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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

MONOPRICE 600850: A Sound Investment in Audio Perfection

monopriceAudio Equipment Review: Monoprice 600850 “Lollipop-Style” Large Diaphragm Condenser

Ever have to make a decision of what type of microphone you need for recording the perfect audio track, having a very limited budget, but not wanting to settle for 2nd rate or “cheap” quality. Now you can enjoy the flexibility of multiple polar patterns in a single microphone and a price where it is not only the affordable option, but the most intelligent.

The Model600850 “Lollipop-Style” Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone from Monoprice is a completely Class-A microphone, featuring a generous 32mm capsule with cardioid, figure-8, and Omni polar-patterns, 10dB pad, and high-pass filter.

This microphone is designed to rigid specifications and can compete against competitor microphones in price ranges that surpass a $1000.00 cost level; however, Monoprice offers this fantastic piece of technology at a retail price of only $349.00.

monoprice 2This unit features a 32mm gold-sputtered, 8 micron diaphragm with switchable Cardioid, Figure 8, and Omnidirectional polar patterns, allowing you to tailor the microphone’s response to each specific recording requirement.

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Featuring both a switchable High Pass filter set to 6dB per octave at 150Hz, to reduce the proximity effect, a switchable -10dB pad prevents overloading or damage to the microphone when in the high SPL conditions. The Monoprice 600850 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone is not just systematically flexible but built of sturdy construction, making it one of the most durable products to be released today.

monoprice 3As with all other condenser microphones, this mic requires +48V Phantom Power (±4V). It comes with a shock mount, which isolates the microphone from any vibrations present in the mic stand and comes in a beautiful metal-reinforced hard case for storage and transport, being designed to withstand use in the studio or on the road.

In our studio, we tested the unit in every conceivable manner with our resident artists ranging from Instrumental and Jazz to Hard Rock and Metal Vocals, sounding instruments in proximity and single “Mic to Room” variables and collected the ambient wave patterns that we got from room acoustics. The Monoprice 600850 was able to pick up every sound element with complete clarity.



We plan on continuing our review with more depth in the weeks to come, including a Video review and sound samplings, in the meantime, please check out the reviews from the Monoprice website, they are very accurate and coincide with our findings. You can check out more about the Monoprice 600850 “Lollipop-Style” Large Diaphragm Condenser at the Monoprice Website.


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Byzantine Bring the Release and Resolve Tour to Dayton


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From The Pit – Music and Show Reviews

By Mike Ritchie

Oddbody’s brought the metal October 25th, from New York, Rhode Island, West Virginia and of course Dayton with four bands of different types and styles but all screaming for metal.

One of the rock-solid pillars of the Dayton metal scene Forces of Nature owned the stage as only they can playing set staples “Mary Hates Herself”, usual opener “Magnus Lee” and the newer enchanted “Forest of Corpses”. They gave what every male and some female metal-heads love with a set of double D’s playing “Deception and Devices”.


New York’s IKillYa touring on their second release Vae Victis, naming their outfit after the boiling point where you just can’t take the stress, bullshit, stupidity and hopelessness of a situation anymore and go do something constructive about it. So it was fitting they started out loud, roaring and angry with a “Godsize” problem. The warrior spirit came out with a vengeance tearing up the stage with a DevilDriver rasp and Danzig’s yelling throat. “And Hell Followed With Him”…engraved upon these knuckles the frantic need to escape a car wreck before the flames attack, OH! The tempo changes of “Driven” were enough to trip up any mosh pit to fall into each other. “E.H.R”, screaming is just vocal therapy that must be exhaled to sooth the tortured voice of Jason Lekberg. “Jeckyl Better Hyde” was the good and the bad of dueling personalities always at war. Can’t let the darkness win. They finished with “Vae Victis” and woe ye to the vanquished and the conquered.

Thy Will Be Done , began with the severe head beating, ear bleeding “Solemn Oath”. With the brutal tastes and stage tactics of Machine Head and Hatebreed they blasted and banged through eight throttle churning road burners. J. Costa had an eerie presence which probably had nothing to do with his odd resemblance and stage charisma to a late 60’s hippie guru. “Unto the Sanctified” spilled the blood of Rob Flynn’s fret fingers down the Nile with enough growling to appease the gods and enough gear rattling guitar work to keep the machine roaring. Taking a piece of the temple “The Apathy Divine”’s was a chug, head stomper leaving debris on the dance floor. YouTube video “Earth’s Final Embrace” was three minutes of pre-apocalypse warning. Crush the distracters, naysayers and spirit draining vampires with the strength and passion of “A Lion and A Lamb”.

