JBL EON206P Portable PA Review
Published: Thursday, 08 January 2015 23:31
The JBL EON206P portable PA system surprised us with how much sonic punch it packs into a lightweight package. This is a system anyone can easily move around and fire up with 160 watts of power for smallish gigs.
We tested the EON206P in an open office environment. We were easily able to generate enough volume to address 100 plus people. The folks in conference rooms on the perimeter commented that they could hear us just fine as well.
The EON206P is like a carry-on suitcase. The two ends snap apart to reveal the powered mixer. JBL includes cables for connecting to the speakers. When snapping everything back together, there is enough room to store cables inside the recessed cavity of the mixer. This makes for very easy setup and transportation.
The Mixer includes two mic / instrument inputs and a pair of inputs for stereo devices such as a keyboard/drum machine, MP3 player, smart phone, computer. The mic inputs include EQ and Reverb. We bumped up the highs a little when using the SM58. We found it very easy to dial in a quality sound and we were pleasantly surprised by the bass response despite not having a sub hooked up.
We have a couple of meetings coming up where we can really put the EON206P to the test and we’ll add to this review in a couple of weeks. But we wanted to kick it off because we were really impressed right out of the box with the sonic quality of this smallish all-in-one PA.
UPDATE: After living with this system we're still happy with the purchase. It's ideal for gatherings when we're playing music, happy hours and need to make some announcements...etc. The company has grown and we're using a more sophisticated setup when we have multiple presenters and need a proper mixer. However, this is still the go to unit for smaller gatherings.
Visit JBL for all the specs and more information.
Boris FX BCC 9 Review 2014
Published: Wednesday, 26 November 2014 04:21
Plus there are countless subtle fixes we use the filters for. For example, we'll often use film process and play with the dynamic range or go for a low contrast look like we did in this special feature on this incredible tree house in Texas. We wanted more a timeless look and BCC 8/9 helped us get it.
If you buy only 1 VFX package for your NLE this year we highly recommend Boris Continuum Complete 9 or BCC 9. BCC 9 is available for all major NLEs and it’s packed with goodness to feed your creative mojo. BCC 9 for Sony Vegas Pro has over 200+ filters is easier to use than BCC 8 and includes CUDA and Open CL acceleration. We enjoyed very good performance in our workstation using the Quadro K4200.
We reviewed BCC 8 a couple of years ago so this will be a shorter review but one of the things that bogged us down in BCC 8 was the ability to effectively browse VFX. The FX Browser in BCC 9 is a welcome addition to the suite that makes it much easier to play and test effects. Now we can see previews of VFX over moving video. This is a much faster way to preview FX before we drop them on the timeline and encourages more experimentation which is critical with such a vast and powerful suite.
Just like BCC 8, BCC 9 requires lots of discovery and experimentation to appreciate the power of this suite. A review like this can only scratch the surface. Luckily Boris provides 2,500+ presets to help jump start your creativity. Follow Boris FX on social media and you’ll be treated to some random freebies as well. For example, we grabbed the fireworks preset and whipped up some sound design to make a 4th of July message for our facebook page. It took just a few minutes and added a little something extra to a static message.
We used some Beat Reactor driven lighting effects to bring the open to life in this recruiting video for Houzz.
Having this suite in post makes us want to shoot more in 4k S-log and experiment in post versus trying to get the perfect look in the field too.
There’s more to love in BCC 9 including transitions, image restoration, keying, compositing, lens correction (saving some GoPro footage as we type), and the list goes on and on. John Rafrano put together a nice set of tutorials on BCC 9 for Sony Vegas here so you can a lot of these effects in action.
So if you’re in the market for VFX for your NLE we highly recommend downloading BCC 9. You’ll barely scratch the surface of this powerful suite during the trial but you’ll quickly learn just how powerful this package is.
Visit Boris FX for more information and to grab a trial version of BCC 9.