A Guide to Choosing Studio Headphones & Studio Monitor Speakers

For the budding music producer, selecting proper studio headphones and studio monitor speakers is essential, but the process can be confusing. Do I need open-back or closed-back headphones? On-ear or over-ear? What size speaker? What brands? How much should I spend? This infographic is here to help – simply follow the path to the ideal monitoring setup.

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The crowd still matters for live sports broadcasting

Article | August 3, 2022

At opposite sides of the globe, two top-flight international football events have kicked off over the last week. In semi-vaccinated Europe the month-long Euro 2020 tournament began on Friday June 11th, with 11 countries hosting the competition across Europe. On Sunday June 13th in Brazil (a country which had now lost nearly half a million lives to COVID-19) the 2021 Copa America kicked off, with the final taking place on July 10th2021. While Euro 2020 is taking place in front of reduced capacity crowds of fans in stadiums, the Copa America is being played behind closed doors with entire participating national delegations required to be vaccinated, and delegations limited to 65 members. Euro 2020’s official motto ‘Live it. For Real’ can be taken as a declaration of intent to host a top-flight mass sporting event as close to pre-pandemic conditions as feasibly possible. The criteria for live spectator participation for UEFA (the event organisers) was key to this. UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin confirmed the importance of live spectators at matches in an interview back in March where he stated "We have several scenarios, but the one guarantee we can make is that the option of playing any Euro 2020 match in an empty stadium is off the table. Every host must guarantee there will be fans at their games."

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Watch out Warzone and Fortnite: Ubisoft is coming after free-to-play

Article | July 20, 2022

Ubisoft announced last week that it is adding specific focus on free-to-play, alongside its AAA catalogue. In doing so, it is following a route that has been very successful for Activision with its Warzone strategy. Free-to-play games which draw audiences via big franchise names and monetise via in-game spending are going to be increasingly common among AAA publishers. The focus on in-game spending and particularly on the cosmetic, rather than the progress-related, parts will be the key revenue component. As games become less finite and more perpetual (consumer goal is less about ‘finishing them’ and more and ‘playing/spending time in them’), the opportunity to monetise needs that stem from this perpetual engagement (e.g. socialising or expression) starts to outweigh the mere monetisation of access to a packaged product. Simultaneously, free-to-play games also act as a powerful marketing driver for AAA releases as they come out, as well as streamability and word of mouth for the franchise.

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4 Stocks To Buy To Invest in Virtual Reality

Article | July 13, 2022

The virtual reality market has been hailed as the "next big thing" for decades, but VR has repeatedly disappointed consumers with mediocre hardware products and software experiences. But in recent years, a wave of refined devices narrowed the gap between consumer expectations and reality. The VR market's future has yet to be written, but investors who believe in this budding market should consider buying these four tech stocks. Sony's PlayStation VR is the best-selling VR headset in the world with over 5 million shipments since its launch in October 2016. That only represents a sliver of Sony's installed base of 110 million PS4s, but that foothold has encouraged developers to produce more stand-alone VR games and add-on experiences for PS4 games.

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Music and podcasts are competing for the same time

Article | May 28, 2021

The pandemic changed media consumption.Consumers acquired an extra 12% of entertainment timeand though everything was up, some categories grew much faster than others. One of the biggest gainers was spoken word audio, with podcasts and audiobooks seeing dramatic rises and while music hours grew too, the increase was below 12%, which means that music lost share. In the current entertainment environment of plenty this may be an academic concern, but when life returns to some form of normality (commutes, going out, gyms etc.) some or all of that extra 12% of entertainment time will go, which means that growing by less than the market average could translate into decline.

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CalDigit’s New Mini Docks Drive Dual 4K Displays via Thunderbolt 3

Studio daily | August 01, 2018

CalDigit shipped two new bus-powered mini Docks that can be used to drive two 4K displays at 60Hz via a single Thunderbolt 3 connection.The new Mini Docks are available with either two HDMI 2.0 or two DisplayPort 1.2 connections along with USB 3.0 and Ethernet jacks. Because they’re bus-powered, no additional power cable is required, meaning the add minimal clutter to a desktop.CalDigit said both versions of the new Mini Docks work on both Mac and PC platforms, but warned that some Windows systems cannot support dual monitors on a single Thunderbolt 3 port. The HDMI Mini Dock supports both UHD (3840 x 2160) and 4K (4096 x 2160) video.

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CalDigit’s New Mini Docks Drive Dual 4K Displays via Thunderbolt 3

Studio daily | August 01, 2018

CalDigit shipped two new bus-powered mini Docks that can be used to drive two 4K displays at 60Hz via a single Thunderbolt 3 connection.The new Mini Docks are available with either two HDMI 2.0 or two DisplayPort 1.2 connections along with USB 3.0 and Ethernet jacks. Because they’re bus-powered, no additional power cable is required, meaning the add minimal clutter to a desktop.CalDigit said both versions of the new Mini Docks work on both Mac and PC platforms, but warned that some Windows systems cannot support dual monitors on a single Thunderbolt 3 port. The HDMI Mini Dock supports both UHD (3840 x 2160) and 4K (4096 x 2160) video.

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