Life Hacker asked their readers for the best living room speakers. They admit that they couldn’t have asked a more wide ranging question, but the 5 selected are an interesting bunch. As a post guy, I’ve gotten really used to having studio monitors as my main sound system. Many expensive home speakers can’t keep up with similarly priced studio monitors, in my opinion.
I’ve never heard of XenData. Are they good? Do their products work well with FCP, Adobe, CatDV, etc? If anyone has any experience, let me know.
They’re already known as one of the best Color and DI houses on the planet. Why not keep those clients in the building a bit longer and do sound too? Brilliant!
Matrox Releases Unified Mac Driver for Adobe, Apple and Avid Editing Apps Across Entire Line of I/O and H.264 Encoding Products (press release)
All I can say is it’s about freaking time! Matrox had one of the most convoluted driver update processes I’ve ever seen. Using a Matrox MXO2 Mini MAX and taking it from computer to computer and having to deal with different drivers depending on the OS version or app the computer had made using it a huge PITA. Plus their registration/login process is unnecessary If I already own the unit, I shouldn’t have to log in every time to download software. If I didn’t already own the unit, I wouldn’t have to download the software. And in companies with multiple employees tasked with doing driver and software updates, it’s a pain to have to share login and password info. Dumb, Matrox.
Cool to see these units finally showing up in the wild. I do a lot of work like this and would love to add a Teranex to my equipment rack. Especially awesome that it doubles as a Thunderbolt capture system. Tons of value here at only $2k.
The basic premise is that in a tumultuous economy, generalists (people who know a little bit about everything), will fare better than specialists.
My Take: I think this is a great topic. I live in a small town, so all producers here are generalists and know a bit about everything. As I’ve wanted to specialize in certain things, I’ve found there’s no market here for those specialties. But I believe that if I was in LA or another large market, this wouldn’t be the case, and my specialties would be rewarded. I agree with one commenter that wrote: “Being a generalist may be well in good in job hopping during a down economy, but in terms of reaching higher salaries it may be a hindrance.” I also believe that whether you’re a specialist or a generalist, you need to be a futurist to survive. You need to have an idea of where your industry is heading and why. What do you think?