kHz and has three user-selectable digital filters: ‘Fast Roll-Off’, ‘Slow Roll-Off’ and ‘Minimum Phase’. … Read the full article

Capture One Pro Gets A New Look And More Power

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The big deal with Capture One is that you can still buy it as a package rather than being committed to ongoing subscription fees and local distributor, Specular, has introduced a ‘loyalty scheme’ for repeat customers every time a new version of Capture One Pro is released. This has financial advantages, but purchasing the software locally means there’s a telephone number users can call if they run into any problems, and a convenient option if they want to book either in-person or over-the-phone training.… Read the full article

2019 Gibson SG Standard

By | December 3rd, 2018|Categories: AV Hub|

The Gibson SG Standard may be an American guitar, but there’s something very Aussie about it, and you know why. Here’s the latest version. Words by Peter Hodgson.

Things looked a bit hairy for a minute there, as far as Gibson’s availability in Australia went. But now, under the much-welcomed custodianship of Australis Music (and under new management on the North American side of things), Gibson is back and better than ever.

In the last issue of Australian Guitar, we looked at the flagship Gibson Les Paul Standard.… Read the full article