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Handheld Digital Recorders – A recording studio in the palm of your hand – SPECIAL OFFER!

Digital Recording has been around for quite some time now. It has largely replaced tape as the main medium for recording except for some professional applications. What has become more prolific in the past couple of years though is the handheld digital recorder- being able to record anywhere, anytime and with practically no hassle or set up time. Many manufacturers feature products that give you what is the equivalent of a complete recording studio in the palm of your hand. The stereo sound qaulity is pristine, and since everything is digital the files can quickly be transferred to a computer to be saved or edited. There are many to choose from, and while most of them share many features, each has its own unique niche that lets it stand out from the bunch. Like many poeple, you may find that once you have one, you’ll never leave home without it!

 

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Clearance & Closeouts – Get the most bang for your buck!

Let’s face it: everybody’s looking for a good deal. It feels great to find something at a price that seems so ridiculous you can’t believe that it’s true. We here at Abe’s love to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling – and we do it every single day. In our Closeout section we have hundreds of products offered at prices that may seem insane. Why do we do it? We’re always at the forefront of new technology and we constantly have to make room for new incoming products. The only way to do that is by quickly selling what’s currently in our inventory. The easiest way to do that is by offering it to you, our valued customer, at a price or as part of a special that’s hard to ignore. Go ahead and check out the Closeout section. You may be surprised at what you’ll find, but remember – most closeout items are available in limited quantities so get them fast!

To get you started, here are some of the hottest products that we’re currently offering in our Closeout section at prices or as specials that need to be seen to be believed!

Digital Cameras: NIkon Coolpix S52 in Red, Kodak EasyShare Z721 IS Zoom, Pentax K100d SUper with 18-55mm Lens Kit

Fitness Equipment: Proform GT 85 Upright Bike,Proform Razor 400 Elliptical, Proform 465 Recumbent Bike

Large Appliances: Whirlpool Stainless Steel Gas Cooktop, Sharp R320HK Countertop Microwave

Musical Instruments: Vox DA10 Guitar Amplifier, Dean Acoustic/Electric Guitar Package with Amp, IK Multimedia Stomp IO, Danelectro and Korg Pedal and Tuner Bundle,

Pro Audio: Cad Trion Microphone Bundle, Peavey PV215 Loudspeaker, Alesis iMultiMix8USB, Sennheiser MD421II Studio/Live Microphone

Home Audio: Pioneer Infrared Wireless Surround Sound Headphones, Crosley Nostalgia Autorama

Be sure to check back often as we will be posting on this blog at least twice a week. Our next post will include a special offer to commenters! 

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Megapixels Don’t Have to Equal Mega-Bucks

These days compact digital cameras have become almost as ubiquitous as cell phones. Everybody has one. However we still hear things like  ”…a good compact digital camera will set you back a few Benjamins.” Or, “…Picture clarity and enhancement will be best on a camera with a higher number of megapixels, and that’s going to cost you.” We here at Abe’s want to dispel these rumours and make it known that more megapixels does not equate to costing more money. You can get a great digital camera for less than what it might cost you to fill up your SUV over a two week time period!

The Nikon Coolpix series of cameras are a bargain for the price. The S550 and S600 series give you 10 megapixels (1 megapixel = 1 million pixels) while the P5100 has a whopping 12.1 megapixels. There is also the Canon PowerShot SD770IS and SD790 IS both offer 10 megapixel with a nice big 3″ screen. Pentax features the Optio S12 and A40 models, each of which give you a staggering 12 megapixels in a small package. Panasonic offers the Lumix DMC-FS20 which gives you 10.1 megapixels and 4x optical zoom while the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-W170 gives you 10.1 megapixels and 5x optical zoom! The best thing about all of these cameras is that none of them will cost you more than $299 while some of them are even less than $199.

There are many other compact digital cameras from the likes of Casio, Olympus and Fuji but the bottom line to remember is: Megapixels don’t have to equal mega-bucks.  

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Welcome to the Abe’s of Maine Blog!

Published on July 3, 2008, by in Archived Posts.

Welcome to the first installment of the Abe’s of Maine blog! In all of our future installments we hope to bring you key information, features and tips on all of the hot products you can find at Abe’s of Maine. We’ll also do our best to bring you special deals and incentives that you can only get from reading and commenting on our blog postings.

For this first installment we’ll talk about one of our hottest new departments, Pro Audio and Musical Instruments. Abe’s of Maine offers thousands of products that cater to all our friends in the music industry, from the seasoned pro to the beginning student. While there are dozens of different roles one can play within the music industry, these days more and more people are finding themselves playing more than one role, especially with the explosion of the home studio market. We’d like to offer some tips to help facilitate efficient and great sounding sessions in your home studio.

Many home studio owners find themselves limited by the small space their studios are situated in. Whether its a bedroom, a basement or a garage we can feel limited by the lack of space afforded to us. The most important thing to remember though is that while our studios may be situated in one area, that doesn’t mean we can’t use ALL of our surroundings to our benfit. It just may require some longer cables. Here are some suggestions with regards to tracking guitar amps:

1. Need an echo chamber? Want some natural short reverb? Your bathroom is all tiled up and ready to go! When recording your next guitar track try this: Place your guitar amp in the bath tub and tilt it upwards. Place one mic right on the grill and place one up in the air. For the close mic using a directional dynamic mic like the Shure SM57 or the Sennheiser MD421 II will allow you to capture the amp without a lot of the room sound in it. For the room mic using a condenser mic like the RODE NT2000 or the Audio-Technica AT4050 you’ll get all the sound bouncing off al those tiles. Once you get that perfect take, go ahead and blend the two tracks together to taste! Another option is to throw a ribbon mic (which are incredibly popular on guitar amps) like the CAD Trion 7000 close to the amp. A ribbon mic is bi-directional so one side will face the amp and get that direct sound while the other side will be pointing upward and capturing the room sound. Just be sure to listen first and get the placement right as you won’t be able to separate these two signals later on.

2. What if you’re looking for the opposite? Lets say you want a really dead and dry guitar track but you don’t have a vocal booth or small isolation chamber. Make use of what you do have. Go into your living room or den and grab the cushions off of your sofa. Build a little room around your amp or cabinet and place the mic inside of it. Voila! Instant isolation! There are other methods too which can prove useful. Products like sE Elctronics Reflexion Filter are normally set up on a mic stand in order to deaden a vocal track and take the room out of the recording. But there’s no reason why you couldn’t take it off the stand and set it on the floor in front of your amp. A real fun one is using a hardshell case as a gobo. Usually a hard case has a hard reflective outside but inside its lined with a plush, more absorptive material. Open up the case and stand it in front of your amp. If you want to deaden the sound a little face the the inside of the case towards the amp. If you want to increase the reflectivity of the sound in the room, face the outside of the case towards the amp. Be creative!

3. Lastly, hallways can be very useful. Sometimes we want to capture the sound the of the guitar amp as if it were in a very large room. But what if your house has low ceilings and no really large rooms? Place your amp at one end of the hallway and a mic all the way at the other end, up in the air. While you may not have a large room, the length of the hallway may add some distance and surface area to give that “large room” sound. Experimant with putting the amp in the middle of the hallway and a mic at each end. If it’s an open-back amp like the Peavey Bandit 112 or the Vox Pathfinder the mic behind will pick up a little different sound and the two tracks can be blended together. Just make sure to adjust the mics to eliminate any phase issues, or see if swapping the phase of one mic will help.

We hope this first installment has been informative and fun! Don’t be afraid to experiment with what you’ve got available to you. Remember, the first rule of recording is: There are no rules! Be sure to check back often for more tips and features.

 

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