The groove metallers of the underground have achieved cult status after a 2013 comeback after half a decade away, playing support to their upcoming 2015 release To Release is to Resolve early next year. Byzantine opened with The Fundamental Components of “Hatfield”, reviving the family feud, the metal way. The metal mathematicians went to work making us earn our penance the hard way by the “Stick Figure” and “Slipping on Noise”. They broke out the serpents on “Justica” and “Taking Up Serpents” and traded screeching/clean vocals on the sizzling groove thrash and bluesy melody of “Jeremiad”. Oblivion Beckons on “Nadir” then they came current on “Efficacy” and style defying “Signal Path”, finishing with the black tar grin of the “Soul Eraser”. A throwing wall of death of personal conflict and self-made chaos get thee behind me Satan.

Images by Mike Ritchie

Forces of Nature will be with us again on Saturday the 8th at Oddbody’s with Engine of Chaos and Columbus’s Lick the Blade for the University of Dayton Metal and Cultural Impact Conference Aftershow featuring legendary guitarist, Testament’s Alex Skolnick . All door profits are being donated to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund and Dayton's Project Read! Come out and support the bands, the charities, and have a banging good time.

Read more from the pit articles and reviews by Mike Ritchie on his web site

Trini Lopez, “At PJ's” Special 50th Anniversary Numbered Limited Edition on 200g Vinyl

image"...raw, energetic, live music - this is Trini at his absolute best…Wonderful songs, brilliantly performed that STAND THE TEST OF TIME...”

Exhibit Records announces the release of a Special 50th Anniversary Numbered Limited Edition album of Trini Lopez, "At PJ’s." The 200 gram vinyl record is beautifully presented in a sturdy old style gatefold jacket featuring the original album art work and for the first time includes the lyrics to all the tunes. The back of each album is foil-stamped with its unique number.

With the release of this album in April 1963 Trini Lopez became one of the biggest singing stars of the Folk Revival. Trini Lopez, "At PJ's" made it to #2 on the Billboard charts and stayed in the Top 40 for over a year. The album included the chart-topping "If I Had a Hammer" which reached number one in 36 countries and was a radio favorite for many years. The hit single sold more than 4 million copies and the album sold over a million and was awarded a gold record.

This was the album that made Lopez an instant success and the live party-a-go-go atmosphere of the record did much to put Trini's likable energy over the top. What Lopez did, at the head of a trio was to make folk-pop swing. Other songs include "This Land Is Your Land," and "Gotta Travel On." It could be surmised that by treating such material in this fashion, Lopez had a tiny influence upon the subsequent folk-rock movement...though, Lopez was more the all-around entertainer with a Latin lilt than he was a pure folk singer, so you also get "America" (from West Side Story), "La Bamba," Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," "Volare," and "When the Saints Go Marching In."

The emergent Exhibit Records has rapidly curated an eclectic catalog of classic recordings and gaining notice for exquisite mastering, high quality pressings and detail to the fine art of exceptional package design.

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Calling All Guitarists to Upload their own “Play Fearlessly” Videos And Pass It Along

New York-based D’Addario & Company, Inc., manufacturers of instrument strings and other musical instrument accessories, has announced the launch of a new site for their “Play Fearlessly Project,” at

The Play Fearlessly Project is a social initiative designed to showcase the next generation of electric guitar strings: D’Addario NYXL. Built with a proprietary wire drawn at D’Addario’s New York headquarters, NYXL strings boast unprecedented strength, improved tuning stability, and a louder, brighter sound.

The project began in March of 2014 with a Suhr Classic-T guitar outfitted with NYXL strings. The guitar made stops in New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles, where professional artists participated. This was followed by a series of public events at select Guitar Center stores across the country in May and the London Guitar Show in September, where visitors had a chance to participate.

These contributions are now live on and part of the “longest lick ever played”—an eclectic mix of music by a range of artists, from amateur to professional.

With the launch of, the project is also officially open for public participation. Each video uploaded to the site will be added to the project, and participants can share their contribution socially across the web with their own unique URL, for example:

The Play Fearlessly guitar was donated by Suhr Guitars in California. With the addition of NYXL strings, the entire instrument is American-made.

D’Addario is committed to nurturing the music community while inspiring creativity and performance worldwide.

For more information on the Play Fearlessly Project, visit For more information on D’Addario, go to

D’Addario & Company, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of musical instrument accessories marketed under seven product divisions: D’Addario Fretted, D’Addario Orchestral, Evans Drumheads, Promark Drumsticks, Puresound, D’Addario Woodwinds, and D’Addario Planet Waves Accessories. A family-owned and operated business with more than 1,100 employees worldwide, the company manufactures 95% of its products in the U.S. employing Toyota’s Lean manufacturing principles. D’Addario has a distribution network in 120 countries and serves more than 3,000 U.S. retailers, all major e-commerce sites, and more than 3,000 endorsing artists.


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